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Women Directing Mentorship

In Partnership with Shondaland

Submissions currently closed. More details on the next cycle coming soon!

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship -- a competition designed to discover aspiring female directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career. The Women Directing Mentorship is anchored with the prestigious opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series and a $5,000 stipend to use during the duration of their mentorship. The recipient of the inaugural mentorship, Rachel Myers, shadowed director Tessa Blake on Episode 306, “Ice Ice Baby” of the Shondaland series, Station 19 (ABC).



Interested participants submit a 3-5 minute introduction video introducing yourself, your unique voice and style, and why you think you're the right fit for the Women Directing Mentorship (be creative!), a reel under 15-minutes or short film showcasing your directing work, and a CV/Resume. Visit the Women Directing Mentorship submission page for more information on guidelines, entry materials, entry fees and key dates.


The winner shadows a director on one episode of a Shondaland original series. The mentorship will include shadowing the director during pre-production, shooting and post-production for a duration of up to three weeks depending on the episode schedule. The winner will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations, but will receive a $5,000 stipend to assist with these costs. While we will do our best to work within the winner’s schedule, the episode chosen is at the sole discretion of Shondaland.


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