The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 8-16

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The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the line-up for its 40th annual survey of new work by regional media artists, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 8-16, 2013.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents 40+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Mike Plante, the senior shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.  Festival film highlights include Megan Griffiths’ (THE OFF HOURS) latest film EDEN, starring Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung; Jon Garcia’s sequel to his much talked about 2012 film THE FALLS; Nicole Teeny’s engaging, character-driven documentary BIBLE QUIZ; Zach Weintraub’s (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING) minimalist exploration of a relationship in flux, YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG; and Alex Stonehill’s haunting documentary expose of xenophobia in a time of terror, BARZAN.  Also programmed into the Festival is HAWAIIAN PUNCH, a new feature by Nandan Rao (THE MEN OF DODGE CITY), and MMXIII by Ian Clark (SEARCHING FOR YELLOW), both directors have been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in the past two years.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from Portland, OR, Tigard, OR, Seattle, WA, Walla Walla, WA, Olympia, WA, Belgrade, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.  All three shorts programs will screen numerous times during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker; and the “Defining Yourself as a Filmmaker” panel, featuring directors Nandan Rao ($500 PARTY), Stephanie Hough (HEART), and Gabe Van Lelyveld (MANDAROSE). Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

This year’s Opening Night party will be held in the former Broadway Metroplex space at 1000 SW Broadway.  Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, and at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/

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