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MFJF Academy

Starting a Career in Film

Film Director - A Live Q&A

Thursday October 26th at 6pm, ET.

If you have aspirations of being a film director one day this FREE Zoom Q&A will be a perfect place for you to start.

Film Director - A Live Q&A

MFJF is delighted to bring you a Film Director - A Live Q&A hosted by Erica Rose.

Erica went to NYU film school, worked as an assistant on set on various productions and then started making her own projects via web series and short films. She knows the film festival circuit and how to self-finance.

She is the perfect person, having recently climbed the ladder from PA roles to directing, to give advice on how to take your directing career to the next level.

This workshop will be a short discussion from Erica and then she will open the floor up to Q&As.



The purpose of this Live Q&A is for you to understand the career pathways and career of being a professional film and commercial director. You will have plenty of opportunity to ask your questions to Erica, however, she will also aim to cover the following areas:

  • Transition your career into being a director

  • Shooting your first short film

  • The benefits of film school

  • The director's responsibilities in prep/shooting/post

  • Fundraising/financing for indie films

  • Navigating the film festival circuit with short films


Course Leader - Erica Rose

Erica Rose (she/her) is an award-winning Brooklyn based writer and director with a focus on queer and female driven stories. She co-created, executive produced, and directed episodes for the ROKU ORIGINAL SERIES, THE LESBIAN BAR PROJECT, which is currently streaming. The series is Executive Produced by Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black) and presented by Jägermeister. The series was recently honored at Brand Storytelling, a sanctioned event at The Sundance Film Festival, as one of the best brand sponsored series of 2022. The series received honors at the GLAAD Media Awards 2023. The series is an adaptation from the award-winning short film of the same name that she directed. The Lesbian Bar Project short has over 1 billion impressions, has won two Webby’s and ANA awards, and was presented at The Library of Congress for the US Congress Equity Caucus. The film was nominated for the Tribeca X Award and was acquired by AMC + / Sundance TV for streaming. The project has been covered by The New York Times, NBC News, ABC News, CBS, PBS, The Cut, Reuters, Smithsonian Mag, them, the Today Show, among many other publications. Her directing work has screened at festivals internationally, including Academy Award-qualifying Tribeca Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Outfest, Flickerfest, the Florida Film Festival, and the BAFTA-qualifying Iris Prize Festival. Her writing has been selected to participate in the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, the Middlebury Script Lab, and the Athena Script Lab. She was a finalist for THROUGH HER LENS: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program in both 2018 and 2020. She’s a 2022 grant recipient of the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre. She has directed national commercials and branded documentaries for TCS New York City Marathon, EasyKnock, Parents Mag, and Effen Vodka. She’s directed music videos for Sony Music and others.

In addition, Erica has recently shot a new comedy short film called LET LIV starring Christine Taylor, Rosaline Elbay, and Olivia Levine, which will premiere at Tribeca Festival 2023. She’s in development for various other narrative and documentary television and film projects.

Free? Yes, Free!

Our Starting a Career in Film series of virtual workshops are all free. It costs nothing to join and participate in. However, places for each workshop are limited so please do not delay, reserve your please now!

To register please follow this link:



Anyone is welcome to join our virtual workshops. No experience is required, if you are simply curious about a career in film or are a recent film graduate we welcome you to join us.

Please look at our Career Stages Pathways to understand where your experience lies in the grand scheme of things, it will help you navigate and plan your next steps. These workshops are for Stage 1 and 2 members.

You don't need to have MFJF membership to join this workshop.




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