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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 4

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!

Rebecca151

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

kmdismukes

Board Member

Rating: 5

Creating broadcast-quality, high-impact media is hard work. It can take years to complete a film, technology changes almost daily, and obtaining funding is almost insurmountably challenging. But if you’re a woman who wants to direct a feature film, write a TV series, or produce a documentary, your chances of success are greatly diminished.

Study after study shows there is still a profound lack of diversity among above-the-line decision makers (defined as directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors). Research also shows how this deficit helps perpetuate the rampant, demeaning depiction of women and girls in mainstream media. Women and girls continue to lose confidence as a result of inequitable gender portrayals. Stories go untold. Social change driven by powerful documentary films is not generated. The richness of our culture is diminished.

Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) has been working since 1979 to turn disappointing statistics around and advocate for under-represented voices. Our operating philosophy is to be the change we want to see. We help women build skills and make key connections, and we help them access funding. I'm very proud to have been a member and volunteer since 2007 as well as a board member since 2012.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was considering a career move to media in 2007, Women in Film & Video-DC was one of the first resources I discovered, and everyone I encountered said WIFV was THE place to start and grow a media career. I started volunteering right away and have had the honor of being mentored by WIFV's Executive Director, Melissa Houghton, for the last six years. WIFV even helped me get my first position in the industry! Along the way, I have gotten to know and learn from many WIFV members. In 2012, I was elected to the WIFV board, and now I'm Vice President of Development! Needless to say, I have benefited personally and directly from Women in Film & Video, and I recommend the organization to anyone starting or transitioning into a media career.