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 Announcement

    Back by popular demand, WMFVA brings back a member favorite from the early days, Networking Events! Board members David Baker and Monica Sparks are lining up a great schedule for 2016. Throughout the year, there will be two types of networking events:

    1) Studio Tours – Scheduled quarterly, these are a more structured event with a tour of the facility, short demos, and time for mingling over refreshments. A relaxed introduction to services and production spaces with a fun group of industry colleagues,catching up with friends both new and old.

    2) Happy Hour Hosts – In the months in-between Studio Tours, this is a less structured gathering hosted at a variety of places around the community. There will be beverages and snacks, a brief welcome announcement, and just good old-fashioned hanging out together. These are flexible and versatile in location and help build camaraderie and community in the industry.

         Make plans to attend the first Networking Event on Friday, April 15

         Studio/Facility Tour: Ferris Media Festival, Big Rapids

    Tour the state-of-the-art new facility at your leisure during the all day Ferris Media Festival from 8:00am – 4:30pm in the University Center. Stop by the WMFVA table between 1:30 – 2:30pm to catch up with other WMFVA members and guests, enjoy refreshments, and enter the drawing for a chance to win a FREE WMFVA Membership for a year. While checking out demos and presentations at the festival, use the #WMFVA hashtag to share real-time tips with other members via social media during the event.

    For information about the Ferris Media Festival, schedule of events, presenter bios, and more, visit the website at the link below.


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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 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 Michigan’s 21st century economic diversity and growth.

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Coming Up

UAV Imagery & The Commercial Use of Drones in West Michigan

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Bytwerk theater
DeVos Communication Center
Calvin College

WMFVA is focused on professional development and the development of opportunities for the film and video community in West Michigan. This year the Alliance is hosting events that highlight trends in business. The first is an event focused on the commercial use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAVs), often simply called ‘drones.’

If you have been considering adding a drone service to your business, or if you have a need for a commercial drone service provider, this first-of-its-kind in West Michigan event is for you.

The program will provide an overview of the regulatory, logistical, and safety concerns for using drones commercially. It will cover the current status of FAA regulations, drone types, and the planning process for using drones on a project. It will include a recent case study, and local drone operators will be on hand to demonstrate different flight platforms and to share about their commercial services.

The Presenters:
Carl Rocheleau, Chief UAS Instructor, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City. Northwestern Michigan College is in the top 10 schools in the nation with a UAV program - and among the few emphasizing flight training and commercial application development. Carl brings a deep level of knowledge and insight about this developing field and speaks with a great deal of practical experience.

Case study: Brandon Dexter, Independent Producer/DP, Grand Rapids - Brandon Dexter will share his recent experience with hiring a drone crew to work on location - with all the challenges of getting a drone to do cinematic work.

This program is valuable for media creators and professionals in other fields looking to use sUAV services for either image or data gathering. It is a unique opportunity to learn about this rapidly emerging field and to meet qualified sUAV service providers currently working in West Michigan.

There will be time before and after the main presentations to network with the presenters, media professionals, sUAV operators, and professionals from other disciplines.

The event is free but attendance is limited.

Register at link below to guarantee your admission


See our complete calendar of events.

I just wanted to say thank you for all of the wonderful responses I've gotten from people in this group.  I am proud to be part of such a dedicated and helpful group of professionals!  I will be sure to give a plug for the members of the WMFVA when I am receiving my first Academy Award.  :>)

—Rachel White