Mentoring Program

The deadline for this Mentoring Circle application period has past. Applicants will be notified in January. Another application cycle will open in the spring.

The mission of the Women In Film Mentoring Program is to nurture emerging female and male talent in the entertainment industry by connecting WIF members with established professionals who can offer advice and guidance. Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the entertainment industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts, and hone skills.

We feel strongly that mentoring is a crucial part of our mission, and that it is incumbent upon us to ensure that new generations of women in the film, television, and new media business are able to take advantage of the experiences of those who have gone before them.

The goal of the WIF Mentoring Circles is to establish a safe and open environment to discuss issues relating to career objectives. Mentors and Mentees are expected to maintain mutual respect, honesty, and confidentiality at all times.

Mentees will be assigned to groups of eight who will meet with two mentors, each of whom has significant experience in the entertainment industry. Mentors and Mentees will be grouped randomly to ensure a cross-disciplinary focus for each group.

Mentees will have six two-hour group meetings with Mentors within a twelve-month period. Dates and locations will be determined solely by Mentors. It is the responsibility of the Mentee to be available to attend meetings.

A highlight of the mentoring year is the Speed Mentoring Event, created and sponsored by Chevonne O’Shaughnessy, which takes place at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Twenty hand-selected Mentees are invited to meet with some of the most successful women in the business for five minutes at a time, to ask specific questions and take advice as they move from one Mentor to another.