Women In Film and Television International


Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) organized the first Chapter Executive Conference (CEC) for Chapter Presidents which was held in London in May of 2017.   The CEC brought together chapter Presidents to provide panel discussions on issues and programs that the chapters could then take back home to further enrich their programs and assist their members.

Topics covered were – Membership, Board Recruitment, PSA Program, Screenings, Award programs and much more.

Each chapter voiced their concerns with the issues they were facing while other chapters provided insight and solutions.  The CEC was enormously successful and benefited all the chapters in attendance.

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Screenwriting seminar with Steve Cuden, author of “Beating Hollywood” June 5, 2016


Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh (WIFM) and Carnegie Screenwriters co-host a special event with Steve Cuden, author of the newly released Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays Sunday, June 5, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre, 1449 Potomac Avenue, Dormont, PA, 15216.

The non-profit’s fundraiser will feature Steve Cuden’s seminar, “The Three C’s of Screenwriting: Character, Conflict and Catharsis” and includes a copy of Cuden’s Beating Hollywood for all attendees.

For authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, actors, and anyone with a passion for storytelling, the event includes insight into three of the most essential screenwriting elements. Following the seminar, Cuden will sign copies of his book. Light refreshments will be served. Admission $35 and may be purchased through the Women in Film and Media website.

One of the leading authorities on writing for the stage and screen, Steve Cuden, wrote over 90 produced teleplays, and created the international hit, Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical. Cuden, who currently teaches screenwriting at Point Park University, has been writing scripts and educating students for over two decades. His book, Beating Hollywood is an invaluable resource for just about anyone who writes for and about film and television, including novices, expert writers, professionals, and storytellers of all kinds who write for screens big and small.

Learn more about Mr. Cuden as he explains what makes a story a story:

Tickets cost $35 and will include a copy of his book, a seat at the lecture, and refreshments at the reception.

Learn more about Mr. Cuden as he explains what makes a story a story:


This event is sponsored by Carnegie Screenwriters.



International Summit of Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI)

May 16-18, 2014


Women In Film and Television International Summit

May 16, 17 & 18, 2014

Westin Convention Center Hotel




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Opal Awards

Each year Women In Film and Media presents its Opal Awards to women who have contributed to the artistic and economic development of Pittsburgh’s motion picture industry and the community through their work and service, or have succeeded in bringing film productions to Pittsburgh. Women in television are honored with the Patti Burns Award for Excellence.

2009 Opal Award Recipient, Shirley Jones & Faith Dickinson

Past honorees include director/producer Catherine Hardwicke, actress/singer Shirley Jones; producer/director Suzanne DeLaurentis; producer Kim Moses;  screenwriter/director Melissa Martin; Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, Deborah Acklan, CEO of WQED,  producer Amy Lamb; Actress Adrienne Wehr; casting agents Donna Belajac and Nancy Mosser; and producer/director Anita Harnish. TV personalities have included CEO of Hub TV, Margaret Loesch; &  Local TV personalities Yvonne Zanos and Marilyn Brooks, and Pittsburgh broadcasting pioneer, Eleanor Schano.

WIFM Scholarships are presented during the Opal Awards to female students in the Pittsburgh area who are enrolled in a film curriculum.

Movies & Martinis  ~ The International Short Film Showcase

Jessica and ChelseaIn celebration of International Women’s Day each year, Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI) coordinates an international short film showcase. Members of all Women in Film Chapters are urged to submit their films to be selected for the final reel of showcase films that are sent out to be screened at all the Chapters.  Submission requests go out to the membership in the fall for the March screening.

Panels and Workshops

SAG - AFTRA sessionEducational and hand-on workshops are held throughout the year. Past workshops have included “Digital Storytelling,”

How Do I Break Into Acting?” and “What’s Your Style?” Panelists have included representatives of AFTRA and SAG, TV anchors, talent agents, casting directors, voiceover artists, studio production engineers, cinematographers and screenwriters.

The 2015 educational calendar will include seminars on resume writing and head shots.

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Popular networking events such as Movies & Martinis enable WIFM members and friends the opportunity to mingle and exchange ideas, experiences and industry leads with movers and shakers in the local film industry, in a fun-filled atmosphere with food, martinis, music and movies.

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