It began only a few years ago, on the night of a Colorado Film & Video Association State of the State event, when Kathryn Gould, a member of the Denver Film Society for over ten years, met Windy Borman, a recent transplant from San Francisco. The two chatted about their work in film, where Gould lamented the fact that there was no organization for female filmmakers in Colorado, while Borman was shocked to learn one didn’t already exist. Inspiration sparked between them, and together, with a vision and a passion, they began the Women in Film and Media Colorado branch (WIFMCO), a nonprofit organization that aims to unite and support fellow female Colorado-based mediamakers through community and resources.
After launching in March 2016, WIFMCO grew to over 140 members in less than a year, hosting educational and/or networking events every month to help their fellow female mediamakers grow their talent. WIFMCO’s mission statement includes uniting, educating and empowering women media makers through resources, networking and education programs, while actively pursuing equitable treatment and opportunities for women in the entertainment business, something they hope to achieve by creating such a supportive association. In achieving their mission, WIFMCO also seeks partnerships with film communities outside of Colorado, while promoting artists at every experience level.
Many organizations have sponsored WIFMCO supporting their vision through funding and partnerships. The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) has been one of those partners, supporting WIFMCO from the beginning. Former Deputy Film Commissioner, Courtney Potts, was actually a founding board member and acting secretary of the nonprofit. COFTM has assisted the group through grants used to promote WIFMCO’s mission, events, and operations.
WIFMCO’s founding has been a longtime coming for Colorado female artists, who have been a significant part of the industry for many years without much recognition. The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, for example, is the longest running women’s film festival in North America. Despite other efforts, only WIFMCO has truly encouraged and educated the Colorado community in quite the same way.
By educating and instilling female mediamakers with real world professional skills, these women, regardless of background and experience, can achieve more than they thought was possible and push their limits farther than before. WIFMCO has helped women continue to prove that they can thrive in any industry, as long as they have the right support along the way. Visit WIFMCO online to learn more.