Tag: filmfestival

Shorts for the win!

Spring has returned to the Kittitas Valley, and our hearts turn once again to making movies. That’s right, folks, EFF is organizing another filming spree. Participating teams will write an original screenplay, shoot and edit the footage all in one weekend. Sleep? Fuggedaboutit! Check out the Facebook page, then get your crew together and contact EFF to register: pr@ellensburgfilmfestival.com.

The competition launches at noon on Saturday, April 30.

Final cut due at noon on Monday, May 2.

Screening and awards on Saturday, May 14.

See you there!


Design Daze

Check out the swank new banner at www.ellensburgfilmfestival.com.

It’s another gorgeous design by Tami Sawyer. She did such a great job last year putting together our “look” and creating all our print materials (and doing all the PR & Marketing – we miss you, Tami!), we asked her to help us kick off preparations for our 6th annual fest by updating the web page masthead.

It took a lot longer than expected to get to this. In fact, we started working on it in February with and went through a dozen revisions before the final. Here is some of the progression:

As you can see, we started with more color intensity and mulled around for quite awhile. It was back and forth, blue/lime vs. red/orange, both using the filmstrip elements from last year’s poster and a sort of floral overlay. But, in the end, this direction seemed too drastic a move away from the promotional material printed for EFF in the past.

So we sat down and decided on a new palette, laid out all of the past year’s posters, and selected a series of elements/ideas that we wanted represented, and set our good friend Tami to work in a new direction.

Here are a couple of drafts created en route to the final design:

Now we just have to find a way to carry this quality through to the EFF#6 posters, postcards, tickets and program.

Release the hounds!

Calling all filmmakers, videographers, artists, dabblers, dilettantes and dreamers!

The 6th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival is accepting submissions for consideration in this year’s fest.

Submit your work through Withoutabox.com between April 13, 2010 and August 20, 2010.

Exhibition dates are October 1-3, 2010, and notifications will be sent out by August 31, 2010.

Cash awards for Best of Fest, Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short & Best of (Central) Washington.

Ellensburg Film Festival Opens With Lights, Camera, Action!

ELLENSBURG, Wash.- The Fifth Annual Ellensburg Film Festival began with its opening press conference for media sources at 3:00p.m. today in Gallery One. Sarah Haven, vice president of the Festival, announced the beginning of the festivities tonight at 7:00p.m. in the Central Washington University’s Music Recital Hall where the films Endless Tunnel and Sin Nombre will be screened. Haven also introduced musician Jon Davidson, who will be performing tomorrow night at the EFF’s Bar Noir. This event will take place from 9:00p.m until 2:00am in the main gallery at the EFF headquarters, located at 408 N. Pearl Street in downtown Ellensburg, Washington. This evening, everyone is invited to attend the Opening Gala and Awards Ceremony, also located at Gallery One at 9:00pm to 2:00am. As an extra bonus this year, the event will also feature the live music by Argus, who will open for Star Anna and The Laughing Dogs. This is the first opportunity to hear the awards for best documentary, best short film, best feature and the Best of Fest announced. It will also be an excellent chance to mingle with visiting film-makers and other film enthusiasts.

The Festival is hoping to see an expansion in attendance of last year’s record of over 2,000 film-goers. A Premiere Pass is available for $50.00; this package includes priority seating at every film, as well as admission to all other events throughout the weekend plus an EFF t-shirt. There is a special Six-Tix Deal which provides admission for six choice films for $30.00. Regular admission is $6.00 and there is a special discount for students for $3.00 with student ID.

Secretary Amy Davison expressed her enthusiasm for the festival by stating, “I am excited for the full weekend we have ahead of us. We have some spectacular films and great entertainment. I’d also like to extend a special thank-you to all of our sponsors; this just wouldn’t be possible without them.”

The festival will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday night, October 4, 2009, with all screenings taking place on Central Washington University campus. The EFF headquarters, located at Gallery One will be open throughout the weekend for anyone with questions.

This event is sponsored by: Laughing Horse Arts Foundation, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, IndieFlix, TLS Design Studio, Ellensburg Arts Commission, Withoutabox, Central Washington University Diversity Education Center, Iron Horse Brewery, Sage Cliffe, Rufus Tech, Jerrol’s Book & Supply Co., D&M Coffee, Lily’s Cantina, Bluestone Academy, and Wahluke heights Orchards.

Media Contact: Tami Sawyer, EFF Public Relations & Marketing, press@ellensburgfilmfestival.com