ICON SPOTLIGHT on Deborah Kampmeier

AWD Icon Members work extensively in feature films, television, commercials, music videos, and/or new media. They have not only shown exceptional skill and/or received substantial acclaim, but are also advocates for AWD’s mission for parity in the entertainment industry. This month we shine a spotlight on AWD Icon … Read On ›

FEBRUARY Member News

MARISSA CHIBÁS Marissa Chibás received an inaugural Sundance Institute/One House Filmmaker Fund grant for her debut feature, 1972. The short proof of concept will premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2/9 and 2/10. 1972 logline: At her Manhattan New Year’s eve party in 1972, exiled Cuban revolutionary … Read On ›

JANUARY Member News

MARGAUX SUSI Announced in Deadline, "guts," the short film directed by Margaux Susi, is World Premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2024. Logline: Desperate for help, a woman in recovery asks an unlikely stranger on a dinner date. Follow Margaux on IG and X. EVA MIDGLEY The hilarious PERIOD. campaign from social-impact … Read On ›

DECEMBER Member News

Rachel Annette Helson THE ENGAGEMENT DRESS, a rom com feature film directed by Rachel Annette Helson, was released on November 10th as a TUBI Original. LOGLINE: "When Claudia gets to wear the lucky dress that has led to all her friends’ marriages, she realizes she has searched for love … Read On ›

AWD announces #MentorLatinaDirectors Fellows

AWD is excited to announce the Fellows in our inaugural #MentorLatinaDirectors Initiative. One aspect of the program is designed to foster meaningful relationships and focus on career growth, enrichment, and development with industry creatives through Mentor/Mentee pairings. Community-building activities and meet ups among the Mentee participants is another component … Read On ›

NOVEMBER Member News

Monique Sorgen Short film "Random Check," directed by Monique Sorgen won Best Short Film at the Calabasas Film Festival. Logline: When Sara, who wears a hijab, arrives on an international flight to San Diego for Comic Con, she is held up for hours by Homeland Security during a … Read On ›


Elaine Del Valle MIDNIGHT HUSTLE - An original Tubi Movie directed by Elaine Del Valle premiere on the streaming platform August 31, 2023. You can view the TRAILER HERE. Follow Elaine's INSTAGRAM to learn more about her work! Elizabeth Gray Bayne Elizabeth Gray Bayne has been selected to direct DREAM … Read On ›

Jennifer Warren in the New York Times

AWD Founder and Co-Chair Jennifer Warren's Letter to the Editor, "Investing in Artistic Creators, Not Buildings" was published in the New York Times this week. Her response to Michael Kimmelman's article, "A Dazzling Arts Haven Blossoms at Ground Zero" (Critic’s Notebook, front page, Sept. 14) was in the Sept. 27th … Read On ›


Lisa Cole Lisa Cole's film "Bienvenidos a Los Angeles" won the 2023 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase and the Stage 32 Short Film Contest. Logline: Inspired by true events and shot on location at LAX airport, "Bienvenidos a Los Angeles" tells the timely story of Imani, a Nigerian … Read On ›