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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Film & Video, Media & Communications

Mission: Women in Film & Video (WIFV) provides educational and networking opportunities for screen-based media makers, celebrates women’s creative and technical achievements in media, and advocates for parity both in front of and behind the camera to ensure that all voices can be heard. A 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit organization founded in 1979, WIFV is the premier professional resource for people who want successful media careers in the DC-metro region. Our resources, connections and advocacy support a vibrant, creative media community. We are also part of WIFTI, an international network of 45+ women in film organizations with more than 10,000 members worldwide and work closely with the 20+ WIFT-US organizations.

Results: Member films have been screened at film festivals around the globe, received national broadcasts, and theatrical screenings. 78 screenplays have been promoted in the Spotlight on Screenwriters catalogues. New creative teams come together to make independent work. WIFV serves as a fiscal sponsor for an average of 15 films per year to aid those independent mediamakers to secure critical funding. Internal fundraising has resulted in the WIFV Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers. We established the Jane Cusumano Short Film Finishing Fund to support one short narrative film per year with cash and in-kind post-production services. 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: 300 students; 4,500 program attendees; 25 fiscal sponsored filmmakers

Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic

Programs: 100+ professional development programs per year, including ScriptDC, Women of Vision Awards, Kids World Film Festival, master classes, roundtables, and networking.

Community Stories

181 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 erica

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without WIFV, I would not have gotten into the DC film world, met some of the most amazing collaborators, or had the guts to start my own film arts nonprofit. This organization is not only one of the most beneficial organizations for women in media in the Washington DC Metro area, it is one of the most beneficial media organizations in general. It fosters a sense of community, has an incredible listserv and professional development programs, brings together people working in disparate parts of the industry, and is welcoming to Washington DC's constant newcomers, students, seasoned veterans, and everyone in between.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women in Film and Television is an amazing resource for film professionals of all levels in the industry. The newsletter is invaluable, and the events are warm, educational and productive. I highly recommend becoming a member, and meeting other like-minded people. Membership is worth it's weight in gold.

- monda raquel webb, writer/producer

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was in the early stages of production on my independent documentary, the best decision I made was to get involved with WIFV. As anyone involved in independent production will attest, it can be lonesome out here! Fortunately the WIFV community has supported me every step of the way on my journey and without their tremendous professional and personal support I would not have completed this film.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV is so incredibly wonderful. As a transitioning professional--switching into the film/video world from teaching--joining WIFV/attending their events was the best move I could make. WIFV members are always willing to share their resources/lend a helping hand--and the events they hold help you get connected to other film professionals in the DC area. Melissa (Director)--is one of the most generous and knowledgable people in the field and personally has gone out of her way to help me and--okay SO now I'm gushing about WIFV, but I just can't say enough about how fantastic this organization is. My experience has been life-altering!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An absolutely fantastic group full of support for women, and men, in the film and television industry, both in front of and behind the camera! Everyday I see resources made available to our members, i.e.: grants for funding, workshops, film screenings and our annual job fair, as well as opportunities to share knowledge and experiences with our members. Image Makers, a WIFV community outreach program, pairs high school students with non-profits to produce, from concept to screen, broadcast-quality PSAs for the non-profits. The students gain invaluable experience in TV/film production. I wish WIFV had been around when I was in college.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

From 2011 to the present, Women in Film DC has provided a platform for screening and producing the relatively little-explored area of spiritual, or conscious, film. Without hesitation, they provide sponsorship, mentoring, easy access to the film "world" of DC to advertise activities, help obtaining free venues, on-line sponsored roundtable forum, and full technical assistance. In essense, they have all but launched this exciting new genre of film with their generous contributions of staff, time, talent and interest.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently needed to QUICKLY cast a variety of folks, men and women, to play Chefs for our business-to-business eCommerce site. Thankfully, Yolanda Arrington put out a request for us on the Women in Film & Video listserv and within 48 hours we had three REAL Chefs all with live TV experience and dozens of other qualified candidates. Clearly, this is an incredibly vibrant and networked organization. We are so thankful to Yolanda and everyone who wrote with interest. Chris Grant, ePURCHASINGnetwork, Inc., Chief Strategy Officer

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I think WIFV is a great resource for professionals that are independent as well as those that work in the industry. They offer a number of programs, and provide resources. I think that there needs to be more outreach to youth and young adults as well as more free or low cost programs/workshops/initiatives, etc... In addition to being a fiscal sponsor and media advocate, I'd like to see them become a funding source for film and video grants and competitions in the future. I applaud the Director's work, she is very helpful and supportive to a number of members, including a project that I have been working on for funding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a media writer for 35 years, and before becoming active in WIFV my contacts in my industry were strictly business-oriented. As a volunteer producer on WIFV's Web Series project, I am now working with dozens of professionals teaching the next generation of filmmakers and videographers the craft. My new relationships are beyond just business, they are a sharing of our love of what we do and an opportunity to pass our passion along. And by working with younger people, I am in the flow of new ideas that will shape the future of video and film--a terrific advantage for my own business.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The amount of information and number of opportunities for professional development and networking provided by such a slimly staffed organization is amazing. It is a testament to the effectiveness of the leadership and dedication of the membership of WIFV. The membership is comprised of over 1,000 men and women who create media in the metro DC area. Members share successes, questions, information, job opportunities and much more. They also provide media training to young people and honor Women of Vision . There is a little something for everyone in the media industry at WIFV.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

People in our industry tend to work in silos, meaning they tend to not know what people are doing in other areas. And since most people are independent contractors, they tend to be isolated. WIFV brings people together, provides opportunities to learn and share information and best practices and offers opportunities for growth. And it has appeal to young and seasoned professionals alike. There is no other organization in the industry that has the vision or breadth of activities as WIFV

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV has been invaluable in their service to local filmmakers and writers. Their programs are top notch and they strive to help all of their members achieve their true potential. WIFV has been the single most important organization I've joined.

1 KBO6

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Women in Film & Video is a diverse organization that offers so many different things to its members and the community at large. From the job fair to youth training, informational and networking events to an outstanding and supportive listserve, WIFV helps people in the media production industry learn and connect. Members use resources from WIFV every day to create both professional and deeply personal media projects. I recommend the organization to all the new and aspiring filmmakers I meet.

1 Charlotte R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My membership with WIFV started as a Student member and has continued these past 15 years. The organization fosters professional growth, community involvement and invests in the education of the next generation. While the name is "Women" in Film & Video and it does focus on developing women in the industry, it is a great organization for men also. When I was looking to start my own company, it was the men and women of WIFV who have encouraged and advised me. It has, more than any other group, given me the resources to pursue my dream. As a woman building an animation studio, it is the professional in WIFV who have been the most supportive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been lucky to be a member and volunteer for WIFV and each experience gets better. The organization has been crucial in motivating me to start my business. The networking opportunities and the chance to volunteer have been outstanding.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV is a great resource for learning about opportunities and best practices for production and distribution of original productions. The members are incredibly resourceful and helpful to each other. The programs are substantive and practical. WIFV also engages in community outreach by an annual program that pairs teams of HS students with volunteer production professionals to produce Public Service Announcements for local tax-exempt organizations (beneficiaries in the past have included a women's shelter, youth groups, etc.). The teams' productions are juried and the winning teams announced to the entire organization at an annual dinner event (where al of teh productions are exhibited. WIFV continues to embrace new technologies, for its own use and to help educate its members and it offers benefits that are meaningful to members with substantial experience in their fields as well as individuals new to the area (geographically or in term of experience).

1 Jon_2

Client Served

Rating: 5

WIFV is an organization like no other. They are a supportive organization that actually supports people. I can't tell you how much we've learned, jobs we've gotten, employees we've hired, resources we've been able to find, all because of WIFV.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't speak more highly regarding my membership in WIFV DC. As a student filmmaker I had some questions and received terrific and informed guidance from WIFV Exec Director Melissa Houghton and the names of members to call regarding a specific area. The WIFV events are extremely useful and the speakers are knowledgeable. Over the week end I attended a WIFV brunch and had the opportunity to develop friendships with members and to have honest industry conversations with my professional peers. WIFV really does the best it can to help filmmakers in this city and to create a filmmaking community - WIFV rocks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently a junior in highschool. I am the type of person that probably will not know what I am interested in until I am 40, but sophmore year of highschool I ran into something I really liked (at school that happens seldomly): video production. My teacher recomended that I join the WIFV seminar. I had a great experience; every staff member was cheerful and skilled, there was breakfast there in the morning, we were paid for metro fees, we even got community service hours!! This program really opened me up to the film industry and what it is liked. What suprised me about the program was its ability to hire very accomplished and professional people. I would say that WIFV helped me in many ways, I am very greatful for the skills I picked up, the experience I had, and the people I met.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a proud parent of a participant with the Women in Film and Video Image Makers program. My Daughter gained valuable exposure to and experience in video production. Importantly, she discovered a new voice with which to speak to the world. The video she co-produced won a Bronze award with the DC Television, Internet, and Video Association (TIVA). Her participation in the Image Makers program contributed to her early action admission to college where she intends to study Communications and Theatre Atrs! Women in Film and Video is a nonprofit organization worthy of support by the entire community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student, and I've already gained so many important connections. I've gotten a lot of PA work and experience thanks to WIFV. Their weekly events are so informative and inspiring. I'm planning to start pre-production on my own film soon and I would not be able to do it without the help from WIFV

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women in Film and Video is a fantastic group for those with careers in broadcast, TV, film, A/V enterprises and general media. Group members are eager and willing to help you find the answers to your questions, and events are useful and interesting. I am most active with the Documentary Roundtable group, which brings in a speaker every month or two to talk about a specific aspect of documentary filmmaking - whether it be the actual filmmaking process, PR, film festivals, etc. I am glad to gain from the expertise of others who have been in the field longer than I have, and I am glad to help any who are just graduating from college.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women in Film and Video is a great resource because for sharing information and events. I have make great contact that have provided me with great possibilities, and met wonderful people who are doing what I am, or already working in their field. My hope is that by participating in this discussion more people will become aware of this great organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women in Film & Video has been the best organization because of the people I've met and the workshops I've attended. There is an old saying that you get what you give, and that explains WIFV. I've volunteered since my membership started in 2001. I've gained friends, mentors and confidence.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a first time independent filmmaker. And I don't think I could complete my project without the help and resources of Women in Film and Video. It's support with networking oppportunities, professional training workshops and the information and interaction of its daily list serve are invaluable to media professionals----both women and men---in the Washington DC area. I can't thank WIFV enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of WIFV over the last year, I have found the events calendar and slate of interesting topics and activities to be of enormous benefit to me as a pursue a professional career in screenwriting.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women In Film & Video DC is an outstanding organization that is a "go to" organization for professionals no matter what gender for information, history, mentoring and much needed support. The list serve is 2nd to none in getting the best answers to production questions none- to big none too small; exposing the "happenings" in the world of film in DC and then of course having the liveliest OT discussions in town. To me having been a member in different stages of my 20 year career, WIFV is a great learning environment to a new comer as well as a welcoming home to an experienced producer. The organization can improve itself by expanding the WIFV DC brand via the ever evolving world of new media. And in this economy WIFV has done a stellar job of tightening the purse strings without failing to deliver the relevant content in programming necessary in the film and video industry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful org. They far exceed their brief, helping all members and general public to better connect and access production information, workshops and professional connections. They really helped me get connected in D.C.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WIFV, Inc. may well be the best run non-profit in the country for women because of the leadership and the active involvement of nearly everyone associated with its efforts. It is both brilliantly managed, democratic and out-reaching, and creative. Over the last 20 years, WIFV has contributed to the development of a dynamic, vibrant media community in the Washington, DC area. In fact, women lead the way here in defining the path-breaking developments in film, television, internet, website creation, feature films, theatrical works, and more. Men join the WIFV listserve because it's the only one that provides the news and opportunities taking place in the region.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I look back at the year I have been a WIFV member, I can't imagine myself working as a professional in the video production industry without being associated with them. I have met a great number of women and men in the industry, I have attended very current and exciting events and seminars that help us keep up to speed, I even got a scholarship to freshen up my A/V skills. I thank the WIFV for helping me keep up with pretty much everything is happening in the industry in DC and also with key happenings nationwide. They are an incredibly resourceful group of women who gives us support, encouragement, and inspiration.

5

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I moved to DC from NYC 18 years ago, I didn't know a soul in the tv industry. I felt very isolated until I joined WIFV and was embraced by their members and Board. I met my first employer at a panel discussion and review of demo reels and have found countless other freelance opportunities from the WIFV listserve. Over the years, their programming, community outreach and recognition of women trailblazers in the industry has educated and enlightened me. I wanted to give back to the organization that helped me, so when I was approached by Rosemary Reed to join the Board I decided to run. I was elected to the Board and later served as WIFV President 2000-2001. I have made lasting friendships and participated in creative collaborations with fellow members that have enriched my life. It is an outstanding organization and I commend them for their continued support of the local industry. Keep up the great work WIFV!

8 rebecca4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

When I moved to the DC area from Texas, Women in Film was on my list of organizations to join. Along with the alumni chapter from Southern Methodist University, this organization helped me to get my bearings as a single parent far from home for work. The leaders of this group are extremely committed and hard-working and truly believe in the mission of the organization. They need more exposure across all media and an updated approach to PR to succeed in this rapidly changing media landscape. It is also important to put standards into place as much of their staff and labor is volunteer - this would eliminate some of the burden the core group is under to keep the organization going strong. Their belief in me is helping me to grow and develop both my leadership and communication skills in the arts.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

WIFV DC has been an integral part of my film and video education and professional career. Since joining in the fall of 2004, at the outset of my pursuit of my MFA degree, I have been honored to experience so many facets of the organization. From the listserv, to internships, jobs, classes and volunteer opportunities, WIFV has walked in lockstep with me as I advance my career. As a current board member, I feel that volunteering for WIFV is the least I can do to return the favor.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Women in Film & Video, Inc. in 2005 to network for my business. Through participating in various events as a volunteer or an attendee, I met many strong and thoughtful women, developing friendships and business relationships. By participating with WIFV, I have made the most of my membership. Through the contacts I've made through WIFV, I have grown my business enough to support both itself and me and was able to quit my "day job" last year (2009). I am now a member of the board and serve as Executive Vice President of this wonderful organization.