American Film Institute wrapping up 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women

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Guisel Contreras, a Mexican-American documentary director, producer and cinematographer, is among the 16 participants for the 2022 AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women. [Courtesy photo]

The American Film Institute is wrapping up Monday its 2022 Cinematography Intensive for Women, presented by Panavision.

Returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the four-day program has been taking place on the AFI Campus in Los Angeles. Designed for aspiring cinematographers, the goal of the program is to provide participants with a toolkit to secure on-set experience in the field and first-hand industry insights demonstrating the path to professional career success.

The 16 filmmakers selected for this year’s intensive are Anjuli Arreola-Burl, Guisel Contreras, Sarah Crowley-Kelly, Hannah Freeman, Nicky Fuchs, Allyson Hoover, Leeann Leonard, Miriam Ouchi, Angelica Perez-Castro, Aja Pilapil, Rebecca Richard, Susie Shircliff, Olivia Steede, Amber Steele, Olga Wagner and Demi Waldron.

AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women is a tuition-free workshop designed for aspiring cinematographers committed to their journey toward a professional career as cinematographers, who have some on-set experience working in the field and are looking for additional training to help them advance in their education, craft and career.

Hands-on master classes in the fundamentals of cinematography constitute the core of the program, along with exposure to professional tools and techniques, appreciating and analyzing specific work crafted by professional women cinematographers, plus discussions about the current environment of the film industry and what it means to navigate such environments as women, nonbinary and historically underrepresented cinematographers, according to a news release.

The intensive is spearheaded by AFI Conservatory Cinematography Discipline Head Stephen Lighthill.

The AFI Conservatory Cinematography program has propelled women cinematographers to great success, including trailblazer Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound,” “Black Panther”), the first woman ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, as well as two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé’s “Formation,” “Insecure” as director), Paula Huidobro (Academy Award Best Picture winner “Coda”), Ava Berkofsky (“Insecure”), Carolina Costa (“Hala, “Wander Darkly”). Autumn Durald (“Loki,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), Polly Morgan (“Legion”) and Mimi Leder (“The Morning Show” as director), among others.

“With the Cinematography Intensive for Women, our goal is to provide pathways to equity within the field and inspire participants to pursue professional opportunities,” said Lighthill in a statement. “AFI looks forward to hosting this transformative workshop for cinematographers to further develop their creative passion for visual storytelling as well as inclusive leadership in the filmmaking environment.”





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