Warner Bros. Unveils Inaugural Class for Directors' Workshop

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The filmmakers will get seven months and $100,000 to make a short film.

From over 5,000 applicants, Warner Bros. has chosen five filmmakers for the studio's Emerging Film Directors Workshop.

Kristin Burke, Justin Floyd, Alexis Korycinski, Elaine Mongeon and Xu Zhang will make up the program's inaugural class.

President of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman made the announcement Tuesday. 

“We’re very excited about the filmmakers we’ve selected for our inaugural Directors Workshop,” said Silverman. “Each of these candidates has a unique background, point of view, and aspiration."

Over the course of seven months, the filmmakers will pitch, develop, shoot and edit an original short film with a budget of $100,000 that will be shot on the Warner Bros. lot. The finished shorts will be shown at a film festival at the studio in June for agents, managers and industry experts.

The workshop also will include panels and talks with entertainment industry professionals. 

Vice president of production Julia Spiro and Warner Bros. Pictures production exec Jon Gonda will oversee the program and will serve as mentors.

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