Women in Film & Video Inc
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4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 305 Washington DC 20016 USA
Established in 1979, Women In Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV-DC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of women in film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. We work closely with industry agencies to promote opportunities for women in the industry; their achievements; and on-going professional development. There are currently 1,000+ members in the DC Chapter. We are also part of an international network of 40 chapters with more than 10,000 members worldwide.
Member films have been screened at film festivals around the globe. 78 screenplays have been promoted in the Spotlight on Screenwriters catalogue. New creative teams come together to make independent work. Internal fundraising has resulted in the first call for applications to the WIFV Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers. Our members work for the most-respected media companies in the US and create a significant body of independent media every year.
screen-based mediamakers and their audiences
Direct beneficiaries per year:
400 students; 4 non-profits; 3,500 program attendees
Geographic areas served:
80+ professional development programs per year, including ScriptDC, Women of Vision Awards, Spotlight on Screenwriters, Image Makers, Kids World Film Festival, master classes, roundtables, and networking.
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I have been a WIFV member for 10 years before becoming a new, first-time anywhere board member. The Executive Director is AMAZING, the programs and initiatives are timely and spot on. Events are well attended, volunteers are fantastic.
This is a well-run organization that does the best it can with its money, and of course can use more to expand and do the things that people are asking. It's well worth it to become and remain a member, and worth it to donate!
At the time most people would say I am a professional filmmaker. I have graduated from Towson University. My experience with WIFV has been absolutely amazing. I have never really told this story and I am happy to have a venue to do so. When I first heard about WIFV I was a freshmen (1998). I was wide eyed and excited to anything to enhance my knowledge of film. I met many wonderful women to help nurture that need. The Presidents name was Theresa then. I was thrilled to hear that John Waters sat on the board here in Baltimore. Everything was so new but the WIFV organization was so welcoming. I looked around and noticed that many of my friends had not been involved yet. I volunteered to recruit my young college friends to join. I even ask the guys knowing that just because the majority were women that they were openly accepted too. I knew one of the members was Steve Yeager a teacher of ours at Towson University. I remember volunteering to help out at a gala at the Senator Theater. (I believe it was for an independent film shot in Maryland that was directed by Jamie Lee Curtis' sister.) When the "Replacements" came to town one of the members remembered me and told me to apply to be a part of the film set. I did and they ended up needing some help with recruiting folks for their stadium scene. They had me gather people to show up and to be a part of the film as extras. I asked even my parents to come!! That day was a fun day that I could spend with them and they learned a little bit of what I actually love about the filmmaking process. In addition, that experience I also had a unique and rare opportunity to work with a filmmaker who had a film called "My Father's House." At the time it was the most exciting independent film being shot in the surrounding Baltimore/Washington area in my opinion. I wanted so badly to be a part of the film production crew. Cameron Diaz was to be in the film being shot! Everyone knew that. I remember going down one avenue and it just did not work. My sister in WIFV pulled through for me. She told me of a way to get my resume to the film director. I brought my resume, interviewed, and hopped on board. Larry Holden turned out to be one of the most brilliant and kindest people I think I will ever know. He and his wife Hanne were wonderful to work with and for during the shooting of this film. I was a production assistant that quickly was promoted when one of the producers decided to leave. I had the opportunity to juggle a few spots on set. I had opportunity to even prepare a make shift breakfast for Ms. Diaz herself. We had a nice trailer set up for her and I was asked to bring her some breakfast.Refrigerator. Well, on set we had cereal and slices of orange. ( She expressed she did not drink coffee) I placed them in her refrigerator. I only hoped that she was fine with what we had. She was very pleasant. Larry Holden and I early one early morning sat on the back porch of the home on Broadway where the production house was set up. ( Belair, Md) As we sat drank a mug of coffee I will never forget how down to Earth he was and I remember instantly liking him. He had that ability. (He too was an actor in Hollywood) He has since passed away but, I know I will never be the same having met him. I have enjoyed being involved with WIFV and I truthfully believe they gave me opportunities that I never would have had if I was not involved. Thank you WIFV, Heidi Lea Hunter
This organization recently received the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts, and it's due to the strong sense of community that is maintained between members, the all-volunteer board, and Executive Director Melissa Houghton, who celebrated her 10th work anniversary this year. If you want to hone your artistic skills and connect locally in DC, or internationally with 10,000+ WIFTI members - this is the organization to join!
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From helping a young person celebrate completing their first film project to having a seasoned veteran come share their expertise with members and friends, Women in Film and Video works to serve and celebrate everyone. One of my first tasks when moving to the DMV area was to join WIFV. I knew that the connections and opportunities would assist me learning about the local and regional industry. It has been wonderful return on the investment.
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Women in Film and Video is an organization committed to advancing female filmmakers. This occurs through connections, resources, and advocacy. WIFV offers invaluable mentorship in ever-changing and challenging business environment.
Whether new in town, a student, or a veteran media maker - WIFV has something to offer. I was all three of those when first introduced to WIFV through my film program! Quickly, I learned WIFV can provide almost instant connections to resources; it has vast networking, support, and mentoring opportunities; and it gives members a sense of community and belonging in the DC Metro area. WIFV offers tremendous support for indie doc filmmakers, through its Documentary Seed Fund, Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and general advocacy to get women's voices heard in the media that surrounds us. Its members and staff are inspiring and hard working women. Join them!
WIFV is a wonderful organization! I've been a member for more than 15 years and I'm consistently amazed at how interesting and insightful the programs are--I learn so much by attending WIFV functions and networking with members. A really great community!
I have been a member of Women In Film & Video for close to two years. The members and staff go out of their way to help you. Whether it is to find a new job, someone to read your script or a graphics person for your media project for kids, someone has a suggestion for you. WIFV believes if you succeed, they succeed. I have been on the board for other women's TV and radio and PR groups and this one is by far the most supportive. The job fair was incredible with the list of great companies. This is one group worth joining.
I joined the Board of WIFV in 2012 to give back to this wonderful community of media makers that has made such a difference in my own career in television. One of my favorite events each year is the Kids World Film Festival which gives students throughout the region the opportunity to develop their critical viewing skills while watching films from around the world. Some of our most accomplished members make classroom visits to talk about their work and prepare students for the event. Highlights of our most recent Festival included a special visit from a woman filmmaker from Oman and an animated film from Norway about a young girl who triumphs over neighborhood bullies. The KWFF is a very special event for students, educators and volunteers, and WIFV makes it possible.
This is an innovative and inspiring organization that always finds new ways to enhance their member's experience. There are so many opportunities for skills building, networking and building creative projects.