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Hi all,
Three big things here:
  1. THIS WEEK: attend Washington Filmworks Works-in-Progress Forum.
  2. NEXT WEEK: workshops to help you prepare for the Film 253 Grants.
  3. Thanks for participating in the first ever 253 Film Summit. Take the survey!
Scroll down for details, dates, and links!
 - Katy


The first ever 253 Film Summit was May 12, 2018, and we had terrific turnout (despite the truly beautiful weather). Huge thanks to our partners and presenters: the UWT Film Club and University of Washington Tacoma, Washington Filmworks, Smarthouse Creative, and Alma Mater Tacoma.

If you attended, please take a minute and fill out our quick survey.


Seattle International Film Festival’s second annual Works-in-Progress Forum with Washington Filmworks
June 7 & 8, 2018
This program invites filmmakers from around the world to screen their unfinished work and engage in a conversation with industry veterans and audience members that will help shape the finished film.

Washington Filmworks can invite members of the film community to have special access to the event; it's an opportunity for attendees to participate in the process of the filmmaker’s journey and to gain access to networks and opportunities that can help move careers to the next level. Find the film lineup as well as the list of attending industry veterans in the May 9th Screen International article.

Want to participate? Here's what you do: RSVP for at least one narrative or documentary session to attend (you may attend multiple sessions). Washington Filmworks will confirm the working luncheon with industry mentors that best aligns with your screenings. You are welcome to attend the Wednesday cocktail event as well. Once you RSVP, you will receive location details. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to

Wednesday, June 6
  • Welcome Cocktail, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: the first opportunity to meet visiting filmmakers and the industry mentors.  
Thursday, June 7 Friday, June 8 
Apply for a Film 253 Grant
Deadline: June 29, 2018, 9 PM

Amateur and professional filmmakers and media creators who live or work in Pierce County are invited to apply for a grant through Film 253 Grants: a program that supports Pierce-County based film and media makers by investing in their creative vision, their contributions to the vibrancy and diversity of our community, and their ability to create job opportunities. Funding ranges from $50 - $5,000. Film 253 Grants offer four categories of restricted funds:
Learn more here, and scroll down for two upcoming workshops to get you ready to apply:
So Your Film Needs a Budget - Finance Workshop with Producer Sean Patrick Burke
June 13, 6 - 8 PM
Tacoma Arts Community Center, 1102 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, 98405, on the corner of S 11th and MLK Jr. Way

Producer and Grand Cinema board member Sean Patrick Burke will lead a free workshop for building and managing a budget for a film. Be ready to share about your project and ask questions! This is especially helpful for any interested in applying for the Film 253 Grants. RSVP on Facebook or by emailing Katy.
Film 253 Grants Application Workshop
June 16, 1 - 3 PM
The Grand Cinema Lower Lobby, 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma 98402

Filmmakers interested in applying to the Film 253 Grants will attend a free step-by-step application workshop and Q&A session with Katy Evans, grants administrator and Assistant Executive Director.

Make sure to have reviewed the application process in advance and come prepared with specific questions. RSVP by emailing Katy or on Facebook
Grown Up Film Camp
August 20 - 25, 2018
The Grand Cinema, 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma 98402

Want to brush up on your skills? Have friends you wish were filmmakers but just need a little training? Sign up for our first ever Grown Up Film Camp! Available for one week only this summer.

You will work in teams to create short films to share with friends and family at a special screening. Because you are an adult, you will also have the opportunity to check out equipment for hours outside of the program in order to capture additional shots, add production value, etc.
Be prepared for an intergenerational experience, we anticipate "campers" will range from college students, working professionals, and seniors, bringing an incredible diversity of perspectives and experience to your film! Learn more and register here.
The Tacoma Film Festival is October 4 - 11, 2018! Passes just went on sale this week so snap one up while they're only $100. Want to apply for a Press/Industry pass? Fill out the form here, and we'll let you know if you've been approved. Want to help by hosting a visiting filmmaker or supporting an after party? Just let me know:

We're seeking volunteers for our film screening team - volunteer your time and expertise to help us review films submitted to the festival. Email Wade if you'd like to help.
Take our filmmaker survey and join the Film In Tacoma Google Group; share pitches and projects; look for help and resources. Are you a GRAND CINEMA MEMBER? We would love for you to join. Learn more here.

Thank you for being a part of our filmmaker community - let's make movies!

-Katy Evans
Assistant Executive Director
Education & Engagement
DID YOU KNOW: WA state filmmakers can apply to TFF free-of-charge. You should submit your film to the festival. 

Review the submission guidelines here, and email me for our waiver code.
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The Grand Cinema is committed to providing new and more opportunities for our local artists and industry professionals. In 2017, we kicked off FILM IN TACOMA, a networking and learning series made especially for our Tacoma and Northwest creators. Learn more here.
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