Dear WIFTI Chapters

Dear WIFTI Chapters

What is Women In Film and Television International? And why is it important to become a member chapter? As a global network comprised of over 39 chapters, WIFTI provides member chapters with an amazing worldwide sisterhood of over 10,000 women in the Industry. For ten years, WIFTI has been dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video and other screen-based media. To accomplish this goal, WIFTI provides networking , learning and fundraising opportunities such as the yearly WIFTI Short Film Showcase every March in celebration of International Women's Day, the biennial World Summit, scholarships, a film finishing fund and a presence at major worldwide film festivals, to name a few. Most importantly, WIFTI offers help and encouragement to women who aspire to work in the film and TV industries as well as seasoned professionals.

Recently, members of the WIFTI Board of Directors met for our annual board meetings (known as the WIFTI Mini-Summit) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides reviewing the past year's accomplishments and planning for WIFTI's future, we met with members of the Swedish and Danish chapters during a number of events they planned for us, their visitors from across the globe. I met new people and made new friends, as well as valuable business contacts. This is an example of an important benefit of WIFTI membership - networking opportunities that provide chances to learn and grow, both as private individuals and as businesswomen.

The Mini-Summit in Denmark also hosted the first ever WIFTI Presidents' Conference Call - we were able to talk to the chapter presidents all together at one time! Presidents of any WIFTI chapter who wanted to participate spent an hour on conference call asking questions and sharing ideas with one another - ideas that can be implemented by chapters wherever they are located.

There are many other benefits to membership in Women In Film and Television International besides those I have mentioned in this letter. I hope to highlight others in our next newsletter. Check out our website at www.wifti.org to see new opportunities and upcoming events, as well as our on-line member directory. WIFTI can only be as effective as our members, so it's up to you to get involved!

WIFTI Chair
Eileen Hoeter
WIFT-Vancouver, Canada