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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!

  • 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), we’re 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 filmmaker’s 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 am–12 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.

  • Congratulations to Winners of the 2015 Eclipse Awards!

    BEST WRITING IN PRODUCED CONTENT

    KEITH OPPENHEIM & VANDANA PEDNEKAR–MAGAL - 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

  • West Michigan Production Directory

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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 Michigan’s 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. 

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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—Deneice Robinson