Frequently Asked Questions

Alliance of Women Directors is 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the support and advocacy of women-identifying and gender non binary directors in the entertainment industry. We host tradecraft workshops, networking events, screenings, and highly popular educational seminars on the business of the industry. Each member has achieved professional status by having directed at least one long or short-form narrative film, television program, documentary, commercial, or new media program that has been recognized by the creative community.

Members are part of our exclusive searchable database, utilized by producers and production companies. They are eligible to apply for our In-House Shadowing and Industry Support programs, can participate in our Works in Progress Program, and are eligible to receive discounts and waivers on film festival submissions. Members receive free or discounted admission to AWD events, including our partnership workshops, panels, and mixers (NOTE: some events have limited seating). They have access to online resources, and discounts on industry goods and services. 

Above all, with AWD, you have a built-in network of supportive creatives and like-minded professionals.

To qualify for Membership, you must have directed a publicly-aired feature film, TV episode, TV movie, documentary, commercial, or short film. Membership in AWD is open to directors who identify as women or who are gender non binary. To fill out an application form, go to our Join page.

Membership dues pay for the costs of our events (venues, refreshments, etc.), as well as for all online services provided to members (website upkeep, subscriptions services, etc). We are able to keep the yearly dues low because our members generously donate their time and energy to the organization.

Yes! We have a searchable database of our members. You can select different filters, such as genre and experience level, to generate a list of compatible directors for your project. When you contact directors for interviews, be sure to mention that you found them on the AWD searchable database.

Members can contact the Committee they are interested in volunteering with. Descriptions and requirements of committee volunteers can be found in the Member Center.

If you are not a member, see the next question for more details.

Everyone is welcome to contribute their time and talents to AWD. Perhaps you are an events coordinator and would love to help us coordinate our members' bash, or an entertainment lawyer who wants to donate time advising our members. Or maybe you just love film and want to be around like-minded professionals. You can contact  the Committee that fits your interests, or e-mail us at and let us know how you’d like to become involved with AWD.

Additionally, some of our events are open to the public. Check out our Calendar and sign up when space is available.

Not at this time. However, students who meet our membership requirements are welcome to apply for membership.

AWD encourages forthright business practices and accurate self-representation but assumes no responsibility, nor liability for any member’s individual content, nor business relationships made through AWD's website, events, or social media accounts.