AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2019 Showcase Introduces New Class of Filmmakers – American Film Institute


AFI Directing Workshop for Women 2019 Showcase Introduces New Class of Filmmakers

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women held its annual Showcase screening on April 18 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The eight films from the graduating Class of 2019 were all shown to an enthusiastic crowd ready to meet the next wave of powerful storytellers.

The graduating participants are Parisa Barani, Jessica Kaye, Shilpi Roy, Amber Sealey, Siyou Tan, Carly Usdin, Marielle Woods and Talia Zucker. You can learn more about the participants at

DWW alumna Pippa Bianco delivered this year’s keynote speech. Bianco is currently enjoying a banner year, as her feature-film adaptation of her DWW short film of the same name, SHARE, was acquired by A24 and HBO for distribution following a smash world premiere at Sundance 2019. The film recently bowed at the Cannes Film Festival and will be seen theatrically and on HBO platforms later this year.

The graduating DWW class has already seen success. Amber Sealey’s DWW short film HOW DOES IT START? premiered at Sundance Film Festival this January. Talia Zucker is currently developing a television for Margot Robbie’s company LuckyChap. Shilpi Roy is a writer on the Netflix series TEAM KAYLIE.

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. A new application cycle for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women will open on August 1. To learn more about applying visit

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