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 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.
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.
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.
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'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%.