FILM / TV PROGRAM APPLICATION FOR 2020


Application Process


This Application consists of Five (5) Parts. Please read carefully. Deadline date: December 4, 2019. Upon successful and timely receipt of this application and all requested documents eligible applicants will receive confirmation of Phase One of the formal assessment process. Incomplete applications will not be considered for further review.

Phase One, on-line testing is administered by an independent assessment organization and consists of written exercises designed to evaluate problem-solving skills, interpersonal orientation and temperament.

Testing date is in February 8, 2020. Testing will take place online only. Several criteria are used to determine who continues on to phase two: on-line testing score, application responses, including relevant work, life experience, and recommendations. Applicants requesting testing accommodations must submit official documentation of disability with application. Please call the program office at 212-397-0930 for further details.

Phase Two consists of an individual in-depth interview conducted by the assessment organization. Interviews will take place in New York City and will be scheduled for March - April 2020. Final candidates will then be invited to participate in Phase Three.

Phase Three, scheduled in May 2020, will be an interview with the Training Program’s Board of Trustees who will make the final selection. The Program begins in June 2020.

Successful completion of the Program will qualify graduates for admittance as 2nd Assistant Directors to the Directors Guild of America.


All required materials must be submitted with your application for it to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be considered. No exceptions. You must be 21 years of age by the time the Program begins (June 2020) to be eligible.

List of requirements for submitting application.

Thank you for applying to the DGA Assistant Director Training Program! The 2020 application is now closed.