The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally as narrative screen directors. Since its inception in 1974, the DWW has graduated over 300 alumnae, creating robust network of female storytellers empowered to lend their voices to film and television in ever greater numbers.

Each year, the DWW provides eight gifted directors with immersive training and the support to complete a short film or digital series. The workshop experience includes classes in screen directing, professional development resources, and inroads to the industry – all at no cost to participants. The 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.

Visit the Program section for details.

Applications for the 2019-20 DWW cycle have closed. Please visit our HOW TO APPLY page to learn more about the DWW application.

You can play your part in American film and support this tuition-free program with a donation here.