These are a few organizations I am a member and fully support. I encourage you to find out more about them.
The organization of media educators was “founded in 1947 as the University Film Producers Association” and has grown with the addition of over 100o “professionals and institutions involved in the production and study of film, video, and other media arts.”
Founded to serve media artists in West Virginia by assisting with exhibition of their creative work and by providing networking opportunities, fiscal sponsorship, and educational services such as workshops and seminars. This non-profit meets twice-a-year to educate and showcase state filmmakers. I have personally benefited from it’s fiscal sponsorship and helped others to do so as well.
As the US’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers, IFP has advocated for independent filmmakers, supporting over 7,000 films through education, fiscal sponsorship and networking. While being based in New York City, IFP provides information and resources to filmmakers across the country.
Along with providing some of the strongest grants in the state, the WV Humanities Council has continued to provide lifelong learning opportunities to West Virginia citizen through various activities including the WV Encyclopedia.