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Renton FilmFrenzy Screening, Curvee Awards Gala and Downtown Renton FilmTalk to Showcase 4-Minute Masterpieces from 17 Filmmakers during Renton FilmFrenzy

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Suzanne Dale Estey, Economic Development Director, City of Renton
Office: 425-430-6591, Cell: 206-450-2130

FilmFrenzy2011Write, shoot, edit and turn in a four-minute masterpiece in 50 hours. That was the challenge faced by 17 filmmaking teams October 7-9 during the fourth annual Renton FilmFrenzy.

The results of all the teams’ hard work will be on display the week of October 24 when Renton hosts the first Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at the Renton Civic Theatre, the Curvee Gala Awards at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, and the Renton FilmTalk at the three downtown locations.

This year’s competition features seven student crews and ten open division filmmaking teams. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, October 7, filmmakers had 50 hours to complete their film, with the product completely shot in Renton. The filmmakers also had to incorporate three “CurveBall” challenges into their work: a line of dialogue about aerospace in Renton, a scene filmed at the Renton Harvest Festival/Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, and a piece of public art in Renton.

This year’s judges included Dustin Kaspar, Seattle International Film Festival; Dan Molvar, MagicHour Films; Jim Dever, KING 5 TV; Bill Huls, Renton Municipal Arts Commission; and Teresa Mozur, Reel Grrls.

The public will have the opportunity to view the films during three free events next week:

Renton FilmFrenzy Screening
7 p.m., Monday, October 24

All 17 films will first be shown at the Renton FilmFrenzy Screening at Renton Civic Theatre, 507 South Third Street.

Everyone in attendance will receive a ballot and have the opportunity to vote for their favorite film. The most popular film will receive a special Renton FilmFrenzy Screening Curvee Award at the Curvee Awards Gala on Tuesday.

Curvee Awards Gala
7 p.m., Tuesday, October 25
Curvee Awards for the top films and $1,700 in cash prizes will be awarded during the Gala, which will be held at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 South 2nd Street. Jim Dever of KING 5 TV’s “Evening Magazine,” will be the event emcee. This year Curvee Awards and cash prizes will be presented as follows:

Best Picture - $500

Open Division
   First Prize $250
   Second Prize $200
   Third Prize $150

Student Division
   First Prize $250
   Second Prize $200
   Third Prize $150

Other Curvees will be presented for:
   theFilmSchool Screenwriter’s Award
   Reel Grrls Woman Filmmaker’s Award
   Best Actor
   Best Use of Renton
   FilmFrenzy Screening Award
   Special Judges Award

Downtown Renton FilmTalk
7 p.m., Wednesday, October 26
During the Downtown FilmTalk, Frenzy filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their work and their filmmaking process. A raffle for 2012 SIFF-Renton tickets and gift certificates from downtown Renton businesses will be held for those in attendance. FilmTalk locations include:

Renton History Museum
235 Mill Ave S

The Berliner Pub
221 Main Ave S

Whistle Stop Ale House
809 S 4th St

But the FilmFrenzy doesn’t end there!

Renton Reporter People’s Choice Awards
Voting will begin after the Curvee Awards Gala for the People’s Choice Award on the Renton Reporter’s website. The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced in the Friday, November 11, edition of the Renton Reporter. The winner will be honored at the beginning of the Renton City Council meeting on November 14.

The Renton FilmFrenzy is sponsored by the Renton Community Marketing Campaign, which includes the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Renton School District, Valley Medical Center, Renton Technical College, Renton Visitors Connection and the City of Renton. The FilmFrenzy is presented in cooperation with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission. Special thanks to the Seattle International Film Festival for their support of the Renton FilmFrenzy, which is a sponsor of the SIFF FutureWave program for young filmmakers.

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