AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women Applications Open on May 20 – American Film Institute


AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women Applications Open on May 20

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women (CIW) presented by Panavision will be held Friday, July 15 through Monday, July 18 on the AFI Campus located in Los Angeles. CIW is a tuition-free, four-day workshop designed for aspiring cinematographers committed to their journey toward a professional career as cinematographers, who have some on-set experience working in the field and are looking for additional training to help them advance in their education, craft and career.

Submissions open May 20, and the deadline to apply is June 5. Application requirements and additional information can be found here.


The Intensive is spearheaded by AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill, ASC. The AFI Conservatory Cinematography program has propelled women cinematographers to great success, including trailblazer Rachel Morrison (MUDBOUND, BLACK PANTHER), the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Cinematography, as well as two-time Grammy® Award winner Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé’s “Formation,” INSECURE, as director), Paula Huidobro (Academy Award® Best Picture winner CODA), Ava Berkofsky (INSECURE), Carolina Costa (HALA, WANDER DARKLY), Autumn Durald (LOKI, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER), Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC (LEGION) and Mimi Leder (THE MORNING SHOW, as director), among others.

“With the Cinematography Intensive for Women, our goal is to provide pathways to equity within the field and inspire participants to pursue professional opportunities,” said Lighthill. “AFI looks forward to hosting this transformative workshop for cinematographers to further develop their creative passion for visual storytelling as well as inclusive leadership in the filmmaking environment.”

The hands-on master classes in the fundamentals of cinematography will constitute the core of the program, along with discussions about the current environment of the film industry and what it means to navigate such environments as women, nonbinary and historically underrepresented cinematographers.

The Cinematography Intensive for Women is presented by PANAVISION, with additional support from The Walt Disney Studios.

“Panavision shares AFI’s commitment to championing equity and diversity and fostering a truly inclusive industry,” said Panavision President and CEO Kim Snyder. “This is our second time sponsoring the Cinematography Intensive for Women, and we’re so excited to be back. We look forward to celebrating and supporting all of the cinematographers who participate in the initiative.”

CIW is one of the American Film Institute’s pioneering, tuition-free efforts to empower diverse filmmakers within the AFI Conservatory’s Department of Innovative Programs, which also includes the landmark AFI DWW program and Young Women in Film. Through a range of learning opportunities, Innovative Programs serves an inclusive community of aspiring visual storytellers with opportunities to build leading-edge technological, digital and media-making skills, bridge access to professional networks and place participants on a career trajectory.

AFI Conservatory – a top-ranked film school in Los Angeles

Filmmakers come to AFI for film school because they are guaranteed to make movies, and to master not only the tools, but also the art of storytelling. In a collaborative production environment, AFI Fellows collectively create up to 175 films a year and actively participate in the entire life cycle of a film, from development through production and exhibition. Learn more about the MFA program at the AFI Conservatory.

Comments (2)

Monisha Moitra

Thank you for this opportunity and i m a cinematography from Bollywood industry mumbai.


Magnificent opportunity to learn so close to this professional women’s on the industry, don’t miss this!!

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