It will be “lights, camera, action” in Renton this weekend as 25 filmmakers and crews compete in the Sixth Annual Renton FilmFrenzy. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, October 4, filmmakers will have 50 hours to write, shoot, edit and submit a four-minute film. Films must be completed by 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 6.
This year’s competition will feature filmmakers from Seattle, Renton, Bellevue, Edmonds, Tacoma, Des Moines, Milton and Olympia. Currently registered are 17 Open Division teams and 7 Student Division teams. Of the 25 registered teams, 17 are new to the FilmFrenzy Competition.
At the beginning of the competition on Friday night, participating filmmakers will be given three “CurveBall” challenges, which must be incorporated into the films. The films must be completely shot in Renton and be appropriate for all audiences.
The Renton FilmFrenzy
This year’s judges are Beth Barrett, Director of Programming, Seattle International Film Festival; Tim Everitt, Owner, Tim Everitt Productions; Ali Mohsenian, Owner, Arc Media Studios; Adam Sekuler, Program Director, Northwest Film Forum; and Mitch Shepherd, winner of the 2012 and 2011 Renton FilmFrenzy Best Picture awards and Renton Municipal Arts Commission member.
The awards and a total of $1,700 in cash prizes will be presented October 22 during the Curvee Gala Awards at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd Street, in Renton. There is no admission charge and all ages are welcome. Winners of Best Picture, the top three Open Division films and the top three Student Division films will also receive free admissions to the 2014 Seattle Film Summit, of which Renton is a sponsor.
The film winning Best Picture will also be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) as a part of SIFF’s week-long program in Renton in 2014.
Renton FilmFrenzy Screening
All submitted films will be shown during the free FilmFrenzy Screening, which will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, October 19, at the Renton Civic Theatre, 507 South Third Street. People attending the screening will vote on their favorite film and the winning filmmakers will receive a special Curvee Award at the Gala.
People’s Choice Award
Thanks to the Renton Reporter (www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/ren/), members of the public will have the chance to vote on their favorite Renton FilmFrenzy films. All films entered will be posted on the Renton Reporter website for viewing. Voting starts onOctober 23. The winning film will receive a special “People’s Choice” Curvee award at a November Renton City Council meeting.
The Renton FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton School District, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and the City of Renton.
For details, visit www.RentonFilmFrenzy.com.
Information from the city of Renton