There is simply no better organization in the DC area for those in the film and video industry to meet peers, expand their skill sets, learn about job opportunities and be provided the potential to thrive in their chosen careers through the support of this organization and it's members.
My company joined Women in Film and Video in the Spring of 2020 after interviewing the Executive Director Melissa Houghton for a podcast we run on Women of the Film Industy. It has been nearly six months since that first contact and I regret not having become a member of this institution ten years ago, when I first incorporated my film production company. The wealth of knowledge, access and empowerment streaming from this society, and made readily available to indie film makers such as myself, is simply astounding. I have never felt more connected and "in the know" in my entire film career. To anyone who calls themselves a filmmaker, I highly recommend becoming a member and taking part in this local and national consortium. You stand to benefit and be inspired in ways you can not ye imagine.
WIFV is an outstanding organization for all involved in screen-based media across the mid-Atlantic region. WIFV is led by an experienced and dedicated Executive Director, who in turn is supported by a Membership and Programming Coordinator. Operations are organized and run in a professional manner. WIFV also is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors and many other members who generously volunteer their time. There is always something going on at WIFV - educational programs, networking events, and a valuable daily listserv with industry news and opportunities. I have been honored to serve as Board Member as well as the 2020-2021 President of this great nonprofit. WIFV is a wonderful value for members and a very worthy recipient of donations.
it's a valuable organization for new and experienced filmmakers. In an innovative and always changing field, having WIFV as a resource is invaluable.
I'm an independent animated filmmaker, and I became a member of WIFV DC about two years ago to stay in contact with colleagues in the media field. I have enjoyed the Script DC conferences as well as incidental meetings on various subjects.
COVID-19 has of course had an impact on face-to-face meetings, but WIFV DC has continued to provide interesting programs through ZOOM, including weekly Script DC seminars. Speakers are top-notch and well-versed in their respective fields.
WIFV is worthy of your support.
The director of WIFV knows each member by name as well as their interest or expertise in this industry. She always goes above and beyond to establish a positive experience for women to support one another in this very tough field. Her passion fills the organization so that many set out to emulate her by example while others with similar goals are called to join and support one another. The organization has really flourished by trying to connect professionals and bring voices with differing views forward to gain confidence, speak up, and grow.
WIFV has expanded my opportunities in ways I never expected. I am now dabbling in areas of production that were new to me with guidance from and the full support of other members. I am learning that I have talents to share in more than one field. The workshops and seminars are top notch. Amazing organization.
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.
I have been a member of WIFV for close to 20 years and I am still learning something new every day. WIFV has given me a direct line to everything I need for my business and my craft. WIFV members care about the work they do, but also about other members - from those just starting to those who have been working in the industry for years. The listserve helps with everything and everything I need to produce the best work possible. The executive director is one of the most knowledgeable and helpful people in the industry. Without WIFV I would feel that I was going it alone, with WIFV I am part of a bigger force.
I am producing a non-profit documentary film about Traian Popovici, the righteous gentile mayor of a town in Rumania during World War 2, who saved almost 20,000 Jews from the Holocaust. Yet very few people have ever heard of him. As an amateur , with no film making experience, I relied heavy on WIFV's fiscal sponsorship program to help me hone my skills. The director of WIFV personally spent hours with me working on such critical issues such as budget, synopsis, funding sources etc. which are essential to making a great documentary. I had feedback from WIFV's professional filmmakers who also commented on and directed me on my project. Please judge the results for your selves by viewing my trailer (TRT 3:00) my movie preview (TRT 11:00). This documentary is nearly complete and will focus on the dangers of totalitarianism to the Jews in particular and Humanity in general. Thank you WIFV for all the help moving forward.
From Seattle to LA to DC, I have had solid support from Women in Film & Video. Informative, fun and effective events to learn, grow, and create a tribe. Specifically Melissa Houghton in the DC chapter has gone out of her way to provide me with resources to execute my projects in a professional and creative manner in partnership with a variety of experts. She goes above and beyond - and at all hours of the night! Thanks WIFV!!
Extremely informative with professional seminars and networking opportunities.
WIFV is my organization of choice for networking and increasing my career knowledge. It is run by professional women and men who seek the highest level of work quality and production. I feel I get 10 times my membership fee in return for career gains. I am proud to be an active member of this group.
You couldn't ask for a better collaborative organization than Women in Film & Video! The wide variety of programming to support everyone from beginners to advanced is delivered in a cheerful safe space for sharing and learning. When the annual SCRIPT DC event was cancelled due to COVID-19, WIFV pivoted to ZOOM and started delivering online workshops with amazing presenters with years of experience. Melissa Houghton shines in her role as the WIFV executive director. Her dedication keeps everyone connected and interested in growing their tradecraft!
I have been a member of Women in Film & Video Inc for several years and have attended many excellent programs in person and now virtual about various aspects of the television and film industry. Melissa Houghton, WIFV's Executive Director, has offered sage advice on many occasions and recommended excellent colleagues for freelance gigs. WIFV has also provided opportunities to network with the larger DMV film & video community. This group deserves to be recognized and thanked for all the work its doing for filmmakers.
A very well-organized and friendly group of professionals (mostly women but they allow men like myself) who do better than anyone around here at helping connect and educate people in the film business. I've gone to to Script DC, their annual screenwriting conference held each October, for years. Fantastic conference with generous teachers and mentors.
I've been a member for many years but, given the options, I guess I should select "client served"?
Strong interaction with the community and the industry, members who care and give back.
Women in Film and Video is an incredible resource and has moved their programming online so everyone can access it during these difficult times.
This organization clearly has its exempt purpose and mission upfront in everything it does. Outstanding programs, outstanding leadership, publications, encouragement, provision of resources, a fiscal sponsorship opportunity, ... and more, ... all add up to an organization that is clearly best in class.
Amazing networking and advice! I've been a member since 2007 and it never lets me down whenever I have a professional need or question.
Despite a global pandemic, this group of enthusiastic, dedicated and inspiring media makers continues to come together to discuss industry trends, how to continue making media in a pandemic environment, and how to continue to fulfill the mission of the organization. Executive Director Melissa Houghton was recently awarded the coveted Woman of Vision Award at the annual membership meeting by the WIFV Advisory Committee. As Past President 2015-2017 and a 3-term board member, this organization has fueled my professional and personal growth and created lasting friendships with other filmmakers coast-to-coast.
If you need a place to connect, grow and learn more about making media - this is the group to join.
Great community and resources for those who are starting out to veterans in the Film and Video world!
Great resources, great workshops, great connections for any and all things media!
WIFV is an organization that began as Women in Film and Video and now has as many male members as female, and includes some men on its Board of Directors. The listserv is the best kept secret in town--it can get you anything from a part in a commercial to a part in TV programming, from technical jobs to director jobs, from help with documentaries to help with drama, from friendships to professional help. It is a major part of my "inbox" and something I rely on!
WIFV is by far the most valuable organisation in which I have had the honour of membership. This is the only group of people around who go so very far beyond simply meeting periodically and voicing support. Each person completely supports each other, creatively, spiritually, materially... had I been fortunate enough to have had WIFV in my life to begin with, I'd have followed my dreams from day one. They give me confidence, encouragement, strength, and hope for the future of the arts.
WIFV is a great resource for actors. In addition to announcements of training and auditions, they announce works of their members so that others can support those members.
WIFV-DC is a very well run organization that offers many opportunities for networking and education to the DC area filmmaking community. They have events for all levels of experience and an amazing leadership team.
The group works tirelessly to assist women and men become successful in the competitive world of video and film. They hold many programs, sponsor many roundtables and offer grants to help promote their members within the local community.
WIFV is in the forefront of distributing information to the film and video community. Whether someone is looking for a professional subcontractor for a project, listing film competitions, or listing available resources, WIFV is one organization I can count on.
Most aspects of film and video production are highly male-dominated. WIFV-DC provides a forum to support women while also inclusively being open to men. It is also one of the few active area organizations serving the film and video community, providing networking, information and support for the industry.
We've been members for a long time. WIFV does a great job convening professionals and beginners alike for knowledge sharing, networking, and fun. Kudos!
I have attended workshops on editing, script writing, fund raising and so much more through the tremendous platform of WIFV. My professional story is built around educational media, and I like to think my work is more purposeful – better to serve kids – because WIFV keeps me current on how media is made and distributed. Thank you, WIFV!
Offers workshops, panels, and other programming throughout the year. Their listserv is a consistent source of information, insight, and advice. They play an integral role building and strengthening the DC area film and video community.
We love Women in Film & Video and feel they are an important and supportive part of the media community here in Washington DC. We've attended a number of their events and have been impressed with the diverse selection of activities, workshops and seminars that they put together (they organize more than 90 a year!). WIFV is a terrific group in a strong media-making community and we are happy to endorse them as a GreatNonProfit!
An exceptional group! The programs are timely and relevant, the networking exceptional, frequent notifications of opportunities and news items, reasonable fees and useful member benefits! Women in Film & Video is an essential resource!
I recently participated on a panel during SCRIPT DC, WIFV's annual event focussed on screenwriting. The panelists were extremely knowledgeable and super-focussed, and the fledgling screenwriters were also a diverse and interesting group, as were their efforts, five pages of which were read by an excellent group of actors. The whole event moved in a timely, well-organized fashion, and the writers seemed very pleased with the feedback they received. This is just another one of WIFV's excellent projects to give filmmakers in the mid-Atlantic region the tools they need to succeed.
WIFV is 100% membership oriented, thoughtfully orchestrated events targeted towards the needs of its disparate members.
This isn't an easy task since members range from aspiring filmmakers and actors to those who are quite accomplished in the same fields, plus those working in commercial and government media.
Hats off to WIFV's dedicated staff and board.
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.
I decided I need to get out of my Studio & make more professional contacts. Joined WIFV less than a year ago. Was immediately impressed by how vibrant the organization is. There are notices of professional opportunities. Members feel free to ask for solutions to tech. problems. Their events are educational & professionally beneficial. I've been to a few & enjoyed them. I feel like I've barely scraped the surface of the organization but... It's already produced enough work to cover my membership fee with a profit left over. THAT is always the deciding factor when I affiliate with a professional organization. I'll be renewing my membership next year.
Probably the best value non-profit I have come in contact with. It helps people connect with other professionals, gives filmmakers a first test-audience with film pros, a safe space to vent ideas and talk about projects, exchange war stories etc. Management of WIFV is unbelievably diligent and responsive and always a great source of information on latest industry developments and best practices. WIFV is the school after film school.
Have been a long time member of WIFV for 15 years, they were very supportive of our Documentary, The Bayou DC's Killer Joint which aired locally on MPT,WETA, WHUT and 70 other pbs stations,
Also I have directed young people to join WIFV to find out about opportunities. The list serv is very helpful.
I always feel that I can pick up the phone and talk to Melissa about everything.
WIFV has been a valuable resource for me over the past 15 years working in the film & video industry in DC. From starting out to becoming a seasoned veteran, WIFV has helped me get jobs, make new friends, network, and advance my skill set. I can't recommend this organization enough.
An excellent resource for the film community in the Washington DC area. Very supportive to both female and male members. They have helpful and informative programs, The staff and members were there to assist and advise me when I was new to the film and video scene in the DC area, and still are there to assist me today. Very happy to be a member of WIFV.
WIFV is a hub for all filmmakers in the great DC area, from those just started to those who have been making films for decades. It's outreach, support, mentoring and communications provide an outstanding network for the community.
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!
Wifv in DC have been strong advocates for me as an independent film maker. They screened a roughcut of my period comedy Holy Rogues, months ago, which helped me with the final edit. And screened the final cut of Holy Rogues this week to help me strategies how to fund a bigger budget feature. I'm very grateful to their support and hard work for filmmakers, actors and producers in the DC, VA & MD States. John Gerard Healy. www.johnghealy.com/about
Women in Film & Video has facilitated growth of my film network, allowed me to collaborate with talented women and fems, and given opportunities about film festivals and labs that I would not have otherwise heard about. WIFV is a supportive organization that fosters inclusion with an emphasis on education.
What a great organization! Access to the various listservs alone is worth the annual dues. Post a question or job opening and you get responses in minutes. Love my fellow WIVFVers!
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!
This organization brings women and men independent filmmakers together and gives them a community and cohesive voice. The professional workshops are excellent as are the social events. The executive director is one of the best in her field. Truly a worthy non-profit to support.
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.
Thanks to Women in Film & Video, DC, we were able to participate int the la Jolla International Fashion Film Festival with festival judge and WIFV immediate past President, Rebecca BUSTAMANTE. As a fashion magazine editor and long time film council member, together with a member of the Costumer’s Union, this opportunity was a chance for growth and networking for each one of us, meeting fashion filmmakers and artists from all over the world. Personally, I came back to Texas inspired to encourage local filmmakers to participate in the la Jolla event next year, and two crews are working on submissions!
I am most familiar with WIFV's DC chapter and all the professional opportunities it provides for both women and men. I've attended many of WIFV's seminars over the years and learned a great deal. A few years ago, I was also awarded the Randy Goldman Scholarship to continue developing my career, which I used for an advanced film editing course. WIFV is always the organization I recommend to new film and video professionals in the DC metro area! It is one of the ways the industry stays connected here.
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.
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.
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"
WIFV is staffed by intelligent and helpful women. Their events and support system provide women in the film industry with incredible opportunities and resources. WIFV's commitment to women and diversity makes them an amazing resource for women in media. They're good at what they do and their events are always well run and professional.