AFI Directing Workshop for Women Adds Track for Web Content

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Kimberly Peirce

As the program celebrates its 40th year, Jamie Babbit, Patty Jenkins and Kimberly Peirce will serve as artists in residence

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women, which was created in 1975, is launching a new “episodic” program in which the women participating will produce content for the web or streaming services as they work alongside women in the shorts program.

The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation is providing sponsorship for this year’s initiatives, along with NBCUniversal. The WJSFF will support an individual participant who embodies a diverse voice.

The AFI DWW workshop offers women who have established themselves in the arts a tuition-free training program comprised of classroom learning, hands-on production experience, and the opportunity to direct a project and advance their careers as visual storytellers. This year, the program will accept a total of eight participants. All women will receive comprehensive training, together with new classes in running a series and building an audience, among others, and new mentors from the television and new media worlds will join the AFI DWW faculty.

Mentors for the 40th anniversary class include artists in residence Jamie Babbit, Patty Jenkins (an AFI Conservatory alumnus) and Kimberly Peirce.

The application for the 2015 AFI DWW is available here.

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