DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN 2009
AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) has been a major force in training women in narrative filmmaking since 1974. Over 200 women have been given the opportunity to participate in this innovative and unique training program for tomorrow’s directors.
The schedule for the 2009 Directing Workshop for Women is:
January 5 Application deadline (postmark)
By February 16 Finalists notified
February 16 – 26 Finalists interviewed
By March 10 Participants notified
May 4 – May 22 Training Workshop
June – July Production Shoots
July – September Editing
Monday, May 4 — Friday, May 22, 2009
The three-week Workshop focuses on the development and production of a short narrative project. Participants enter the program with a short screenplay, which they develop within the Jessica Kaplan Screenwriting Series at the Directing Workshop for Women. A revised draft of the script is required at the end of the three weeks.
Upon acceptance into the program, it is crucial that participants begin immediately to fundraise and interview producers. It is recommended that each project have two producers and a line producer prior to the start of the three-week workshop. Participants are also required to have raised $2,500 in support of their productions by the first day of the May workshop. Fundraising information and support will be provided shortly after acceptance.
Classroom attendance during the Workshop is mandatory and critical to participants’ success. Attendance and participation in class demonstrates a commitment to the program, to the projects and to classmates.
At the end of the three-week Workshop, pre-production begins in earnest. Participants will have the opportunity to select production dates from a list of available times. Production is then permitted only during the specific dates assigned each project.