Now in its 40th year, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women
continues to provide opportunities for industry women to become well-versed in the world of directing, and is expanding its program to include episodic development, business education and for the first time, an executive circle of advisors to workshop participants.
It's a product of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women
, a training program in operation since 1974.
Beloved producer-for-hire and documentary filmmaker Yvonne Welbon (Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100) may have been named one of Variety's "50 Creatives to Watch" back in 1999, but it's really in the past year that she feels she is surfacing artistically, participating in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women
in preparation to direct her debut feature about a black lesbian Catholic schoolgirl, Stephanie Coleman.
During the 1980s, Malone completed the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women
and began her helming career.
HOLLYWOOD In 1974, when AFI launched the Directing Workshop for Women
, there were only a few women registered with the Director's Guild, and "women in film" referred mostly to makeup artists, costume designers and actresses.