Here's a list of film sites, groups and resources that every Member should know about:
Women in Film and Television International - Our parent organization! Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI) is a global network comprised of some 40 Women In Film chapters worldwide and over 10,000 members dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.
BAVC - The Bay Area Video Coilition (BAVC) is the largest and most advanced independent media arts center in the country. We believe that media and new technologies should be a resource for everyone. Whether you want to learn Photoshop, edit your documentary for PBS, restore old videotapes, or have a really basic question answered, give us a call; we can help. We've been doing it for over 25 years.
DV.com - The online home of the Digital Video Expo and DV Magazine.
The Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. If you're looking for money for your project, this is the place to start.
Frameline - Frameline’s mission is to strengthen the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and further its visibility by supporting and promoting a broad array of cultural representations and artistic expression in film, video and other media arts. In addition to the world-renowned San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Frameline's programs also include educational and home video Distribution, the Frameline Completion Fund, the Generations Filmmaker Workshop, and many other special events.
From the Heart Productions, Inc. created the Roy W. Dean Grant Foundation in honor of her late father to documentaries, shorts and narrative features with strong stories and compelling characters that make a contribution to society with budgets under $500,000. Their two (2) California grants close each year on June 30th.
IndieGoGo - IndieGoGo is an online social marketplace connecting filmmakers and fans to make independent film happen. The platform provides filmmakers the tools for project funding, recruiting, and promotion, while enabling the audience to discover and connect directly with filmmakers and the causes they support. Founded on the principles of opportunity, transparency, choice, and action, IndieGoGo launched in 2008 to address the fundraising challenges and market inefficiencies affecting independent filmmaking today.
ITVS - The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.
iVisual, the Art Dawgs Guide- Find anything from a Police Car or Mannequin to Rain Towers and Garage Dressing. With a focus on props, wardrobe and special effects, the target market includes not only the film production community but also professional photographers, stylists and design media professionals.
Oakland Film Office - The Oakland Film Office promotes filmmaking in the City of Oakland to advance economic development and civic pride and to increase regional, national and international awareness of Oakland as a vibrant, beautiful and culturally diverse city.
Propville - Propville.com is a free production resource in the San Francisco Bay area. We offer a vetted, online directory for Northern California; representing over 2000 businesses who support filmmakers, commercial photographers and video productions , as well and event planners. Live support with veteran producers make all of the answers available at your fingertips. Prop=Support + Ville=The Production Community. Propville also offers educational events thru the Dog & Pony Show™ series.
QWOCMAP- Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new films and videos that increase the visibility of queer women of color, authentically reflect our life stories, and address the vital social justice issues that concern our communities.
Reel Directory- ReelDirectory is an annual publication distributed throughout the United States and overseas. Often referred to as the “Bible for the Industry,” the Reel Directory offers thousands of verified listings of qualified crew, equipment and support services, providing an invaluable service to producers and production companies who need access to the Northern California production community when a shoot is scheduled in the Bay Area. The on-line directory is always available FREE of charge 24/7.
San Francisco Cinematheque - Since its foundation in 1961, SF Cinematheque has become one of the most knowledgeable and respected showcases of experimental film and video in the world. Our intention is to make these works a part of the larger cultural landscape. To further the understanding of the disciplines of film and video art, we also offer lectures and public forums, retrospectives, panel discussions, archival services, a publications library, and information services for visiting curators and critics.
San Francisco Film Commission - The San Francisco Film Commission is made up of eleven Commissioners including a Commission President and Vice President. The Commissioners are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. An Executive Director is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Commission. Commission meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month (excluding August) at 2:00 pm in City Hall, Room 416 and are open to the public.
San Francisco Film Society - The San Francisco Film Society embraces the art, technology and innovation of the world's most imaginative storytellers who use the moving image to celebrate humanity while educating, entertaining and enriching the audiences of the world.
San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking - As one of the nation’s top film schools, SFSDF is a leader in the training and development of independent filmmakers, film actors, and screenwriters. From its inception, SFSDF has dedicated itself to the re-imagination of the film school model and to building a more creative and educational environment, which puts students at the center of the experience. We nurture an aspiring filmmaker’s indie aesthetic spark while providing the critical hands-on training necessary to have a successful career in the film and new media industries. Our film school curriculum is project-based, combining traditional classroom study with hands-on, real-world learning. As a student of Digital Filmmaking, Screenwriting or Film Acting, you'll work on professional sound stages, use state-of-the-art, high definition filmmaking equipment, and make tough creative and technical decisions.
San Francisco Women's Film Festival is a community for advancement, celebration and representation of women filmmakers. Additional activities scheduled for the event are lectures, panel discussions, and educational programs led by filmmakers, professors, and other notable figures in the world of film.
SF Cutters - The world's first Final Cut Pro users group, started right here in SF. Throughout the year, SF Cutters offers BAWIFM members shared discounts on registrations to post-production events.
WomenArts is founded on the belief that women artists have the power to change the way women are perceived in our society. We want to make sure that artists have full access to the financial and other resources they need to do this crucial work.
Women Make Movies - National non-profit feminist media arts organization whose multicultural programs provide resources for both users and producers of media by women.