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 4, through 7 p.m., Sunday, October 6, 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!


This year’s judges are:

Beth Barrett, Director of Programming, Seattle International Film Festival

Tim Everitt, Owner, Tim Everitt Productions

Ali Mohsenian, Owner, Arc Media Studios

Adam Sekuler, Program Director, Northwest Film Forum

Mitch Shepherd, winner of the 2012 and 2011 Renton FilmFrenzy Best Picture awards and Renton Municipal Arts Commission Member


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 2, 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?
ALL films will be shown during the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening from 7-9 p.m., Saturday, October 19, at the Renton Civic Theater, 507 South Third Street.


The top films will be screened during the Curvee Awards Gala on Tuesday, October 22, at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.



Key Dates?
Independent Filmmakers Bootcamp Sunday, September 29
Deadline to Register 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 1
Producer's Meeting

7 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, October 2
Renton History Museum
235 Mill Avenue South

FilmFrenzy 5 p.m., October 4, --- 7 p.m., October 6
Judging October 9-11
Renton FilmFrenzy Screening 7-9 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013
Renton Civic Theater
Curvee Awards Gala 7-9 p.m.,Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Renton IKEA Performing
Arts Center
FilmFrenzy After Party

Luther's Table
419 South 2nd Street
Immediately after the Gala – 10pm
Open to all ages!



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 toBen Andrews, Mitch Shepherd, Dan Krehbiel, Susan Johnson, Indy Cho, John Klockner, Randy Matheson, Jennifer Davis Hayes, Jim Dever, Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, Jim Dever and Ken Saunderson.