Seattle Film Summit

4th Seattle Film Summit
October 3

The Seattle Film Summit is a professional development event for anyone in Washington who has a stake in the production or distribution of media content, including filmmakers, actors, video game creators, transmedia geeks, editors, media lawyers, film community leaders, legislators, gaffers and writers.

In 2015, the Seattle Film Summit brings together community partners from across local creative industries to present a day-long series of events focused on the continued evolution of film and digital media production in the region. This year’s presenting partners include: Washington FilmWorks, TheFilmSchool and DigiPen, Northwest Film Forum and Puget Sound Access, the Seattle Composers Alliance and the Seattle Film Institute.

The mission of the Seattle Film Summit is to empower and inspire Washington state media producers, especially filmmakers, to discover and develop innovative methods of storytelling, funding and distribution.


10-11am: Keynote: Cory McAbee
Filmmaker Cory McAbee is currently giving lectures and presentations on the international arts collaborative that he formed to integrate all mediums and create a globally generated feature film, Small Star Seminar. This project has been developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Story Lab and is endorsed by the NYC Lincoln Center Film Convergence program. McAbee’s lecture will feature highlights from the first 3 years of the collective and will address a variety of topics, including his current feature film, new media, crowdsourcing, open collaborations, DIY filmmaking approaches and more.

11:15-12:30: Blending Film and Music: A Panel and Workshop // Presented by the Seattle Composers Alliance and Seattle Film Institute
Sometimes making a film is like making beautiful music. And sometimes making a film is actually about making beautiful music.The Seattle Film Institute and the Seattle Alliance of Composers will have a panel discussion AND workshop “Blending Film and Music”, led by Bill Weir and Brad Hawkins. The panel will cover how a producer and director work together to determine the right strategy for choosing music for the film, based on creative and business considerations, and then walk through interviewing composers. The workshop will demonstrate how the team collaborates in a spotting session to watch a piece of film and determine the right blend of music.

12:45pm-1:45: Matty Brown: Building a Filmmaking Career through Vimeo // Presented by Northwest Film Forum and Puget Sound Access
Matt Brown is one of the most staff picked filmmakers on Vimeo. Join us as Matty talks about how online video platforms helped propel his international career as an Emmy-nominated filmmaker.  From Seattle to Spain, Matty will talk about his creative process, finding inspiration, the select equipment he carries while traveling for work and some of his most influential shorts. Matty will finish with showing some of his own favorite pieces including any new shorts he’s working on currently, followed by a Q&A about his work and how his experience watching online video platforms help develop his career.

2pm-3:15pm: Utilizing Engagement Theory in Narrative & Interactive to Drive Audience // Presented by DigiPen and TheFilmSchool
Benjamin Ellinger, Director Digipen & Diana Dotter, ED TheFilmSchool
will engage in lively conversation about the importance of Engagement Theory in narrative and interactive content. Engagement Theory was developed by game designers to explore and explain how to create engaging experiences. This theory applies to much more than just games, and has insights for all media, including traditional narrative forms such as literature, theatre, and film. Benjamin Ellinger will spend 10 minutes giving a 30,000 ft view of Engagement Theory. Diana will talk about the elements and importance of story structure in Narrative and Interactive. Then both will engage in a discussion about how Engagement Theory can be used to effectively engage audiences.

3:30-4:30: Seattle Film Industry Update
Join us for the panel discussion featuring local industry leaders

4:30-5:30: Happy hour sponsored by Naked City Brewery

Two ticket types are available: General $40 and Member/Student $25
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