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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Film & Video, Media & Communications

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: screen-based mediamakers and their audiences

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students; 4 non-profits; 3,500 program attendees

Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women in Film and Video (WIFV) has been a godsend for me! I joined the Washington DC chapter as a step towards reinventing myself, following my heart after an unfulfilling 'career'. This is quite simply the best investment of time, energy and resources that I have ever made! I have been acting, writing and directing for most of my life, seconded to the 'real career ' I was compelled to pursue, and although an acting professional, the educational curve for directing and producing with current equipment has been exponential! I have received complete support from the WIFV members, regardless of chapter; guidance and advice that would have taken years of experience that I haven't got to acquire on my own, or would have cost thousands (which I also haven't got!). Most of all, WIFV takes its members seriously, regardless of experience, and offers a very real launch pad for any member to tell her/his story, staunchly standing by the artists' vision. I cannot wait to see my documentary short (in production) with its prominent credit for WIFV...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Can't say enough wonderful things about this org, which I joined only last spring. With an excellent and vibrant listserv, fabulous and affordable events, WIFV opens doors to a tremendous, collaborative community. It's a bit of a misnomer as those doors are open to all and men frequently participate in WIFV activities (apparently they have nothing remotely similar).

As a (budding) screenwriter following a long career in journalism and international development, I have been an enthusiastic participant in the various writers' roundtables, Spotlight on Screenwriters, and ScriptDC. From the accessible ED, to the friendly staff and the experienced, professionally generous and tireless volunteers, WIFV defines the concept of "great nonprofits"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WIFV is staffed by intelligent and helpful women. Their events and support system provide women in the film industry with incredible opportunities and resources. WIFV's commitment to women and diversity makes them an amazing resource for women in media. They're good at what they do and their events are always well run and professional.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WIFV is staffed by intelligent and helpful women. Their events and support system provide women in the film industry with incredible opportunities and resources. WIFV's commitment to women and diversity makes them an amazing resource for women in media. They're good at what they do and their events are always well run and professional.

Haley16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The women who work here are amazing, strong, and intelligent. They put on fantastic events that encourage a stronger female presence in film and media and truly care about the industry as well as every last one of their members.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV provides such amazing support for women looking for stepping stones and opportunities in the film and media industry. It's a very inclusive, open and warm nonprofit with leaders and board members who really care about seeing growth for women in film. As a member, each event that I have attended has been helpful and I plan to renew with them without hesitation. It's the perfect kind of connection for newcomers in the film industry in DC and VA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in May, 2010 with a degree in Communications and Theatre. Unfortunately this coincided with the to be amidst the on-going global economic downturn, and as such the job market was not looking great. However, I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work at Double R Productions; a full service communications firm in Washington DC, as a production assistant. There I assisted with shoots and did administrative work from filing to revising scripts and I learned a phenomenal amount. A couple of months into this position I was presented with a 6 month opportunity to work abroad in London through a program called Bunac - http://www.bunac.org/usa Although this company offered sponsorship and social events it was not set up to provide or locate suitable companies with which to complete an internship. Therefore I reached out to a strong contact of Double R Productions – WIFV DC. I arranged an interview with Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of WIFV DC and was overwhelmed with her warmth, advice and help in discussing contacts abroad. She immediately put wheels into motion, introducing me to the Head of Communications and Operations at WFTV in London. Through various conversations, emails, and face-to-face interviews I landed a job at Envy Post Productions in London. I was due to stay for only 6 months and 6 years later I am still here, now working as a Post Production Producer! I quickly moved up from runner to reception and then into production, originally as a production assistant. The advice from Melissa was a huge asset, and things worked out so well that my company even sponsored me to stay following the end of my Bunac visa! It’s been a great 6 years and I learn something new everyday. I work with various production companies in London, the US and abroad – currently working on a program for Qatar! I continue to be grateful to Melissa and all the good people at WIFV both in DC and London who have assisted me so much in helping me launching my career.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WIFV goes above and beyond when it comes to making sure that members have access to information. The listserv often offers resources, information about equipment, and jobs! The programs always help with educating attendees on how to get ahead in the industry!

Susan503

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV is a great resource for finding out about jobs and service providers in my industry. It is very well run, offers great networking and professional programs, and is committed to diversity.

Angela174

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have utilized WIFV to get answers to technical questions, career guidance and I have even found a job through the listserv. I have also shared information with WIFV that many people have appreciated. The members of WIFV are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. It is a truly a supportive community that is a great asset to those it serves and the larger DC area.