Crash Kids

December 13, 2014

Crash Kids is a non-competitive movie production challenge that takes participants from movie concept to movie screening over the course of a day. Attending children (aged 8 - 12) work with a professional media educator to create a short film in collaboration with other children in just eight hours.

Please register by Friday, December 12 to insure that there are enough mentors for the number of children. Capacity is limited. SIFF Education will follow up with parents with additional information.

$50 / $40 for Members for the workshop beginning at 9:00am
$5 for Final Screening only tickets (available only at the door)

Crash Kids (Ages 8 - 12)

Crash Kids engages local schools, youth, and families with a meaningful approach to cinema production. Participants receive hands-on experience in creating a film with a professional media educator in less than eight hours at the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus.

The December 13 Crash Kids program will be themed around the winter season.


Young filmmakers arrive at SIFF Film Center. In the introductory meeting teams of five youth are formed and assigned a mentor filmmaker who will facilitate their filmmaking process. The five Crash elements are selected (see below) and questions are answered.

Children are released with their team to write, shoot around Seattle Center, and edit their films. Students should plan to bring a sack lunch and a break time will be provided for the teams to have their lunches.

Films are completed and given to the projectionist at SIFF Cinema.

World Premiere screening at the SIFF Film Center Theater. Family and friends invited. Parents may download their child's Crash Kids film from SIFF starting the Monday morning after the event.

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Crash Rules

Films must be no longer than three-minutes and must include the five Crash elements. The five elements include a genre, a type of action, a character's name, a line of dialogue, and a prop/costume.

Team Needs

Each team must provide their own equipment including a video camera (can be a cell phone), a way to transfer footage to an editing system, computer with editing software, burnable dvd or flash drive. If a student does not have this equipment, they can still participate and will be placed with other students who have equipment that can be used.

Parents should also pack their student with a sack lunch and plan to bring any winter season props that might be fun to incorporate into their films.

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