Sponsored by Panavision/RED

The AFI CINEMATOGRAPHY INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN is a four-day, tuition-free workshop designed for women early in their journey as cinematographers, who have some on-set experience and feel like additional education would help them advance in their career and craft. The workshop will delve into the fundamentals of cinematography and participants will have the opportunity to become more fluent with the tools that help a cinematographer "paint with light." They will leave the Intensive with the confidence to pursue higher achievement in the field.

We're looking for candidates who demonstrate a passion for visual storytelling, are able to fully commit to a rigorous four-day program and show the curiosity for collaboration and critique.

Applications Open: May 10, 2019
Applications Due: May 28, 2019, 12:00 P.M. PST
Notification of Acceptance: June 14, 2019
Workshop Intensive: Friday, June 28 – Monday, July 1, 2019

The Intensive will take place on the AFI Campus. Participants should be prepared to spend the full day and most evenings on campus. Lunch will be provided. Dinner will be provided during evening events.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be available to attend all four days — including evenings. No exceptions.
  • All participants must have housing nearby and must have transportation to and from campus throughout the Intensive. AFI does not provide housing or transportation.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (with Permanent Resident Card).


  • Bio — a brief overview of your educational and/or professional background. Limit 200 words. Must be a PDF.
  • Statement of Interest — a brief description of your interest in cinematography. Limit 300 words. Must be a PDF.
  • Work Sample — we will accept up to two samples of your work. This is your opportunity to show us your point of view as a visual storyteller. Please organize your work in a way that's easy to access, providing us with no more than two links. Preferred formats – Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube. We will watch a total of 10 minutes between your two samples.
  • At least one and up to two letters of recommendation from people who know your work and can speak to your character. Must be a PDF.
  • $50 application fee. The fee is used to support our rigorous admission process. Fee waivers can be provided for those with financial challenge. Please contact [email protected] to request a waiver.