In addition to its general mission networking documentary filmmakers in the Washington, DC area, Women in Film & Video, Inc. also gives a much needed extra service providing fiscal sponsorship for those same filmmakers. Under the directorship of Melissa Houghton, WIFV has made the process of applying to the program easy. And she hosts periodic meetings of those in the program to share tips and experiences with each other. It is a very positive and helpful program for those involved.
Women in Flim and Video has been a tremendous support to me as I began my journey into independent film. Melissa Houghton is a wealth of knowledge and helped guide me through all the twists and turns of producing a documentary. Her enthusiasm for film is contagious and was always available to answer my many questions.
WIFV has served as the fiscal sponsor for two of my documentaries. On one level, that involves acting as a 501 (c) 3 to allow folks to donate to my films. But it's that other level where WIFV truly excels with consistent encouragement, unflagging support and a deep bench of wisdom.
WIFV has a heart for creatives in the DMV and an endless supply of practical ideas and professional events.
Women in Film & Video provides a series of vital, outward-facing programs that support all filmmakers, including those filmmakers who are women or who focus their films on female characters or women's topics. In the case of me and my co-producer, we have had our documentary film project accepted for fiscal sponsorship and we have received Seed Grant funding -- both are essential resources that will help our project get off the ground. Part of this sponsorship has included intensive contact with the Executive Director, Melissa Houghton, who has gone the extra mile in helping us to improve our film and improve our chances to receive complete funding. We have also attended numerous seminars, talks, round-tables, and other programming sponsored by WIFV that have educated us in very important ways. We recommend WIFV without reservation for their programming and for their obvious commitment to filmmakers.
WIFV is a terrific organization that provides unwavering professional support. They have incredible monthly programs that feature top notch speakers and a great chance to meet new folks. I was thrilled to be awarded a career development scholarship this past year and took full advantage of the chance to take a course at the Maine Media Workshops. I have been working in video for years and the workshop exceeded my expectations and gave me fresh ideas for both storytelling and workflow.
WIFV is outstanding and led by the most extraordinary and dedicated people. I have been in film and television a long time--as a writer and later as a writer/producer in Boston in the 1970s and in New York City during the early 1980s, working primarily with PBS and independent filmmakers, affiliated with NBC. When I first moved to the Washington,DC area in 1984, production here was limited to a band of independents and a few stations like WETA and Maryland Public TV. But the big television stations--NBC, CBS, ABC--had their headquarters elsewhere. Today, WIFV leaders like Melissa Houghton and many on the WIFV team are leading a veritable Renaissance to the point that the greater Washington metropolitan area now boasts the third largest media production in the country after NY and LA. This non-profit played a major role in contributing to this achievement, thanks to its wide-ranging services offered to local filmmakers, and not just women but to men as well; to very creative WIFV leaders willing to contribute an extraordinary amount of time to helping emerging and experienced filmmakers; and to savvy business practices. This has to be one of the best non-profits in the nation.
For over 35 years, Women in Film & Video has played a major role in my professional and personal development. Most recently WIFV provided a seed fund grant for an independent project, Anim8Nature. The grant provided not only financial support but access to senior staff and members for consultation. This assistance has been invaluable to me.
I volunteered as a Board Member for two terms and facilitated an animators interest group for many years. This kind of exposure and involvement with the professional community is invaluable and provided many other opportunities for others in the industry.
WIFV does much more than just help its members. Virtually all WIFV programming is available to the public and the Membership Directory provides access to detailed contact information for hundreds of media professional. Events like the Kids World Film Festival introduce children to independent films they might not see as well as provides media literacy training.
I have never been involved with a non-profit that has provided an educational, networking environment that has attracted so many talented, conscientious professionals so willing to share their expertise and support each other.
I joined WIFV this spring and have attended many helpful workshops and sessions. I had just completed my first (spec) screenplay and wanted to make documentaries. I do not have any formal training in film and was very tentative about my prospects. This organization, especially the Director, Melissa Houghton, has been incredibly helpful and supportive. She has made herself available to discuss my projects on the phone, encouraged me to pursue my goals, met with me one on one and even looked over one of my concepts. Thanks mainly to her, I now have the courage to proceed with this dream. Wonderful person and great organization! Thank you WIFV
WIFV has not only taught me about screenwriting but has also given me a community of film makers who inspire and encourage me every day to create and to share my stories with the world. I would never have discovered this side of myself without being surrounded by these amazing women and men who push me past my comfort zone again and again.
Women, Film, Video, Documentary, Story tellers that support other women, fabulous, lectures, seminars, conferences and training made me the script writer I am today. LOVE it ALL!
After 11 years as a member of and volunteer for Women in Film & Video DC, I'm still an enthusiastic supporter. WIFV stays on top of all the developments in the media industry is an incredibly rich resource for women media makers. Starting as a volunteer in 2007, I was able to get my first associate producer job with help from WIFV. Fast forward a few years, and I'm starting my own production company. Thank you, WIFV!
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.
The opportunities for growth as a professional film maker offered by WIFV are astounding. There are seminars and workshops and meetings for all aspects of film making, allowing me to dip my toe in the water of areas that I might otherwise be unable to try. I am an actor, but I have been able to work as a writer, casting director, editor, coordinator of events and more. Members create connections that are astonishing. WIFV is top professionals teaching emerging professionals - as it should be.
Careers are launched, friendships made and accomplishments celebrated thanks to WIFV-DC. I've been a member for over 20 years, from my first days in Washington DC at National Geographic, seeking to make connections. Now, owner of production company Blue Bear Films and film professor at American University, I mentor those who are just beginning. WIFV is the heart and soul of filmmaking in this city!
Hands down the best organization in the tri-state area for networking, institutional support, and morale.
Women in Film and Video DC has been an incredible asset to filmmakers and media professionals serving the DC area and beyond. From the ample events throughout the year the organization hosts that educate its members, enhance their professional skills and address timely issues facing the field, to their flagship programs, such as Script DC, the Fiscal Sponsorship program and the Women of Vision awards, this organization is a pillar for the community. As a member for nearly seven years and a current Fiscal Sponsoree, I can attest to the great work and invaluable resources Women in Film provides!
Women in Film & Video Inc. is an excellent organization. They work tirelessly to ensure the success of their members while educating them along the way. I can always rely on them to answer my questions, give guidance and provide support to my on going projects. I appreciate how they serve a conduit to creative professionals and the community.
As a long-time journalist, I had always appreciated the support and networking that Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC provided. Then I undertook the making of my first documentary film - I had so many questions! How grateful I am to the WIFV leadership and the members who supported me on my journey, from mentoring to fiscal sponsorship. I am proud to be a member of this organization and will continue to support their mission for years to come.
Women in Film and Video (WIFV) means the world to me. For nearly two decades, I have been privileged to know so many talented men and women in the film, video, and TV industries due to WIFV's high quality programming and networking opportunities. Thanks to WIFV, I sharpened my skills and became successful in writing and editing, professional voice over work, interviewing and film reviewing. I owe so much to the ongoing encouragement, support and guidance of my amazing WIFV colleagues and their tirelessly hard-working Executive Director. Thank you, WIFV!
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...
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"