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AFI Directing Workshop for Women Makes Way for Digital TV

Photo of Elaina Patton By Elaina Patton | Thompson on Hollywood August 21, 2014 at 12:44PM

The American Film Institute’s Directing Worshop for Women (DWW) is expanding its decades-long directing program into the digital age with a new multi-platform initiative.
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Kimberly Peirce
Kimberly Peirce

The American Film Institute’s Directing Worshop for Women (DWW) is expanding its decades-long directing program into the digital age with a new multi-platform initiative.

Since 1974, the AFI has held the yearly workshop to promote female directors and their short films. This year, AFI further diversifies its patronage of the female auteur, with the help of some big name donorship and an impressive casting of female mentors that includes Jamie Babbit, Patty Jenkins and Kimberly Peirce. 

This year, AFI is adding an episodic programming strand to the workshop. Participants in the new series, which will concentrate on the production of digital content, will partner with participants of the ongoing short film program. And, accepted applicants will receive advice from TV and new media mentors, in addition to AFI alumnae. 

Both the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and NBCUniversal are lending their names and funds to the cause, hoping to create an opportunity for unknown female directors to develop skills and expose their already exisiting bodies of work.

AFI is now accepting applications for the 2015 Directing Workshop for Women. The eight selected applicants will enter into recently developed, cutting-edge classes including Running a Series and Building as Audience, in addition to the established curriculum of the workshop. 

More info on how to apply, and what to expect, here.

This article is related to: AFI, News, American Film Institute


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.