Coming soon to Renton: The Renton-SIFF Crash Cinema

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First there was the  50-hour Renton FilmFrenzy challenge. Now add to that epic event  a new filmmaking challenge in Renton, the  Seattle International Film Festival’s Crash Cinema.

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.

The free eight-hour filmmaking challenge is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

Filmmakers must provide their own equipment. The script is developed on the spot by a Crash team (usually three to six 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,  contact SIFF’s Arianne Garden Vazquez at

The schedule

Teams will assemble at 9 a.m. at the Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S., where the 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 S. Third St.

The Crash Cinema Wrap Party and Screening will take place from 5 to 7 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,  Renton FilmFrenzy

Renton is hosting SIFF for the third year, with films being shown May 23-29 at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.  A special Renton opening-night gala will be held on May 23. For further information, visit:

The Sixth Annual Renton FilmFrenzy, a 50-hour filmmaking competition, is set for Oct. 4-6. Filmmaking teams will be competing for $1,700 in cash prizes and  Curvee Awards, which will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. All completed films will be shown at the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at the Renton Civic Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 19.

For further information,  visit

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, UW Medicine - Valley Medical Center and the City of Renton. Special thanks to the Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Northwest Film Forum, TheFilmSchool, Reel Grrls and Washington Film Works. SIFF Crash Cinema is sponsored by Adobe Youth Voices Program, the Real Networks Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Renton – SIFF Crash Cinema’s official media partner is The Renton Reporter.

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