TIVA-DC Meetings & Events

Our region’s best resource for sharing production knowledge

A recent TIVA Meeting at Interface Video.

From writing to lighting, animation to digital compression, and all points in between, TIVA meetings have a heritage of being interesting, involving, and a great investment. We continually bring you the region’s top producers, shooters, and graphic artists to present tried and true techniques you can use on your next production.

You can be a part of this exciting endeavor. Send your meeting ideas/wishes to meetings@tivadc.org and we’ll work to put your topic on the schedule.

To find out what's coming up on TIVA-DC's meeting & event calendar, click on the calendar view above or on one of the Upcoming Events below for more information.

Upcoming events

    • 11/15/2015
    • 12/01/2016
    • Embassy of France

    Peer Awards

    C’est Cinémagnifique!

    Order an extra Gold, Silver or Bronze trophy!

    • 06/16/2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Thundershot Studios, 9425-B Mathy Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

    By popular demand TIVA and the Virginia Production Alliance is proud to present a popular internationally known legal expert covering production, film, entertainment, and other various production, entertainment and various legal issues in our industry!

    Special Presenter: Kirk T. Schroder

    Join Kirk T. Schroder for an opportunity get answers to your legal questions about the entertainment industry.  Kirk is an experienced entertainment and arts law attorney who has been recognized in "Best Lawyers in America" for the field of entertainment law and is the past chair of the American Bar Association's Entertainment and Sports Law section. His entertainment law experience includes work with film production studios, independent filmmakers and producers, show runners, writers, directors and actors for film and television around the country.  For more than a decade he served as a counsel to Universal Pictures.  Kirk's law firm, Schroder Davis PLC, specializes in providing legal services for the creative community including fashion, entertainment, intellectual property, and the visual arts.

    PARKING: Free parking is available in the marked slots and against the building in front of the studio, as well as in the lot around back. Do not park in the lot on Pickett Road that's reserved for the Saba, Wild Chicken, and Seoul Bistro restaurants or you will be towed.

    METRO: ThunderShot is located three miles south of the Vienna Metro Station (Orange). Three buses (Metrobus 29NCUE Green 1, and CUE Green 2) travel between the station and the Fair City Mall stop at the intersection of Pickett Road and Mathy Drive. The studio is .1 miles from the bus stop.

    OTHER OPTIONS: UberLyft, and Red Top Cab.

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    Let us know if you have any questions or if any of the information needs clarification.

    • 07/20/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1111 East West Highway, 3rd Floor Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

    By popular demand, TIVA is proud to present the Audio and Sound Techniques event! Cheryl Ottenritter, one of our very own DMV professionals chosen to speak at NAB 2016 will be hosting the event at Ott House Audio on JWednesday July 20, 2016!

    Ott House Audio, or OHA as it’s often called, is a boutique studio based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The heart and soul of this woman-owned business is Cheryl Ottenritter.

    Known to some as the Audio Goddess, her love for the art of sound shines through every project that comes through her doors. OHA boasts three surround sound mix suites, a record booth, a fully equipped machine room and a brigade of sound engineers with over 40 years of experience.

    Check out some of these amazing Audio works in these videos!

    "4th and Goal"

    "Lincoln's Washington At War"

    A lot goes into producing high-quality audio for your video projects. Attend our OHA Audio event for a few tips and tricks for getting great sound!

    TIVA Audio Event

    Wednesday July 20, 2016


    Special Presenter: Cheryl Ottenritter, Ott House Audio

    Address: 1111 East West Highway, 3rd Floor

    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Directions via link here:


    • 08/04/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TBD

    The Show Us Your Reel event is like an open mic night - but with more talent on display than most. Bring your reel, a sample of your music or announcing skills, or just come and tell us why you should be hired.

    This event is usually packed - so register early to make sure you have time to upload your content to our shared drive before the event (but bring a removable USB thumb drive as a backup, just in case).

    Talking/presenting time per person will be limited to about one to two minutes before their two-minute reel is shown, with a Q&A/networking session afterward. And if you're the type who doesn't like talking to groups, type something up and we'll get one of our professional announcer types to read for you.

    As we've done in the past, we've got a shared drive set up for you to upload your material in advance of the event - the preferred format is listed below, and specifics (including a link to the drive) will be sent out to you upon registration.

    Check out a some of the demo reel videos from last year's Show Us Your Reel !

    Note that all material should be uploaded prior to the event; we will not plan to assemble material from USB drives or optical discs provided at the event (except as needed in the case of technical error).

    Preferred demo format
    1920x1080, H.264 MPEG-4 with MP3 or AAC audio (128 kbps, 44.1 or 48kHz)

    Networking/food and drink will begin at 6:30, and reels will start showing at 7:10 p.m.

    Event LocationWhere: TBD

    When: August, 4, 2016

    TIVA-DC’s Event Pricing 
    $5 discount is available up until
    1 full day before the day of the event.
    Registering online
    $10 for TIVA members | $20 for non-members
    At the door
    $15 for TIVA members | $25 for non-members
    (All registrations are nonrefundable.)

    • 11/12/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • TBD

    Peer Awards

    C’est Cinémagnifique!

    The Peer Awards Parties On 

    at the French Embassy

    TIVA-DC will once again serve as the host organization of the 2016 TIVA Peer Awards, the most comprehensive film, video and Internet competition for professionals and media students in the mid-Atlantic region.  The 2016 TIVA PEER Awards will take place within the elegant ballroom and reception lobby at the prestigious Embassy of France on Nov. 11, 2016.  Last year’s 2015 Peer Awards included many outstanding moments: awards of merit to a stellar pool of entrants; the first ever DC Council Recognition Resolution; and the participation of all three DMV Film Offices. This year’s awards gala promises to deliver an unequaled evening of achievement, sophistication and fun!

    This highly anticipated annual awards event recognizes excellence in achievement within the Television, Video and Internet production community and this year’s awards ceremony promises to raise the bar across the board for what is destined to become a memorable evening of celebration, networking, recognition and distinction.  Refining and streamlining some categories and offering the addition of brand new categories that reflect the latest cutting edge horizons of current production activity promises excitement and distinction within the industry and across the entire DMV community. New categories for submission include: NEW MEDIA comprised of Web Series and Interactive Media including for Museums, Exhibits, and Special Applications.

    The elegant atmosphere and unique aesthetic of the Embassy of France promises an evening of sophisticated fun along with an enhanced reception and socializing time that promises the familiar camaraderie and fun of seeing old friends,  meeting new colleagues, and connecting with winners past and present.

    Be a part of the 2016 TIVA Peer Awards! Submit your work, attend the gala and become a part of a legacy of achievement!

    For more information on how to get involved as a judge, entrant, guest, staff or crew, contact the 2016 TIVA Peer Awards Chair: Todd.Clark@tivadc.org

    Please scroll down and click "register" on the left to buy tickets to attend the awards.

    The TIVA-DC Peer Awards is a merit-based award judged solely on the individual merits of the entry. This is not a competition, rather an acknowledgment and celebration of exceptional quality work created by professionals and non-professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Delaware region. This may result in categories receiving multiple awards of the same level as well as some categories without awards.

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