Crash Student

A non-competitive movie production challenge for teens and college students that takes participants from movie concept to movie screening over the course of a day.

February 24, 2018

Crash Student is based on the Crash Cinema filmmaking challenge fine-tuned for teens (ages 13+) and college students. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF and NFFTY's Crash Student.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

SIFF Film Center

Single Day Workshop 9:30 AM


$25 | $20 for SIFF Members - includes the final screening of your film at 5:30 PM at the SIFF Film Center theater. Tickets to the final screening only are $5 for attending family members and friends.


  • 9:30 AM | Teams assemble, Crash elements are chosen randomly, and official rules are reviewed. Each student will be ensured a place in a group that is mentored by an experienced peer alumni from NFFTY and SIFF.
  • 10 AM - 5 PM | Crash Filmmaking on the Seattle Center Campus
  • 5 PM - 6 PM | Crash Film Screening


  • Films must be no longer than three minutes.
  • Films must include the four Crash elements: genre, type of action, character's name, and line of dialogue.
  • Teams 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, and a burnable DVD or flash drive. If you don't have any of these, just show up and we will find a group with equipment for you to join. Though SIFF has some equipment, it is preferred to have students using materials that they have at home so they can learn on the equipment they will be using in the future.
  • Bring any costumes or props that you might want to use.

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About Crash Cinema

SIFF Crash Cinema is a movie production challenge, taking participants from concept to screening in one day. It is about having fun, making a movie, and seeing it on the big screen. The script is developed on the spot by your Crash team (usually three to six people) and you design your story based on your team's resources. Come with your own team or find a team at SIFF. Crash Cinema is a bi-monthly and non-competitive challenge.

About NFFTY (National Film Festival for Talented Youth)

NFFTY is the world's largest and most influential film festival for emerging directors—helping to foster the next generation of storytellers. Each year the festival showcases films by directors age 24 and under as well as panels, workshops, and networking events.

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