This weekend, director Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN opened to critical and commercial acclaim as the biggest box-office opening for a female director ever. The American Film Institute congratulates Jenkins, an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Class of 2000, on the success and global impact of WONDER WOMAN.
Before WONDER WOMAN, Jenkins wrote and directed the feature film MONSTER (2003), starring Charlize Theron. MONSTER was named Best First Feature by the 2004 Film Independent Spirit Awards and was an AFI AWARDS 2003 Official Selection. Theron received the Academy Award® for Best Actress. In 2004, AFI presented Jenkins with the 14th annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
AFI is committed to addressing gender diversity in the industry: nearly half of the AFI Conservatory’s Directing Fellows are women. AFI’s pioneering program AFI Directing Workshop for Women has been putting more female filmmakers to work for more than 40 years.
Jenkins is among the women directors from AFI whose work in film includes ARRIVAL, AMERICAN HONEY and the upcoming MUDBOUND, and in television includes HOMELAND, I LOVE DICK, INSECURE, THE LEFTOVERS and UNREAL.