This fellowship features the glowmedia project's very own producing director, Angela Cohen. She directed Glowmedia's "Unimaginable", a short documentary on the effect of COVID on teen mental health as well as "There Can Be Light", a short film on suicide prevention.
The Alliance of Women Directors has chosen six directors to compose its inaugural 2024 Rising Director Fellowship class – Josie Andrews, Christianna Carmine, Angela Cohen, Julie Herlocker, Jessica Liu, and Morgen Whiteman.
They were chosen from a finalist pool of 19 candidates.
For the next year, participants will now have access to education and networking opportunities, mentorship and the opportunity to create a “proof of concept” for their feature projects, with the program concluding with an “industry screening” of the shorts.
“The Rising Director Fellowship is an exciting addition to our current slate of Member Programming,” Kylie Eaton, co-chair of the board of directors and spearhead of the RDF program, said in a statement. “These six deserving directors are at an inflection point in their career. They have done the hard work and preparation to get to this point; AWD is proud to offer them this opportunity for the exposure and guidance needed to become the next groundbreaking feature directors. As with all of the work we do, our goal with this fellowship is to get women and nonbinary directors hired and get their projects made.”
Since its foundation in 1997 by alumnae of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, the AWD strives to “increase opportunities for women and nonbinary directors working in the screened content industry through robust advocacy, craft development programs, and mentorship.”
“We are thrilled to welcome our inaugural class of talented and ambitious women directors into our Rising Director Fellowship program,” Melanie Mack, executive director of the AWD, said in a statement. “These women are the future of the industry, and we are committed to providing them with the support, resources, and mentorship they need to thrive in their careers. We are excited to see the incredible work they will create this year.”