Renton annually becomes a giant film studio in October, when filmmaking teams take part in the Renton FilmFrenzy, a 50-hour filmmaking competition.
To kick off SIFF-Renton, more than 60 people enjoyed a Preview FilmWalk on May 7 with attendees getting a free preview of all SIFF-Renton films during fun stops at the Whistle Stop Ale House, Renton History Museum and8-Bit Arcade Bar.
Filmmaking teams compete for $1,700 in cash prizes and the coveted Curvee Awards, which will be presented in late October at the Curvee Gala Awards at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. The Best Picture winner will also be screened at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) as a part of the Festival's week-long program in Renton. In addition to the Curvee Awards Gala, there will be a showing of all films at the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at the Renton Civic Theatre.
Renton FilmFrenzy filmmakers may enter their films in one of two divisions: Student Division (high school and below) and Open Division. There is a $50 entry fee for the Open Division and a $25 entry fees for student competitors.
Films can be up to four minutes in length and must be shot completely in Renton. All genres of film are welcome, although films must be appropriate for all audiences. The films are judged by local filmmakers, representatives from film organizations including SIFF, and a Renton Municipal Arts Commission member.
The Renton FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton School District, Valley Medical Center – UW Medicine, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and the City of Renton.