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.

September 21, 2019

Crash Student is one-day filmmaking workshop fine-tuned for teens. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF's Crash Student.


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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


$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 filmmaker.
  • 10 AM - 5 PM | Crash Filmmaking on the Seattle Center Campus
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 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 may provide their own equipment, but SIFF has equipment that students may use to film and edit throughout the day.
  • Bring any costumes or props that you might want to use.

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About Crash Student

SIFF Crash Student 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 Student is a 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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