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2021 International Short Film Festival – highlighting women as directors along side women in prominent positions on set, this festival spans the globe to find the best filmmakers and award them with accolades and prizes.

MIXERS – we have 3-4 mixers per year, grouping alongside other organizations to learn more about the business.

March 8, 2020 – Trailblazers of the Suffrage Movement – Celebrating 100 years.

The WIFM documentary was premiered at this event – the stories of the descendants of the 100th anniversary of the women’s movement in Pennsylvania.

February 29, 2020 – An Actor Prepares – Becoming A Professional
Join Casting Directors, Agents and film professionals for a day of learning.

November 2019 – Film professional offer their experiences to teach others how to be the best PA on the set!   Also attending, producers and set etiquette techniques.

October 17, 2019 – Film Set Etiquette – Producers, Wardrobe, Camera Department professionals discussed the do’s and don’t of being on a film set.  Everyone walked away with enough information to become a professional on the set.

June 20, 2019 – Documentary Film Production – Getting to know how to work in this industry with the professionals who are successful in the genre.

March 18, 2018

#TimesUp and #MeToo Movement panel discussion and Women In Film and Television International Short Film Festival held at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Panel photo

December 2017:   WIFM sends out a request to all members and interested parties to volunteer for the WIFM Board of Directors and committees.

May 2017:   Chapter Executive Conference Held in London


Chapter Presidents from over 45 member chapters of Women In Film and Television International attended a conference to learn more about how they can improve their chapter programs and membership.  See Events for more information.

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

Beating Hollywood (2)

On June 5th at 4:00PM, Steve Cuden, author of “Beating Hollywood”, will be presenting his findings from his experience in film on the essentials in writing for the screen at the Hollywood Theater…


September 2015:  Meet Emily Stark, WIFM’s new Executive Director

Emily Stark, WIFM Executive Director

Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg with a dual major in Communications (Media Studies) and Visual and Performing Arts.  Throughout her career…


August 2015:  WIFM’s 2014 Opal Award Winner Dawn Keezer named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Most Powerful People

Pittsburgh Magazine consulted dozens of power brokers and behind-the-scene players to determine and rank the 50 individuals who, in Pittsburgh, make things happen.


May 2015:  SAG-AFTRA: On Location

Jan. 25 proved to be a great day for SAG-AFTRA members of the Ohio-Pittsburgh Local.  The snowy day began with the local’s third collaborative talent showcase with Pittsburgh’s Women In Film & Media chapter.  Nearly 40 performers…


SAGAFTRA newsletter

April 27, 2015: Point Park University Students receive WIFM Scholarships

Point Park features WIFM scholarship recipients Mina Hoffman and Hanna Snyder on their website.

April 20, 2015:  Women In Film Pittsburgh President Stepping Down.

Founder Faith Dickinson led nonprofit for 10 years…

Faith & Asia Carter, 2014 Scholarship recipient

Faith & Asia Carter, one of WIFM’s 2014 Scholarship recipients

May 16-18, 2014:  Women in Film & Television International Summit Hosted by Pittsburgh Chapter – by Christina Kotlar

“I write poems and I am a poem,” declared Vanessa German at the plenary breakfast welcoming women in film and media representing 30 chapters for…

April 13, 2014:   ‘Twilight’ director to speak at May summit in Pittsburgh

Catherine Hardwicke, director of the first “Twilight” movie, is coming to Pittsburgh in mid-May for the Women in Film and Television International Summit.  Ms. Hardwicke… 

Women in Film and Media on YouTube

Watch Women in Film and Media on YouTube: in the News, and in its public service announcements created for local organizations helping disadvantaged women and children.
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November 16, 2011 : When your Future is up in the Air/Lightnews

On Saturday, December 3rd at 7 p.m, four short films by Pittsburgh-based filmmakers will screen at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. Faith Dickinson, President  will be our M.C., and proceeds will benefit the group’s scholarship fund.


May 2011: Screen Actor’s Guild: Philadelphia Spotlight – 2011:05

In Pittsburgh, Council member Adrienne Wehr received the Opal Award from Women in Film and Media. She is joined by Faith Dickinson, president of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh.


September 2009:  Opal Awards 2009: Tonia Caruso interviews Faith Dickinson / Comcast Local Edit

Faith Dickinson speaks about Women in Film and Media, the Opal Awards and Shirley Jones.


July 7, 2009:  Film, media women to honor Shirley Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If you have always wanted to meet Shirley Jones, you will have a chance in Pittsburgh in October. Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh will honor the actress at its Oct. 12 Opal Awards.


February 28, 2009: Women in Film and Media Event / The Pittsburgh Women’s Blogging Society

The Third Annual International Short Film Showcase is coming again on Sunday, March 8. Films made by women filmmakers from every part of the world will be showcased in one afternoon.


September 18, 2008: Greetings From Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives / City Paper

If it’s good enough for Paris, it’s good enough for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh film vets that included Tony Buba, Melissa Martin and Faith Dickinson.


March 2008: Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s ‘Proclamation Thursday’

(PITTSBURGH) March 27, 2008 – In honor of Women’s History Month, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl awarded proclamations to three outstanding professional women and women’s associations. From the local chapter of Women in Film & Media (WIFM), Faith Dickinson, the executive director of WIFM, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the local chapter. WIFM Promotes the City to the film world, bringing more than $20 million into the City through film production.


February 5, 2008: Women In Film and Media Members Go To Hollywood /MBKPhotos Press Release

The most important tool an Independent Filmmaker can use today is a film festival. For a film to be seen is crucial in making a deal for its final destination.


October 19, 2007: Women in Film honors Burns

We got to meet some real go-getter women the other night at the first Women in Film and Media Opal Awards.

The event honored women in film and television, including late KDKA news anchor Patti Burns and Los Angeles-based producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, who’s filmed several movies here and has encouraged others to do the same.


October 16, 2007: City Proclamation Commending Women in Film and Media

WHEREAS, on October 16, 2007, Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh (WIFM) will be hosting their first Opal Awards to honor local women who have made an impact in television and film. . . .


August 6, 2007: 2 days of movie making mayhem / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the 41st hour after Mike Hough picked up the details of the film he had to complete in 48 hours . . “It’s perfect for us, it’s perfect for anyone,” said Faith Dickinson, the team leader from Women in Film and Media, who showed up with a baker’s dozen volunteers to make their movie.


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