Warner Bros. has announced five candidates for the inaugural Emerging Film Directors Workshop. Selected from a pool of over 5,000 applicants, the class of filmmakers will partake in a seven month program, starting in December, where they will work through the entire film production process, from pitch to final cut and premiere, with a budget of $100K.
Julia Spiro, Vice President, Production, and Jon Gonda, Production Executive, Warner Bros. Pictures, oversee the Workshop and will serve as mentors and industry liaisons for the group. In addition, the workshop also includes guest speakers and various panels from industry experts. The program will culminate with a film festival held at Warner Bros. in June 2017, where the participants will premiere their short films and get exposure to industry professionals.
Announced in March, Warners Bros. said the workshop provides aspiring directors the ultimate opportunity to showcase their work to the film community. Applicants submitted their idea for a short film and were chosen after an intensive review process.
The 2016 inaugural class is comprised of:
Burke has worked as a movie costume designer for 25 years, working on such movies as New Line Cinema’s “The Conjuring.” She has written, directed, edited and produced three original short films.
Floyd is a graduate of Fullerton College and participated in the Inner City Filmmakers program (ICF) and the Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellowship. The Los Angeles native has worked as a production assistant on “Fast 8” and “Sinister 2,” and written, produced and directed four short films.
A Syracuse University graduate, Korycinski spent her first few years after college producing documentaries and directed her own in 2011. She has also directed and produced three original narrative short films. In 2014, she participated in the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and she’s also a participant in Ryan Murphy Television’s Half Foundation mentorship program, through which she has shadowed directors on shows such as “American Horror Story.”
Mongeon is from Nantucket, Massachusetts. After attending Boston University, she moved to Los Angeles and eventually became the assistant to director Greg Jacobs, working with him on nine different films.
Zhang grew up in southern China, where she attended the Zhejiang University. She earned her MFA in Film & TV Production at University of Southern California, during which time she worked on more than 20 short films, directing several of them.