Posted by:  Len

Cathy and I spent parts of the past Friday and Saturday in Seattle attending forums for film makers organized by the Seattle International Film Festival (the largest film festival in the United States, by the way).  The forums are free and open to the public, and are great resources for film makers of all ages and experience levels.

Friday we attended a networking event and panel on short films, and on Saturday one on the new world of independent film, which covered a lot of subjects including the major changes to film distribution taking place.  Both had excellent moderators and panelists and were provocative and thought-provoking.  Both generated good questions and a lot of good informal discussion.  It was certainly time very well spent for new film makers like ourselves, and we look forward to attending in a few days a forum on social impact films.

Many thanks to the SIFF for taking seriously its support and education mission, as well as to the sponsors without whom the forums could not take place.  We have benefited from these events and look forward to attending others in the future.