Works in Progress Program

The AWD Works in Progress Programs are peer-to-peer opportunities to review new works by members currently in post or headed for the festival circuit. In Los Angeles our program is graciously sponsored by CANON.

Program emphasis is on:

  • Providing constructive feedback that enriches the works
  • Sharing resources
  • Building the AWD community

WIP Los Angeles is currently held monthly. Each event begins with invaluable Tech Talks. Two to three members’ short films that are currently being picture locked, or were recently completed, are then screened. Directors have the opportunity to share their journey from production to completion in an intimate session with AWD members only.

What AWD directors are saying about the program:

“AWD’s Works in Progress program was a game-changer for me. I brought my short “7AM Wednesday” in a couple years ago and got incredibly smart, thoughtful and kind advice. Thanks to notes I received, I left the first three minutes of that short on the floor and started the story in the middle of the action. It made for such a better film. This last short, “A Close Call” is only three minutes long and has a twist ending, so it was more about what was landing and what was getting missed. The best part about it was realizing that as I reviewed the notes, I became more clear on the story I wanted to tell and how I wanted to tell it. The program has truly helped me find my voice as a filmmaker.” – Julie Herlocker

“Canon has been so generous in their support of the WIP program. Jesica Sill and Michael Bravin have gone above and beyond to welcome our directors and ensure a wonderful focused event each time. The facilities are world class and it’s been a privilege to have the chance to work there.” — Leah Patterson

“The Works in Progress Program was a great motivator for me. It gave me a firm deadline by which to finish a first pass of my edit, sound, and color, and then I received the feedback I needed to take the film from great to excellent. The high marks my film received, also gave me the confidence to apply to top tier festivals, many of which the film is being accepted to. And finally, it gave me a chance to bond with the many women who got a chance to see my work, and with whom I’ve been able to form relationships since then.” — Monique Sorgen

How to participate:

Our WIP program is currently being held virtually. Directing members in good standing can attend the evenings by logging into their account and RSVPing through the calendar.

AWD Directing members can request to screen their work by filling out this form. Priority will be given to those who have attended previous evenings.

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