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253 Film Summit

The 253 Film Summit

May 12, 2018 10 AM - 4 PM
Hosted at the Studio at Cherry Parkes on the University of Washington Tacoma campus
1922 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Free-of-charge, space is limited, registration required

For filmmakers, media professionals, and creative entrepreneurs 
who want to learn, connect, and create.

Following the annual 253 Film Party screening, this summit is a unique, extended opportunity for local filmmakers, emerging professionals, students, and those who participated in the 253 Film Competition to get to know one another, pitch ideas and projects, and plug in to the growing industry of media professionals and creatives in the South Sound.

Learn from industry professionals from Smarthouse Creative, Washington Filmworks, the University of Washington Tacoma, Alma Mater Tacoma, and The Grand Cinema. Join this free networking event, get inspired, and get your next project off the ground. Register now.

Summit Presentations

BRIDGING THE INDIE GAP | May 12 | 10:30 AM | Jane Russell Commons
Join Smarthouse Creative co-founders Ryan Davis and J. Brad Wilke for “Bridging The Indie Gap,” their popular workshop for creative entrepreneurs of all stripes (but especially filmmakers). We’ll cover digital marketing, audience cultivation & engagement, brand development, and more in this hands-on, interactive workshop to help filmmakers better navigate the divide between a creative hobby and a sustainable career.

Smarthouse exists to help movies, filmmakers, artists, and events of all sizes find their audience in the changing world of exhibition and production. Founded to help launch movie projects, they've since built up a core of reliable, proven strategies that work for small businesses, individuals, and other endeavors. Their roster of services continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: to bring together smart audiences and smart projects.

WORKING IN WASHINGTON | May 12 | 12:15 PM | Jane Russell Commons
Executive Director Amy Lillard from the film advocacy organization Washington Filmworks will share opportunities and resources available to filmmakers including an overview of their funding programs and the available services of the film office including the crew database, locations database, permit information, and more.

Washington Filmworks (WF) is the private 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that manages the Motion Picture Competitiveness program as well as a diversity of resources for the creative industries in Washington State. WF mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile and sustainability of Washington State’s film industry.

MEET ALMA MATER TACOMA | May 12 | 3 PM | Jane Russell Commons
Alma Mater Tacoma brings patrons and artists together through an ecosystem of performance, work, food, and drink in the newly renovated Carpenters Building. Come learn about the ideas that helped launch this project, and where they plan on going over the next year with Director of Operations, Rachel Ervin.

Alma Mater at the Carpenters Building is an artist-driven work, performance, and gathering space. Opening Spring 2018, the Carpenters Building features both private and public spaces for artists to create, collaborate, and engage with each other and the public. Facilities include a cafe, lounge, event spaces to house 5 to 500 people, a performance venue, recording studio, Mothership Studios, an artist incubator, and shared artist workspace.

The Summit officially concludes at 4 PM, but we'll keep the fun going: join summit attendees and Rachel Ervin for a post-summit happy hour (open to all ages) and facility tour at Alma Mater Tacoma, 1328 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Summit Schedule

  • 10 AM - coffee and networking in the Studio at Cherry Parkes
  • 10:20 AM - welcome from the UWT Film Club and The Grand Cinema's Film In Tacoma, presented by Long Tran and Katy Evans, Studio at Cherry Parkes
  • 10:30 AM - 12 PM - Bridging the Indie Gap with Smarthouse Creative, presented by co-founders Ryan Davis and J. Brad Wilke, Jane Russell Commons
  • 12 - 12:15 PM: Break, refreshments and networking, Studio at Cherry Parkes
  • 12:15 - 1:30 PM - Working in WA with Washington Filmworks, presented by Amy Lillard, Executive Director, Jane Russell Commons
  • 1:30 PM - Pitching, breakout groups, networking, Studio at Cherry Parkes, Columbia Bank Lobby, Kopp Gallery
  • 3:00 PM - Meet Alma Mater Tacoma, presented by Rachel Ervin, Director of Operations, Jane Russell Commons
  • 3:45 PM - Summit conclusion and thank you from UWT and Film In Tacoma, Jane Russell Commons
  • 4:00 PM - Post-Summit Meetup and Alma Mater tour, 1328 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402


In order to ensure we have space for you, registration is required. Click here to register today, space is limited to 50 attendees.

Getting to the 253 Film Summit

The University of Washington Tacoma campus is located at the south end of downtown Tacoma, across the street from the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Federal Courthouse.

To get to UW Tacoma from Interstate 5:
  1. Take exit 133 (Tacoma City Center) onto I-705.
  2. Follow signs to I-705.
  3. From I-705, take the first exit to S. 21st Street.
  4. At the light at the top of the exit ramp, turn left onto S. 21st Street.
  5. The next traffic light is Pacific Avenue. When you cross Pacific Avenue, the campus is on your right.
The primary gathering space for the 253 Film Summit is tthe Studio at Cherry Parkes; you will find the entrance at 1922 Pacific Ave, next to Indochine.

There are a number of pay parking lots on and around campus. Most street parking on campus is metered and limited to 90 minutes. You can park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station Garage and ride the free Link light rail to campus. Find more directions and parking information here.

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