The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) — AFI’s filmmaker training program launched in 1974 — continues its groundbreaking commitment to increasing the number of women working as directors in film and television. The program has announced eight new participants for 2018-2019, who will participate in several months of tuition-free film education, culminating in the production of a short film. The films will premiere at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles in 2019.
The new DWW filmmakers are: Parisa Barani, Zoe Bell, Jessica Kaye, Shilpi Roy, Amber Sealey, Siyou Tan, Carly Usdin and Talia Zucker. View their bios here here.
The DWW has a proud legacy of promoting diverse voices to the world, and recent participants in the program have made an impressive global impact. Milena Govich (AFI DWW, Class of 2018) will be premiering her DWW short film UNSPEAKABLE at the SXSW Film Festival this March. Katrelle Kindred (AFI DWW, Class of 2018) premiered her DWW short film WAR PAINT in the Shorts section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Prior to Sundance, three DWW Class of 2017 alumnae Rosie Haber, Tannaz Hazemi and Courtney Hoffman were named on this year’s Alice Initiative’s list of 20 women considered ready to direct a studio film as determined by a group of 50 female studio executives and producers. Hoffman will be adapting her DWW short THE GOOD TIME GIRLS into her first-time feature, and has also signed to direct the action film RUTHLESS for Amblin Partners.
To support their continuing efforts as filmmakers, annual DWW awards have been bestowed upon the Class of 2017. Tannaz Hazemi received the Nancy Malone Award and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation Award for her short HAIL MARY COUNTRY. Manjari Makijany won the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation Award and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award for I SEE YOU.