"Long before Starbucks and Microsoft put Seattle on the corporate map, the city was a haven for artists, musicians and moviemakers. Since 2003, the city has helped 62 independent films get made in the area, due largely to the Northwest Film Forum, a 12-year-old organization with nearly 1,000 members which aids local moviemakers in getting their movies made by co-producing projects through their 'Start-to-Finish' program. This kind of support has brought many new moviemakers to the city and kept even more homegrown talents enthusiastic about shooting their films in Seattle."
-MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE, Winter 2007
"For many reasons - the automatic equation of the feature film format with Hollywood commercial product first among them - the U.S.'s non-profit funding world and the American independent filmmaking scene have acted like estranged cousins for the last two decades. Seattle's Northwest Film Forum is changing all of that with its 'Start to Finish' grant."
- Scott Macaulay FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, January 2005
Beginning in 1998, Start-to-Finish was the Film Forum's major vehicle for helping individual film projects get launched and into the world. Projects supported include Police Beat, Buffalo Bill's Defunct, and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. In each case, these were the first feature films and in each case Northwest Film Forum played the pivotal role in the films' production.
Interested in our current grant programs? Please read about our exciting new Northwest Film Fund program as well as our ongoing equipment access grants, fiscal sponsor program as well as the prizes we offer to best films at our annual Local Sightings Film Festival.