Shonda Rhimes: SeriesFest and Shondaland’s Women Directing Mentorship

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SeriesFest and Shondaland have partnered for the past two years on the Women Directing Mentorship, a competition designed to discover aspiring women directors with a unique voice and provide a launchpad for their career.

The Women Directing Mentorship is anchored with the opportunity to shadow a director for an episode of a Shondaland original series. The mentorship includes shadowing the director during pre-production, shooting and post-production for a duration of up to three weeks, depending on the episode schedule. The winner will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations but will receive a $5,000 stipend to assist with these costs.

The regular deadline for the mentorship is Aug. 11. The final deadline is Sept. 14.

For more information or to apply, go to

The recipient of the inaugural mentorship, Rachel Myers, shadowed director Tessa Blake on Episode 306, Ice Ice Baby, of the Shondaland series Station 19 (ABC). Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for