A partnership of the AFI Conservatory and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), the Young Women in Film Intensive is an eight-week filmmaking training program held on the AFI Campus for promising female high school students from Los Angeles.

Students learn the art of filmmaking, with training in pitching, screenwriting, producing, production design, directing, cinematography and editing — all with state-of-the-art cinematic technology. Participants work together in teams alongside AFI Conservatory Fellows and alumni to create a series of short films to be screened for audiences on campus. In making their films, students have access to professional actors from the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory, which is based on the AFI Campus.

The 2019 edition comprises 45 students from Immaculate Heart High School, Synergy Quantum Academy High School and ICEF (Inner City Education Foundation) View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The 2019 program will run from March–May 2019.

Watch the six striking films from 2018's promising Young Women in Film teams, all of which premiered at a special screening on the AFI Campus, below.

This program was made possible in part by support from: