Sponsored by 21st Century Fox


Fewer than 4% of film and television programs have a female cinematographer. But the AFI Conservatory Cinematography MFA program has been a leader in the field, graduating a record number of female DPs, including Rachel Morrison — the first woman to be nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar®.

AFI CINEMATOGRAPHY INTRODUCTORY INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN (CIIW) — a four-day, tuition-free workshop — will initiate women in the fundamentals of cinematography. With this opportunity to become familiar with the tools that help a cinematographer "paint with light," participants will leave the Intensive with the confidence to pursue the field — through education or entry-level employment.

We're looking for candidates who demonstrate a passion for visual storytelling, are able to fully commit to a rigorous four-day program and show the maturity for collaboration and critique. You are not required to have shot a film before submitting your application.

Application Due: June 20, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: July 13, 2018
Workshop Intensive: Friday, August 3–Monday, August 6, 2018

The Intensive will take place on the AFI Conservatory campus. Participants should be prepared to spend the full day and most evenings on campus. Lunch will be provided. Dinner will be provided during evening events.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be available to attend all four days — including evenings. No exceptions.
  • All participants must have housing nearby and must have transportation to and from campus throughout the Intensive. AFI does not provide housing or transportation.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (with Permanent Resident Card).
  • All participants are required to maintain current health insurance through the course of the CIIW.


  • Bio — a brief overview of your educational and/or professional background. Limit 200 words.
  • Statement of Interest — a brief description of your interest in cinematography. Limit 300 words.
  • Work Sample — we will accept a broad variety of material as your work sample. This is your opportunity to show us your point of view as a visual storyteller. Here are some of the options for materials to submit:
    • reel
    • completed film/video project
    • portfolio of photography
    • portfolio of fine art
    • graphic novel/comic book
    • other
  • Please organize your work in a way that's easy to access, providing us with no more than two links. Preferred formats – Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from people who know your work and can speak to your character
  • $20 administration fee


Thank you so much for your interest in the Introductory Intensive. By piloting a program that supports female DPs as they begin their exploration of the field, Fox & AFI hope to meaningfully change the industry for the better.


After submitting your application, you can make your payment here.