Local Sightings 2019 - MovieMaker Pitchfest!

This event took place on Sep 22, 2019

* NOTE: THIS EVENT IS FREE for filmmakers to sign up; however, the pitches are not open to the public to watch. Apologies for any inconvenience this change may have caused, but please feel free to come by and enjoy a VR experience on us today until 6:00pm! *


NWFF is partnering with MovieMaker Magazine, the world’s best-selling independent movie magazine, to bring a unique industry initiative exclusively to Local Sightings. Select filmmakers will be allowed to pitch their project IN PERSON to MovieMaker’s Editor-in-Chief, Tim Rhys, and if selected, will gain a bountiful budget boost for their film via MovieMaker Production Services.

The MMPS program doubles a producer’s spending power for each dollar invested.

Writer-director-producer Hus Miller saved 10 percent of his debut feature’s budget with MMPS. In an interview with MovieMaker, Miller explains, “With a low budget film, once you go into production, money is flying out the window. It’s amazing how quickly money gets spent. Making a low budget film you have to be extremely careful with how you’re spending your money because once that’s gone ‘the studio’ isn’t giving you any more money. We had a limited amount of funds… With MMPS you can pick and choose the services that you want whether it’s lighting equipment or cameras or post-production or color correction or saving on hotels or anything that MovieMaker can possibly provide. It basically makes your money go much, much further than it normally would.”

Unlike any other program in the world, MovieMaker Magazine has been quietly helping produce select projects via this method for two decades.


  • Ideal budget range for participating films is between $100,000 and $1 million. (MovieMaker will work with smaller or larger budgets, but this is the range where their services can make the most impact on the quality and completion of a film.)
  • Projects should start principal photography within the next 36 months.
  • Producers must demonstrate that they have at least $25,000 in cash currently in hand.
  • Projects must be planning on or willing to do at least partial production or post-production in the United States or Canada.
  • Projects should ideally be feature-length.
  • Applications should ideally be feature length narratives or documentaries. However, shorts will be considered. Must demonstrate $25K on hand to invest for features, $10K for shorts.

Contact N.L. Brooks, Contributing Editor, Festivals & Partnerships Liaison at nlbrooks@moviemaker.com to discuss your eligibility and potential to pitch in person!

About MovieMaker Production Services

MovieMaker Production Services is a service of MovieMaker Magazine which provides a bountiful budget boost to low to mid-budget independent films. MovieMaker Magazine has been quietly helping produce select projects via this method for two decades.

The MMPS program doubles a producer’s spending power for each dollar invested. We know of no other program in the world that can or will promise this.

MovieMaker is expanding its capabilities to help produce projects and is seeking to partner with new producers in active development or pre-production who meet select criteria. If you qualify, you may be able to stretch your budget farther than you ever thought it could go.

MovieMaker partners with producers via an in-kind investment of up to $250,000 per project.

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Local Sightings Film Festival

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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