by Shazreh Malik
photos by Becka Brebner
Washington State media producers and distributors, and all those involved or interested in filming:
Here’s your chance to network, query, and see what’s happening in the industry. The Seattle Film Summit is back for its 2ndAnnual Summit at the Northwest Film Forum on September 28, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
In a conversation, filmmaker Benjamin Barak Andrews talks about Seattle’s long list of wonderful film organizations. “But,” he says, “It’s hard to kind of figure out where to plug into.” And this is where the SFS – which he has helped organize as Outreach Director – comes in. The aim of the summit is to get everyone together and initiate dialogue.
What do all stakeholders in independent film want? More investment, distribution, tax incentives, recognition, and growth. The SFS unites all of these people, combines their voices, and is working on a vivera carta. This charter is a record of input collected from participants at the summit, and will be used in building a mission and creating movement in the local film business.
The organizers of the SFS have crowd-sourced topics, and the most popular ones have been shortlisted. These include questions a lot of filmmakers have been pursuing, such as why some investors no longer want to invest in films, where distribution is going, and why music is so important to a film’s success. Industry experts will be attending the event and addressing these issues.
The event has been divided into three sessions to be held at different times of the day. During each session, the audience will choose to attend one of three different panels, each with its own topic to discuss. The summit is going to be covered by KCTS 9 and Puget Sound Access. General admission to the SFS is $40. Members of NWFF and other local film organizations, and Local Sightings Series Pass holders can purchase tickets for $25.
“If you love the film industry, whether you’re in it as filmmaker, actor, producer, or just somebody who loves film, you should be there,” says Andrews. “Because a lot of what’s going to be coming out of there, is where the industry is headed in Seattle.”
The Seattle Film Summit is an official program of the 16th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival being held at the Northwest Film Forum from September 27, 2013 to October 3, 2013. The festival features new films, parties, prizes, and film conversation. Andrews’ own film, the metaphysical thriller Stop Requested, has been selected for the festival, and is scheduled for a premiere screening on September 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm.