An intensive four-week program for directors who are prepping their independent feature films

Under the guidance of established industry professionals who serve as Creative Advisors, Directing Workshop Fellows receive script feedback, discuss their visions, and select short scenes from their screenplays to workshop. Each director then casts actors and rehearses their scenes in the workshop before undertaking a mini-production: Film Independent provides Fellows with digital camera, lighting and sound packages to shoot their scenes, and offers access to experienced casting directors, cinematographers, and editors with whom to collaborate and consult. This 4-week program, taking place?April?June, provides an important opportunity to see a project through from pre- to post-production, and culminates in a group screening for fellow Workshop participants and advisors.

For more information on the application deadline please visit?our?contact page.

Who Can Apply?

The Directing Workshop is open to any director who is attached to an unproduced, short form or feature length narrative film with an eye toward production. Writer-directors are welcome to apply, as are directing teams, who may submit a single application. International applicants are welcome to apply. Documentary and television projects are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the program and what you hope to gain by participating in the Directing Workshop
  • An artistic statement describing your vision for your film
  • A complete screenplay
  • A logline and synopsis
  • Bios of participant(s)
  • Project status and history
  • A link to previously directed work (if applicable)

Selection Criteria

Ford Studios is looking for talented filmmakers attached to short form or feature-length narrative film projects that are compelling, original and demonstrate a unique vision. We are open to first-time directors, as well as those with previous directing experience. A work sample is not required in order to be considered for the program. The purpose of the program is to generate a sample with a sense of your potential as a visual storyteller and ability to work with actors.

Application Fee

  • $45 for Ford Studios Memberss
  • $65 for Non-Members

The Fine Print

Beyond the application fee, there is no cost or tuition to participate in any of Ford Studios’ Artist Development programs.

Ford Studios Membership is not required when applying to any of the Workshops or Academy. However, all participants accepted into the Works are required to join Ford Studios’ Member Program at the standard annual General Membership rate of $95.

Applicants will be notified three to four weeks prior to the start of the program.

Those applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be in Myrtle Beach for the four-week duration of the Workshop. Ford Studios is unable to subsidize any travel, lodging and/or visa expenses for any participants attending from outside of Myrtle Beach. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person.

For more information, please email:?[email protected].