“What a tremendous group of highly knowledgeable people who are inexplicably generous in offering their genuine interest, encouragement, practical support, cogent information, and useful contacts. Who needs LA when you have WIFV DC? “ – Penelope Poole, Screenwriter, Director, Producer

Women in Film & Video (WIFV) is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. WIFV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit organization founded in 1979, is the premier professional resource for people who want successful media  careers in the DC-metro region. Our resources, connections and advocates support a vibrant, creative media community.

WIFV is an affiliate of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), a global network of nearly 40 locations representing more than 10,000 media professionals worldwide. Located in one of the country’s leading non-fiction film production centers and at the center of federal, non-profit and non-governmental agencies, WIFV is uniquely positioned to offer its members unsurpassed continuing education offerings and connect them to professional opportunities across the globe.

Founding members of WIFV are still active in the media industry and some serve on the WIFV Advisory Committee or Legacy Circle.  The current Advisory Committee roster is available here.  The Legacy Circle roster is here..

Information about Women in Film & Video’s public filings may be requested by calling Melissa Houghton at 202-429-9438.  The most recent filing is here.



WIFV celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2014!  We launched new programs to support our members and their creative endeavors including development and fundraising for a Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers.  Our year’s celebration culminated at a 1970’s themed Dance Party on March 12, 2015 at Policy.  Sponsors of the Dance Party included Interface Media Group, Media Central, Office of Motion Picture & Television Department, Carlyn Davis Casting, Erin Essenmacher, Monica Lee Bellais, S and S Productions, and Patrick TelePictures, Inc.  We’re gearing up for turning 40 in 2019 – so stay tuned for details!


WIFV DC celebrated its 30th Anniversary on September 10, 2009. This video was produced entirely by WIFV volunteers to commemorate the occasion. A special thanks to the WIFV Past Presidents, Sandy Cannon-Brown and Video Takes LLC for producing the video, Henninger Video for the editing, Susan England and Bethany Powell for the graphics and Human Factor, LLC for providing the music.