Crash Kids

Crash Kids is a non-competitive movie production challenge that takes participants from movie concept to movie screening over the course of a day.

Crash Kids

February 1, 2020

Crash Kids (ages 9 to 12) engages youth with a meaningful approach to cinema production. Participants receive hands-on experience in creating a film (writing, directing, acting, and editing) in small groups with a professional media educator in less than eight hours at the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center Campus.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

SIFF Film Center

9:30 AM

Please see our Registration Policies for more information on registering for Crash Kids.

Registration is available above for upcoming Crash Kids programs. Capacity is limited; SIFF Education will follow up with parents for additional information on the participants.


$75 | $60 for SIFF Members for the workshop beginning at 9:30 AM. Full and partial scholarships are available for students from schools with 50% free and reduced lunch. For more information, email


  • 9:30 AM | 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 four Crash elements are selected (see below) and questions are answered.
  • 10:00 AM | Children are released with their team to write, act and film around Seattle Center, and edit their movies. Students should plan to bring a sack lunch and a break time will be provided for the teams to have their lunches.
  • 5:00 PM | Films are completed and given to the projectionist at SIFF Cinema.
  • 5:30 PM | 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.

  • Email to receive the monthly Education newsletter to hear about upcoming Crash Kids programs.


  • Films must be no longer than three minutes
  • Films must include the four Crash elements: genre, type of action, character type, and line of dialogue.
  • Bring any costumes or props (no guns or other weapons, please) that you might want to use.
  • Parents should pack a sack lunch for their student. SIFF will provide a nutritious afternoon snack.

SIFF has filmmaking equipment and a computer lab for students to us, so there is no need to provide your own equipment. 

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