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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 Networking Events 2016 Facility Tours & Happy Hours

    Back by popular demand, the Film Alliance revives a WMFVA member favorite from the early days: Networking Events where WMFVA provides an assortment of beverages and snacks! Throughout the year, there will be two types of networking, two choices for the ways you and your organization can participate:

    Studio / Facility Tours Scheduled quarterly, these are a more structured event lasting about 90 minutes with a guided tour of the host facility, perhaps a short demo of operations, products or services, and time for mingling over refreshments. 

    Happy Hours   These are less structured gatherings at the host location; casual conversation and professional connections ensue over a leisurely hour after work.

    Check our calendar and reserve  the dates for the end of the year networking events already scheduled for the Third Thursday of the month.  And sign up to host one yourself in 2017!

  • WMFVA 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series Featured Writer/Director Amy Heckerling

    The West Michigan Film Video Alliance wrapped up another successful Visiting Film Artist event with Writer/Director Amy Heckerling. Held at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids,  the two day event started off with a Friday night showing of the film Clueless, which Ms. Heckerling wrote and directed, followed by a Q&A session with her in the theater, and a reception in the lobby. The turn-out was a solid representation of Film Video Alliance members and film fans who wanted the opportunity to talk one on one with a successful Hollywood filmmaker.

    On Saturday, the afternoon kicked off with a luncheon that set the stage for networking and in depth discussions about filmmaking. Ms. Heckerling spoke for two hours in an open and relaxed atmosphere. She shared about her own film school experience, getting started in Hollywood and about the  challenges of keeping up with a fast changing business. Her theme was one of perseverance and collaboration in the pursuit of ones dreams.

    Saturdays crowd was populated with students and faculty from local film programs, local professional filmmakers, and community members interested in hearing about Ms. Heckerlings  career and about the direction of  the industry today. Ms. Heckerling was generous and candid in her remarks and the time went by faster than anyone expected kind of like watching a good film.

    The WMFVA is grateful for all of the generous sponsor support received in presenting this years Visiting Film Artists series just one of the many things the West Michigan Film Video Alliance does to fulfill its mission of supporting and cultivating a thriving film community in West Michigan.

  • "Alliance" Magazine Profiles Joshua Burge!

    Take a look at the latest edition! For information on advertising, contact Monica Sparks at monica@wmfva.org or monica@theurbansparks.com.

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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 2016!

    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

DVS Slated for October Third Thursday Facility Tour

Thursday, October 20, 2016, TIME TBA
DVS
401 HALL ST SW, SUITE 489
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503

Join your host, Paul LaVigne, founder and owner of DVS, on a personally guided tour of his company. The evening begins with a discussion of  VIRTUAL REALITY TRENDS with some fascinating video of DVS initiatives into this new frontier. Time for mingling over refreshments and the chance to answer your questions and share your own virtual reality samples. The event will last between 60-90 minutes overall. Free to all.

Email for more information.

www.DVS.com

Cynthia Kay & Company Hosts November Third Thursday

Thursday, November 17, 2016, TIME TBA
CYNTHIA KAY AND COMPANY
1255 FRONT AVE NW
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49504

Cynthia Kay, founder and owner of one of the best known production companies in West Michigan, leads the facility tour in November. Watch for announcement of special discussion topic. 

Email for more information.

www.thinkck.com

Enjoy a Special Holiday Happy Hour at FulVew Productions

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FULVEW PRODUCTIONS
1140 MONROE AVE NW, SUITE 6101
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503

Chris Randall and Keith Golinski, founders and owners of FulVew Productions, produce commercial, corporate and narrative film projects including shorts. The long-time partners will host the December Third Thursday Holiday Happy Hour. Watch for special event announcements.

Email for more information.

www.fulvew.com

See our complete calendar of events.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

—Albert Einstein