The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women offers hands-on training for female directors — and this year’s guest of honor will be director/writer/producer/all-around extraordinaire Jill Soloway, who will deliver a keynote address prior to the screening.
The three-time Emmy nominee is now working to spread the good word on Wifey.tv, a video network by, for and about women.
Soloway will serve as Artist-in-Residence for the incoming 2015 participants, along with “Beyond the Lights” director Gina Prince-Bythewood and “Orange Is the New Black”‘s Daisy von Scherler Mayer. The nine presenting directors are Pippa Bianco, Tessa Blake, Roja Gashtili, Devon Kirkpatrick, Alexis O. Korycinski, Jean Lee, Kantu Lentz, Julia Lerman and Thoranna Sigurdardottir.
Two DWW shorts will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival 2015: Pippa Bianco’s “Share” as a Cinéfondation selection and Tessa Blake’s “Election Night” in the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion. The class of 2014’s films have already begun to premiere at festivals around the world such as AFI, SXSW and Tribeca.
The May 14 showcase will also welcome DWW’s 2015 episodic participants Amy Barrett, Christine Boylan, Dime Davis and Mia Lidofsky, as well as short film participants Claire Fowler, Erica Liu, Bella Monticelli-McTiernan, Rebecca Murga, Philiane Phang and Chelsea Woods.