Women in Film & Video Inc

Rating: 4.89 stars   92 reviews

Address:

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.

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.

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202-429-9438
http://www.wifv.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The information, opportunities, support and networking for people in the world of media is remarkable. Since joining I've made friends whose interests and works would never have been known to me. I continue to renew my membership because I get more than I give financially, but I also get to give to my fellow members as we exchange and share ideas, techniques, and suggestions, and connections.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WIFV is a fantastic organization and I have been a member for more than 10 years. WIFV offers an amazing array of professional development events. I have learned so much from their workshops about writing and story telling, producing, the art of pitching your ideas, camera selection, finding work opportunities with government and the private sector, and more. Networking with the other members at events and through the WIFV listserv has been invaluable to my career. WIFV brings together women and men working in all sectors and functions in the media - it's quite amazing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of WIFV for more than 10 years. The leadership has provided a stellar list serve for its members to receive job-related information and numerous opportunities for educational and community service. The workshops in which I have participated are some of the best. Because I've been teaching media full-time in the public schools and part-time at the university level, I haven't been able to avail myself to WIFV programs as much as I would like. However, now that I'm retired, I plan to be much more active.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of WIFV for several years, from American University Grad School for Producing Visual Media, of which my class was the first weekend cohort. I've attended great workshops and seminars. After an 8 month layoff from NBC News, an employment opportunity was posted on WIFV listserv , I applied and got the job. I was also in need of a laptop with editing software to complete a video project and a MACbook Pro was listed for sale. My web series was completed the next year, and was promoted in the September 2015 Members in the News newsletter. I appreciate WIFV and support them 100%.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

You know its never to late talk about community and fellowship..In February I personally reached out to WIFV I didn't have airfare but airmail landed me a one-on-one with Exec.Melissa'Houghton WIFV I spoke passionately about my ideas...she was told me immediately to put in writing weeks later I recieved notice that yes MakeUp and Hair Roundtable my vision and the members WE fame together and I really want to thank the folks..its importance in our communities and the arts...
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Thanks'very special group! Inspired

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

WIFV is the go-to organization for women seeking to tell their stories in film and other media. It offers members and supporters phenomenal educational and networking resources to grow their skills and expand their influence.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WIFV is an incredible organization that is committed to supporting the work of its members, and promoting women in the field. They are truly an invaluable resource, and I consider myself lucky, as a filmmaker, to be a part of WIFV.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Women in Film and Video in Washington, DC is a fantastic organization for anyone interested in making movies or videos of any kind in any capacity at any level of experience. My interest began as a fledgling screenwriter, and I've gained invaluable knowledge, compatriots, and friends while working on my projects and advancing towards my goals. Thanks WIFV!

 
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The fantastic members of WIFV-DC have introduced me to the art, science, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking. I'm working to make my dream cone true of producing a film about one of my ancestors. It's quite an adventure--both his story and my venture into filmmaking. Everyone is supportive and encouraging. With several WIFV members' help. I made a short docudrama called "When Was the War of 1812?" that you can see on YouTube. What do you know about the War of 1812? You can find out!

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

... get more sponsors who could help pay to bring in more working professionals from Los Angels and New York for Script DC--the anual screenwriting conference--and to honor more Women of Vision in motion pictures from around the country.

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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When I moved to Washington, DC in 1993, one of the first organizations I checked out was my local Women in Film & Video because I wanted to make a transition from a career in public relations to writing and producing film. One of the best testimonials I can offer is that I have been a member literally since I attended my first WIFV event and have served on the board, programmed screenings, chaired committees and events among other involvement. Through WIFV I met several of my dear friends, developed vital and useful professional skills and, for some years, most of my work came through WIFV and the networking opportunities it offers. Speaking as a professional who has spent most of my career working for and with non-profits, I find WIFV to be a very well-run organization--efficient, welcoming, up-to-date and continuing to serve the ongoing and ever-changing needs of its members in this region. The listserve alone is worth membership, but beyond that WIFV offers classes, workshops, ongoing topic-specific groups, social events, screenings, conferences and more. It helps members get projects done and then get recognition for accomplishments. I don't believe I would be where I am today professionally or, perhaps, personally had I not joined WIFV all those years ago.

 
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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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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.

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

How could it get any better? This is an incredibly supportive organization and group of people.

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

A lot

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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