11th Annual

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival (STIFF)

May 01, 2015 to May 09, 2015

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1020 1st ave s
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Seattle WA 98134
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Phone: 2066507470
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http://www.trueindependent.org

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Shorts
Narrative Short Film- Fiction, creative non-fiction, fictionalized accounts of historical events etc with a runtime under 45 minutes.
Features
Narrative Feature Film- Fiction, creative non-fiction, fictionalized accounts of historical events etc with a runtime greater than 45 minutes.
Student Short Film
Director must be enrolled at time of submission in a Film School, College Film Program or High School. Please provide details with your submission. Films must be 16 minutes or less in length.
Indepenetration
A showcase of short films that contain unique content that usually falls outside the lines of normally programmed festival fare: sexually suggestive themes, bathroom humor, gross-out gags, crude animation, gruesome horror and films with graphic violence. The program is hosted by a comedian who after each film engages with the filmmaker and audience in a roast-style performance..
Documentary (Feature)
Non Fiction film intended to document some aspect of reality with a runtime greater than 45 minutes. Seattle Audiences Love documentaries. Our Documentary Programmer likes to create a program with a diverse range of experiences including Human Rights, Adventure, Biopic, Environmental, Consumerism, Experimental,
Food, Travel, Politics and More. In Seattle Controversy SELLS! If you have a Doc you think most festivals would be 'Afraid' to program then
please submit it to us.
Documentary (Short)
Non Fiction film intended to document some aspect of reality with a runtime under 45 minutes. Seattle Audiences Love documentaries. Our Documentary Programmer likes to create a program with a diverse range of experiences including Human Rights, Adventure, Biopic, Environmental, Consumerism, Experimental,
Food, Travel, Politics and More. In Seattle Controversy SELLS! If you have a Doc you think most festivals would be 'Afraid' to program then
please submit it to us.
Experimental
Storytelling using non-traditional narrative, filming techniques, editing and sound. We still want Experimental films to have a narrative. If your film has no narrative please use the Video Art category
Web Series Episode
Web Series/TV Show/Pilot- Film/Video that is designed to be part of an episodic series. Please only submit one episode that you feel best represents your web series/TV show.
Animated Short Film
Short films that are created using traditional and or digital techniques including stop motion and films that also contain live action where the animation is crucial to the story.
Digital Comics
Comics created with a computer or created using traditional methods and scanned to be distributed digitally.
Video Games
We are looking for games with a strong narrative. Please submit a 2-5 minute video where you introduce us to your game.
Interactive In-App Storytelling
This category is specifically for stories designed to be seen on a tablet, phone or mobile device. App should require interaction from the viewer to move the story forward. Please submit a 2-5 minute video where you introduce us to your story.
Social Media Narratives/Role Playing
If you are using Social Media platforms to tell a story or as your characters to build interest in your other transmedia storytelling platforms. Please submit a 2-5 minute video where you introduce us to your story or characters and links to where we can see your interactions online.
New Media/Installation/Multimedia Performance
We are defining New Media as film/video that is designed to be projected in a non-theatrical environment such as projected onto an object, the side of a building, onto a painting etc. We are defining “Installation” as film or video designed to be seen in a constructed environment. Multimedia performance combines live performance/dance/music etc with video and/or audio. Please note that STIFF is unable to cover travel or lodging expenses for live performers. Please submit a 2-5 minute video where you introduce us to your project.
Emerging Technology
Virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence or technologies we haven’t even thought of/not aware of, to tell a story. Please create a 2-10 minute video to tell us about your project.
Music Videos
We want music video that have a strong narrative along with, or independent of the music.
Fan Projects
If you created a film/video/digital comic etc based on an established creators work we would like to see what you came up with and also please submit a paragraph or 2 detailing how the original creator encouraged your project and any interactions you had with them.
Video/Digital Art
Video art is for those short films/videos/digital art that contain no narrative or a very vague narrative. We usually display these in a gallery setting or at parties and are most interested in projects that do not require sound to be enjoyed. If your project was created with sound, please let us know if it would be OK to show your project without sound.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Seattle True Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental and zero budget films and transmedia projects. The festival endeavors to provide cultural exchange and educational opportunities by bringing a diverse selection of digital storytelling to the area and provide a place for networking between local artists, visiting artists and the public.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

In 2005, the Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (aka STIFF) was started by a group of local filmmakers as a way to showcase off-beat independent films that are typically ignored by traditional "independent" film channels on the festival circuit. STIFF put out the call and each year we find more and more filmmakers that are making True Independent Films. Films without big budgets and Hollywood Stars. Films that rely on creativity and passion to tell the story.

After 10 years of screening independent films we decided to re-focus the festival to showcase Transmedia projects along with Independent Films. We realize that there are some amazing storytellers working in other mediums that need a festival to show their works and to have a place to network with other storytellers. We are seeing more and more film festivals pop up each year while other forms of digital media are being ignored. We aim to be the place for digital storytellers to come each year and celebrate the many ways they are creating and sharing their stories

STIFF serves up a potent blend of truly indie film and transmedia storytelling - last year's event showcased over 130 films - plus alternative music happenings, wild parties, and after-hours shenanigans. Festival organizers strive to put on a first-rate, smoothly run event and to provide opportunities to help digital storytellers attain their goals, gain distribution, press, or a wider audience for their projects. Artists in ten categories will be honored and take home a "STIFFY" award trophy.

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival is held at multiple venues throughout Seattle over 9 days filled with screenings, networking opportunities and parties. It is a celebration of off-beat transmedia ans independent film from the Northwest and the rest of the world.

ORGANIZERS

Gevin Booth (Filmmaker); Patricia Boiko (Filmmaker); Timothy Vernor (Festival Director); Timothy Vernor (Festival Director); Timothy Vernor (Festival Director); Ty Huffer (Director); Will Chase (Program Director); Will Chase (Program Director)

GENERAL RULES

STIFF is open to all genres and film types but filmmakers must own the rights to the works they are submitting.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

STIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless STIFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.