The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that producer Patty West (“Some Girl(s),” AFI Class of 2006) will be Director for the AFI
Directing Workshop For Women. The announcement coincides with the
November 1 start of open enrollment for 2014, and the announcement of the Open House event for prospective applicants.
The AFI DWW is an intensive one-year training program where artists study with master filmmakers, make a short film and develop a
path for a career in screen directing. It is designed to advance women
filmmakers who have a minimum of three years of professional experience working
in the arts. Only eight are selected for this tuition-free program. Since the
program’s inception, more than 275 women have been trained and among their
credits are “Mad Men” and “Homeland.”
alumnae include Maya Angelou, Anne Bancroft, Neema Barnette, Tricia Brock, Ellen
Burstyn, Rebecca Cammisa, Dyan Cannon, Hanelle Culpepper, Jan Eliasberg, Naomi
Foner, Jennifer Getzinger, Lyn Goldfarb, Randa Haines, Victoria Hochberg, Marianne
Jean-Baptiste, Lesli Linka Glatter, Matia Karrell, Nancy Malone, Becky Smith,
Cicely Tyson and Joanne Woodward.
About the AFI Directing Workshop for Women
The AFI Directing Workshop for Women exists to educate and
mentor female directors in an effort to increase the number of women working
professionally in screen directing. In 1974, AFI DWW began as one of AFI’s
first program initiatives. Developed in response to the relatively few women in
screen directing, the program was created to ensure diverse perspectives in
narrative filmmaking. Women have achieved distinction in many of the
professions within film and video, opportunities in directing are improving.
AFI DWW continues to shape the future of the moving image arts in the U.S. one
artist at a time.