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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!

  • Enter 4th Annual Eclipse Awards NOW!

    The WMFVA is proud to partner with WKTV and Compass College of Cinematic Arts to sponsor the upcoming Eclipse Awards! The Eclipse Award is co-presented to honor the best regional works in film and television production.

    The high quality of winners is due to the high caliber of  the judges, all industry pros from three countries on two continents: Toronto, Canada London, England LA and NY, including Sally Young, Emmy Award Winning Producer from Modern Family. An Audience Choice Award is selected by viewers online.

    Tommy Allen will be back this year to host.

    New this year is the Hyperion Award to recognize an outstanding West Michigan leader in craft or someone who has moved the industry forward in the region.This year, the award will honor Women in Film, the winner to be selected by content producers in West Michigan.

    Enter online until March 14 get entries in TODAY! The entry fee is $35 for adults and $15 for high school students. Nominations will be announced April 20. Awards for excellence in craft will be Thursday, May7. Information on entering can be found at the Eclipse Award website, or call 616-269-5700. The event is formal at the Harris Building Ball Room, downtown Grand Rapids.

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  • West Michigan Production Directory

    Looking for West Michigan talent and crew? 

    Find them here on the only regional production directory listing hundreds of crew and related services in West Michigan. Find veteran professionals with impressive resumes or newcomers who want entry-level experience. Easy to use, excel printouts available by category to make your crew calls and tracking a snap.

    Our website database simplifies your Search for Talent and Resources in Michigan Area Productions (STARMAP). Try it! You'll LOVE it!

  • 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

Unions in Media

Doors & Networking 6:30pm / Program 7 - 9 pm
Koning Micro-Cinema
Wealthy Theater
Grand Rapids, MI
WMFVA Members Free / Non-Members $5

Unions flourished in the United States as a way to balance economic forces, provide a decent living standard and develop talent. As our economy changes, unions have changed as well. In tonights meeting, we will investigate what role unions play in regard to media production and filmmaking in Michigan.  Panelists include reps from SAG, IATSE, and producers who have worked successfully with unions, as well as some who combine union membership with producing: Joseph Scott Anthony, John Hyatt, David Lowing, Stephen Afendoulis and Ray Pointer. Moderated by David Baker, Ferris State University.

Panelists will explain how unions operate; why unions control the workforce on certain projects; whether they are still relevant and necessary and can  bring more work to Michigan; advantages for producers; and  how do you (or should you) join a union.

What you dont know about working with unions can get you in trouble or waste time and money. So join us!

Eclipse Awards

Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Harris Building Ballroom
Grand Rapids, MI

Once again, WMFVA joins forces with WKTV to present the Eclipse Awards, the showcase for the very best of West Michigan's Film, Video, and Television. International, national, and regional judges screen entries to recognize excellence of craft for content creators. Visit the Eclipse Award website for entry forms, payment and additional information about the awards program. ENTER NOW. Entries close Friday, March 14, 2015. Nominees will be announced 3 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015. The awards ceremony will be televised live on WKTV Thursday, May 7.

www.theeclipseaward.com

The Start of Film Production in Michigan: Jam Handy

Monday, June 1, 2015
All WMFVA Members Free / Non-Members $5

At one time, Michigan produced more film than Hollywood - that was the day of Jam Handy, a Detroit studio that specialized in car commercials shot on film. Meet documentarian Jonathan Boeshen currently fund-raising to produce the story of Michigan's first filmmakers. See the classic commercial storytelling that rocketed Michigan's auto industry to international dominance.  Details on location TBA.

See our complete calendar of events.

We posted a request for info about HD camera rentals, ideally from a local vendor. We got some fantastic responses to my inquiry. Thank you! We now have plenty to go on. 

—Jim Idema, Brandella Films