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Seattle International Film Festival Brings One Day Crash Cinema Challenge to Renton on April 26

 SIFF Crash Cinema Challenge

Get ready for the Seattle International Film Festival’s Crash Cinema, a free 8-hour filmmaking challenge, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Open to filmmakers of all ages throughout the Puget Sound region, the Renton – SIFF Crash Cinema is all about having fun in taking a concept to a three-minute movie to a screening at the Renton Civic Theatre - all in one day. There is no cost to participate and no cost to watch the final screening.

Filmmakers must provide all of their own equipment. The script is developed on the spot by a Crash team (usually 3-6 people) and filmmakers design their story based on the team’s resources and the special Crash challenge elements. All films must be family-friendly.
SIFF Crash Cinema is a bi-monthly and non-competitive challenge for filmmakers of all ages.

To sign up for the Renton – SIFF Crash Cinema, visit For technical questions, please contact SIFF’s Dustin Kaspar at

The Renton – SIFF Crash Cinema is sponsored by SIFF and the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton Visitors Connection, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, and the City of Renton. Special thanks to the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Northwest Film Forum, TheFilmSchool, Reel Grrls and Washington Film Works.

The Renton – SIFF Crash Cinema Schedule
Teams will assemble at 9 a.m. at the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Avenue South, where five Crash elements will be chosen randomly. Crash elements must be incorporated into the films and all teams will have the same elements. In addition, Crash Cinema rules will be reviewed.

From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., filmmakers will participate in the Crash Cinema.
At 5 p.m., each Crash film will be turned in on a flash drive to event coordinators at the Renton Civic Theatre, 507 South 3rd Street.

The Crash Cinema Wrap Party and Screening will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Renton Civic Theatre. All films will be screened and admission is free for filmmakers and the public. Soft drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase. Beer and wine also will be available for those 21 and over.

A Prelude to SIFF- Renton and the Seventh Annual Renton FilmFrenzy
Renton is proud to host SIFF for the fourth year, with films being shown May 22-28 at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. A special Renton opening-night gala will be held on May 22. For further information, visit

The Seventh Annual Renton FilmFrenzy, a 50-hour filmmaking competition, is set for October 3-5. Filmmaking teams will be competing for $1,700 in cash prizes and the coveted Curvee Awards. All completed films will be shown at the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening.

For further information, please visit
For further information contact:
City of Renton
Preeti Shridhar
Deputy Public Affairs Administrator
425-430-6569; cell 206-491-8158

Ken Saunderson
phone: 206/282-6858