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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

e.samantha.cheng

Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV is the most professionally and member supportive non profit I have ever been associated. The organization is run by a committed staff and lead by a passionate Executive Director. I am proud to be a member of this group.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV was key to me making our feature, "Moving Mountains." I was inspired by other women who had made movies. Most of all, it led me to our DP Michelle Farrell, first to her weekend seminar, then hiring her as DP for our wonderful movie.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a budding screenwriter, new to DC, I've been amazed at the wealth of programming and resources available through WIFV. I've attended a lecture/luncheon and signed up for a weekend of workshops. It is a healthy and vibrant organization.

1 Susan233

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's no secret that Women in Film and Video (WiFV) has the most amazing listserv and network in the biz. Need actors for a shoot same day? Send an email through the listserv and you'll have them in time. Need a piece of equipment on short notice? Send an email through the listserv and you'll have options. Need advice on a technical problem? Send an email through the listserv and you'll get multiple ideas backed up by your colleagues' experience with similar issues. Need contact info for a particular star? Send an email through the listserv and you'll get a response in minutes. You'll also find as many men who are members and active on the listserv as women. (Real men aren't embarrassed to join a women's organization!) Go to one of the workshops or seminars, and you'll find a wide demographic, from newbies just out of film school to seasoned producers, scriptwriters, directors, etc. This is THE resource for film and video professionals, with chapters across the country. Members are supportive of each other and not competition-phobic. This is the place to encounter colleagues with whom lyou can collaborate. I love WiFV! Have been a member off and on since 1984. Susan Fertig-Dykes

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member of WIFV for decades and have found this to be the most caring, member-sensitive professional organization I belong to. What a great group to help us connect with one another, offer each other advice, provide leads for gigs, keep each other up-to-date on our industry and its technology, celebrate together, etc. etc. etc.!!! An example: when I was living and working in Zagreb in the 90s during the Bosnian conflict, going in and out of Sarajevo during the siege, I suddenly received an email from a WIFV member in the U.S. who had found my name through WIFV. She was looking for someone who knew the ropes for getting in and out of Sarajevo with some donations for a women's group there. We'd never met, but because she was a member of WIFV I had no hesitation in inviting her to stay with me and I would help her work through the intricacies of getting on board one of the UNPROFOR flights (about the only way to get in and out at that time). We became friends of course, and are still close to this day.

Brian89

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

SowdjaBoy

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their ScriptDC event was amazing. Direct access to people who can help me realize my dreams. And done with spirit, verve and fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV is so incredibly wonderful. As a transitioning professional--switching into the film/video world from teaching--joining WIFV/attending their events was the best move I could make. WIFV members are always willing to share their resources/lend a helping hand--and the events they hold help you get connected to other film professionals in the DC area. Melissa (Director)--is one of the most generous and knowledgable people in the field and personally has gone out of her way to help me and--okay SO now I'm gushing about WIFV, but I just can't say enough about how fantastic this organization is. My experience has been life-altering!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently needed to QUICKLY cast a variety of folks, men and women, to play Chefs for our business-to-business eCommerce site. Thankfully, Yolanda Arrington put out a request for us on the Women in Film & Video listserv and within 48 hours we had three REAL Chefs all with live TV experience and dozens of other qualified candidates. Clearly, this is an incredibly vibrant and networked organization. We are so thankful to Yolanda and everyone who wrote with interest. Chris Grant, ePURCHASINGnetwork, Inc., Chief Strategy Officer

1 Jon_2

Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV is an organization like no other. They are a supportive organization that actually supports people. I can't tell you how much we've learned, jobs we've gotten, employees we've hired, resources we've been able to find, all because of WIFV.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't speak more highly regarding my membership in WIFV DC. As a student filmmaker I had some questions and received terrific and informed guidance from WIFV Exec Director Melissa Houghton and the names of members to call regarding a specific area. The WIFV events are extremely useful and the speakers are knowledgeable. Over the week end I attended a WIFV brunch and had the opportunity to develop friendships with members and to have honest industry conversations with my professional peers. WIFV really does the best it can to help filmmakers in this city and to create a filmmaking community - WIFV rocks!