AFI picks eight women for directing workshop

Event will include classroom training, production of short

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women has selected eight participants for its 2009 workshop: Angie Comer, Deborah Correa, Lisa Gold, Emmy Grinwis, Maggie Kiley, Kaz Phillips, Sylvia Sether and Kinga Suto.

The workshop includes three weeks of classroom training and the five-day production of a short film. The eight women were chosen from 115 applicants.

"We are excited to accept such a promising group of filmmakers who bring an eclectic mix of backgrounds, experience and film subjects to this year's workshop," AFI executive vice dean Joe Petricca said. "We hope that the DWW will be the final key to these women making the leap to a professional directing career."