Help Desk Jam Sesh [Online]

This event took place Apr 21 - Jun 30, 2021
All events are free, but any contribution is appreciated will go towards supporting NWFF during our closure.
Duration: 1h
Instructor: Graeme Aegerter, Vivian Hua, Jonah Kozlowski


*** June 2nd Special Topic: Film Forum Film Form Fête ***

Join us in co-creating the most awesome collection of film production templates, forms, and spreadsheets you might ever need to use. Bring a form (of your own making, or one you found elsewhere) and leave with a full folder of forms. Anything we work on collectively will help build a standing resource for filmmakers in our community to use on future productions!

In addition to offering potential software or website resource recommendations, sample forms you might bring or Northwest Film Forum might provide:

  • Production Callsheets
  • Budget Templates
  • Storyboard Templates
  • Scriptwriting Templates


7:00 Brief Intros
7:05 Fête Foundations – How this party will work
7:10 Form Swarm – Add your form to the shared google drive, and remove any filled in content, add it to the Guide Document along with links to credit where due.
7:45 Success! Celebrate our progress with a round of “formulaic” toasts and kudos. Download the zipped folder of forms if you want!
8:00 Fin


General Info

Talk through your film or media project with other creators in a supportive one-hour session facilitated every other week by the Northwest Film Forum team! Bring your thoughts or questions to bounce ideas, get an extra set of eyeballs, find collaborators and connections, or simply gather advice on next steps forward. Expect a time of connecting with community, whether for a one-time check-in or long-term assistance on a project over time.

Topics one might bring to the Help Desk Jam Sesh:

  • Narrative or documentary projects
  • Scripts and screenwriting
  • Cast and crew
  • Equipment needs
  • Budgets
  • Grants
  • Fiscal sponsorship
  • And more!

This program is still in development and will be adapted to participant needs over time. Please note that we cannot help you fundraise for your project or produce your project, though we can help connect you with opportunities and resources.

Please note: These sessions currently take place virtually via Zoom. They may resume to in-person when it is safe to re-open our physical space.

Filmmakers seeking community might also consider our meetup for filmmakers, The Get Together, weekly Open Script Read for writers, and weekly BIPOC Filmmaker Happy Hour!

Graeme Aegerter

Graeme Aegerter

Filmmaker, Photographer & Co-Facilitator

Graeme Aegerter (he/him) is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, and communications specialist born and raised in Seattle, WA. Inspired by the wonders of nature, culture, and movement, his portraits capture the diverse beauty of people and places around the world. As a young queer filmmaker, Graeme is dedicated to building community power and engagement around social justice issues through creative storytelling. His documentaries have shown at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Afropunk Festival Johannesburg, New York African Film Festival, Durango Independent Film Festival, and more. He has worked on impact campaigns for award-winning documentaries, including Roll Red Roll, engaging communities around the U.S. in the movement to end sexual violence. In his spare time, you’ll find Graeme making music, dancing, and exploring the hidden gems of Seattle and the PNW outdoors in his free time.

Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Filmmaker & Co-Facilitator

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (she/they) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, a Co-Founder of the civil rights film series, The Seventh Art Stand, and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of her work unifies her metaphysical interests with her belief that art can positively transform the self and society. In 2018, she released her narrative short film, Searching Skies–which touches on the controversial topic of Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States–and in 2020, she will begin production on a comedic Asian-American series entitled Reckless Spirits. She is passionate about researching efforts to preserve cultural space and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures.

Jonah Kozlowski

Jonah Kozlowski

Filmmaker & Co-Facilitator

Jonah Kozlowski (he/him) manages NWFF’s education and artist services programs and teaches youth and adult filmmaking workshops. He works to grow community partnerships and new programs that will benefit and inspire youth and adult filmmakers and help them connect to resources in the filmmaking community. Jonah has volunteered and taught at NWFF since 2014. He has been working in media education since 2005, is a teaching artist with Coyote Central and Blanket Fort Films, and has taught with Path with Art, and 4th World Media Lab. Jonah works in traditional and VR filmmaking, helping to put on SIFFX in 2015, and VR exhibitions at Local Sightings and Children’s Film Festival Seattle. He currently serves on the boards of Seattle Documentary Association and  ChangeStream Media.

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