AFI Directing Workshop for Women Unveils New Class of Participants
The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — AFI’s filmmaker training program launched in 1974 — continues its longstanding commitment to increasing the number of women working as directors in film and television. The prestigious program has announced eight new participants for the Class of 2020, who will receive several months of tuition-free film education, culminating in the production of a short film. The films will premiere at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles in 2020.
The new DWW filmmakers are: Robin Cloud, Revati Dhomse, Ashley Eakin, Tiffany Frances, Marie Jamora, Bridget Moloney, Lara Panah-Izadi and Nicole Taylor-Roberts. Read their bios here.
“AFI has led the conversation about the need for more female directors since the Directing Workshop for Women opened its doors over 40 years ago,” said Lauren Ludwig, Director, AFI DWW. “The rising filmmakers in this program embody the Institute’s active, enduring steps to create change, and we are excited to see the stories from this year’s class come alive on the screen.”
The DWW has a proud legacy of promoting diverse voices to the world, and recent participants in the program have made impressive impact. Completing the program this year, Amber Sealey will debut her DWW short film HOW DOES IT START at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. DWW alumna Pippa Bianco’s debut feature SHARE, based on her Cannes-winning DWW short of the same name, will also premiere at Sundance, and Bianco was recently featured on Variety’s Directors to Watch list. Four participants from the Class of 2018 have gone on to direct episodes of television since showcasing their DWW films: Milena Govich (CHICAGO MED, CHICAGO FIRE), Tiffany Johnson (BOOMERANG, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE), Nancy Meija (VIDA) and Gandja Montiero (VIDA). DWW alumna Dime Davis was also recently tapped to direct the pilot of Lena Waithe and Halle Berry’s BET series BOOMERANG.