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Directors Directors
Julia Ducournau, director of Raw

Directors Directors

Universal Directors Access Program

Currently in development. 

Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on this upcoming program.

In the meantime, please enjoy the following interview clips of filmmakers discussing the
Universal Pictures or Focus Features films they’ve directed. We hope they inspire you.

Sponsorships

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Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative

Universal Pictures is a Founding Supporter of the Sundance Institute FilmTwo Initiative, a specialized artist development program of the Feature Film Program (FFP) dedicated to supporting filmmakers that are working to get their second narrative features made. The FilmTwo Initiative includes participation in the FilmTwo Intensive, building a support community of second-time filmmakers. Additionally, filmmakers will receive strategic advice in navigating the industry and have access to customized year-round creative and tactical support from Sundance Staff, including feedback on screenplay drafts and rough cuts, assistance in securing resources, advice on festival and release strategies, and introductions to potential funders and collaborators. In addition, filmmakers will be considered for FFP granting and participation in various Labs and activities on an individualized basis and be eligible for the Sundance Institute | Universal Pictures Fellowship.  Selection times will vary year to year.

Those selected for the Sundance Institute | Universal Pictures Fellowship will receive a monetary grant to use towards their second film and will participate in the Universal Pictures Directors Intensive. Launched in 2017, the Universal Pictures Directors Intensive brings together filmmakers from the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and the Sundance Institute|Universal Pictures Fellowship for a weeklong curriculum designed to expose selected participants to the studio process from development to distribution. The Intensive provides filmmakers access to Universal Pictures and Focus Features executives through roundtable sessions and panel discussions with the goal of increasing their knowledge of studio production, expanding their network and building on their momentum.

Please visit http://www.sundance.org/programs/feature-film/ for more program information such as application details.  Check our Facebook page for announcements regarding individuals selected to join the Sundance Institute | Universal Pictures Fellowship.


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AFI Directing Workshop for Women 

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing.

DWW offers participants intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative workshop. Each participant is required to complete a short film or series by the end of the program. DWW is open to women with three years or more of professional experience in the arts. The program is tuition-free though participants are responsible for raising the funds for their projects.

At the end of their program, directors are eligible to participate in the Universal Pictures Directors Intensive. Launched in 2017, the Universal Pictures Directors Intensive brings together filmmakers from the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and the Sundance Institute|Universal Pictures Fellowship for a weeklong curriculum designed to expose selected participants to the studio process from development to distribution. The Intensive provides filmmakers access to Universal Pictures and Focus Features executives through roundtable sessions and panel discussions with the goal of increasing their knowledge of studio production, expanding their network and building on their momentum.

Please visit http://www.afi.com/dww/ for more information on program requirements.