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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
From helping a young person celebrate completing their first film project to having a seasoned veteran come share their expertise with members and friends, Women in Film and Video works to serve and celebrate everyone. One of my first tasks when moving to the DMV area was to join WIFV. I knew that the connections and opportunities would assist me learning about the local and regional industry. It has been wonderful return on the investment.
Women in Film and Video is an organization committed to advancing female filmmakers. This occurs through connections, resources, and advocacy. WIFV offers invaluable mentorship in ever-changing and challenging business environment.
Whether new in town, a student, or a veteran media maker - WIFV has something to offer. I was all three of those when first introduced to WIFV through my film program! Quickly, I learned WIFV can provide almost instant connections to resources; it has vast networking, support, and mentoring opportunities; and it gives members a sense of community and belonging in the DC Metro area. WIFV offers tremendous support for indie doc filmmakers, through its Documentary Seed Fund, Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and general advocacy to get women's voices heard in the media that surrounds us. Its members and staff are inspiring and hard working women. Join them!
WIFV is a wonderful organization! I've been a member for more than 15 years and I'm consistently amazed at how interesting and insightful the programs are--I learn so much by attending WIFV functions and networking with members. A really great community!
I have been a member of Women In Film & Video for close to two years. The members and staff go out of their way to help you. Whether it is to find a new job, someone to read your script or a graphics person for your media project for kids, someone has a suggestion for you. WIFV believes if you succeed, they succeed. I have been on the board for other women's TV and radio and PR groups and this one is by far the most supportive. The job fair was incredible with the list of great companies. This is one group worth joining.
I joined the Board of WIFV in 2012 to give back to this wonderful community of media makers that has made such a difference in my own career in television. One of my favorite events each year is the Kids World Film Festival which gives students throughout the region the opportunity to develop their critical viewing skills while watching films from around the world. Some of our most accomplished members make classroom visits to talk about their work and prepare students for the event. Highlights of our most recent Festival included a special visit from a woman filmmaker from Oman and an animated film from Norway about a young girl who triumphs over neighborhood bullies. The KWFF is a very special event for students, educators and volunteers, and WIFV makes it possible.
This is an innovative and inspiring organization that always finds new ways to enhance their member's experience. There are so many opportunities for skills building, networking and building creative projects.
WIFV was key to me making our feature, "Moving Mountains." I was inspired by other women who had made movies. Most of all, it led me to our DP Michelle Farrell, first to her weekend seminar, then hiring her as DP for our wonderful movie.!
I've been an active member of WIFV for about 10 years. I've made great friends, business connections, and have found paid work through this great organization. If you're just starting out, looking to change careers, or are a seasoned media professional, WIFV is the place for you.
I joined WIFV not long after graduating from college. A nearly a decade later, I'm entering my fourth year on the board and have co-chaired numerous projects. WIFV has a way of supporting your professional and personal growth, while helping you gain the confidence you need to become a better leader and organizer. Membership in this organization is priceless.
WIFV is a fantastic organization and I have been a member for more than 10 years. WIFV offers an amazing array of professional development events. I have learned so much from their workshops about writing and story telling, producing, the art of pitching your ideas, camera selection, finding work opportunities with government and the private sector, and more. Networking with the other members at events and through the WIFV listserv has been invaluable to my career. WIFV brings together women and men working in all sectors and functions in the media - it's quite amazing!
I joined the board because it was time to give back - this is the premier professional development organization in DC for film and video. It is also a community. It is also a deep network, for everything from technical issues on a particular software to international strategic considerations. It runs programming from monthly round tables by professional interests to intensive weekend workshops, from resume review to job fairs, from seminars to screenings to happy hours to a fiscal sponsorship program and issue advocacy efforts. It is so good at connecting people with the resources they need to work and thrive as professionals that people continue their membership even when they leave DC.
I've been a member of WIFV for more than 10 years. The leadership has provided a stellar list serve for its members to receive job-related information and numerous opportunities for educational and community service. The workshops in which I have participated are some of the best. Because I've been teaching media full-time in the public schools and part-time at the university level, I haven't been able to avail myself to WIFV programs as much as I would like. However, now that I'm retired, I plan to be much more active.
I've been a member of WIFV for several years, from American University Grad School for Producing Visual Media, of which my class was the first weekend cohort. I've attended great workshops and seminars. After an 8 month layoff from NBC News, an employment opportunity was posted on WIFV listserv , I applied and got the job. I was also in need of a laptop with editing software to complete a video project and a MACbook Pro was listed for sale. My web series was completed the next year, and was promoted in the September 2015 Members in the News newsletter. I appreciate WIFV and support them 100%.
I have found WIFV to be a very helpful resource for information, education and networking. The members and leaders are professional and willing to share their know-how with others in the field.
You know its never to late talk about community and fellowship..In February I personally reached out to WIFV I didn't have airfare but airmail landed me a one-on-one with Exec.Melissa'Houghton WIFV I spoke passionately about my ideas...she was told me immediately to put in writing weeks later I recieved notice that yes MakeUp and Hair Roundtable my vision and the members WE fame together and I really want to thank the folks..its importance in our communities and the arts...
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WIFV is the go-to organization for women seeking to tell their stories in film and other media. It offers members and supporters phenomenal educational and networking resources to grow their skills and expand their influence.
WIFV is an incredible organization that is committed to supporting the work of its members, and promoting women in the field. They are truly an invaluable resource, and I consider myself lucky, as a filmmaker, to be a part of WIFV.
As a budding screenwriter, new to DC, I've been amazed at the wealth of programming and resources available through WIFV. I've attended a lecture/luncheon and signed up for a weekend of workshops. It is a healthy and vibrant organization.
When I moved to Washington, DC in 1993, one of the first organizations I checked out was my local Women in Film & Video because I wanted to make a transition from a career in public relations to writing and producing film. One of the best testimonials I can offer is that I have been a member literally since I attended my first WIFV event and have served on the board, programmed screenings, chaired committees and events among other involvement. Through WIFV I met several of my dear friends, developed vital and useful professional skills and, for some years, most of my work came through WIFV and the networking opportunities it offers. Speaking as a professional who has spent most of my career working for and with non-profits, I find WIFV to be a very well-run organization--efficient, welcoming, up-to-date and continuing to serve the ongoing and ever-changing needs of its members in this region. The listserve alone is worth membership, but beyond that WIFV offers classes, workshops, ongoing topic-specific groups, social events, screenings, conferences and more. It helps members get projects done and then get recognition for accomplishments. I don't believe I would be where I am today professionally or, perhaps, personally had I not joined WIFV all those years ago.
It's no secret that Women in Film and Video (WiFV) has the most amazing listserv and network in the biz. Need actors for a shoot same day? Send an email through the listserv and you'll have them in time. Need a piece of equipment on short notice? Send an email through the listserv and you'll have options. Need advice on a technical problem? Send an email through the listserv and you'll get multiple ideas backed up by your colleagues' experience with similar issues. Need contact info for a particular star? Send an email through the listserv and you'll get a response in minutes. You'll also find as many men who are members and active on the listserv as women. (Real men aren't embarrassed to join a women's organization!) Go to one of the workshops or seminars, and you'll find a wide demographic, from newbies just out of film school to seasoned producers, scriptwriters, directors, etc. This is THE resource for film and video professionals, with chapters across the country. Members are supportive of each other and not competition-phobic. This is the place to encounter colleagues with whom lyou can collaborate. I love WiFV! Have been a member off and on since 1984. Susan Fertig-Dykes
I've been a member of WIFV for decades and have found this to be the most caring, member-sensitive professional organization I belong to. What a great group to help us connect with one another, offer each other advice, provide leads for gigs, keep each other up-to-date on our industry and its technology, celebrate together, etc. etc. etc.!!! An example: when I was living and working in Zagreb in the 90s during the Bosnian conflict, going in and out of Sarajevo during the siege, I suddenly received an email from a WIFV member in the U.S. who had found my name through WIFV. She was looking for someone who knew the ropes for getting in and out of Sarajevo with some donations for a women's group there. We'd never met, but because she was a member of WIFV I had no hesitation in inviting her to stay with me and I would help her work through the intricacies of getting on board one of the UNPROFOR flights (about the only way to get in and out at that time). We became friends of course, and are still close to this day.
Women In Film @ Video, Washington, D.C. allows those like me with books which are, "Movie Options," to connect with experienced individuals who serve to educate, to inspire, and to guide us through a process which is unfamiliar turf. "Movie Options," are coveted, but more coveted is the time when the Option is initiated and a film dialogue begins. Through WIFV, in one day's time, one can see levels we did not know existed in the filming process, how people search for sets, design--And especially tender to me are the times when members can save dollars, for other members are so generous as to share their equipment as well as to report mistakes along with what was done well as they became a name in films.//Recommended articles for reading help us to filter out a lot of time wasted and go to the sources of knowledge the board and members may share.//There is a personal touch to so many events which makes us proud that such film library and talent exist in our nation's capital.//"Pinkhoneysuckle," my mid-century story of Agrarian Southern Appalachia had to be researched for dates and events of 60s included three assassinations and left a nation fully insecure, but this non-profit welcomes us to come in no matter where we are from--"Use our materials," so my novel covering Bible Belt, almost 19th century living, all the way through really growing up in Washington, D.C. has a central source which will have filmed all this former cotton field labor child could record--For women and children were so overworked in the south after the diaspora north--But WIFV is apt to be a film directors dream work place--Where else can one go and know pictures of Washington on fire as I witnessed will be filed and ready to support, "Pinkhoneysuckle," the novel as it becomes a wrapped up film. // We existed white and black, and we worked together to get crops in, and most other Appalachian writings will take you to coal country. Non-Profits will not have taken families with white skin out of the pictures--For in the cotton fields--We were all just trying to have a l00 lb. day, for three dollars could purchase dime store shoes. Poverty, the great equalizer; is part of unspeakable acts, so I'm one of countless who never dreamed that Washington, D.C. would not be just for homecoming, but the proof and story of my Appalachia exists where this, a number 1 non-profit has kept the footprint of our lives however it possibly could.//The best ingredient for WIFV success is that same equality spread out like a doormat, and once you've crossed in to it--Even with a large membership--The board President and all of those who serve there realize the challenges for the young as well as those who are older, and therein--They are setting up for a bright future.
Hollywood could learn greatly from these magnificent women and men--The, "Care," factor is something so unique to this group that one splendid moment--It would appear that these folks care enough to dance on the head of a pin. I congratulate those who nominated and chose WIFV once again this year. Thank you.
Barbara Everett Heintz, Author of, "Movie Option," "Pinkhoneysuckle," a story for adults and especially for history buffs, nurses and social workers who read it and come away realizing, "White Trash," and, "Hillbilly," are as unkind as any other name calling of human beings.
Congratulations to WIFV.
Barbara Everett Heintz, "Pinkhoneysuckle," Author
Women In Film in Washington, D.C. has welcomed me and my Film Option book, "Pinkhoneysuckle," in to a world where I had no understanding. We, on joining are welcomed, and library and film services are made known with the kindest of welcomes. I read the news letter with amazement as I learn every thing from the language and complexity of film--Then I breath deeply to see this 3000 plus member organization allow people to offer services from anything to do with film or to search for housing or a particular job. The price of membership is negligible to the offerings from the best of film libraries to technical support to we technically challenged persons who knock at the door of WIFV. Any person who has an interest in great film will see results of so many studies, reports of foundations and for the young and excited, I see internships and scholarships which you will find no place else. There is an over tone of excitement laid out before us about whatever is going on across the country in film at any level, and I am surprised that I have felt such a personal and early comfort in laying forward issues regarding film in our country when my area is writing. I guarantee that one will learn something through this boundlessly generous organization just by asking, for at no point has someone failed to respond to this novice who knew nothing of how my book could transform from book to film. Generosity is the number one anchor of WIFV which I see open to all, and along with that--Hospitality, and placing the two together was like coming home to a good mother after a long time being away. I do thank Washington D.C., and the workers from directors to volunteers who keep this organization at a level of humility even with its wondrous works and generous support. May each know that we are aware out here as members, and I gladly give my name to this 5 Star organization. Thank you. Barbara Everett Heintz
WIFV has brought me into their Writers Seminar @ Dupont Circle, Washington, DC = Intermedia Table.
A writer needs other writers to evaluate their work long before it reaches the general public. Other writers critique and improve the "work in progress." The seminar also makes me a better critic to improve the work of other writers.
WIFV also provided Actors to read the Setup of my screenplay = BAD ACTORS (REVISION #6), available by Google after WIFV criticism. published on www.TriggerStreet.com.
James J. Moriarty, Jr., author of ebook PROFESSOR MORIARTY'S SHORT STORIES, Amazon.com.
At their Dec, 2012 meeting, WIFV assigned a set of actors to read The Setup of my screenplay BAD ACTORS (REV #5). The movie script is posted on www.TriggerStreet.com.
The 7 actors read the script, smiled and nodded they liked it. Three critics @ their evaluation table gave me useful feedback which I wrote into REV #6.
The women who work behind the screen invited me to a social event in Sept, 2013. They described the nature of their work, the various subject matter of their film ("how to make trail mix," "how to shoot nature film," et al.) They know how prepare finger food, drink and party. Jim Moriarty, author of the ebook, "Professor Moriarty's Short Stories." on Amazon.com
WIFV DC far exceeds a geographical classification. Its members are actively connected to a global network of industry professionals, expertise, and resources.
Workshops, meetings, social events are exceptional and always timely with
leading experts in our communications arena. The executive director and team
very helpful in anything you need. I have been a member for years. A very supportive
As a newer member of the film industry, WIFV DC has given me incredible access and support to a world I had previously felt was closed off and only for a select few.
I have no film school background nor connections but I have great curiosity and a desire to work and learn. Luckily, WIFV, its board members, Director Melissa Houghton & staff, provided mentoring opportunities, tons of member support and exposure, and accessibility.
WIFV DC has been there for me from my first screenwriting workshop ever to helping me co-produce a short film and a lot in between.
Thank you, WIFV DC!
Women in Film & Video is a great resource for anyone working in the industry, both in DC and beyond. I have found several jobs through their email listserve, gone to countless wonderful panels and events, and have made inroads with what turned out to be a very supportive community of filmmakers. Their listserve is amazing - you can find anything you need, even if it's not film-related (but especially if it is). I can't speak highly enough of WIFV. I would not have as high quality a career in the DC video production scene if it weren't for this organization.
The Women In Film and Video (WIFV) members are a group of filmmakers who bring expert knowledge, honesty, passion, and focus to all film and video projects. You are outstanding role models that continue to guide actors, writers, producers, and directors on a daily basis. I recently met with a feature-film producer and we are moving forward on the film development project. You are and continue to be a blessing in my life!
I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer on WIFV's first 48 Hour Film Fest entry. It was exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Exhilarating because of the caliber of professionals that were working alongside me. This experience led me to another opportunity whereby I produced and directed WIFV's first Web pilot. I cannot think of many volunteer jobs where I could tap into an entire organization for assistance. I was able to find production assistants, a DP, an audio technician, actors, a set designer, a costumer, an editor, a music composer and the list goes on... I have cultivated so many friendships from this organization! My experiences with WIFV have made me a little smarter, a little more confident and definitely more media savvy.
WIFV is a key organization that promotes the work of women filmmakers while providing the tools and training to succeed both personally and professionally. With over 70 events a year, WIFV plays a key role in the community by bringing together speakers, sponsors and influential members of the community to share their expertise and educate others.
WIFV-DC Is a super-supportive community consisting of veteran, seasoned, and in-transition professionals in film, video, + just about any multi-media platform. You will find a healthy representation of freelancers, small/large production companies, and network executives. Each function presents a good time to network, get the latest industry news, and identify resources to grants and programming. As a three-year volunteer of its Image Makers program, I became hooked on WIFV and found each subsequent volunteer experiences equally rewarding.
This is a group of very positive folks whose chief endeavor is to support women to the nth degree in their cinematic endeavors. They are so positive (and it comes from the top!) you just want to do your very best when working with them and you get a lot more in return, and I'm a guy...
I first learned about WIFV when I was a WIFV intern and aspiring filmmaker in 2004. From my very first day in the office, I realized how much the organization served the needs of over 1100 members. The phones never stopped ringing and the WIFV list served was a vibrant forum for jobs, opportunities, and discussion about the DC film industry. I loved every minute I spent in the office-- this time allowed me to see not only how a small staff of two people could do enormous things included dozens of public events each year, but also, advocating for women both for jobs in the media but also the representation of women in the media... That same year, I was utterly inspired by the Women of Vision gala when I had the chance to see honoree Carrie Fishcer speak in addition to other major women leaders in the industry. That one evening inspired me to follow my dream to work in film production and to create visionary goals for myself.
Since then, WIFV has continued to be a huge source of opportunities and friendship for me. In 2011, WIFV became the fiscal sponsor of my documentary, The Last Song Before the War, and, with the help of Melisssa Houghton, the film received an NEA grant for post production and outreach. Today, the film is playing in festivals around the world.
I can't say enough good things about WIFV or Melissa Houghton. The organization has opened so many doors for me, that I can't imagine my career without them. Finally, the camaraderie and support of every member that I meet is incredibly touching. Whenever I have the chance to give back, I do.
I cannot say enough positive things about WIFV. I joined the organization as a neophyte in the film world and quickly found a wonderful, supportive and talented community in WIFV. I recommend this organization to every filmmaker I meet and attend as many of their valuable events as my schedule allows. Their dedication to the profession is remarkable and both men and women will find helpful resources through WIFV.
WIFV is an awesome organization for anyone looking to be more connected and educated within the media space.
When I first began exploring the area, I joined WIFV DC and was blown away with the quality of people I met. The work members are doing is not only passionate and personal, but also echoes the world class production community that resides in DC. There is such a diversity among members - producers, editors, writers, artists, filmmakers of all genres as well as those in the technical side of the biz. We even have members who just love film. Its been a tremendous resource for me and constant inspiration. There are numerous workshops and roundtables regularly, as well as a commitment to community involvement. Any member will find support and expertise available to them, and the warmth and hospitality of a real community. As a new board member, my experience was validated when I learned most members chose to run for the board because they simply wanted to give back to an organization that has given so much to them.
WIFV DC is an amazing resource for those in media. Both Men and Women! It has helped me in so many ways but the most helpful have been the networking and informational seminars. Being involved as a member and serving on the Board has allowed me the opportunity to get to know and to work along side some amazing people. People who are willing to take you under their wing and share with you their knowledge and network and are excited to have a hand in helping you grow. I have never known a more giving group of people. This organization is a "must join" and should be at the top of your list of professional memberships.
WIFV is an amazing resource for media makers in the DC area and beyond. I've lived in San Francisco and New York - both of which are amazing towns for media types, but I've never seen anything as robust of as the breadth and depth of programming and support that WIFV offers the filmmaking community. They are amazing resource for media makers at every level - from students and those just starting out their careers to business owners and those that have been in the business for decades. The fact that the "founding mothers" are still members and actively involved 35 years after the organization started is proof positive that WIFV is the real deal.
WIFV has something for everyone regardless of area of focus -- from narrative to documentary, from editing, to graphics, to writing and directing and outreach/distribution. They also understand new platforms and new media outlets.
WIFV also collaborates closely with other media organizations in the DC area, around the country and across the globe, so they really have their finger on the pulse of what's happening in the media landscape. Plus, their convening power is amazing.
WIFV is the 'must join' organization for anyone interested in media making.
The WIFV DC CHapter is an advocacy, training and information star in the DC Metro Media Industry! There are several events to network, our membership is large and quite diverse and the LISTSERVE is outstanding!
It has been a tremendous asset to my career and I am honored to serve as a board member.
When I moved to the DC area a few years ago, I networked with a few organizations and found Women in Film an Video to the be most organized of the bunch. The mission statement is about professional networking and career development - and the organization follows its mission - but it is so much more. I have re-framed by professional outlook and career choices due in part, to the seminars I have attended.
As with most organizations - they are only as good as their people. WIFV is largely volunteer-led - and dedication of its members is top notch.
I have benefited enormously by my association with WIFV, and now in the process of "passing it on"
WIFV DC provides me with opportunities to network and learn. From those opportunities I found employment, upped my knowledge base and made friends. WIFV - you ROCK!
I am now a Board Member of WIFV because, of all the organizations I have ever joined in my life, WIFV has really helped me transform. I wanted to transition into filmmaking for a very long time but did not know how. Because of their mission and nurturing atmosphere I can now call myself a filmmaker. We just conducted our annual ScriptDC filmmakers weekend which just keeps getting better and better. My personal mission is to make funding available to women filmmakers so that our stories are shared with the rest of the world. I started writing and producing because I was so tired of the way women were being represented in feature films and reality television. I really did not need to see another "unscripted" reality character throw something. I want to experience all of the layers women characters bring to story. I must say I have really enjoyed being a member of WIFV and hope to continue to help women as they have helped me.
Their ScriptDC event was amazing. Direct access to people who can help me realize my dreams. And done with spirit, verve and fun.
I've been a member of Women in Film and Video-DC for five years now, having joined as I transitioned from playwriting to screenwriting. My goal was to find mentors within the community, which I certainly did, but more importantly, I was immediately and warmly encouraged to make my own contributions to the community. It has been through service to my fellow member, male and female, that I have found great satisfaction and insight into my craft, and in building those relationships, I'm continually learning, finding and creating my place in the film and television industry. I can't imagine that I'd been anywhere near where I'm at today without the guidance, support, and friendship of the dedicated group of filmmakers at Women in Film in Video-DC. I will be forever indebted to them, and forever grateful for my connection with them. I encourage anyone new to the industry to enrich their own opportunities by joining this vital and ever-growing community.
I joined WIFV in 1999 hoping it would help me transition into a film/video career. It did that and so much more! It provided me a slew of job opportunities, and a platform to fully explore and utilize my event production and leadership skills. I was able to gain valuable experience from a generous and supportive community, and have fully transitioned into a full-blown media and entertainment expert. I thank this community!!
The organization also allows its members to serve and contribute to WIFV's growth, which brings an indescribable satisfaction of giving back--or paying forward--and self growth. I was encouraged in 2009 to bring the Conscious Media roundtable under the auspices of WIFV so that others could discover this burgeoning genre. I was also encouraged by my peers to serve on the Board, and eventually as President, where others saw something in me that I did not see in myself. This is an amazing community of generous creatives and givers.