Film Organizations

Actor’s Center
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The Actors’ Center empowers actors in the Washington, D.C., area to achieve their highest potential. We fulfill this mission by providing our members exclusive access to casting, training, and networking opportunities.

Arlington Independent Media
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At Arlington Independent Media, our mission is to promote and facilitate free speech by providing access to established and emerging media.

DC Filmmakers
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The DC Filmmakers group is a community of people passionate about the moving image (film, video, television, web broadcast/streaming, … ). We look at digital production and film production as two side of the same coin. The group is a resource to network, make films, learn, teach, screen films, discuss business aspects of the industry, and to make friends. Our members include Producers, Directors, Cinematographers, Writers, Editors, Actors, Audio Engineers, Lighting Gaffers, Grips, Audio Designers, Digital Artists, and Entertainment Lawyers.

The Doc Center @ George Washington University
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For more than 25 years, The Documentary Center at the George Washington University has been committed to teaching documentary film production, to creating non-fiction films, and to encouraging the production of documentary films among emerging and established filmmakers. Inaugurated in 1990, The Documentary Center has been ranked as one of the top ten documentary filmmaking schools in the country and we are one of the few educational centers in the nation that focuses exclusively on non-fiction film. The Documentary Center is a chartered center housed within the Center for Innovative Media at GW.

Docs in Progress
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Docs In Progress creates and fosters a supportive community for documentary filmmakers. By developing, encouraging, and celebrating new and diverse voices in documentary film, we also seek to deepen the public’s experience, understanding, and appreciation for documentary as a form of art and expression. We do this by offering an array of programs and services aimed at aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers and the broader community.

Fairfax Public Access
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Fairfax Public Access is an independent, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides residents of Fairfax County and the Washington Metropolitan area the training and the tools to create non-commercial television and radio programming that expresses their viewpoints and perspectives to the community at large. FPA members volunteer their time and talents at our Merrifield production facilities, working collaboratively to help create programs which are then aired on FPA’s channels through cable providers Cox Communications of Northern Virginia, Verizon Virginia, Inc., and, in Reston only, Comcast. FPA currently airs over 2,000 hours of original programming annually, including programs in over 14 different languages that speak directly to the rich diversity of the populace of Fairfax County.

Greenbelt Public Access
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Greenbelt Access Television (GATe) is a non-profit organization chartered by the City of Greenbelt to bring public access to the Greenbelt area.

Motion Picture Association of America
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We are the voice of the global film and television industry, a community of storytellers at the nexus of innovation, imagination, and creativity. In the United States and around the globe, the film and television industry drives the creative economy. Our members are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLC, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

SAG-AFTRA
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SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voice over artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

Stone Soup Films
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Vision: Nonprofits have greater social impact when they are empowered by effective storytelling. Stone Soup Films was founded in 2008 as a nonprofit production company that builds the capacity of worthy organizations by developing a pro bono communications strategy represented in a professional promotional film. We combine the assets of collaboration, mentorship, education, and community service by joining the volunteer efforts of hundreds of expert and novice filmmakers. Our goal is to tell the real-life stories of how local groups are transforming the lives of individuals in need. We help organizations tell their stories by going to the individuals they serve, and letting those clients’ stories of transformation be emblematic of the organization’s important work.

There is no doubt that good storytelling can make all the difference in their ability to connect with the target audience, whether it be for fundraising, information or visibility purposes. Any nonprofit serving the people of Washington, DC that does not have a current film or substantial communications budget is invited to apply for a Stone Soup film. The process includes developing a communications strategy and a marketing and distribution plan for the finished film.  If you have professional film experience or want to get involved on any aspect of production, please join us as a volunteer! Student filmmakers with an interest in serving the community are invited to apply for a formal internship.

The Television, Internet and Video Association of DC
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The Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC), a local not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization was formed to serve the needs of the growing greater DC production community, including Maryland and Virginia. Focused on the burgeoning local market, TIVA offers an entrée into a world of career opportunities, new-industry technology seminars, educational outreach, mentoring and award ceremonies.

Virginia Production Alliance
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For more than 30 years, the Virginia Production Alliance has provided opportunity for Virginia’s film and television community. We sponsor professional development and networking events for filmmaking professionals and we are committed to providing assistance to those working to establish professional film-related careers and businesses. We are also the leading advocate for Virginia’s production community, interacting with state lawmakers to help pass legislation to strengthen the filmmaking in our state. The Virginia Production Alliance is a membership organization and is the state’s only professional association that supports and represents Virginia’s film and television industry. With districts currently active in Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia, the Virginia Production Alliance  provides services and support throughout the state.

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association
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Founded in 2002, The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association comprises professional DC-based film critics with affiliations in television, radio, print and the internet. As of 2017, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association has grown to include over 50 dedicated members from the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
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Since 1983, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts has supported artistic expression and creative innovation by serving the legal needs of the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland arts and cultural communities. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, WALA provides access to education, advocacy, and legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics, and pro bono legal referral services.

Washington DC Film Society
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The Washington, DC Film Society, founded in 1991, is a group of enthusiastic film lovers who enjoy quality mainstream, international, and independent films.

Women in Film and Video
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Women in Film and Video is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines.