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Celebrate filmmaking in the South Sound this weekend!

32 film crews competed in the annual 72 hour competition (check out the hashtag #253seconds), and their films will debut at the 253 Film Party May 10.

Then, on May 11 head to the University of Washington Tacoma for the 2nd annual, free 253 Film Summit! Registration and details below:
Film in Tacoma partners with the UWT Film Club to present a free, day-long gathering at the University of Washington Tacoma campus for filmmakers, students, media professionals, and creative entrepreneurs who want to learn, connect, and create. Come get to know one another and plug in to the growing industry of media professionals and creatives in the South Sound.

Don't delay - registration is limited to 80 spots!
Secret specials!
  • All folks registered for the 253 Film Summit will receive braceleted access to the South Sound Mini Makers Faire,
  • AND! Only on May 10th and 11th, 2019 Tacoma Film Festival VIP passes will be on flash sale for just $100; a huge 60% savings!


  • 10 - 10:15 AM - Registration, located outside The Studio in the Cherry Parkes building; enter at 1922 Pacific Ave
  • 10 AM - coffee and networking - Room 007, The Studio in the Cherry Parkes building
  • 10:15 AM - welcome - Room 007, The Studio in the Cherry Parkes building
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Creative Distribution Strategies with the Sundance Institute - Room 106 in the Cherry Parkes building
  • 11:30 - 11:45 AM: Break, refreshments and networking, explore the Mini-Maker Faire
  • 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM - Now & Next with Washington Filmworks - Room 106 in the Cherry Parkes building
  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch break with Washington Lawyers for the Arts + speed networking - either Room 007, The Studio in the Cherry Parkes building or outside
  • 1:30 - 3 PM - What Tacoma Creates Means for Film and Media Making - Room 106 in the Cherry Parkes building
  • 3:15 - 4:15 - Conversation with Director Megan Griffiths - Room 102, Carwein Auditorium in the Keystone Building
  • 4:15 - Summit conclusion and thank you - Room 102, Carwein Auditorium in the Keystone Building
  • 4:30 PM - Post-Summit Meetup7 Seas Brewery & Tap Room, 2101 Jefferson Ave
The 253 film Summit is delighted to host director Megan Griffiths as our special guest. 

We'll close out the conference with a Conversation with the Director hosted by local filmmaker and Grand Cinema board member Jamika Scott. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to hear from an acclaimed, northwest based writer/director!
Megan Griffiths is a writer/director working in film and television. She has directed shows for HBO, TNT, and Netflix. Prior, she wrote and directed the thriller THE NIGHT STALKER, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as serial killer Richard Ramirez. Her film LUCKY THEM starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church and Johnny Depp premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films. Megan’s film EDEN was a breakout at SXSW 2012, winning the Emergent Narrative Director Award, the Audience Award for Narrative Feature as well as a Special Jury Prize for lead actress Jamie Chung. Megan's feature THE OFF HOURS, distributed by Film Movement, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Megan was the recipient of the 2012 Stranger Genius Award for Film, was named the 2013 City Arts Film Artist of the Year, and received the 2015 Seattle Mayor’s Award for Film. She is the vice president of the board of the Northwest Film Forum and is an active advocate for sustainable production.

Megan's sixth feature film, SADIE, which stars Melanie Lynskey, John Gallagher Jr, Danielle Brooks and Tony Hale premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival and is now available via video on demand.

Megan writes about her experiences in the entertainment industry for her blog Thoughts on Film, and discusses recent releases for the film commentary site The Talkhouse.
(virtually) AT THE 253 FILM SUMMIT

The independent film distribution and marketing landscape is constantly evolving. Sundance Institute's Creative Distribution Initiative (CDI) stands at the front lines of the industry, collecting data and analyzing trends to empower filmmakers with insights and best practices. 

Join Manager of Research & Education, Jess Fuselier, as she breaks down CDI's most current learnings and provides you with tools to optimize the distribution and marketing of your film. Jess will join us virtually and the workshop will be facilitated by summit organizer Katy Evans.
We help independent storytellers build audiences and sustain careers through innovations in marketing, distribution, and data transparency and imagine a world without barriers between storytellers and their audiences.

The Creative Distribution Initiative empowers filmmakers navigating the changing business of independent film. Through online resources, live workshops, and a network of allied organizations, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. For Institute alumni, the Creative Distribution Initiative offers a wide array of digital distribution opportunities, promotion and consultation for Kickstarter campaigns, and strategies for audience

Thank you for being a part of our filmmaker community, please email me with any questions - see you soon!

-Katy Evans
Assistant Executive Director
Education & Engagement
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