After observing the important role the UFVA Annual Conference plays in the development of Works-in-Progress presentations, we would like to establish a monthly WIP Workshop to allow members to present and receive feedback on their films and scripts throughout the year when such support may be needed most. 

We plan to host these on the third Sunday of each month at 7pm EST, though we may vary the days/times later as needed/requested. The Workshops are open to all UFVA Members; however, non-UFVA members may be invited to attend a WIP Workshop (other cast/crew members on a member-film, potential new members interested in the process, etc.). To be clear, we are not inviting non-members to submit. Renew your membership today, then submit your film!

Films can be of any genre or length, though we ask that you only submit films that are generally complete in length so that they are ready for detailed feedback from attendees – if your film has large gaps still, please wait to submit when it is more complete. We will plan on attendees pre-viewing the works before the workshop and then using that hour to discuss the films (though we may try live-streaming shorter works).

We will aim to keep these workshops to an hour in length – though attendees are welcome to unofficially hangout and chat on the call longer if they get carried away. We will conduct these through zoom, but in order to restrict the viewing of these films to just those attending the workshop, we will require advance RSVPs and open the links to the films just a few days before the workshop. Sign-ups to attend will be sent out in early March for our first workshop.

So at this point, we would like to put out our first call for Works-in-Progress Workshop. Please use the submission form link if you would like your film scheduled for our first WIP Screening on March 21 at 7pm EST. The form asks for the following information:

  • Your name and school/affiliation (please use the email address tied to your UFVA membership – this is a member only benefit!)

  • Title of your work (working titles are fine, please avoid “untitled”)

  • Major genre (doc, narrative, experimental) & current length

  • A 50 word or less blurb/logline/synopsis (we will share this with members the week before the WIP screening when we ask for RSVPs)

  • The state of completion of your film summarized in one sentence

  • A one sentence description of the timeliness of a WIP screening and planned date of completion (e.g., “making final edits. I plan to finish this by mid-April so it could be workshopped either in Feb. or March, but would prefer feedback Feb.”)

You can access the submission form here:

Thanks! We will probably formalize this process more in months to come, but we want to get it going! If you are interested, please submit through the Google form by March 7. We will announce the first film or films by March 14 Thanks!