OCTOBER 7-9, 2011 in downtown Ellensburg, WA



Since its inception in 2004, the Ellensburg Film Festival has grown into a major film and arts event in the northwest with over 2,000 people in attendance. The three-day festival is noted for its outstanding selection of critically acclaimed films, numerous screenings and venues, diverse cultural and artistic offerings, and a fun and relaxed atmosphere open to all. Each year, the EFF films go on to win the most prestigious awards in the industry. Sin Nombre, which screened at the 2009 festival, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and took home the award for Best Director. Our titles have been featured at over 200 festivals worldwide, including the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and New York festivals.

The Ellensburg Film Festival uses movies to promote diversity and dialog within our community and to forge new connections between our region and the world around us. Through our program of innovative, thought-provoking cinema, we expose audiences to the artistry, issues and perspectives in current independent film. The festival promotes the communal experience of motion pictures and provides an arena to discuss and critique the technical and creative choices of filmmakers. In addition, the EFF provides a platform for students, colleagues, and members of the community to exhibit their work, facilitate networking opportunities, and advance local economic activity.

The Festival is made possible each year by a broad coalition of public and private funds. EFF brings together the business community, municipal government, the arts and education community, and private donors. Some of our partners include the City of Ellensburg, CWU Diversity Education Center, Gallery One Visual Arts Center, and Laughing Horse Arts Foundation. We would love to have you join our family and lead the festival to our future success.

Located in the heart of the stunning Kittitas valley and in the center of Washington state, historic Ellensburg is home to year-round recreational activities, numerous festivals, excellent shopping, superb dining and a variety of performing and visual arts events around town and at Central Washington University. Visitors can stop by one of the town’s fine art galleries, watch a play or see a concert as easily as they can float the Yakima River or hike gorgeous Manastash Ridge. In addition to the Film Festival, Ellensburg plays host to a number of annual and on-going events, including July’s Jazz in the Valley, September’s Paint Ellensburg, January’s Winterhop BrewFest, February’s spirit of the West Cowboy gathering, the monthly First Friday Art Walk, a weekly farmers market and more.


Saturday, October 8, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Show Us Your Shorts is the semi-annual Ellensburg Film Festival short film competition. Participants are given a film genre and launch time, allowing them just 48 hours write, direct, edit and star in a 10-minute short. Bring your friends, family and fans to watch the winning films. Awards for Best Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Cinematography, and Editing will be announced and prizes given.


Saturday, October 8, 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Join us for the announcement of the 2011 EFF Award winners. The stick around for the EFF Festival Gala with music by Sidestreet Reny ay 9:30 followed by DJ Skiles until the early morning. This is a great opportunity to meet visiting filmmakers and mingle with fellow film enthusiasts.


FVS Faculty Showcase Saturday, October 8, 12:30 – 2:00 PM. Michael R. Ogden — Host & Moderator

Jon Ward — “Everybody Has A Story” screenings from, and discussions of, an FVS documentary production class exercise; its designed benefits for FVS students and what it did for the community.

Maria Sanders — “The Right House” a readers theater “performance” of a scene from this short film script and discussion of the writer’s process, the evolution of the story from concept to locked script and moving it into development in anticipation of production.

Steve Jackson — “Disrupted Gears: Working With A Student Film Crew” screening of one of three short films shot during the summer of 2010 and discussions of the benefits and shortcomings of working with student crews.

FVS Student Showcase, Sunday, October 9, 1:15 – 2:45 PM. Michael R. Ogden — Host & Moderator

Kaitlin Larson — “White Room” screening and discussion of “crowd financing” a short student film and lessons learned.

Jay Conrad & Travis Odinzoff — “Hammer Time” screening and discussion of producing an ambitious short film with no budget, volunteer actors and a skeletal crew between classes!) without loosing sanity.

Devin Keyes — “A Second Chance” a readers theater “performance” of a short scene from this feature-length screenplay and a discussion of the evolution of the story from concept to locked script.


Copyright, Licensing and You, Saturday, October 8, 2:15 – 3:45 PM
Do words like Copyright, Licensing and Fair Use leave you feeling muddled? His presentation is for aspiring filmmakers, authors, and anyone who desires to get a grasp on copyright basics. Find out the facts and myths behind Fair Use. And most importantly, learn the simple, clear principles behind licensing. With a little knowledge under your belt, you can easily avoid reuse landmines.

Freelancing Survival Skills 101, Sunday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:30 PM
This crash course is for would-be creative professionals. Your great passion has been learning how to create. Now you can learn how to protect and profit from the work you love through time-proven professional practices and practical tips. Mark will give you skills to streamline your workday, negotiate profit, and follow standard business practices. The tools he provides will assist you as you take your work from day-to-day existence to a clear and decisive career course.

*When not otherwise engaged, you can find Mark, the Comic Critic, at Raw Space Cafe using his cartooning skills to do on-the-spot movie reviews.


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