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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.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

KC O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic meetups, informative workshops, and a great sense of empathy and industry insight in the DMV area! I am always so thankful for this org and for the great work that Melissa does!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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...

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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"

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Susan503

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Angela174

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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%.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Diane81

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The fantastic members of WIFV-DC have introduced me to the art, science, and business of screenwriting and filmmaking. I'm working to make my dream cone true of producing a film about one of my ancestors. It's quite an adventure--both his story and my venture into filmmaking. Everyone is supportive and encouraging. With several WIFV members' help. I made a short docudrama called "When Was the War of 1812?" that you can see on YouTube. What do you know about the War of 1812? You can find out!

1 shbarocas

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Susan233

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professor Moriarty

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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