WHO WE ARE

Women in Film & Television San Antonio is the leading nonprofit membership organization chartered in 2023 for people working in the media and entertainment industry in San Antonio, the Hill Country, the Coastal Bend, and South Texas including advocates of the organization.

We are proudly an official chapter of Women in Film & Television International “WIFTI” that is a global network of more than 12,000 members and 70 partners and chapters located on six continents that for more than 50 years has been dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, video, and other screen-based media.

We are currently accepting members in WIFTI SATX who comprise a broad range of professions spanning the entire Media & Entertainment industry. From producers and directors to accountants and lawyers, above the line and below, in front of the camera or behind it, WIFT SATX is dedicated to helping women reach their highest level of achievement in television, film, and other moving-image media.

 

WHAT WE ARE BUILDING

Chartered in November 2023, Women in Film & Television San Antonio’s Board of Directors is focused on growing the organization’s memberships beginning December 2023. Applications for additional Board seats; committees including The Celestial Awards; programming series; and further developing partnerships and supporters regionally is the focus for Q1 2024.

The WIFT SATX mission and programming is dedicated to promoting equity for women in the Media & Entertainment industry, and we also offer memberships for all people who want to advocate, align with, and support our organization.  College students from across the state, individuals with an interest in learning about the industry, partner organizations, and our corporate members comprise our membership and team. It is our mission to build community across the industry while collaborating with other WIFTI chapters and partners and organizations in the region we serve.

We are currently accepting membership applications!

 

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FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CESLIE ARMSTRONG

Chair, president, secretary

A native San Antonian who lived and worked in NYC and LA for 25+ years, Ceslie Armstrong is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television San Antonio chartered in 2023. She is the CEO of CESLIE Studios (founded 2003) and Executive Producer of NYTEX Productions. She is an award-winning media and entertainment executive; writer, director, multimedia publisher, art curator, and advisor to major organizations who engage her for her expertise in media and entertainment; and, business models focused on tentpole entertainment brands.

She has been featured talent and host on thousands of hours of live and recorded broadcast TV & radio and held senior editorial positions at major national women’s magazines. Armstrong has packaged and produced premium original IP and programming for major networks, and studios. She is the publisher for the state of Texas for Global Village Publishing’s INNOVATE series of luxury coffee-table books. A pioneer in early internet-based streaming, Armstrong produces and packages content across all digital platforms.

She has produced Grammy award-winning artists; interviewed world leaders, top celebrities, and influential icons globally. In 2017, the State of Texas commended in a Senate Resolution entered into law and adopted by the 85th Legislature naming Armstrong for the commitment to excellence in journalism and a Resolution was prepared as an expression of esteem. She earned a BFA degree from TCU and her first TV gig was as a “kid reporter” for NBC at HemisFair ’68; her first film appearance was in The Sugarland Express (1974) filmed in San Antonio and Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut; and her first live audience theatre performance was at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Bio, credits & acknowledgements: ceslie.com

EILEEN KRET

DIRECTOR, vice president

A native of New Mexico and a long-time resident of San Antonio, Eileen Kret is an executive producer, strategist, and marketing executive whose career has spanned the creative, business, and technology sides of the media and entertainment industry.

She is the principal of Innov8 Management Group and a sampling of projects include the feature films The Answer to My Prayer (2024) starring Luis Fonsi, Selena (1997) starring Jennifer Lopez; media broadcast series “San Antonio Profiles” (2023-2024); live San Antonio events including Diwali, Fiesta, Fiesta de los Reyes, and many more.

Eileen Kret is a well-known producer in the music industry and is a Mayor of San Antonio appointed Arts Commissioner.

JEFFREY DASH

Director, Treasurer

A native New Yorker, Jeffrey Dash is a serial entrepreneur who has been based in Los Angeles for 30+ years with partnerships operating in Texas. He’s the well-known powerhouse behind a multitude of successful businesses in the Media & Entertainment industry including film and television productions; product development; brand licensing; editorial and commercial photography studios; celebrity, artist, and talent management.

Among other accomplishments, Dash co-founded and successfully built Screenbid into a multi-million-dollar company; launched the children’s publishing company Awesome World LLC; operates Corleone Fine Italian Foods and Spirits under a long-term partnership with Paramount (based on The Godfather film franchise) and is instrumental in the operation of Shotsie Productions Inc, a Los Angeles based print & motion production and marketing company, specializing in media. 

Dash grew up highly cognizant of social issues caused by wealth inequalities and has spent years combatting those effects for others as well as being a staunch advocate for women’s rights. He is passionate about harnessing sound economic principles for positive impact on the non-profit sector, which led him to co-found Cleargivers.org and join the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television San Antonio.