Patty West
Patty West

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that producer Patty West ("Some Girl(s)," AFI Class of 2006) will be Director for the AFI Directing Workshop For Women. The announcement coincides with the November 1 start of open enrollment for 2014, and the announcement of the Open House event for prospective applicants.

The AFI DWW is an intensive one-year training program where artists study with master filmmakers, make a short film and develop a path for a career in screen directing. It is designed to advance women filmmakers who have a minimum of three years of professional experience working in the arts. Only eight are selected for this tuition-free program. Since the program's inception, more than 275 women have been trained and among their credits are "Mad Men" and "Homeland." 

Distinguished alumnae include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Neema Barnette, Tricia Brock, Ellen Burstyn, Rebecca Cammisa, Dyan Cannon, Hanelle Culpepper, Jan Eliasberg, Naomi Foner, Jennifer Getzinger, Lyn Goldfarb, Randa Haines, Victoria Hochberg, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lesli Linka Glatter, Matia Karrell, Nancy Malone, Becky Smith, Cicely Tyson and Joanne Woodward.

About the AFI Directing Workshop for Women

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women exists to educate and mentor female directors in an effort to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. In 1974, AFI DWW began as one of AFI's first program initiatives. Developed in response to the relatively few women in screen directing, the program was created to ensure diverse perspectives in narrative filmmaking. Women have achieved distinction in many of the professions within film and video, opportunities in directing are improving. AFI DWW continues to shape the future of the moving image arts in the U.S. one artist at a time.