What is our mission?
WIFVNE works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education.
Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. We provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources. WIFVNE works to promote proactive images of women to the public and to empower all women in film and video to achieve their professional potential. Women in Film & Video New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of around 70 WITTI and WIFTI-partner chapters on six continents – all working for the same goal: gender balance in the industry.
In 1981, eleven women, all Boston-based media professionals, came together to form the New England chapter of Women in Film. The founders are: Mary Benjamin, Rebecca Eaton, Raquel Ortiz, Robin Landerman, Christine Dall, Christine Herbes, Alice Hoffman, Janet Krause, Edith Luray, Midge MacKenzie, Diane Miller, Harriet Reisen, Katherine Deutch Tatlock, and Susan Steinberg-Woll.
“For all the big-name organizations that put an indelible stamp on the area film scene…local film offerings wouldn’t be quite as rich without the less acknowledged venues and groups that also play a crucial part, [including] Women in Film & Video New England, for supporting aspiring and established female filmmakers alike.”
– The Boston Globe (December 2005)