Seattle Office of Film + Music


Adam Sekular Day Is Official
March 27, 2014, 12:21 pm
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adam sekulerThe city has recently proclaimed March 26 as Adam Sekuler day in honor of his service to Seattle’s film community! Adam Sekuler is a filmmaker and curator who specializes in regional and international thematic film series, director retrospectives, and film festivals. Sekuler was the program director at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) where he organized touring programs of retrospectives and premiered feature films throughout the U.S. He recently left his position as director of NWFF to pursue cinema-centric projects like curating film for the Henry Art Gallery. His films have screened at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the world such as “Dos Almas,” “The Third Floor,” and “In Transit.” Among the films that have benefited from his expertise are Lisandro Alonso’s “Liverpool,” Pedro Costa’s “Ne Change Rien,” Albert Serra’s “Birdsong,” and Oliver Laxe’s “You Are All Captains.” He currently hosts a new event called Pandemic that turns Northwest Film Forum’s cinema into a virtual examination room, as two cultural curators poke and prod viral videos from across the internet. Sekuler was the former programmer for The Bell Auditorium; the nation’s first and only dedicated nonfiction theater. He is also the co-founder of Search and Rescue, an ongoing effort to present and preserve discarded archives of 16mm films. We are proud to congratulate Adam on his honor!

Check out one of his highly-viewed short films here.



Making A Living Making Film (Infographic)
August 7, 2013, 2:55 pm
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Want to be a film director in Seattle? The Seattle Office of Film + Music illustrates how one member of the local film community does it with its newly-released infographic that breaks down the actual income of a filmmaker into four categories. The take away, Seattle is a commercial film town, and from directing big campaigns to corporate videos to collaborating on narrative projects, Seattle’s film directors need to be a resourceful bunch to make a living. According to the director being profiled, this is a good thing because commercial work pays well and builds the professional network and skills needed to make the passion-driven projects possible.

 



Direct Your Future, Produce Your Career: See SFI’s New Home!
July 12, 2013, 9:40 am
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The Seattle Film Institute recently moved to a new location in the Interbay neighborhood into a 10,000 square foot facility which includes sound stages, digital editing labs, and a 50 seat movie theater! They are having an information session tomorrow, Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am at  their new home.

Faculty will talk about SFI’s Professional Certificate Programs, Undergraduate Degree Programs, and Graduate Degree Programs. This is a great opportunity to see our new facility, meet faculty members and other prospective students, and get all your questions about our programs – including financial aid and scholarship information – answered

To reserve your spot, RSVP by phone (206.568.4387) or e-mail (chris@seattlefilminstitute.com ).  And they’re always happy to schedule individual visits to SFI. For more information, visit www.seattlefilminstitute.com

Seattle Film Institute
3210 16th Ave W.
Seattle, WA  98119

 

About SFI:

The Seattle Film Institute offers professional certificates, undergraduate degrees, and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. And every SFI student can participate in our nationally recognized internship program.

Their next two program start dates are September 16, 2013 and March 3, 2014.  The Seattle Film Institute is approved to accept International Students.

Ten Month Professional Certificate Programs

  • Filmmaking (AA/BA Options)
  • Producing
  • Acting for Film
  • Sound Design and Recording Arts
  • 3-D Animation
  • Motion Graphics

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film

Students with an AA degree or the equivalent college credit can earn their BA in less than one calendar year.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking
Accelerated Degree Program – 6 quarters in 16 months

Master of Arts (MA) in Producing for Film
4 quarters in 10 months; evening classes

Master of Arts (MFA) in Producing
Blends the hands-on skills of a filmmaker with the business skills of a producer

Master of Music (MM) in Composing For Film
The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program

 



The 2013 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film goes to: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer Emeritus Digital Kitchen®

Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2013 recipient of the 8th Annual Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer Emeritus of Digital Kitchen®.

“Paul’s impressive filmmaking and commercial film career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving commercial film production city, and his commitment to the local filmmaking industry make him an obvious honoree this year,” said Mayor McGinn. “I congratulate him on his work and thank him for being a leader in our local film industry.”

The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. The award presented is artwork created by artist Dale Chihuly.

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After spending 15 years in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus founded Digital Kitchen (DK) in 1995 with the mission to apply entertainment principles to brands- and in turn- branding principles to entertainment.

Not only has DK grown into a creative force that traverses entertainment and advertising- winning many accolades along the way- Matthaeus has developed the careers of countless digital artists and filmmakers, through DK’s home office in Seattle and satellites across the nation.

“Unlike most filmmakers, I’ve spent my entire life and career in Seattle,” said Matthaeus.  “This city has played a seminal role in who I am, and has defined my outlook on business and creativity.  I think to a great degree, this honor validates Seattle as a world-class creative center.”

Read more in the full press release.



Join us for the Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour Next Week!
April 17, 2013, 12:48 pm
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Join us for the Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour Next Week!



Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

ImageCelebrating it’s tenth year, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival opens Saturday, April 13 and goes through April 21. The nine day festival is put on by the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center at their newly renovated home in the Central District. Along with feature length films and short, the festival is also holding workshops and community events. This year, the festival takes a look back with a 30th anniversary screening of the sci-fi classic Brother from Another Planet, and a look forward with a presentation of actor/director Robert Townsend’s newest independent film In the Hive.

Check out the full schedule!



MOHAI’s “History is _____” Short Film Competition is Accepting Entries Through March 31
February 4, 2013, 3:26 pm
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The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is currently accepting submissions for their Third Annual History is____ short film competition! The theme of the film is up to you: the filmmaker. Submissions from 2012 included themes like “History is Basketball” and “History is Mystery.” The competition is all about creativity and sharing your view of what history is. Here is MOHAI’s playlist of the 2012 short films for those who are curious.

The Rules and FAQ page has the rules that you need to know in order to craft your film. Submissions are being accepted through March 31!



Seattle Asian American Film Festival is Going on This Weekend
January 25, 2013, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Film

SEATTLE ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

After a six-year absence, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival is taking place at the Wing Luke Museum tonight (Friday) through Sunday night. The Asian American Film Festival will have feature films, short films, and documentaries on a variety of topics including the first Vietnamese American elected to congress, the bombing of Hiroshima,  and the challenges of multiracial identity.

There are a variety of different events including parties, panels, and screenings of film projects and tickets are still available for a number of events here.



Seattle Ranks #3 on the ‘MovieMaker’ List of ‘Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013′
January 22, 2013, 2:09 pm
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In Moviemaker‘s  recently released print magazine, this year’s list of “Top 10 Cities to be a Moviemaker: 2013″ was released, with Seattle securing an impressive ranking at number three. According to the article, Moviemaker brains determined which cities made the cut (and in which order) by cobbling together a range of statistics for each city, including: population, dollars generated by the film industry, the list of movie projects, cultural vibrancy, and availability of production facilities. This data helped narrow the assessment rubric to five criteria, against which each of 50 cities was scored. The criteria include: “Film Community” (scored on a 10-point scale), “Access to New Films” (10-point scale), “Access to Equipment” (7-point scale), “Cost of Living” (reverse 5-point scale), and “Tax Incentives” (4-point scale). The highest possible score is a 36. In future lists, Moviemaker intends to expand lists to rank the “Top Big Cities” to be a moviemaker, as well as the “Top Small Cities” and “Top Towns.” This way, places like Shreveport, Louisiana won’t have to compete with New York City and Maria, Texas can’t compete with Boston.

The first and second best cities for moviemakers in 2013 were Austin, Texas (with a score of 32), and New York City (with a score of 31). Seattle came in at number three (with a score of 30.5).

The following is the article text from Seattle’s section:

“Seattle is quickly becoming a ‘go-to’ city for small-budget moviemakers, with such recently acclaimed indies as Your Sister’s SisterSafety Not Guaranteed, and Eden taking advantage of all the tax incentive goodies the city (and state) has to offer. ‘Shooting in Seattle was fantastic,’ remarks Rufus Williams, director of Butterfly Dreaming. ‘The city is a standout for its moody, light-varied looks. But, more than that  the people here are enthusiastic and helpful; I was struck by the tight-knit film community, something that is a real blessing for an independent filmmaker. We benefited immeasurably from the [Office of Film and Music's] help in finding great local crews and locations.’ The vibrant Seattle film industry supports over 5,000 jobs, 700 freelancers, and contributes $471 million to the city’s economy. And the city makes the filming process as easy as possible for moviemakers. The dedicated [Office of Film and Music] is a one-stop shop for all logistical production needs, and provides permits for use of all city-owned property — for just $25 per project ([for] up to 14 days) for low-budged film productions. Seattle also offers a number of financial incentives, including a 30 percent cash-back film incentive for productions that shoot in the city, as well as sales tax exemptions on rental equipment, vehicles used in production, and 30 consecutive days of lodging. Much like its independent music scene, Seattle is renowned as a hip, indie moviemaking hub, with a strong sense of community and collaboration. Film is serious business in Seattle, and a moviemaker would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming, creatively inspiring environment to film his or her latest production. ‘The Seattle filmmaking community is a nurturing, inclusive and vibrant one, filled with folks who have a genuine passion for making movies,’ says Writer-Director Lynn Shelton (the upcoming Touchy Feely; My Sister’s Sister; Humpday) of shooting in her hometown. ‘Whether it’s a local director or an out-of-town company, our local crews bring so much talent, good spirit, and artistry to everything shot here. Seattle filmmakers will undoubtedly continue to deliver excellent home-grown films, building on the reputation of quality that’s been building for the past decade.’ Also, Moviemaker first appeared on the streets of Seattle back in 1993. The Emerald City must be doing something right.”

The next two top cities on this year’s list include: Los Angeles (number 4, score of 29), and Portland (number 5, score of 28.5).

For the full-length article, pick up a print edition of Moviemaker magazine at your local convenience store. The 2013 list is not yet available online (but 2012’s list is). (Statement valid as of January 22, 2013).



MEET THE INDEPENDENT VIDEO STORES MAKING IT IN THE AGE OF NETFLIX
October 18, 2012, 11:34 am
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Seattle’s Scarecrow Video, which may the nation’s largest surviving independent video store, opened an in-house coffee shop, and is in the process of building-out a screening room to draw in customers. Open for 24 years, Scarecrow has built up a shining reputation, even beyond Seattle, for its impressive array of 117,000-plus movies. Still, this success has sometimes been a hindrance. “We have a lot of buzz and a lot of good-will built up, but I think everyone tends to assume that we’re doing well and they don’t need to come in and support us,” says Jen Koogler, Scarecrow’s marketing coordinator. Beyond students and professors, clientele come from all walks of life and seek out all genres. “We’re known for having everything. A lot of VHS and laser discs that simply were never released on DVD,” says Koogler, who also produces blogs and video podcasts for the store.



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