Women in Film & Video DCResources

Women in Film & Video is a valued resource for Connections, Opportunities and Advocates.  This section of the WIFV website provides you additional information on health and safety, regional resources, and industry reports.

COVID-19 Resources in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia

A collection of resources related to emergency funding, loans, freelancers and artists, mental health, and general info.  Click here.
Dunlap. Ludwig & Bennett has resources for small businesses and freelancers on their website

COVID-19 Makeup Protocols

Information coordinated by Carolyn Marie (  Click here Carolyn Marie has COVID-19 Certification from Barbicide and COVID-19 Certification from Safe Sets International.


A Joint Report of the DGA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and Teamsters’Committees for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.  Click here.

Worldwide COVID-19 production guidelines

Compiled by American Film Market (AFM) – click here

Understanding the Signs of Age Discrimination

Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) provides our members with information about legal issues of interest and import.  Below is information relating to the sometimes subtle signs of age discrimination in hiring as well as resources to assist if one experiencing this form of discrimination. Click here.

Resources to Report Sexual Harassment

Women in Film & Video provides our community with information about legal issues of interest and import.  Below is information relating to sexual harassment laws and enforcement, including links to the abundant (and free) resources available from federal, state, and county agencies in the DMV Metro area.  Click here.

Assessing Hostile Work Environments

In the wake of recent high-profile sexual harassment claims, many employees (and employers) are asking: what constitutes a “hostile work environment”?  Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC (WIFV) endeavors to provide our members with information and resources about legal issues of interest and import.  Click here for some basic information regarding the law on employment discrimination and hostile work environments.

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.

Inclusion of Disabled People in Media

Here are some resources and readings for people with disabilities in the screen industries, and what you can do to support:

  • Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity (TTIE), a collaborative project of WIF, has created a #WriteInclusion factsheet with tips for accurate representation of disabled people
  • 1IN4 is an intersectional coalition of disabled creatives currently working in Hollywood, focused on long-term institutional shifts to increase employment and authentic representation of disabled people, formed by talent manager Eryn Brown
  • RespectAbility has put together the Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit
  • The Media Access Awards has produced a Best Practices Guide for Hiring Writers with Disabilities, as well as a Disability List curated in partnership with The Black List and the Writers Guild of America Disabled Writers Committee
  • FWD-Doc is a group of filmmakers with disabilities working in documentary film
  • The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a contest that gives filmmakers with and without disabilities the opportunity to tell unique stories showcasing disability
  • The Ruderman Foundation’s research and resources on inclusion in entertainment
  • Last month, Amazon Studios announced a new inclusion policy and playbook that intends to increase representation of people with disabilities in its productions
  • The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center that can offer advocacy and support for those with disabilities

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.  In 2020, overall in the top 100 films stateside, women comprised 16 percent of the filmmakers, up from 12 percent in 2019 and a whopping four percent in 2018. That’s two years of growth, but also leaves at least 80% of the top films with no women directors.  Click here for the most recent report

Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative are pleased to share our newest report: Inclusion in the Director’s Chair. The report is the most comprehensive intersectional analysis of directors of motion pictures to date, combining data on the gender, race, and age of 1,335 filmmakers working on 1,200 top-grossing films released between 2007 and 2018. The analysis also focuses on women in executive and leadership ranks at major media companies. For the first time, the study explores data on gender and race/ethnicity of producers and multiple below-the-line positions.

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.

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.

The PGA has recently published a Green Production Guide & Toolkit.  You can access a zip file with those resources here.

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


The Ultimate List of Movie Podcasts

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  Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME). Please read the Film Permit Application Instructions prior to completing a Film Permit Application. You can also contact OCTFME 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.

Journey to Success

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

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct

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

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

Examining the Prevalence and Portrayal of Girls and Teens in Popular Movies 

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

Media Arts Resources – For Individuals

Oscars: Examining Gender Bias in the Documentary Categories

SAG-AFTRA Code of Conduct

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

Seniors on the Small Screen: Aging in Popular Television Content

Inclusion in the Director’s Chair 2019

Supporting Women in Business Resource Guide

Women and Careers in STEM

In an effort to make information focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education and careers more accessible to women, we at have curated a Women and Careers in STEM series for those considering the field. Included are degree overviews, job boards, and perspectives from female professionals already in the industry. Take a look here:

Where Women Study STEM:
Women in STEM:
STEM Careers:
Resources for Women in Computer Technology from Purdue University Global:
History of Women and Computers by Jonathan O’Brien (recommended by Kids Cause):

Women in STEM – Closing the Gender Gap from Master’s in Data Sciences: