Film Production at Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum directly supports the creation of new work of filmmakers from Washington State and beyond, with cash, grant programs, and opportunities for visiting artists. We support over 80 films a year by our 300 members through our filmmaking programs.
With Signature Shorts, we commission local filmmakers to make 35mm shorts which premiere at NWFF and then play before features in Western Washington. The One Shot Film Challenge puts the resources of the organization behind a visiting filmmaker, asking them to make a movie consisting of a single shot.
Local Sightings 2013: Call for Submissions
Northwest Film Forum is now accepting submissions from Northwest-based filmmakers for the 16th Local Sightings film festival in autumn 2013.
Learn more about this annual festival and download a film submission form>>
Signature Shorts is a program at Northwest Film Forum that commissions two short films, from one to three minutes in length, by two regional filmmakers. The content of the films are at the discretion of the artists and vary from animation to live action. NWFF finishes the movies as 35mm prints so they can be shown in commercial theaters at no charge to the venue. Independent theaters from around the state commit to screening the shorts before feature films, allowing them to reach a broader, more diverse audience than most shorts ever would.
Start to Finish
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.