Episodic Directing Intensive

The Episodic Directing Intensive is a three-day program that prepares its participants for a career in episodic directing through conversations with veteran directors, showrunners and executives to discuss the ins and outs of directing scripted episodic content. Six directors, whose work embodies the diversity, innovation and uniqueness we nurture and champion at Film Independent, will be selected.

In addition to gaining a greater understanding of what it takes to land their first episode and build a successful career in directing television, individuals accepted into the Episodic Directing Intensive are Film Independent Fellows and receive year-round support, including access to all our Grants and Awards.

Who Can Apply?

The program is designed for directors who have already established a foundation in their careers but are seeking to transition into the scripted episodic space. Directors who have demonstrated a commitment to the art and craft of directing through their body of work will be considered. Ideal candidates are those who have honed their directorial skills and artistic vision through experience, including directing short films, feature films or commercial projects.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the Episodic Directing Intensive and what you hope to gain by participating in the program (500 words)
  • A bio
  • A resume
  • Two samples of directing work; at least one sample must be a fiction project (short film or feature)



  • Filmmakers with prior experience in directing short films, feature films and/or commercials are eligible. Top candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to their craft, and a unique personal style and voice.
  • The selection process involves a panel of industry professionals reviewing all submitted materials to evaluate each director’s experience, artistic uniqueness, and potential for success in episodic television directing
  • Program benefits include access to extensive networking opportunities, workshops focused on navigating the television industry, guidance on pitching and presenting episodic content, and preparation to secure episodic directing opportunities
  • Shadowing opportunities are not included
  • The program will take place online, via Zoom


Application Fee


The Fine Print

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

Film Independent Membership is not required when applying to Artist Development Labs. However, all participants accepted into the Labs are required to join Film Independent at the standard annual General Membership rate of $95.

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

Applicants who are invited to participate in the program should plan to be available for all virtual sessions throughout the duration of the program. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

For more information, please email: artistdevelopment@filmindependent.org.

To learn more about Film Independent Fellows and their projects, visit our Talent Guide.