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

Welcome to the West Michigan Film Video Alliance!

  • November is New WMFVA Board Member Month

    Every November, we invite new members to the West Michigan Film Video Alliance Board of Directors. Over 50 people have stepped up in the past from our film and production community. If you share a passion for film as an art form and a business so vital for growing economic diversity here we'd love to have you apply.

    Elections take place at the December 9 WMFVA Town Hall meeting.

    To apply for board membership, please contact Steve Paulsen (Steve@WMFVA.org) for more information. For a WMFVA Board of Directors job description, click on the document.


  • WMFVA launches new film magazine, "Alliance"

    The West Michigan Film Video Alliance (WMFVA) is excited to announce the launch of its new film-focused magazine, "Alliance," timed to commemorate WMFVAs 10-year anniversary, and to coincide with the WMFVA/UICAs Visiting Film Artists Series (VFAS) inaugural event September 3-4, featuring Oscar-winning writer/directorand Grand Rapids nativePaul Schrader.

    To those who dont know us, this may seem like a strange time to launch a publication with a filmmaking focus, said WMFVA Board of Directors Chair, Deb Havens. After all, on July 10, Governor Snyder officially declared the Michigan film incentive program a dead duck. But we were here supporting the film and production industry well before the film incentives program, and we remain here for the long haul.

    "Alliance" is designed for the thousands of filmmakers and film fans in West Michigan, which is known for Indie film production. The inaugural issue of "Alliance" magazine offers its readers snapshots of local film makers and film influencers, starting with:

    The recent winners of the West Michigan Eclipse Awards chosen by a panel of local, national and international judges and sponsored by WKTV, WMFVA, and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts. 
    An in-depth story in which Paul Schrader speaks candidly of his early years in Grand Rapids as a rebellious student at Calvin College, including his surprising opinions on the future of film. 
    A wrap up of the WMFVA tenth anniversary celebration bash with a memoriam to co-founder Chuck Peterson. 
    Articles on the upcoming Pitch, Shoot, Post & Promote short film contest with a $1,000 prize, co-sponsored by WKTV's new Digital Cinema program, plus details on the new WMFVA podcast featuring local filmmakers.

    The "Alliance" is just one of several new projects instituted by the WMFVA this year to support regional indie filmmakers and further the appreciation for the art and business of film making, commercial, and corporate production in West Michigan.  "Alliance" is designed by Norwood Evans Production and Design of Traverse City, owned by Board of Directors member Krystn Madrine, "Krystn's company donated creative design and labor on this project," said Havens. "We are grateful for the wonderful job they did for the WMFVA!"

    See it for yourself FULL SCREEN at the link below. 


  • 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.



    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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  • 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

WMFVA Membership Town Hall

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:30pm networking / Program 7 - 9pm
Wealthy Theatre Koning Micro-Cinema (map)

Ten years ago as of January 2005, the West Michigan Film Video Alliance was born! Many of you were a very special part of that moment, a charter member or sponsor of the WMFVA that has grown with us over the years.  Now it's time to think of the future - the next ten years! Every organization needs to invent new goals, new challenges, and new thinking to stay fresh - and we're on it! 

Members of our board conducted a focus group with some of the filmmakers and WMFVA members in our region to get their input on our film community needs and how the WMFVA can help. We'll share those ideas and ask for your input. 

We invite all who are interested in growing the West Michigan film community to our second ANNUAL WMFVA Town Hall Meeting. This event leads up to our end of our 10th Anniversary  Celebration Year. The Annual Membership Party kicks off at a very special new location!

 So join us. Build the future. Start with the next ten years.

See our complete calendar of events.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

—Winston Churchill