WELCOME to Women in Film and Media Colorado (WIFMCO)! Our organization is dedicated to the advancement of all women working in the film, television, multi-media, web and video game industries in Colorado. Through educational panels, networking events, a newsletter, contests and more, we hope to connect, empower, educate and support all female media makers and help to elevate the Colorado media industry overall.

Our events are open to everyone.  Membership in our organization is open to anyone who identifies as a woman who works in media in the state of Colorado and men in Colorado who support the advancement of women as media makers.

We received 501c3 status in March of 2017, and are now an official chapter of Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), the parent organization for all Women in Film chapters. This will connect our members with even more resources to advance their careers in the industry.

We look forward to meeting YOU at our next event. Please explore the website to learn more about our mission, the board, upcoming events, membership benefits and opportunities to get involved. WIFMCO can only be a success with your participation and enthusiasm, so we invite you to join us in making Colorado an amazing place for women mediamakers to work, live and create!

Phone:  (720) 778-1738                     Email: Info@WIFMCO.org

Upcoming Events

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Below you’ll find a list of our upcoming events. Our events are open to everyone, although please check individual listings as some venues may be 18 or 21+. And these events don’t organize themselves, so if you are interested in getting even more involved, please contact our programming chair, Nancy Snyder at: nansea.snyder@gmail.com  to volunteer to help out at one or more events.

If you have a female-owned business or venue, please contact us if you are interested in hosting an event! We are always looking for more ways to support women in our community.

Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

WIFMCO Annual Membership Meeting will be held at 7 p.m Friday February 16th at 1101 W Mineral Ave in Littleton CO 80120.

This meeting will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Board Meeting. All existing and interested members are encouraged to attend.

At this meeting you will hear about:
State of WIFMCO/ Summary of 2017
WIFMCO Board items up for approval/discussion
Financials
Committee initiatives
Member only Q&A and feedback.
2018 Board elections- MEET the candidates!
2018 Events
2018 programs
WIFT International news and member benefits
Film Student initiatives

We will be allowing time for:
Networking.
New member sign up
Directory registration

Light refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome to bring in food.

This is a free event.

Storytelling Across Platforms: Panel

Romance! Humor! Drama! Horror! Stories. They tug on our emotions and play to our empathy. We crave them and media knows this. How do the different disciplines incorporate storytelling to compel people to consume their product? Let our storytellers from news, documentary, advertising, and gaming tell you.

Join us for Storytelling Across Platforms!
Monday, February 19th
6:30-9pm
The Boedecker Theater inside The Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St. Boulder

Free to WIFMCO Members
$10 Non-member

Please RSVP HERE- seating is limited

Panelists:
Windy Borman
Meryem Ersoz
Amanda Meyer
Cara Bernard
Felice Kuan

Feb. 28th Application Deadline

WOMEN IN FILM & MEDIA COLORADO ANNOUNCES
2018 FILM & MEDIA FINISHING FUND GRANT 
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

WIFMCO sponsors this grant to support WIFMCO members in
finishing their film and media projects.
Preference will be given to projects that align with the WIFMCO Mission Statement and that have completed principle photography.

*MUST BE WIFMCO MEMBER TO APPLY
Please note that student projects are not eligible
to receive Finishing Funds.

The winner of the 2018 grant will receive $1500.

All applications are due February 28, 2018 by midnight.

CLICK HERE to APPLY


Member Spotlight

Darla Rae

Film It Productions

Q: What is your field of focus?
A: Primarily I produce, direct, write and occasionally act in family friendly and inspirational family films. I have also produced horror, and documentaries which raise awareness for causes generally surrounding special needs and disabilities. My company is Film It Productions. www.film-itproductions.comQ: Tell us about your journey thus far in your career? Did you study? If so, where or are you still in school?A: Initially I started acting in school at 8 and did some modeling in my 20’s. I also had a very nontraditional educational journey. I began acting in school and later in community and equity theater. I transitioned to films when a casting director asked me if I could drive a stick shift. I had gone to watch a film being shot in the town near where I grew up. I was 17. As it turned out it was Max Baer’s directorial debut and I worked as an extra and made it a point to watch and learn. The same casting director was handling a horror film and called and hired me. It was John Carpenter’s original Halloween. I continued to work in theater and did not work again in film until I was cast in Victor Salva’s film Powder by Jo Edna Boldin. That is a really weird story. I never auditioned, I was cast from my head shot only. I took that info and contacted a local agent in Houston who signed me. I worked on a few other films and did a lot of workshops. It wasn’t until I was 35 when I auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA did I formally have any training. But none in film-making. I grew up when women were only told they could be actors. I was never told I could do something like produce and direct. So I made my first feature at 47.Q: What was your inspiration to get into this industry? Do you have any mentors you want to mention?
A: Three events served as my inspiration to get into the industry. First when I was six my grandmother took me to a theater production of Pinocchio. Second when I was seven I saw my first film at a walk in. It was Sound of Music. Both were magical and inspiring. I was bitten by the bug and never stopped wanting more. Lastly my mother would drive me frequently to CBS studios to watch various shows being taped. It became part of my education. The crews and many of the stars recognized me because we were there so often. But I have to say when I snuck backstage at the Carol Burnett show and she caught me but allowed me to stay for 15 minutes. It was like a kid going to Disney for the  first time. I didn’t know how or when it would happen, but I knew I was all in. I feel mentors are vitally important to everyone.We all have them. In my case it was my 7th grade homeroom teacher Mrs. Mohajer who would encourage my creativity in so many ways. Jeannette Clift George who played Corrie Ten Boom in the Hiding Place gave me a shot as a 35 yr old intern in her theater company. She taught me so much about acting and directing. Last but not least I would have to say six-time Academy award nominated Cinematographer Billy Fraker was a great mentor. Although it was short lived. He passed away before we could work together which we were scheduled to do. But he taught me the importance of the dance between the director and the DP. He taught me how to frame shots, something I really didn’t know. He taught me to trust my gut but not to be afraid to say I don’t know.
Q: Tell us about your favorite project you’ve worked on? Any take-a-ways?
A: My favorite project is always my current one. Every time I make a new film. I get a new education. We are always learning.Q: Any projects coming up?
A: We have a slate of several films, but my current project is The French American, which is a WWII love story, inspired by a true story.In addition, I work to help drive Federal Tax credits through HR 2450 which reinstates Section 181 of the IRS code which allows for 100% of the investment for the year the film is made to be written off. This has been an on again off again tax credit. It was reintroduced in May 2017 and has been sitting in the House Ways and Means. It basically allows me to shoot films anywhere in the US. Once it is reinstated it won’t matter what local incentives are or aren’t in place. Seems like a win-win to me. It was originally created to prevent runaway productions going out of the country to Canada. It keeps jobs in the US.
Q: What are your hopes for the film, television and media scene in Colorado?
A: That we would get support for local filmmakers over those from the outside. A priority set amount of incentives be given to locals as oppose to all funds being allocated to one or two Hollywood productions. I believe this will be helpful in strengthening our local infrastructure and will create more jobs here that allows our local talent pool to work at the higher key positions rather than in the support capacity of outside projects. That we would work together in a more collaborative way and not view other people’s projects as competition.Q: Any advice/wisdom to fellow actors, filmmakers, writers  etc?
A: You can choose to learn from many different people. Not all things will be helpful. Figure out what works for you, get rid of what doesn’t and get started. Be like Nike. Just do it. Follow the passion not the Naysayers, because there will be many, including the voices in your head accompanied by many eye rolls. Just let it all go and create your art with some other creative and fabulous people.