The Northwest Film Fund
Lack of funding can put a hitch in any ambitious project. Now filmmakers living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska) can apply for the Northwest Film Fund, a grant supporting documentary film projects at any stage of completion. Applicants must be the director, co-director or producer of a film that is currently in production or pre-production. The inaugural award will be $10,000 and include 80 hours of post-production work, legal consultation, and “first look” deals with KCTS-Channel 9 and SIFF.
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT) is made up of 12 creative-minded individuals with a knack for realizing narratives in unusual and jarring ways. Their work will be shown next week at the Northwest Film Forum as a part of “Inter-Action,” an exploration of short animations that explore the action between each frame of motion as well as between each subject on screen. Animator Tess Martin, whose short film Plain Face debuted at SIFF last month (and will play again at “Inter-Action), presents the works of her SEAT cohorts like Britta Johnson (Two Dots), Drew Christie (The Man Who Shot the Man Who Shot Lincoln), Amanda Moore (Bridging Wounds) and Bruce Bickford (The Comic That Frenches Your Mind). Animation does not always mean a film is cute and cuddly; each short in the program addresses such topics as love, insanity, faith and murder. So think twice about bringing underage individuals to the screening.
Teen Tix Blog
Seattle youth are encouraged to voice their opinions about this past year’s arts offerings as part of Teen Tix’s Teeny Awards 2011. Teen Tix provides affordable access to film, dance, theater, and other performances for teens ages 13-19. The Teeny Awards categories are both straight forward and irreverent, ranging from Best Art Exhibit to Best Bathrooms to Best Date Venue. Among the nominees are some fantastic film organizations (National Film Festival for Talented Youth, SIFF, NWFF, and more) and excellent musical performances (Sound Off! 2011 at EMP, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Seattle Symphony, and more). Voting is open to Teen Tix members only, so those qualified to participate should head on over to the Teen Tix blog and check out the full list of nominees.
Northwest Film Forum
The Seattle theatrical premiere of Zach Weintraub’s Bummer Summer is this Friday at the Northwest Film Forum. Bummer Summer screened opening night of the 2010 Local Sightings Film Festival last October and went on win first place. The film follows a seventeen year old as he contemplates life after high school and spends a summer road-tripping with his brother, who is home from college. Employing inventive storytelling, sensitive performances and deadpan humor, Weintraub shows he’s a talent to watch with this wry and touching portrait of youthful romance and potential. Zach will be in attendance for the first screening to speak about the film and answer questions. To view the show times and the film’s trailer, click on the link above.
Attention youth filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), KCTS 9 and SIFF Saturday, February 26 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers, watch short film screenings and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI’s History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. Be sure to mark those calendars and follow the above link for more information about the event.
Northwest Film Forum
The Children’s Film Festival is a mere three weeks away, and you can begin the excitement by previewing this trailer. It was created by Northwest Film Forum interns as well as Dave Herberg. More info about the Film Fest coming soon!
The Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is hosting its annual holiday party, and it promises a very good time. Featuring “Your favorite film luminary as Santa…The annual Nog-Off egg-nog championship…Back alley dreidel games…Dancing…Good cheer,” the festivities have become a staple in the Seattle film community. Friends, families and food are welcome for this free event, which is happening at NWFF on Monday, December 20 at 7pm. Check out the link above for more details.
Attention young filmmakers: Join Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) and the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) this Sunday, December 5, from 3-6 pm, for a networking event exclusively for you! Enjoy complimentary food, drinks and music as you mingle with other youth filmmakers and learn about upcoming projects you can take part in, including MOHAI’s History Is____ film competition. A number of seasoned film professionals will also be in attendance, offering expert advice about launching a career in film. For more information about the event, be sure to check out the link.
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle director Danny White’s $600 film The Middle of the Middle will be opening in New York next week as well as closing the 3rd Annual Zero Film Festival in Los Angeles in December. The film was chosen from over 1000 submissions for the festival and is one of ten feature and nearly 150 short films from around the world playing at Zero. Regarding the Seattle independent film scene and his film’s festival inclusion, director Daniel L. White states that “I’ve been so impressed with the film community in the Seattle area. I think it is easily one of the most supportive, vibrant and creative filmmaking scenes in the country. I’ve met some of the most incredibly talented and visionary filmmakers, but they’ve all got this wonderful humility and love of art to them. Seattle filmmakers and festivals like Zero are just what the film industry needs because there’s a real focus on creativity rather than just rehashing the same old thing. I think we’re a perfect fit with the Zero Film Festival and I’m proud to be a part of both.” Congratulations to Danny and his film!