WOMEN IN FILM & VIDEO INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 305 Washington DC 20016 USA

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.
Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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202-429-9438
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Women in Film & Video is a great resource for anyone working in the industry, both in DC and beyond. I have found several jobs through their email listserve, gone to countless wonderful panels and events, and have made inroads with what turned out to be a very supportive community of filmmakers. Their listserve is amazing - you can find anything you need, even if it's not film-related (but especially if it is). I can't speak highly enough of WIFV. I would not have as high quality a career in the DC video production scene if it weren't for this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Women in Film in Video is an incredible resource to independent producers in the Mid Atlantic States. The group is actively engaged with the film and broadcast community on all levels, local, regional and national. The executive director is incredibly pro active and is always looking for new and inovative ways to provide its members with programs to enhance their skill set and knowledge base. The WIFV list serve provides independent producers with a sense of community and support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Women In Film and Video (WIFV) members are a group of filmmakers who bring expert knowledge, honesty, passion, and focus to all film and video projects. You are outstanding role models that continue to guide actors, writers, producers, and directors on a daily basis. I recently met with a feature-film producer and we are moving forward on the film development project. You are and continue to be a blessing in my life!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer on WIFV's first 48 Hour Film Fest entry. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Exhilarating because of the caliber of professionals that were working alongside me. This experience led me to another opportunity whereby I produced and directed WIFV's first Web pilot. I cannot think of many volunteer jobs where I could tap into an entire organization for assistance. I was able to find production assistants, a DP, an audio technician, actors, a set designer, a costumer, an editor, a music composer and the list goes on... I have cultivated so many friendships from this organization! My experiences with WIFV have made me a little smarter, a little more confident and definitely more media savvy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would clone Melissa Houghton, the director. She is amazing!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

WIFV is a key organization that promotes the work of women filmmakers while providing the tools and training to succeed both personally and professionally. With over 70 events a year, WIFV plays a key role in the community by bringing together speakers, sponsors and influential members of the community to share their expertise and educate others.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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WIFV-DC Is a super-supportive community consisting of veteran, seasoned, and in-transition professionals in film, video, + just about any multi-media platform. You will find a healthy representation of freelancers, small/large production companies, and network executives. Each function presents a good time to network, get the latest industry news, and identify resources to grants and programming. As a three-year volunteer of its Image Makers program, I became hooked on WIFV and found each subsequent volunteer experiences equally rewarding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a group of very positive folks whose chief endeavor is to support women to the nth degree in their cinematic endeavors. They are so positive (and it comes from the top!) you just want to do your very best when working with them and you get a lot more in return, and I'm a guy...

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I first learned about WIFV when I was a WIFV intern and aspiring filmmaker in 2004. From my very first day in the office, I realized how much the organization served the needs of over 1100 members. The phones never stopped ringing and the WIFV list served was a vibrant forum for jobs, opportunities, and discussion about the DC film industry. I loved every minute I spent in the office-- this time allowed me to see not only how a small staff of two people could do enormous things included dozens of public events each year, but also, advocating for women both for jobs in the media but also the representation of women in the media... That same year, I was utterly inspired by the Women of Vision gala when I had the chance to see honoree Carrie Fishcer speak in addition to other major women leaders in the industry. That one evening inspired me to follow my dream to work in film production and to create visionary goals for myself.

Since then, WIFV has continued to be a huge source of opportunities and friendship for me. In 2011, WIFV became the fiscal sponsor of my documentary, The Last Song Before the War, and, with the help of Melisssa Houghton, the film received an NEA grant for post production and outreach. Today, the film is playing in festivals around the world.

I can't say enough good things about WIFV or Melissa Houghton. The organization has opened so many doors for me, that I can't imagine my career without them. Finally, the camaraderie and support of every member that I meet is incredibly touching. Whenever I have the chance to give back, I do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wish it had more funding so that it could do more of the same great work!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough positive things about WIFV. I joined the organization as a neophyte in the film world and quickly found a wonderful, supportive and talented community in WIFV. I recommend this organization to every filmmaker I meet and attend as many of their valuable events as my schedule allows. Their dedication to the profession is remarkable and both men and women will find helpful resources through WIFV.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

WIFV is an awesome organization for anyone looking to be more connected and educated within the media space.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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