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 spring 2019.

SeriesFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling. With year-round initiatives and professional development opportunities focused on diverse and under-served voices, education programs for students, and an annual festival, which gives emerging artists a platform and place for discovery, SeriesFest is where new voices and storytellers have found a home.

Founded by prolific storyteller Shonda Rhimes, Shondaland is the pioneering storytelling company behind many groundbreaking television series including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Over the last decade, Shondaland’s television series have earned numerous awards including a Golden Globe, the Peabody Award, GLAAD Media Awards, NAACP Image Awards and eight Emmys. The company recently created a new home for Shondaland storytelling with media innovator Netflix. In the Fall of 2017, Shondaland entered into the digital space with the launch of The website expands the award-winning Shondaland brand by providing a home for complex articles and honest conversations beyond the fictional space

The winner will shadow a director on one episode of a Shondaland original series between June 2019 and June 2020. 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.


Interested participants must 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, a CV/Resume. A completed and signed Application Form via FilmFreeway and
FilmFreeway Entry Fee are also required. Visit the Women Directing Mentorship submission page for more information on guidelines, entry materials, entry fees and key dates.


**We would suggest creating a New Project for this submission**

- Reel or Short Film can be uploaded to the "Online Screener" prompt

- Personal Introduction Video can be uploaded to the "Trailer" prompt

- CV/Resume can be uploaded under Files & Attachments

Please note, incomplete submissions will not be considered and entry materials will not be returned

Who is eligible
To qualify, you must have 3 years professional experience (that can be as any professional role not just Director) and can have directed shorts and up to 2 features.
If you have previously been a Director on a Network Series, you are ineligible to participate.
21+ years of age