The AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing.

DWW offers participants intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative workshop. Each participant is required to complete a short film or series by the end of the program. DWW is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free though participants are responsible for raising the funds for their projects.

At the time of DWW's launch in 1974, women made up less than 1% of working directors. Since then, over 275 women have been trained in screen directing through DWW and 25% have gone on to direct professionally, many of whom have won awards in directing from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America.

Distinguished DWW 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, Lynne Littman, Matia Karrell, Nancy Malone, Becky Smith, Cicely Tyson and Joanne Woodward.


  • Application Online: August 21, 2014

  • Open House: October 14, 2014

  • Application Deadline: January 7, 2015

  • Interviews: February, 2015

  • Participants Notified: March, 2015

  • Workshop: April 30 – May 22, 2015

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