Archive for May, 2010

Children’s Film Festival Seattle call for entries

May 28, 2010

Yet another way to share your film! Read all about it:

Northwest Film Forum is pleased to announce the call for entries to Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2011.

The largest competitive children’s film festival in the Pacific Northwest,Children’s Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of films from more than 25 countries. The festival’s programs that include live performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. To view past programs, please click here.

Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2011 will take place in Northwest Film Forum’s two cinemas, with screenings offered to both the general public and school groups. Dates for the 2011 Festival are Friday, January 28 through Sunday, February 6, with additional screenings for school and childcare groups scheduled Monday-Friday Feb. 7-25.

All films submitted to Children’s Film Festival Seattle will also be considered for the 6th annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, to be presented by Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in Los Angeles, California in 2011.

The deadline for submissions is September 27, 2010.

Download submission forms here


New booking – just in time for the World Cup

May 27, 2010

Check it out:

Argentina Futbol Club

Singing.  Shouting.  Hysteria.  Argentina lives for futbol.  The battle between Boca Juniors and River Plate is not just about sports; it is an ever-enduring struggle for identity.  In Buenos Aires, historic tensions swell not only between legendary clubs Boca and River but among their intense followers. For these futbol fanatics, the game symbolizes strength, unity, and power in a society beset by stark social and economic divisions. Through a journalistic lens, this film provides an intimate look into Argentina and its beloved sport to reveal an unparalleled passion that reverberates far beyond the pitch.

Argentina Futbol Club was directed by acclaimed Argentine Director Juan Pablo Roubio, and co-written and co-produced by local Seattle filmmaker, Gavin P. Sullivan. Sullivan along with the film’s co-executive producer, Ben Meyerson, will be on hand for Q&A.

Argentina Futbol Club premiered at the 31st International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in La Havana, Cuba and will screen at Molodist Kiev International Film Festival, and Cinesul Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro.

Outsider art at SIFF

May 27, 2010

To anyone going SIFFing this holiday weekend, I highly recommend Marwencol, a documentary about trauma victim Mark Hogancamp’s unique form of art therapy: he dresses up G.I. Joe and Barbie dolls as people he knows, uses them to act out elaborate cinematic fantasies in a fictional WWII-era Belgian town he has built in his backyard, then photographs the results. Hogancamp’s photos have caught the attention of the art world, giving him an opportunity to re-engage with society – or not. Director Jeff Malmberg is scheduled to attend both performances.

SIFF is also screening Rouge Ciel, which offers a larger perspective on outsider art: it includes a historical survey of Art Brut (this is a French film), conflicting opinions on the meaning of outsider art, and several case studies. The latter include Chicago janitor Henry Darger, whose 15,000 page fantasy novel and accompanying illustrations were the subject of a fabulous exhibit at the Frye a few years ago (as well as the excellent documentary In the Realms of the Unreal).

Special Offer for 42nd Street

May 26, 2010

Calling all Northwest Film Forum members! Village Theatre is currently producing the ultimate backstage musical, 42ND STREET.

The nice folks over there have offered a great deal to complement our showing of NY Export: Opus Jazz on June 12-14, a movie that also celebrates the work of choreographer Jerome Robbins.

42ND STREET is a musical super-hit brimming with dazzling tap dance production numbers and snappy tunes. Ingénue Peggy Sawyer, fresh from Pennsylvania, gets her big break in New York when the star of the show is injured in rehearsal. Watch as dreams come true in this glorious, Tony-award winning, musical celebration of Broadway.

For NW Film Forum members, they are offering you a 10% discount on tickets to 42ND STREET in either location. Go! Tap along to songs you may not have known that you knew like “We’re In The Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway.”

Issaquah: Now through July 3
Everett: July 9-August 1
Box Office: Issaquah (425) 392-2202 | Everett (425) 257-8600

Murray Lerner disapproves of your bad cell phone etiquette

May 25, 2010

Check out our new pre-movie public service announcement, courtesy of legendary music documentarian Murray Lerner (in town with his retrospective, Murray Lerner’s Isle of Wight Films):

New options for renting our cinemas

May 25, 2010

Thinking of having your next birthday or cast & crew screening at Northwest Film Forum? We are pleased to unveil two new packages for the budget-conscious. Take a look:

With a $50 WigglyWorld membership, these rental packages can be yours!

Birthday Package:

Three hours to celebrate! Enough time to watch a movie of your choice, socialize, eat cake, bash your piñata, and have fun with friends and family

$150 for our 48 seat cinema
$330 for our 118 seat cinema

Cast & Crew Package:

You’ve wrapped your latest project and now it’s time for everyone involved to see what their hard work has done. Two hours in our 118 seat cinema provides a comfortable space to screen your latest creation. Our Panasonic DLP projector offers a crisp, bright image and can project DigiBeta, DVCam, Beta SP and Dvd.

Daytime screening (12pm up to 5pm): $220
Night Screening (5pm until late): $420

Read more about renting our space here

Job openings – reminder

May 25, 2010

Just a reminder that we are accepting applications for our House Manager position (part time, paid) and Volunteer Coordinator (4-10hrs/week, unpaid).

Full job details and application deadlines available here.

Panahi Reportedly Freed!

May 25, 2010

The AP is reporting that jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has been released today.This is wonderful news.

Thanks to everyone who kept reporting on this issue and all who signed the Seattle petition for any influence it may have had.

Money For Documentary Filmmakers

May 24, 2010

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering filmmakaers money for documentary projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. To ready about it, and to apply, go to the NEH site. The deadline is July 28.

Children’s Film Festival Summer Internship

May 24, 2010

Spend your summer watching adorable children’s films and communicating with filmmakers from all over the world.  Here’s more:

Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2011, which will be presented in late
January 2011 by Northwest Film Forum, seeks a summer intern —
duties will include readying the festival in a multitude of ways,
including corresponding with filmmakers, working with the festival
director to prepare the printed and online program, helping to organize
programs including workshops and the festival children’s jury, and
preparing compilations of festival programs on DVD and miniDV tapes.
Finalcut pro and website management experience needed.

The largest children’s film festival in the Pacific Northwest,
Children’s Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in
international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of films from
more than 25 countries. The festival’s programs that include live
performances, animation, features, shorts, historical films and
fantastic hands-on workshops for the filmmakers of tomorrow. To view
past programs, visit

Job perks include unlimited free movie screenings at the Film Forum and $5 for every hour worked toward workshops and equipment rentals.

The internship is approximately 3 months, beginning mid June through early September.  Hours are flexible but are during office hours (10am-6pm, M-F).  A commitment of at least 15-20 hours of week is required.

Please send a cover letter and a resume to Elizabeth Shepherd by June 10 —