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Women in Film & Video Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Established in 1979, Women In Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV-DC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement of women in film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. We work closely with industry agencies to promote opportunities for women in the industry; their achievements; and on-going professional development. There are currently 1,000+ members in the DC Chapter. We are also part of an international network of 40 chapters with more than 10,000 members worldwide.

Results: Member films have been screened at film festivals around the globe. 78 screenplays have been promoted in the Spotlight on Screenwriters catalogue. New creative teams come together to make independent work. Internal fundraising has resulted in the first call for applications to the WIFV Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers. Our members work for the most-respected media companies in the US and create a significant body of independent media every year.

Target demographics: screen-based mediamakers and their audiences

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400 students; 4 non-profits; 3,500 program attendees

Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic

Programs: 80+ professional development programs per year, including ScriptDC, Women of Vision Awards, Spotlight on Screenwriters, Image Makers, Kids World Film Festival, master classes, roundtables, and networking.

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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).