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City of Seattle and NFFTY to host Film Career Day on November 6

Registration now is open for this free virtual event for teens and young adults ages 13-26 interested in turning their passion for film into a career.

The National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) will host a free day of workshops and networking opportunities for the next generation of film professionals from the Greater Seattle Area.

Taking place on Saturday, November 6, Film Career Day will offer a streamlined curriculum that includes panels, industry networking opportunities, and connections to local resources — including media arts programs and other educators that offer training, independent filmmakers who have worked to find their niche in the local filmmaking scene, and Northwest-based film industry employers.  

This year, Film Career Day will facilitate a hybrid experience offering virtual participation options and two in-person ​​locations at the Northgate Community Center and at El Centro de la Raza (Beacon Hill). Free registration for both virtual and in-person activities is online:

Program Highlights

10:30 am: Virtual + In-Person Venues Open

11 am: Opening Remarks + THE PAPER TIGERS Keynote

Join The Paper Tigers crew — writer-director Bao Tran and producers Al’n Duong and Dan Gildark — in a facilitated conversation with Vivian Hua, Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum. Their exciting journey has grown from an unapologetic, independent feature filmed in Seattle into a national and global kung-fu sensation that champions a diverse cast, crew, and stories. Learn about the importance of finding your team and working with those who understand your vision, as well as key takeaways about how to evolve your own filmmaking career.

Haven’t checked out the film yet? It’s currently streaming on Netflix!

12pm: Panel: Where’s the Work?

The beloved Film Career Day panel returns! Learn about the state of film (and creative industries) in the Seattle area from working pros. Who’s hiring for film or media projects, and where do you look for those opportunities? Should I get a job at a production house or go it solo? Learn about how and where to find work in the region from producers who are hiring as well as from self-starting freelance directors.

1pm: Speed Mentoring (+ Lunch at in-person venues)

2pm: Panel: What Streams May Come

With the pandemic keeping millions of filmmakers and content creators inside, more people started streaming than ever before. But how do you get the right exposure and find the right audience? And is it possible to make some money? Hear from founders and leaders of various Seattle-based online platforms of how they built a following and refined their processes, what content they are looking for, and how to get involved in front of and/or behind the camera.

In-Person Venues

North Seattle

Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Site opens at 10:30am on Saturday, November 6th

Transit Options:

  • Close to Northgate light rail station (New! Will be open!)
  • Bus routes 41, 67, 75, 320, 347, and 348 drop off right in front of the building

South Seattle – El Centro De La Raza

El Centro De La Raza
2524 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

Site opens at 10:30am on Saturday, November 6th

Transit Options:

  • Building is on same block as Beacon Hill light rail station
  • Bus routes 36 and 60 drop off one block away

“I look forward to saving the youth from a world of pain by sharing our successes, failures, and lessons learned in this crazy journey of filmmaking. I will also teach the finer arts of making instant ramen, an essential diet for screenwriters.”

– Bao Tran, keynote speaker and filmmaker

The third annual Film Career Day is part of NFFTY’s 2021-22 programming season, which is produced with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsFund, and The Norcliffe Foundation, with additional support for Film Career Day from King County Creative.