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SeriesFest proudly presents year-round opportunities for creators to connect, collaborate, hone their craft and learn from established industry professionals to move their projects - and careers - forward.
**Women Directing Mentorship in partnership Shondaland**
SeriesFest and Shondaland are proud to have partnered for the past three 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). Tamika Miller, the winner of the second cycle of the program was hired to direct an episode of Station 19, which premiered on ABC on March 17, 2022.
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 Shondaland.com. The website expands the award-winning Shondaland brand by providing a home for complex articles and honest conversations beyond the fictional space.
The creator selected for the Grand Prize will shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland production and will receive a $5,000 stipend to use during the duration of their mentorship.
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!
Sample of Work: A full work sample (including but not limited to a feature film, short film, web series, commercial, tv episode, etc).
Director's Reel (optional) : Reel under 15-minutes. This reel can include student work.
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.