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

 



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!



NFFTY 2013 Festival Trailer!
March 19, 2013, 2:32 pm
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A trailer for the upcoming National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) is live and from the looks of it, this will be one awesome event! The festival will happen on April 25 -28 and will showcase the work of talented film makers from all over the world aged 22 and younger.



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 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).



Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is Looking for Interns
January 18, 2013, 10:32 am
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seattle-international-film-festival-siff-2012_400x225If you are someone looking to get some experience in working in Seattle’s film world, SIFF is looking for organized, efficient, resourceful interns in a number of different fields right now. Their internships include experiences in the community outreach, cinema marketing, cinema publicity, graphic design, individual giving & membership, and administrative fields. There are a ton of options for getting experience in the world of Film and Film Events.

Those interested should check out SIFF’s Interns page.



Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is returning on January 30
January 15, 2013, 3:57 pm
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FMHappyHourThe Office of Film and Music ‘s Happy Hour event is returning on Wednesday, January 30. Happy Hour takes place at Spitfire Bar and Restaurant in Belltown from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will be a good chance to network, chat, share, and learn among industry leaders in the film, music, and interactive industries.

This month’s Happy Hour will feature special guest Robert Horton, a local film critic and the curator of MOHAI’s new exhibit, Celluloid Seattle. Mr. Horton will share some thoughts about Seattle as a character in film, Seattle as an “imagined place” in film, and more.

Film + Music + Interactive Happy Hour is a monthly event that averages upwards of 200 people a month to bring people engaged in these industries together. Come join us on January 30. More Info Here.




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