With the unyielding efforts of our friends and partners at the Virginia Film Office and the Virginia Production Alliance, new legislation encouraging the growth and longevity of Richmond’s film industry continues to break ground, and by extension VCUarts Cinema students find real-world employment opportunities outside of the classroom. In 2013, film production brought 328.4 million dollars into the state of Virginia, and 2061 jobs.
This past year, ten students have worked on “Loving,” (dir. Jeff Nichols, “Take Shelter,” “Mud”). Several students interned as assistants to the co-producer, Will Greenfield (Production Coordinator, “Django Unchained”).
Eight current students and alumni also worked on “Imperium” starring Daniel Radcliffe. “TURN: Washington’s Spies” has shot three season in Richmond. Roughly twenty students and alumni have worked on the production each season. Additionally, several faculty members work on the production, and arrange for visits to the set and for tours with Turn’s art department.
Internships with professional film organizations are open to advanced Cinema students on a competitive basis. Opportunities are available with the Virginia Film Office (the State’s liaison with Hollywood production companies and independent filmmakers) and various independent production companies based in the region.
There are limitless opportunities for filmmakers in Richmond. Below are some of the many organizations and events that VCUarts Cinema students become involved with every year:
The French Film Festival
The James River Film Festival
The 48 Hour Film Project