Shonda Rhimes is Now Looking for Aspiring Female Filmmakers

Shonda Rhimes
LOS ANGELES - APR 08: Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and Betsy Beers arrives to the "Scandal" 100th Episode Party on April 08, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA (DFree /

Shonda Rhimes is looking for aspiring female filmmakers for a major mentorship program.

Shonda Rhimes is arguably one of the most influential and creative content creators working in the TV industry today. Her work includes hit TV shows such as Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy. Now, she’s giving back to aspiring female filmmakers with her new once in a lifetime opportunity.

SeriesFest and Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, are launching a new Women Directing Mentorship.

What is Seriesfest?

Seriesfest is a non-profit organization and annual TV festival held in Denver Colorado. Since 2016, they have been advocating female creators. Two years ago, they partnered with Rose McGowan on the Featuring Women Writing Competiton, when they showcased writing content that centered around women and featured women. The program is being expanded with the Shondaland mentorship program.

What do winners receive?

Grey's Anatomy Cast
LOS ANGELES – NOV 4: Sarah Drew, Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Shonda Rhimes, Debbie Allen, James Pickens Jr at the “Grey’s Anatomy” 300th Episode Event at Tao on November 4, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA (Kathy Hutchins /

Winners will get a chance to shadow a Shondaland director during pre-production, shooting, and post-production work for a single episode sometime between June 2019 and June 2020. The mentorship will last up to three weeks, and the winner will be given $5,000 to assist with travel and accommodations.

Directors interested in applying need to provide a short introduction video to demonstrate their voice and why they deserve a mentorship, a reel or short film, and a resume. The festival will require all entrants to be 21 years or older and have three years of professional experience, however, the experience does not have to be directing.

Are you interested in applying?

Apply here by March 4, 2019. The winner will be announced June 2019 at SeriesFest.

About Shondaland:

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Shondaland is a TV production company founded by TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes. She created the company during the production of her first TV series Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. In 2007, Rhimes was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 People Who Helps Shape The World. In 2017, Netflix said the company entered into a multi-year development deal with Rhimes, with all of her future productions being Netflix Originals.


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