Applications Open and Consultation Available for AFI Program

FilmDayton received info from FilmDayton member Nichol Simmons (director/co-creator, FREAK CLUB and Sundance award-winner, DRY MOUNT) about a great opportunity for female filmmakers.

Applications are now available for the Directing Workshop for Women at the American Film Institute.  Since 1974, AFI has offered this unique tuition-free training workshop which provides the opportunity for participants to direct a digital short.  The program has launched the career of many working directors including Tricia Brock  (30 ROCK, BREAKING BAD, UNITED STATES OF TARA, ); Hanelle Culpepper (90210, PARENTHOOD); Jennifer Getzinger (MAD MEN, SUITS, HUNG, THE KILLING); and Maya Angelou (DOWN IN THE DELTA).

Nichol is offering special application consults through On The Page ( and will not only review your script, but also your application materials at no additional charge. Nichol was previously the Director of this prestigious program, and she read and reviewed more than 1000 applications which makes her uniquely qualified to help you make your application to this competitive program be the best it can be! Go to and on the ‘register for a consultation’ page, choose Short Film Registration ($200) and follow the instructions.

The application deadline is January 7th, 2013.   Applications and more information may be found at

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