Seattle and film are a love match. This city is a hotbed for film, home to the nation’s largest truly independent film festival and a population that consistently demonstrates unparalleled cultural moxie. Seattle–with its rainy nights, copious coffee and hip population–is a crucible for creating great movies and bringing together aspiring filmmakers from all over the globe.
Perhaps Quentin Tarantino said it best:
Seattle has developed a huge reputation in the business as this Movie Mecca to the north. The perception is that it’s become to screenwriters what Paris in the ’20s was to novelists–a romantic environment of inspiration and support.
Here’s proof: In 2006, more than 228 films, television shows and commercials shot in Seattle and the city anticipates an additional 50 percent increase in filming over the next two years.
OUR FILM COMMUNITY
Seattle’s independent film scene is thriving. Below are just a few of the organizations and establishments that make our community so unlike any other film community in the country.
Renton Film Frenzy
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle International Film Festival
Jewel Box Theatre
Northwest Film Forum
Mayor’s Office of Film & Music
Northwest Film Resources
Below are a series of online resources for getting your movie made in the Northwest.
Washington State Film Office
Official film site of the department of community, trade and economic development.
A nonprofit organization that promote economic vitality in Washington state by encouraging growth in the film and video production industry.
Northwest Production Index
An online list of production resources in Washington and Oregon.
The Seattle Film + Music Office
Seattle City office office devoted to promoting Seattle’s film and music industries offering creative tax incentives and professional business development opportunities.
The Northwest Screenwriters Guild
A non-profit screenwriting organization committed to fostering collaboration and growth within the local Pacific Northwest film community.
Northwest Film Forum
The Film Forum screens over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
Women in Film Seattle
Women in Film Seattle is a non-profit organization of professional women in the film, video, new media fields dedicated to helping our members through support, education, and professional connection.
The Office of Film + Music
The Office of Film + Music is dedicated to supporting the film industry and works to maintain Seattle’s reputation as a professional, efficient, and hospitable location for your next film project.
The 48-Hour Film Project
The 48-Hour Film Project will return to Seattle, probably in June. Filmmakers from all over the Seattle area will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world for the title “Best 48 Hour Film of 2012″.
The Seattle True Independent Film Festival
The Seattle True Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental and zero budget films. The festival endeavors to provide cultural exchange and educational opportunities by bring a diverse selection of films to the area and provide a place for networking between local filmmakers, visiting filmmakers and the public.
The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Held annually in October since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.
The Seattle Jewish Film Festival
As a program of American Jewish Committee Seattle Regional Office (AJC), the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) at its core strives to build bridges of mutual understanding between diverse groups through a stellar lineup of international films, related educational programs and illuminating guest artists.
The Talented Youth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that was founded in 2007 with NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth) as its flagship program.
NFFTY has grown into the world’s largest youth film festival. Each year the festival showcases films by directors 22 and under.
911 Media Arts Center
In a time of major advances in digital media 911 Media Arts Center envisions a future where independent voices thrive in a society that fosters diversity, innovation and artistic excellence.
Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.
OTHER FILM RELATED LINKS:
35TH STREET MISSION
Audiosocket is a music licensing agency that represents all types of pre-cleared quality music for placement in Film, TV, Advertising,Video Games and New Media. Their catalog is full of bands, musicians and composers that are active in the market place.
FILM GUIDE SEATTLE
Film Guide Seattle is a comprehensive listing of professional film and video people in the Seattle area. This site also offers industry links, and links to Seattle traffic maps or Washington State road conditions.