Mission: Veterans in Film & Television is a nonprofit networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry.
Created and operated by veterans, VFT makes it simple and easy for the film & television industry to connect with the veteran community working in it. It is a resource for the film/TV industry to find and hire veterans. It is also an organization for veterans who work, or aspire to work, in film/TV to interact with, support, and learn from each other. There are three primary ways to connect with VFT members:
1. VFT “VETERAN DIRECTORY”
By using the VFT veteran directory on this website, you can search for veterans who work, or are aspiring to work, in all areas of film & television and contact them directly through their personal VFT profile. Before any member is allowed to create a profile their service in the U.S. military has been verified so you know you are searching actual veterans. Vets who are actors, writers, technical consultants, gaffers, grips, students, etc. are all in the VFT directory. Best of all this service is FREE for both the user and the veteran! Click here to begin: Veterans Directory
2. SUBMIT AN OPPORTUNITY
If you have an opportunity (breakdowns, employment positions, events, etc.) that you’d like to offer all or some of our members then you can submit the opportunity to VFT and it will be sent to VFT members accordingly. PLEASE NOTE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO FILM/TV WILL BE ACCEPTED AND SENT OUT.
VFT members subscribe to newsletters and alerts that are customized to what their desired profession is so please be as specific and detailed as possible when submitting an opportunity. Once the opportunity is submitted it will be sent to all members accordingly and you will be contacted when that takes place so you know the information has been sent out. Once the information is disseminated VFT members can then contact you at whatever method of contact you’d prefer so, when submitting, please be sure to mention how veterans can respond. Best of all this service is FREE. Click here to offer an opportunity: SUBMIT NOTICE
3. SPEAK AT A VFT EVENT
In addition to the website, VFT holds regular events in the Los Angeles and New York City areas where members can network as well as learn from various guest speakers. VFT events give industry professionals a chance to interact face to face with VFT members. Past guest speakers have included Ron Meyer (NBCUni CEO/COO), Gale Anne Hurd (producer: Walking Dead, Terminator films, etc), Robert Ulrich (casting director: CSI, GLEE, etc.), Kurt Wimmer (screenwriter: Salt, Equilibrium, etc.), Dara Weintraub (UPM: Mad Men, X-Men, etc.), and more (click “events” to see past VFT events). Each event will have a primary speaker that can have anywhere from 30 mins-1hr to speak and do a Q&A. VFT also welcomes speakers who’d like to have 2-5 minutes to address VFT members. Speakers do not have to be military veterans. If you’d like to be considered as a speaker at a VFT event please click here: SPEAK AT VFT
If you are seeking official support from the U.S. military please utilize the contacts on the "resources" page. Click here for official U.S. Military support: RESOURCES
WANT TO SUPPORT VFT?
VFT is a non profit organization and all events and services are made possible by generous donations. If you'd like to donate to VFT you can do so here: DONATE
- Promote and advance veteran involvement within the film & television industry.
- Provide a means for the entertainment industry to connect with, hire, and feature current and former members of the military.
- Strengthen camaraderie amongst veterans within the film and television industry.
- Link to professional organizations within the industry (SAG, AFTRA, DGA, etc.)
- Become aware of our fellow veteran’s talents, skills, and resources.
- Introduce veterans to successful working professionals by hosting guest speakers and workshops.
- Create an awareness of veterans working within the industry.
- Provide a means and venue for mentorship.
- Pool resources for all phases of film & television production.