WIFV Washington DC

Profile Updated: April 7, 2017
Address: Washington, DC USA
Website/Homepage: WWW.WIFV.ORG
Number of Members: 1000
President/Chair: Rebecca Bustamante
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Mission Statement

WIFV supports women in the media industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women's creative and technical achievements.

About Your Chapter/History

In 1979 a few women crossed paths, exchanged phone numbers and then decided to meet in a living room. Why? They wanted to fill a void. They needed an opportunity to network and exchange experiences with other women. Among the women involved in the first year were: Ginny Durrin, Judy Herbert, Sharon Ferguson, Christine Brim, Jan Hatcher, Norma Davidoff, Pat McMurray, Catherine Anderson, Lauren Versel, Michal Carr, Elise Reeder, and Polly Krieger.

Since 1979, the organization has become a strong and formidable force in helping women break ground in the film and video industry within the Washington, DC region.

From meetings and newsletters to salons and electronic membership discussion groups, WIFV continues to facilitate a constant exchange of information and networking opportunities for its members, who strive to help one another on their road to success.

Each year, dedicated teams of volunteers embark upon projects and take WIFV to new levels. Whether starting the day off with an Executive Breakfast or having a few martinis after work, WIFV members constantly show their dedication to this organization and their careers.

Brief Description of your Key Programs

A Chapter Timeline (http://www.wifv.org/content.asp?pl=1&sl=16&contentid=16) illustrates how WIFV has grown through the years.

WEDNESDAY ONE MEETINGS (1979-present)
Education has always been a key part of WIFV. These monthly discussions provide an opportunity for members to learn more about specific aspects of the media industry.

WIFV OPEN HOUSE (1980s-present)
This is the annual kickoff to the new WIFV program year and is followed by the annual membership meeting.

ROUNDTABLES (1987-present)
Special interest groups to connect WIFV members on a smaller scale. Roundtable groups change over time and are directed by WIFV Members. Current roundtables include Screenwriting, Documentaries, Talent, and Animation.

EXECUTIVE BREAKFASTS & SALONS
(1993-present)
The Executive Breakfast Program is a chance for executive members to see each other's work and learn from leaders in our field.

WOMEN OF VISION AWARDS (1994-present)
This annual celebration honors women who have excelled in their field and served their communities. A list of past honorees is available at www.wifv.org.

WIFV MEDIA JOB FAIR (1998-present)
The job fair is an annual opportunity for WIFV members to meet employers and discuss job possibilities.

THE IMAGE MAKERS PROGRAM (1998-present)
WIFV pairs industry professionals with high school students to produce public service announcements for local charitable groups.

RANDY GOLDMAN FUND SCHOLARSHIP
(1999-present)
The Fund awards a scholarship to a WIFV member who demonstrates her commitment to professional growth. WIFV partners with The Maine Media Workshops to provide this scholarship.

KIDS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (2002-present)
This film festival shares the joy of international film with local middle school children. The program includes in-school media literacy training prior to the festival to teach critical viewing skills and an appreciation of the wide range of media available today.

FISCAL SPONSORSHIP (2010 to present)
WIFV serves as a fiscal sponsor for independent filmmakers to allow them to access funding from foundations and other donors. Applications are accepted from WIFV Members only in the Spring and Fall.

SEED FUND FOR DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS (2015 to present)
WIFV provides two members per year $2,500 grants as seed funding for their films. The first grants were awarded in 2016.

Current Officers

2016-2017 WIFV BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT
Rebecca Bustamante • Verisign
rebecca1[at]cox.net

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Karen Whitehead • Fur Face Films
karenjwhitehead[at]me.com
Co-Chair, Women of Vision

TREASURER
Katherine Wilkins de Frances • Producer
katherine[at]defrances.net

SECRETARY
Hillary Shea • RHED Pixel
hillarylshea[at]gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMMING
Carletta Hurt • IKAM Productions
churt.bod[at]gmail.com
Co-Chair, Women of Vision

WIFTI LIAISONS
Judy Meschel • National Geographic
meschelja[at]aol.com

Brigitte Yuille • B.Y. Communications Worldwide
brigitte.yuille[at]bycomworldwide.com


IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT/ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON
Erin Essenmacher • National Association of Corporate Directors
erinessenmacher[at]gmail.com
Co-Chair, Women of Vision

WIFV BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandra Abrams • Producer
slabrams1[at]yahoo.com
Chair, MarCom

Julie Allen • Firedrake Productions
julie[at]firedrakeprod.com
Co-Chair, Kids World Film Festival

Woryeneh Benson • Teacher
woryeneh.benson[at]gmail.com
Chair, Media Job Fair

Faith DeVeaux • Double R Productions
fai29[at]aol.com
Chair, Development

Sonya Dunn • JEMH Entertainment
dunn[at]gemhinc.com

Robin Noonan-Price • Fairfax County Public Schools
rnprice523[at]cox.net
Co-Chair, Kids World Film Festival

Keri Williams • KamiKazi Photos
kamikaziphotos[at]gmail.com
Chair, Community Outreach, Universities

Ann Zamudio • Clever Gretel Productions
clevergrethel99[at]gmail.com
Chair, Membership Events

WIFV STAFF
Melissa Houghton
Executive Director
director[at]wifv.org

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