About the FilmMaking Frenzy

The Renton FilmFrenzy is an annual 50-hour film making competition in Renton, Washington.  Here’s the deal:


Filmmakers will have from 5 p.m. Friday, October 3, through 7 p.m., Sunday, October 5, to write, shoot, edit and turn in a film.


Film Length?
Up to 4 minutes in length.


Location of Filming?
All films must be shot completely in Renton, Washington.


Need some location ideas?
Renton Parks and Trails
Renton Sports, Entertainment & Recreation
Renton Arts & Entertainment
Businesses and Community Information


Acceptable Types of Films?
All genres are welcome, although films must be appropriate for all audiences (i.e. no excessive language, sex, or violence).


Other Challenges?
You bet. Filmmakers will be given CurveBall challenges via e-mail at the beginning of the competition. The challenges could include incorporating a line of dialogue, a task in Renton


and/or a specific location in Renton.


Do I still own the movie I submit?
Yes! You’re granting us a non-exclusive license to redistribute your movie however we see fit, but in no way does that challenge your absolute ownership of the movie!


We have recruiting special guest judges for this year from the Los Angeles film community. (The Frenzy helped to sponsor Washington Day at the Los Angeles HollyShorts Film Festival this year).


Films will be judged based on the following: Overall Film Presentation, Story, Continuity, Writing, Acting, Cinematography, Lighting, Sound, Special Effects/Graphics and Use of Renton.


Number of Entries?
There is no limit on the number of films to be entered in the competition.


Categories to Enter?
There will be two categories of prizes:  Student Division (high school and below) and, an Open Division.


Entry Fee?
There is a $50 entry fee for the Open Division and $25 entry fee for student competitors.  (Sorry, we can not refund entry fees).


You bet.  Top films receive “Curvees” and cash prizes.  Click here for info.  Will you become rich and famous by winning?  Perhaps.


Producers' Meeting?
Got questions? Need help?  The FilmFrenzy Producer’s Meeting is set for 7 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, at the Renton History Museum in Downtown Renton, 235 Mill Avenue South.  The phone number there is (425) 255-2330 or you can visit their website at www.rentonhistorymuseum.org.


Screening the Films?
You bet, Saturday, October 18, IKEA Performing Arts Center. All completed films will be shown starting at 7 p.m. during this free event. The audience will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite film and a special FilmFrenzy Screening Curvee Award will be awarded at the Gala.


The Curvees?

The Curvee Gala Awards and NW Film Honors, will be held on Friday, October 24, at the Renton Events Center. Picture the fun of the Golden Globe Awards! In addition to presenting the Curvee Awards and $1,700 in cash prizes, we will be honoring regional filmmakers for their contribution to Washington Film. Appetizers, desserts, beverages and dancing will also be a part of this exciting new tradition! Starts at 7 pm, with awards at 8 pm. Free and open to all ages, but attendance is limited.



Key Dates?
September 1

FilmFrenzy Registration Opens

September 30

FilmFrenzy Registration Closes

October 1

FilmFrenzy Producer's Meeting
Renton History Museum
235 Mill Avenue South


October 3-5

Renton FilmFrenzy Filming


October 10-11

Renton Best Fest
CARCO Theatre

October 18

FilmFrenzy Screening
IKEA Performing Arts Center

October 24

Curvee Gala Awards and NW Film Honors
Renton Pavilion Events Center



The FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which is supported by the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Valley Medical Center - UW Medicine, Renton School District, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and City of Renton


The Frenzy is presented in cooperation with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission. Special thanks to Northwest Film Forum, TheFilmSchool, Reel Grrls and Washington Film Works.


Renton FilmFrenzy Media Partner: The Renton Reporter.


Special thanks to Ben Andrews, Stefeny Anderson, Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, Jimmy Cho, Barbara Fujita, Elizabeth Higgins, Paul Hintz, Susan Johnson, Kelly Jordan, Dustin Kasper, John Klockner, Dan Krehbiel, Randy Matheson, Ken Saunderson, Mitch Shepherd and Elizabeth Stewart.