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Our Mission: To promote a thriving film and video production community in West Michigan. Starmap

Welcome to the West Michigan Film Video Alliance!

  • Pitch, Shoot, Post & Promote short film contest for West Michigan filmmakers

    The West Michigan Film Video Alliance is proud to announce, Pitch, Shoot, Post & Promote, a new short film contest dedicated to promoting filmmakers and filmmaking in West Michigan.

    Deb Havens, Chair, WMFVA Board of Directors said the contest is the latest in a series of initiatives celebrating 10 years of Film Alliance support for regional Indie filmmakers. Whatever the political fortunes of the Michigan film incentives, the WMFVA and Indie filmmakers are here and intend to stay here, said Havens. The WMFVAs Pitch, Shoot, Post & Promote contest puts new money behind our traditional Indie support.

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    Filmmakers will compete for over $1,000 in cash and support services (light kit discounts, connections to free stuff, etc.). Each semi-finalist will be required create a 5-to-7-minute short, which will screen on December 9, 2015, during the annual WMFVA Town Hall Meeting.

    How it Works
    To compete, filmmakers must register their project(s) by Friday, July 31, 2015. Sign up at the link below. WMFVA members pay a $15 entry fee; for non-members, the fee is $25. WMFVA Premiere Members enter fee-free.

    Pitch
    Start with a thought-provoking idea and pitch your original short film concept (no longer than SEVEN minutes) to an audience of film creatives on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Wealthy Theater Koning Micro-Cinema. The audience members will select semi-finalists based on pitches.

    Shoot
    Semi-finalists have 30 days to shoot sufficient footage to create a trailer or two minutes of their most compelling footage.

    Post & Promote
    Next, semi-finalists post their trailers online by September 15, 2015, and the public will then vote for their favorite project (showing their love with cash). Filmmakers collect the proceeds donated by the voting public (minus the 10% WMFVA fee and 3% PayPal) to get them to the next stage.

    Post Rough Cut
    Next up: Editing and posting the rough cut. Now the voting really gets tough as we turn again to the public for help in selecting the four finalists. Cash voting takes place from October 30, 2015, to November 30, 2015. Then filmmakers finish their final cut. 

    Polish and Premiere
    Finally, Polished and Premiered! WMFVA provides a special screening opportunity for all four finalists December 9 at the Wealthy Theater Koning Micro-Cinema to a room full of film lovers and filmmakers. We will announce the winner at the special award ceremony that night. The winner must be present to win his/her $1,000 check. Winner is determined based on highest totals of cash and votes combined.

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  • WMFVA launches innovative podcast Film Talk

    New promotion for filmmakers in West Michigan

     The West Michigan Film Video Alliance (WMFVA) is excited to announce the introduction of a new podcast Film Talk dedicated to promoting filmmakers and filmmaking in West Michigan.

    The podcast is part of new initiatives launched during the year of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance 10th anniversary celebration. The WMFVA has been enormously influential to date in the development of a regional film industry, says Deb Havens, founding and current Chairperson of WMFVA. We needed to challenge ourselves to meet the next ten years and beyond - especially now that the legislature has eliminated film incentives. The podcasts currently feature 5 interviews from filmmakers including

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    Jeff Varga, member of an Oscar-winning team VFX on Terminator II; Joel Potrykus, winner of the prestigious international Locarno Film Festival; Jennell Leonard, Executive Director of the Michigan Film Office;  Rick Hert, Film Commissioner, West Michigan Film Office; and John Serba, Film Critic for MLive/ Grand Rapids Press. A new podcast will be added weekly every Friday.

    Havens credits the expertise of WMFVA Board Vice-Chair Monica Sparks for adding the new dimension to promoting the regional film industry and profiling local filmmakers. When Monica joined the WMFVA Board of Directors, she brought her experience as a radio host and media maven for The Monica Sparks Show on TALK 1230 WTKG radio in Grand Rapids and her corporate development and consulting company NetworkingDiva.org, says Havens. She has guided us through programming formats, technical issues, and brand development. Our membership has much to thank her for.

     

    About WEST MICHIGAN FILM VIDEO ALLIANCE

    Since its inception in 2005, WMFVA has encouraged mentor/apprentice relationships between seasoned filmmakers and newcomers to the field, and supported local artists in the film industry. WMFVA has organized and hostedon an ongoing basisprofessional seminars, educational workshops, screenings of Michigan-produced films, and social gatherings to promote professional networking at area film festivals. A 501c3 non-profit charity, the WMFVA welcomes tax-free charitable donations.

    To Donate: Steve Paulsen, WMFVA Treasurer 616.885.2961 steve@wmfva.org

    Media Contact: Deb Havens, WMFVA Co-Founder/Chair 616.885.2961 deb@wmfva.org

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  • WMFVA and UICA team up to bring notable film artist, writer/director Paul Schrader, to Grand Rapids

    The West Michigan Film Video Alliance announced a new partnership with the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) to bring a notable filmmaker to Grand Rapids for a two-day presentation and workshop.

    Thanks to a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), were bringing Mr. Paul Schrader, writer/director (Taxi Driver, Hardcore, Raging Bull, American Gigolo), to Grand Rapids for an
    innovative visiting artist program this September, said Deb Havens, founding and current Chairperson of WMFVA. The grant was written by well-known local actor and WMFVA member Victoria Mullen, who has successfully written grants on behalf of a number of nonprofits in West Michigan.

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    The goal of the Visiting Film Artist Series is to share with our West Michigan film
    community the talent, knowledge, and artistic vision that produced an acknowledged
    contribution to the world of film and/or television, says Havens. Paul Schrader is a
    Grand Rapids native and an internationally known screenwriter and filmmaker. We are
    very privileged to be able to bring him here.

    The program includes a Thursday, September 3rd afternoon press panel at 4 pm, followed by a screening of one of the filmmakers notable works with remarks, a question and answer panel, and a reception at the UICA beginning at 7 pm. Tickets
    ($15) for the screening and reception will be available to the public. UICA and WMFVA members will receive discounted admission ($10), and WMFVA Film Premier members will enjoy free admission. (Reservation procedures will be announced at a later date.) A
    reception featuring local craft beer, wine, and appetizers will follow the Q&A.

    On Friday September 4th, UICA will host a three-hour morning workshop with Mr. Schrader from 9 am12 pm for up to 50 student and professional filmmakers. The workshop will be followed by a luncheon with Mr. Schrader limited to workshop participants. Tickets for the workshop and lunch are $85 and will be available online and at the UICA Guest Services desk starting in July.

    The WMFVA and UICA formed a partnership in 2014 to develop the concept of the Visiting Film Artist Series. For more information about the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs visit the website (link below).

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  • Congratulations to Winners of the 2015 Eclipse Awards!

    BEST WRITING IN PRODUCED CONTENT

    KEITH OPPENHEIM & VANDANA PEDNEKARMAGAL - FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VIDEOGRAPHY

    ALEX BOLEN - SLEEPING BEAR DUNES

    BEST EDITING

    PHILIP CARREL - DYRAFJORDUR

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (CGI AND MAKEUP)

    JIM SCHAUB - MAKE SUMMER MATTER

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORING

    OVERDRIVE BLUEGRASS BAND - OVERDRIVE REUNION SHOW

    BEST ANIMATION

    ANIMATION WORKSHOP GROUP - ANIMATION WORKSHOP GROUP

    BEST SOUND DESIGN

    MICHAEL DOLLAR - GOD IS GOOD: BUNNY DEBARGE

    BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE LENGTH

    MICHAEL MCCALLUM - BUFFALO

    BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

    JARROD FLOOD - THROUGH THE DUST

    BEST LOCAL REGIONAL SEGMENTS AND PROMOTIONAL PIECES

    BRAD YARHOUSE - GR FILM FEST ANIMATED TV COMMERCIAL

    BEST ONLINE PROGRAMS, SEGMENTS AND PROMOTIONAL PIECES

    JACOB SCHMIEDICKE - DIVINE ASSISTANCE

    BEST DIRECTION

    MARIE ULLRICH - THE ALLEY CAT

    BEST DOCUMENTARY

    THOM BELL - HISTORY OR HOAX

    BEST ANIMATION

    DEANNA MORSE, GRETCHEN VINNEDGE, SUZANNE ZACK, LYNN MCKEOWN, MAGGIE ANNERINO ANIMATION WORKSHOP GROUP

    BEST CINEMA TRAILER

    JOE FAULTERSACK LOVE IS BLIND

    BEST LOCAL TV AND CABLE

    TERESA THOME, PATRICK ZIEGLER, FRED STELLA HOLIDAY MEMORIES OF GRAND RAPIDS

    BEST ACTING

    RALPH LISTER THE DOOR

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  • The WMFVA Wants You!

    Become a WMFVA Member!

    Now is a great time to join the WMFVA! 

    If you join now your membership will be good until the end of 2015!

    Check out our great membership levels;

    Individual Membership $40

    Corporate Membership $100

    Student Membership $20

    Want more information on what you get at each level? Click here to learn more and join, http://wmfva.org/join_or_renew.php

  • Our Mission...

    The mission of the West Michigan Film Video Alliance is to promote a thriving film and video production community in West Michigan.

    Our members are dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking, commercial, and corporate production.

    The WMFVA has a rich history of working across the community to provide educational programs, resources, networking, and support to filmmakers and producers since we launched in 2005. At the same time we work with regional, state, and national business, educators, and policy makers to support filmmaking and production as vital to Michigans 21st century economic diversity and growth.

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Coming Up

Open Projector Night SHOWCASE at UICA

Friday, August 7, 2015
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
2 Fulton West
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

The WMFVA proudly hosts the Open Projector Night SHOWCASE at the UICA Theater. Films square off in a competition to choose the winner among those that have received the highest praise from audience members attending earlier Open Projector Nights. Join us for refreshments and prizewinners. 

Visiting Film Artist Series Will Feature Paul Schrader

Thursday, September 3, 2015

and  Friday, September 4th - a special two day event!

The WMFVA is proud to announce the Visiting Film Artist Series, a new program in partnership with Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) that brings cinema masters and local filmmakers and film aficionados together for a weekend of film-focused education and entertainment.

We launch the first event of the series with screenwriter and director Paul Schrader known for his films Taxi Driver, Hardcore, Raging Bull, American Gigolo, and more.

Thursday, September 3:

7 pm WMFVA/UICA Members $10, Non-members $15 WMFVA Premiere Members FREE

Film Screening and Q&A with Paul Schrader

Reception featuring appetizers, local craft beer and wine (cash bar) to follow

Friday, September 4

9 am 1 pm $85 (includes lunch) Limited availability 

Filmmaking Workshop led by Paul Schrader, followed by a casual catered lunch

This activity is supported in part by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. and the National Endowment for the Arts. Purchase tickets at the link below.


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Founders' Day Picnic

Friday, September 25, 2015

The annual WMFVA community picnic takes on special meaning this year when we honor our original founders and invite back all former members of the WMFVA Board of Directors. Join us for special fun, games, food, and surprises. Location TBA.

See our complete calendar of events.

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