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Women Directing Mentorship

SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to partner to launch 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 initiative 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. Submissions are open now through March 4, 2019. Winner will be announced in June 2019 at SeriesFest: Season 5. 

Key Dates and Fees

  Early Bird Deadline
Jan 07, 2019
Regular Deadline
Feb 11, 2019
Late Deadline
Mar 04, 2019
Entry Fees $35 $50 $65
Fees are paid through the submission process.

Entry Materials

Personal Introduction Video

3-5 minute video introducing yourself, your unique voice and style, and why you think you're the right fit for the Women Directing Mentorship. Be creative!


Reel under 15-minutes or short film showcasing your directing work. This reel can include student work.


Completed and Signed Application Form via FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway Entry Fee


To qualify, you must have three years professional experience (that can be in any professional role not just Director) and can have directed shorts and up to two features. If you have previously been a Director on a network series, you are ineligible to participate. Must be 21+ years of age.

Please note, entry materials will not be returned. Enter Your Submission

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