The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing.

DWW offers participants intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative workshop. Each participant is required to complete a short film or series by the end of the program. DWW is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free though participants are responsible for raising the funds for their projects.

At the time of DWW's launch in 1974, women made up less than 1% of working directors. Since then, over 275 women have been trained in screen directing through DWW and 25% have gone on to direct professionally, many of whom have won awards in directing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

Distinguished DWW alumnae include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Neema Barnette, Tricia Brock, Ellen Burstyn, Rebecca Cammisa, Dyan Cannon, Hanelle Culpepper, Jan Eliasberg, Naomi Foner, Jennifer Getzinger, Lyn Goldfarb, Randa Haines, Victoria Hochberg, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Lesli Linka Glatter, Lynne Littman, Matia Karrell, Nancy Malone, Becky Smith, Cicely Tyson and Joanne Woodward.

DWW's 2015 episodic participants are Amy Barrett, Christine Boylan, Dime Davis and Mia Lidofsky, as well as short film participants Claire Fowler, Erica Liu, Bella Monticelli-McTiernan, Rebecca Murga, Philiane Phang and Chelsea Woods. Director/writer/producer Jill Soloway (TRANSPARENT) will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the incoming participants, along with Gina Prince-Bythewood (BEYOND THE LIGHTS) and Daisy von Scherler Mayer (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK).

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