Georgetown Super 8 Festival 2023 Kickoff [In-Person Only]
Sliding scale ticketing, $10 – $25
Pay what you can to support GS8!
The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival (GS8) is a community-based event dedicated to the creation and sharing of un-juried, amateur Super 8 films, with the goal of promoting individual creativity and community understanding. The festival fosters inclusive dialogue, ensuring a diversity of community voices can define, document, and tell the story of the unique neighborhoods and community of the Duwamish River Valley. This encore screening at the Northwest Film Forum will be both a showcase of past GS8 films and a kickoff for the 2023 festival!
GS8 returns in 2023!
Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.
The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!
We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.
The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!
If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.
Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.
NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.
The GS8 cycle begins when filmmaker registration forms and posters are distributed throughout the Duwamish Valley, calling for people who are interested in learning how to make and share super 8 films. Anyone can apply, regardless of filmmaking knowledge, and all completed films with appropriate content are included on the website. The registrants pay a fee that covers the cost of their film, processing, and a modest amount toward program costs, however, they may opt for subsidized or scholarship rolls on the basis of need. Registered filmmakers attend a crash course in super 8 filmmaking; sign up to check out a GS8 camera; and are provided assistance throughout the filmmaking process. Completed films are uploaded to the GS8 website. This year’s screening and awards ceremony will be on Sep. 23 at 7pm at the Georgetown Steamplant. Attendees are asked for a suggested donation, however, no one is turned away for a lack of funds. The intention of GS8 is to create a shared experience, inclusive of all community members, in an effort to build a vibrant, tolerant, and compassionate Duwamish Valley community.
The Georgetown Super 8 Archive
Previous GS8 films are now archival footage of landmarks and people that no longer exist in the rapidly changing Duwamish Valley. A new focus of this project will be to create an archive of past and future films in an accessible website, mapping each film in the primary location in which it was filmed.
The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival began in 2006 when local artists asked their neighbors if they would be interested in learning to make super 8 films with the intention of sharing their results with the community. The enthusiasm was overwhelming and, in that first year, 33 films were made and screened at the Georgetown Ballroom to an audience of 200. Each year the number of films completed and audience attendance increased as well as the generous support from the community at large. From 2006 to 2019, GS8 assisted in the completion of 298 films with over 800 people in participation.
Please visit georgetownsuper8.com for more info.