Women in Film & Video is a valued resource for Connections, Opportunities and Advocates.  This section of the WIFV website provides you additional information on regional resources and legal issues of interest to the media community.


Journey to Success

Welcome! Our site offers our members a roadmap to overcome the challenges they face within the film industry so they achieve their goals and success. It provides recent studies, articles, and a toolkit. Join us for our series of articles about the filmmaker’s journey. During the next three months we will provide some solutions to the issues encountered during the creation of the film from start to finish.

A Guide to Making Hollywood Less White, By the Filmmakers Who Have Done It

A.C.L.U., Citing Bias Against Women, Wants Inquiry Into Hollywood’s Hiring Practices

Agnes Varda to Be Honored at Cannes

Can She Pull It Off? (Or, How to Hire Women Directors)

Channing Dungey Named President of ABC Entertainment Group

Hollywood’s Inclusion Problem Extends Beyond the Oscars, Study Says

How Hollywood Keeps Out Women

Jennifer Lawrence Blames Herself for Getting Paid Less Than Her Male Co-Stars

J.J. Abrams Created a Hiring System that Considers Women and Minorities in Proportion to the US Population

Meryl Streep Funds Lab for Women Screenwriters Over 40

Oscars: Examining Gender Bias in the Documentary Categories

Queen Latifah Teams up with Jessica Chastain and Others to Launch Company to Produce Films By and About Women

Talking with the Woman Who Started #OscarsSoWhite

The Hollywood Reporter’s 2015 Women in Entertainment Power 100

Vimeo is launching Share the Screen, an initiative to help female filmmakers by funding their projects, teaching them the business, and promoting their movies.

What it’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood

Women are shut out of directing roles and it’s hurting movies

YouTube Boosts Female Content Creators with Two New Initiatives



Cindy Williams: “We Were Paid Half of What the Boys Made

Glamour’s: Role Reversal Series

Women In Hollywood and Gender Equality


Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women Leadership

Exploring the Careers of Female Directors: Phase III

Gender & Short Films: Emerging Female Filmmakers and the Barriers Surrounding their Careers

Inclusion or Invisibility? Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity in Entertainment

best practices for emailing job postings

Women in Film & Video is always happy to post job listings that may be beneficial to our members. The following templates should be used when sending this information to our office or directly to the listserv. Special thanks to WIFV member Ryan Pratzel and Mikael Manoukian for helping to develop this. Click here to download the templates.

Best Practices for Internships

The WIFV Board of Directors has approved guidelines for unpaid internships to assist WIFV members who are considering offering or accepting such situations. WIFV took this action in response to repeated and ongoing discussion of this topic on the listserv and recent high-profile class-action lawsuits. WIFV’s interest is for those of our membership seeking internships to have internships to find, and for those of our members who provide internships to offer them with confidence that their internships meet the Department of Labor’s and other governing bodies’ requirements.  Best Practices for Internships are available here.

Fair Use for Filmmakers

Fair Use is an important right for filmmakers.  We are lucky to have the AU Center for Media & Social Impact leading the discussion on this subject. The page with all the info on fair use for documentarians is here.  The Infographic: Can I Employ Fair Use In My Documentary? is available here. A handout, Documentarians, Fair Use and Best Practices is available here.  Pat Aufderheide, Director of CMSI, provided this powerpoint at a recent presentation, Making a Living in a Fair-Use-Friendly World.

Statistics about Women in Media Industry

If you are looking for statistics about women in the film industry, we suggest the Celluloid Ceiling reports by Martha Lauzen, PhD.  Click here for the most recent report.

Despite the high profile inclusion of films written and directed by women at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a gender gap still persists in the American independent film industry, according to a study conducted by researchers at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that was commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles. Only 24% of all movies programmed for the Festival between 2002 and 2012 were directed by women, the study found, and women are more likely to direct documentaries than narrative films. “Female directors are more likely to feature girls and women on screen than male directors,” said study authors Stacy L. Smith, Katherine Pieper and Marc Choueiti. (“Sundance 2013: Women lag men even in independent film, study finds”)

The International Women’s Media Foundation’s Global Report on the Status Women in the News Media reveals that men occupy 73% of the top management jobs and 64% of reporting jobs of the over 500 companies in almost 60 countries surveyed. The study provides more evidence supporting the challenges of women worldwide, in all fields of media, as well as identifying both glass ceilings and companies with model gender-parity policies. The full report is available here; a summary is available here.

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is leading the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children’s entertainment. Dr. Stacy Smith and her team at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication carried out several discrete studies, including ones on children’s television and film.  Full reports are available here.  Summaries can be found here:

Key Findings of Changing the Status Quo: Industry Leaders’ Perceptions of Gender in Family Films

Key Findings of Gender Disparity On Screen and Behind the Camera in Family Films

Key Findings of Gender Stereotypes: An Analysis of Popular Films and TV

Go Green With Your Production

Want to “green” your production?  The School of Communications at American University has issued: Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking.

Speaking of “green”: Want to know which production studios in the DC/MD/VA area have a green screen? Click here.

Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative

Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative recently published a report entitled Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race, & LGBT Status from 2007 to 2014. The full report can be read here!

Permits for Filming in DC

Film permits are issued by the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Please read the Film Permit Application Instructions prior to completing a Film Permit Application. You can also contact the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development directly at 202-727-6608 with any questions or concerns.  Complete the Permit Application (download PDF version)


The Mid-Atlantic Production Guide combines resource people from across the region.