AWD works to support and promote the work, visibility, and professional development for women-identifying and gender non-conforming directors through a variety of programs including screenings, educational events, and networking events both for their members, and the general public.
AWD Statement on Harvey Weinstein
Alliance of Women Directors is an organization of empowerment for our members as well as upcoming women and gender non-conforming directors. Our organization exemplifies hard work and tenacity to the community of women and young girls.
AWD summarily denounces the impropriety and abuse of power exhibited by Harvey Weinstein, others like him, and the system that would enable it. We applaud the University of Southern California for rejecting Weinstein's insulting offer to fund an endowment for women directors. Weinstein can't continue to pay women for their silence.
AWD wholeheartedly supports the women who have, and those that will continue to, come forward. They show enormous bravery and resilience in putting faces on this ongoing mistreatment and abuse. They are the epitome of the empowerment our organization supports and develops.
Growth is never easy and often comes with pain and the reminder that we have not taken the easiest road to success. We are confident that continuing to come together to raise our voices can be a driving force to change the climate of our industry, state, and country.
We remain here for you.
Support Alliance of Women Directors
AWD has entered in the WeWork Creator Awards, a new year-long global initiative to recognize and reward creators (individual and organization) with over $20M of available awards. Securing this award in The Scale category would expand AWD's ability to continue supporting the growth of its members.
To contribute to a successful campaign, please share the below posts on social media:
We are excited to announce that AWD was recently accepted into ESC's Developing Development Program for 2017-2018. The program helps non-profits build sustainable and strategic growth and development infrastructure. We are honored to be on this journey with other organizations, including OutFest, Downtown Women's Shelter, and Pathways LA. Through workshops and one-on-one meetings with a Development Coach, AWD will implement plans for strategic growth, with the end-goal of hiring a full-time Executive Director to advocate for AWD and women directors. Stay updated about AWD's fundraising efforts and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!
New Organization for Middle East and North African Female Filmmakers
Women Creating Change is a community of inspiring female artists and filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who seek to inspire change and bridge cultural and religious divides by championing creative, inclusive collaborations through storytelling.
WCC is hosting a daylong LAUNCH EVENT in Los Angeles on November 18, consisting of powerful discussions around women empowerment, interactive workshops, and one-on-one sessions with top executives, casting directors, a networking reception and more.
AWD is happy to partner with KitSplit, which includes invites to our members for their LA launch party November 3rd.
KitSplit is a community of tens of thousands of vetted filmmakers and production companies renting gear to and from each other. Called “the Airbnb for creative equipment” by Forbes and Fast Company, KitSplit saves you time and money; you can search hundreds of vendors at once, buy shoot insurance on the spot and have gear delivered straight to your shoot. If you own gear, they make it safe and easy for you to earn extra money renting it out.
AWD members are invited to join KitSplit as LA Founding Members and to list gear with exclusive benefits. Those who reach out in October or November, will receive the concierge services for FREE and KitSplit will list your gear for you (to learn how to unlock this benefit check your inbox). To get 10% off your first rental, sign up for KitSplit (check your inboxes for the discount code).
To attend their LAUNCH PARTY on November 3rd, RSVP here (password = KSVIP066).
Unlock Raindance LA Course Discount
AWD members get 15% off Raindance LA's SALES AND DISTRIBUTION Course taught by industry veterans sales agent Jason Piette, sales agent Glenn Kendrick Ackermann, distributor Chris Charalambous, and producer Julia Verdin.
The five-Mondays evenings course will focus on understanding the current marketplace, US distributors, foreign sales agents, self/online distribution, deliverables, legal pitfalls to protect your film, marketing and film festivals. With Raindance's hybrid training, you have the freedom to join in person, online, or catch up a day later after each class on VOD.
Dates: Mondays, October 30th to November 27th, 6pm to 8pm.
For more information and to reserve your seat visit Raindance LA using the discount code provided in a separate email to AWD members.
Upcoming Workshops and Events
AWD is thrilled to present the panel, "The Future is Female" at AFM 2017. Women make up over half of the world’s population, and are a driving force in theatrical box office as well as television, cable and digital viewing. This Roundtable will highlight how female-driven stories can expand a film's audience and profitability. Our panel will explore the benefits of developing strong female leads and hiring women directors, producers and writers.
NOTE: AFM Roundtables are approximately 90 minutes long. Each Roundtable draws an audience of 80-100 producers and filmmakers from around the world who have a keen professional interest in the topic. You must have an AFM badge to attend Roundtables. However, overflow audiences and non-badge holders can watch Roundtables on screens in the Loews Hotel lobby.
We are excited to announce two new Committee Chairs and our new newsletter editor. As a volunteer-driven organization, these positions are vital to us. Thank you to these members for stepping up to lead:
AWD members attended panels, events, and conversations covering packaging content, branding, Next Gen creatives, social media, VR and others during Digital Hollywood event in October.
AWD sister organization Women in Media had its RELAUNCH with a black carpet event! The organization celebrated its NEW 501(c)(3) status, website, and VIP memberships for women. If you aren't familiar with them, we encourage you to be! They are awesome and work tirelessly toward inclusion and gender parity in the film industry.
AWD members were invited to The Wrap's Power Women Breakfast LA focusing on inclusion in championing new stories and changing the culture of systemic sexism. The event was followed by #MeToo Town Hall that offered actionable steps for dealing with difficult situations of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.