Seattle Office of Film + Music

May 29, 2013, 11:07 am
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This year, The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will again work with KCTS 9 to present the Reel NW Award, which is presented to a feature-length film in the Northwest Connections section of SIFF’s films. In 2012, the inaugural Reel NW Award went to Eden, directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.

Selection as a Reel NW Award winner indicates excellence in storytelling as reflected in writing, character development and story structure, story-enhancing production values, and a creative spirit emblematic of independent filmmaking.

The winning film will receive a $2,500 cash prize from KCTS 9 and an offer to be broadcast on KCTS 9’s Reel NW independent film series, contingent on meeting broadcast requirements. To be eligible for consideration, a film must not have a distribution deal in place when reviewed by the Reel NW Award jury. The jury is comprised of Randy Brinson, Executive Director of Programming for KCTS 9; Lyall Bush, Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum; and our very own Chris Swenson, Film and Special Events Program Manager at Seattle Office of Film + Music.

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!

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.

Mayor McGinn Proclaims June 22 “Grassroots” Day in Seattle
June 20, 2012, 10:26 am
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Seattle has a long and diverse history of grassroots campaigns, and the feature Grassroots, shot right here in town, tells the story of one such campaign. Directed by Stephen Gyllenhall, the film is based on the book Zioncheck for President, a true account of the quirky 2001 Seattle City Council race between Grant Cogswell and Richard McIver. Grassroots played recently at the SIFF closing night gala, but if you didn’t catch it then, you’ll have a chance to see it at the Harvard Exit when it opens on Friday, June 22 – a day Mayor McGinn has proclaimed “Grassroots Day” in Seattle. Stephen Gyllenhall is planning to attend all showings from Friday to Sunday. The production of Grassroots was made possible by the Washington State Film Incentives program.

June 19, 2012, 8:35 am
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Local filmmakers and amateur directors are invited to submit a video between 30 seconds and 2 minutes in length, incorporating the idea of Seattle Culture (bonus points for any use of the Space Needle), to the Totally Stacked! Video Contest. Entries may include all types of videos, but must be submitted by July 2 to be considered. The contest is organized by The Stranger, Capitol Hill Block Party, and SIFF – and participants will be eligible for a number of prizes, including SIFF passes, Capitol Hill Block Party tickets, and more.

Megan Griffith’s “Eden” Wins Big at SIFF 2012
June 11, 2012, 9:30 am
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Megan Griffiths’ Eden swept the awards at the 38th Seattle International Film Festival, which held its ceremony Sunday morning at the Seattle Space Needle. Eden star Jamie Chung won the Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award, while the film also received the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision presented by Women in Film/Seattle, as well as the Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9. Click here to see a complete list of winners.

June 6, 2012, 10:15 am
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Each year, SIFF tests the skills of Seattle’s up and coming cinematic talent in an intense race to the big screen with the Fly Filmmaking Challenge.  This year, SIFF and presenting partner KCTS 9’s Reel NW offered a dozen pitches focused on the Seattle Center’s “Next 50” celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair, for which Seattle Center was created. Directors picked from a selection of “Next 50” themed scripts, and then had seven days to collaborate with the writers on the final production of the film. The filmmakers shot for three days on the Seattle Center campus, leaving only five days to edit. Catch the last screening of The Fly Filmmaking Challange at 9 pm tonight, June 6, at the Harvard Exit on Capitol Hill.

May 31, 2012, 10:18 am
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Join SIFF and the Seattle Composers Alliance for an evening with composer Jason Staczek. Catch the film Keyhole, which Jason composed the music for, at the Uptown Theater immediately before the panel talk. In addition to Keyhole, Jason also composed music for two short films playing at this year’s SIFF, as well as co-writing music for the Festival’s now ubiquitous trailer. Seattle truly makes beautiful music for films, which is why you should attend this forum – no ticket or pass required.

May 11, 2012, 10:31 am
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For the first time in its 38-year history, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has chosen two locally made films for its Opening and Closing Night Galas: Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister and Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots.  The festival is also screening six feature films shot in Washington State that were incentivized by the Washington Film Competitiveness Program which was renewed this year.  And if that’s not enough, the festival boasts over a whopping 50 locally-made films that will be screened during the 24-day festival.  For more information and screening times on all the Washington-made documentaries, shorts, features, and local programming, visit the links below.

Documentary Feature
The 5,000 Days Project: TWO BROTHERS / Rick Stevenson
The Long Ride Home / Thomas Lee Wright
Lost Years / Kenda Gee, Tom Radford
The Revolutionary / Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers, Irv Drasnin
Short Life / Scott Levy
Welcome To Doe Bay / Nesib CB Shamah, Dan Thornton

Documentary Short
The 5,000 Days Project: ONE AMERICA / Rick Stevenson
Honor the Treaties / Eric Becker
Still Playing / Dacia Saenz
Typecast Dragon / The Last Quest
Visionary Insight / Tracy Rector, Lou Karsen

Documentary Short (Adobe Youth Voices)
Life Challenges / Sharon Lou, Vivian Chen, Molly Zhong, Xin Yi Li
A Nourishing Journey / 5th Grade Students at South Shore K-8

Camilla Dickinson / Cornelia Duryée Moore
The Details / Jacob Aaron Estes
Eden / Megan Griffiths
Fat Kid Rules the World / Matthew Lillard
Grassroots / Stephen Gyllenhaal
Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas / Sue Corcoran
Safety Not Guaranteed / Colin Trevorrow
Your Sister’s Sister / Lynn Shelton

All My Presidents / Connor Hair World
Animated Amusements / Bob Venezia
Aornos / Steve Demas
Atomic Theory and Chemistry / Jon Behrens
Bobby Ellis is Gonna Kick Your Ass / Craig Packard
Brightwood / L. Gabriel Gonda
Bunker / Kim Voynar
C.B. / Nathan Williams
Cassini Mission / Chris Abbas
Catch and Release / Barbara Mones
Coffee & Pie / Douglas Horn
D.C.I. / Lacey Leavitt
Erasable Cities / Salise Hughes
Forced Entry / Joe Jacobs
The Last Virgin / Shawn Telford
Out / Blaine Ludy
PostHuman / Cole Drumb
Recess / Craig Snyder
The Return / Jeremy Mackie
Reviens Moi / Tracy Rector
Senior Showcase / Lindy Boustedt, Kris Boustedt
Spinning / John Jacobsen
Things Left Behind / Nathan Williams
The Third Floor / Adam Sekuler, Shannon Stewart
Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon / Brad Schaffer
The Unorthodox / DJ McCoy
The Whale Story / Tess Martin

Short (Adobe Youth Voices)
Shattered Dream / Hualian Xu, Yin Jiang, Weiming Ma, Rongshan Zhao
The Face of Facebook / Alexis Lee

Short (FutureWave)
Before The Music Ends / Ashley Armitage, Gina Mattassa
Invisi Bill / Nicholas Smit
Skate and Scratch / Sean Christ
Zartha / Carleigh Ellwood

Short Program
Fly Filmmaking Challenge 2012
SeaTown Shorts
SuperFly 2012 World

Filmmakers: Enter Your Short in the Three Minute Masterpiece
March 27, 2012, 9:52 am
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The Seattle Times 
Don’t hide your brilliant cinematic creations in your basement. Share your work at this year’s Three Minute Masterpiece, a film competition sponsored by The Seattle Times and Seattle International Film Festival. Your are invited to shoot a film of three minutes or less, and winners will show at the festival and stream on The Seattle Times website. The deadline for submitting is Monday, April 23.