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Women in Film & Video Inc

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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

KC O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic meetups, informative workshops, and a great sense of empathy and industry insight in the DMV area! I am always so thankful for this org and for the great work that Melissa does!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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"

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Haley16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The women who work here are amazing, strong, and intelligent. They put on fantastic events that encourage a stronger female presence in film and media and truly care about the industry as well as every last one of their members.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV provides such amazing support for women looking for stepping stones and opportunities in the film and media industry. It's a very inclusive, open and warm nonprofit with leaders and board members who really care about seeing growth for women in film. As a member, each event that I have attended has been helpful and I plan to renew with them without hesitation. It's the perfect kind of connection for newcomers in the film industry in DC and VA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans in May, 2010 with a degree in Communications and Theatre. Unfortunately this coincided with the to be amidst the on-going global economic downturn, and as such the job market was not looking great. However, I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to work at Double R Productions; a full service communications firm in Washington DC, as a production assistant. There I assisted with shoots and did administrative work from filing to revising scripts and I learned a phenomenal amount. A couple of months into this position I was presented with a 6 month opportunity to work abroad in London through a program called Bunac - http://www.bunac.org/usa Although this company offered sponsorship and social events it was not set up to provide or locate suitable companies with which to complete an internship. Therefore I reached out to a strong contact of Double R Productions – WIFV DC. I arranged an interview with Melissa Houghton, Executive Director of WIFV DC and was overwhelmed with her warmth, advice and help in discussing contacts abroad. She immediately put wheels into motion, introducing me to the Head of Communications and Operations at WFTV in London. Through various conversations, emails, and face-to-face interviews I landed a job at Envy Post Productions in London. I was due to stay for only 6 months and 6 years later I am still here, now working as a Post Production Producer! I quickly moved up from runner to reception and then into production, originally as a production assistant. The advice from Melissa was a huge asset, and things worked out so well that my company even sponsored me to stay following the end of my Bunac visa! It’s been a great 6 years and I learn something new everyday. I work with various production companies in London, the US and abroad – currently working on a program for Qatar! I continue to be grateful to Melissa and all the good people at WIFV both in DC and London who have assisted me so much in helping me launching my career.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WIFV goes above and beyond when it comes to making sure that members have access to information. The listserv often offers resources, information about equipment, and jobs! The programs always help with educating attendees on how to get ahead in the industry!

Susan503

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV is a great resource for finding out about jobs and service providers in my industry. It is very well run, offers great networking and professional programs, and is committed to diversity.

Angela174

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have utilized WIFV to get answers to technical questions, career guidance and I have even found a job through the listserv. I have also shared information with WIFV that many people have appreciated. The members of WIFV are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise. It is a truly a supportive community that is a great asset to those it serves and the larger DC area.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At the time most people would say I am a professional filmmaker. I have graduated from Towson University. My experience with WIFV has been absolutely amazing. I have never really told this story and I am happy to have a venue to do so. When I first heard about WIFV I was a freshmen (1998). I was wide eyed and excited to anything to enhance my knowledge of film. I met many wonderful women to help nurture that need. The Presidents name was Theresa then. I was thrilled to hear that John Waters sat on the board here in Baltimore. Everything was so new but the WIFV organization was so welcoming. I looked around and noticed that many of my friends had not been involved yet. I volunteered to recruit my young college friends to join. I even ask the guys knowing that just because the majority were women that they were openly accepted too. I knew one of the members was Steve Yeager a teacher of ours at Towson University. I remember volunteering to help out at a gala at the Senator Theater. (I believe it was for an independent film shot in Maryland that was directed by Jamie Lee Curtis' sister.) When the "Replacements" came to town one of the members remembered me and told me to apply to be a part of the film set. I did and they ended up needing some help with recruiting folks for their stadium scene. They had me gather people to show up and to be a part of the film as extras. I asked even my parents to come!! That day was a fun day that I could spend with them and they learned a little bit of what I actually love about the filmmaking process. In addition, that experience I also had a unique and rare opportunity to work with a filmmaker who had a film called "My Father's House." At the time it was the most exciting independent film being shot in the surrounding Baltimore/Washington area in my opinion. I wanted so badly to be a part of the film production crew. Cameron Diaz was to be in the film being shot! Everyone knew that. I remember going down one avenue and it just did not work. My sister in WIFV pulled through for me. She told me of a way to get my resume to the film director. I brought my resume, interviewed, and hopped on board. Larry Holden turned out to be one of the most brilliant and kindest people I think I will ever know. He and his wife Hanne were wonderful to work with and for during the shooting of this film. I was a production assistant that quickly was promoted when one of the producers decided to leave. I had the opportunity to juggle a few spots on set. I had opportunity to even prepare a make shift breakfast for Ms. Diaz herself. We had a nice trailer set up for her and I was asked to bring her some breakfast.Refrigerator. Well, on set we had cereal and slices of orange. ( She expressed she did not drink coffee) I placed them in her refrigerator. I only hoped that she was fine with what we had. She was very pleasant. Larry Holden and I early one early morning sat on the back porch of the home on Broadway where the production house was set up. ( Belair, Md) As we sat drank a mug of coffee I will never forget how down to Earth he was and I remember instantly liking him. He had that ability. (He too was an actor in Hollywood) He has since passed away but, I know I will never be the same having met him. I have enjoyed being involved with WIFV and I truthfully believe they gave me opportunities that I never would have had if I was not involved. Thank you WIFV, Heidi Lea Hunter

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!