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Women in Film & Video Inc is a fabulous organization, and I really value being part of a group that provides fellowship, networking opportunities, and educational programs for women at all levels in their career and involved in different aspects of film making. As a new film maker and recently entering our short film “Stella”into film festivals, WIFV has been a terrific resource.
WIFV has helped to breathe life into my film career. A safe space, full of awesome creatives, super thoughtful programs and access to a global network of purpose-driven storytellers. And did I mention the list-serv? Worth its weight in gold alone. -- monda
I have received more job announcements and support through WiFV than the actual WiF community from state I reside in. Sincerely! I reside in the southwest and of the three surrounding states I registered with, I receive daily notifications for film submissions, grants, job announcements and advanced screening options for WiFV than any of my other subscriptions combined.
You ladies do an exceptional job at keeping independent filmmakers like myself hopeful.
An organization that connects women in film and video and does much more. Membership is, and has always been, gender and age inclusive with programs that support members like me, from getting a foot in the door to keeping skills up to date and volunteering to help next generations.
I joined WIFV to network sometime in the 1990's. Went onto be a Board Member and in the process gained friendships, business relationships, actual business, and a lot of professional growth. Thank you WIFV!
As a long time member of Women in Film & Video (WIFV) I can provide an honest and candid review. WIFV offers so many wonderful benefits to its members but what keeps me supporting this incredible organization is the respect, kindness and sense of community it provides. As an independent producer, often times while working on my own I feel isolated, especially working during the pandemic. WIFV, through its listserve, keeps me from going down a lonely rabbit hole. I have used the listserve to ask questions of my peers, post jobs available on my productions and learn about new technologies and techniques that make my productions that much better. In addition to this feature of membership, the live and virtual programs wonderful as they are both informative and timely. Thank you WIFV and special thanks and kudos to our incredible Executive Director Melissa Houghton.
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.
When I was a child I saw something that would change my life forever. I
didn’t know it at the time of course. Disney’s Secrets of Life was a time
lapse film about plants growing. I can still see the apple blossom opening
up in my mind’s eye.
A number of years ago I had the great pleasure of organizing and moderating
the The Kids World Film Festival for Women in Film & Video DC. Generally,
it was organized by committee but that year it fell under the radar until it
was very late in the game. I had served on the committee for a number of
years so I volunteered to take over on the condition that I could call the
shots. I wanted to streamline the process to stay on schedule. The Kids
World Film Festival was founded in 2004 by then president Deborah
Redmond and has been a WIFV outreach program for DC area 5th grade
students ever since.
I solicited films from all over the world and went to work finding the perfect
combination. I selected 4 films. WIFV had the budget to invite the
selected international filmmakers to DC to participate in the festival. With
films selected and filmmakers scheduled to attend, we started the school
In the weeks before the event, teams of WIFV members went to selected
classrooms of students who were going to attend to introduce them to the
concept of media literacy. We wanted the students to be critical, savvy
media consumers. Part of this classroom presentation was showing them
a BBC hoax film screened originally on April Fools Day in 1957. It was
about the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland. (You can still see the clip on
YouTube.) A lively conversation ensued and the students were able to see
how effectively the filmmakers had used a serious, news reel style to tell a
After weeks of work, the stage was set. Participating schools in
Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland bussed fifth grade students to the
George Washington University auditorium for the film festival. The center
piece film was Abbie Down East by director Ellen-Alinda Verhoeff, Dutch
filmmaker living in NYC. It’s a great story for kids because the heroine is a
young girl who saves her family and ships at sea by keeping the lights on
in the lighthouse during a bad storm and her father’s absence . There were
a number of other shorts and I am heartbroken I can’t remember them all.
One of the films was by an African filmmaker about children in Africa
collecting termites to eat. The films were screened to a rapt audience.
They were all a great hit.
Then the filmmakers came on stage and talked to the students about their
films and their lives. The kids were enthralled. It was so great to see kids
lined up to ask questions and really become engaged in a dialogue the
filmmakers. The filmmakers participation was the icing on the cake. Ellen-
Alinda Verhoeff was there as well as the African filmmaker. He worked in
LA and had taken the red-eye to participate in our event and had to take it
back that night because of his work schedule. I was very grateful he was
willing to fly overnight two nights in a row to join us. They were both
charming and seemed to enjoy the event and the kids as much as I did.
As I walked away from the GW campus that afternoon, I was still on Cloud
Nine. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that at least a few filmmakers
were made that day. At the very least we had introduced international
cinema to students eager to expand their horizons. They got to see that
real people made the films and that perhaps they could too.
It was a different world for 5th grade students than it
is today. Not the same internet, not the same YouTube, no easy uncensored access to media.
Things are very different today but the urgency to help students explore
media literacy and a thirst for international film experiences may still be as
Just as my experience as a child seeing filmmaking that spoke directly to
me was pivotal for me, I knew that the Kids World Film Festival had truly
broadening the perspective of the students who attended and was and still
is a valuable asset to the community. I am very grateful to WIFV for
providing me the opportunity to play a role in the event.
The community support and intelligence about film/media have been indespensable to me as a media-maker. The staff, volunteer leadership and membership of WIFV are among the most valuable human resources available to makers in the DC market.
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.
The WIFV community has been incredibly supportive, encouraging and knowledgeable.
Melissa and the WIFV staff is a huge asset to professionals in the DMV region. They commnicate very effectively no matter how small the question. The list serv is very helpful to all members. Melissa has worked very hard with WETA Metro as an avenue for DC film professionals to present that work, and that will be forthcoming in the near future.
The best part of WIFV is their ability to adapt to changing times.
I got my first screenplay produced through a WIFV networking event. I am a playwright. I adapted one of my stories as a script for a short film. I was connected to a producer, and fellow WIFV member, through a networking event hosted by Executive Director Melissa Houghton. The film is currently being submitted to film festivals and qualifies me for my first IMDb listing. This all happened within a few months of joining WIFV. I can't image having done it without Melissa's personal interest and expertise, and the welcoming, collaborative spirit of WIFV DC.
WIFV members were also very generaous in giving me notes as I developed my first documentary on gun control. I cannot say enough about the care, knowledge, generosity and collaboration availble to the film and video community through WIFV.
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.
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!
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