BVEW is a curated community of ARTISTS and INNOVATORS. We level the playing field for our members by connecting our members with creative opportunities and with potential collaborators.
Instead of blindly connecting online, BVEW members can connect with potential collaborators based on the merit of their work (not the size of their bank accounts), through innovative competitions, showcases, fellowships, and events.
BVEW Members include a wide range of people from Academy Award-Winning screenwriters and directors to Broadway producers to independent filmmakers and musicians. They are the best undiscovered artists and seasoned professionals working in film, TV, performing arts, music, and media.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS & BENEFITS:
Film Screening Series
Our film screening series is held in several screening venues in NYC. Since our company’s inception, we have screened over 300 of our member’s films.
BVEW partners with festivals to create creative, specialized opportunities for our members to showcase their work.
Canon & BVEW’s National Film Pitch Competition
The NATIONAL FILM PITCH COMPETITION enables filmmakers to pitch their dream feature. The winning pitch receives a prize package worth over $100,000 designed to help get their film made.
Like any BVEW venture, the goal of our Writing Programs is to help you further your career without selling your soul (and spending a ton of cash). BVEW’s writing programs are designed to showcase the work of screenwriters and playwrights, getting it into the hands of industry decision-makers and independent producers.
We host events that have ranged from intimate screenings to workshops to exciting multidisciplinary events for hundreds of members and guests.
Instead of searching through a generic member directory and blindly connecting with possible collaborators, we will connect you with potential collaborators, our preferred vendors, and any other connections that we have that may help you with your project. If desired, we will also post about your project in our member bulletin to drum up interest.
Exclusive Deals & Discounts
Premiere and All-Access Members can stretch their budget by using our exclusive member deals and discounts in over 25 categories.
BVEW members can crowdfund their projects using BVEW’s Partnership with RocketHub.
Members can also use our resources including a curated vendor directory and listings of film commissions, unions, and guilds.
THE BIG VISION AWARDS honors artists and innovators who have achieved success by creating their own paths and who support independent work.
We founded BVEW in 2010, but our journey actually started a little over two years earlier. In 2008, BVEW’s CEO Dani Faith Leonard founded Industry Power Play, a screening and showcase series (which we merged with BVEW in 2011). Alex came on board a few months later after screening her work and recognizing the value these events held for the NYC community. After hosting nearly 100 screenings and workshops, we wanted to expand our community online and offer more connections, resources, and exclusive opportunities.
BVEW launched on May 1st, 2010. We have produced over 100 events, screened over 300 films, and partnered with companies that we have a great amount of respect for, like Canon and Variety. We have expanded and include members from all over the world, in many artistic disciplines. As we continue to grow, we never forget our mission when BVEW first launched–
BVEW Mission, 2010:
We are all about the indie arts community. We are here because individually we have great ideas and resources and talents, but together we ARE a powerful group capable of creating, discovering, promoting and supporting the best of the best. With King Kong’s power, Mr. Miyagi’s wisdom, Rhett Butler’s charm and Chucky’s persistence, we can spin OUR artistic visions into realities. So grab a popcorn, dim the lights and get started on Big Vision Empty Wallet. WE’RE HERE to provide you with all of the resources to create OUTSTANDING ART, do it WITH EASE and promote your work when you’re finished. Together our visions will become art for the world to see, regardless of the size of our wallets.
We are always honored when a new person joins our community and we look forward to growing with all of you.
Dani Faith Leonard // Founder, CEO | Alex Cirillo // Founder, Director of Development