From NOW till the Seattle Film Summit event, we will be releasing 2–3 panels a week. Stay tuned.

Have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the creative economy that you want to share with others? Contact us at by October 14, 2019 to be considered as a panelist.

SATURDAY, November 16, 2019


10–10:15 AM

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KIng county executive Dow Constantine | Room A

10:1511 AM

State of the State | Room A

Presented by Seattle, Office of Film + Music

Moderator: To be announced

Panelists: Amy Lillard, Chris Swenson, Kate Becker

Join the City of Seattle, King County and Washington State film office leaders for a moderated conversation about state, county and city efforts to evolve, strengthen, support and grow the film industry. Washington Filmworks’ Local Lens program, King County’s new creative economy initiative and the City of Seattle’s shift to lead the future economy with film will be discussed.

11 AM–12 PM

NATIVE VOICES in story & film | Room B

Moderator: Denise Hartley

Panelists: Kyle Taylor Lucas, Robert Satiacum, Elizabeth Satiacum, Harold C. Joe

This panel will feature five indigenous elders – one Canadian, one Oklahoma Choctaw and three local members of Salish Sea tribes. You will hear the voices of writers, filmmakers, actors, spiritual leaders and activists. Each brings the blessings of experience, unique to their tribal culture and stories. This hour will serve as a platform to explore the intersection of meaningful stories that represent the struggles and joys of cultures yet to be richly explored in film and story.


Series Development for Broadcasting, Streaming and Beyond | Room A

Panelists: Diana Dotter and Stacey Adams

Join Stacey Adams, Current Executive at ABC Television, and Diana Dotter, CCO at Seattle Media Ventures, for an in-depth discussion on developing and selling content to networks, cable and streamers. In this one-hour conversation, we will take a deep dive into the process of getting a show made in today’s shifting media landscape.

Music video panel | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced


Presented by the Northwest Screenwriters Guild

Listen to Northwest voices as performed by Northwest actors! Tantalizing excerpts from the work of the with feedback provided by members of the Green Room.

2–3 PM

documentary filmmaking | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced

2:30–4 PM

So You Think You Can Pitch! | Room C

Presented by the Northwest Screenwriters Guild

Only 30 spots available. Register for your summit add on.

3–4 Pm

Northwest filmmakers panel | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

Writing for games | Room B

Moderator: Matthew Burke

Panelists: Bobby Stein, Chris Perkins, Samantha Wallschlaeger

Learn how to start and build a career as a game writer from top talents in the video game and tabletop roleplaying game industries.

4–5 Pm

distribution panel | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

connecting with Local Creatives for Your Next Movie | Room B

Moderator: Ben Andrews

Panelists: Brian Morris, Will James, Chad Buffett

You have a great project, amazing ideas, locations and actors. Now you just need the right costumes and props to make it complete. The Northwest boasts some of the best and brightest in the creative and building community. This panel will help you find the right builders and creatives, pricing and timelines. Bring your ideas, we’ll help you make the right connections!

Hollyshorts–the innovative festival | Room C

Moderator and panelists to be announced

5–6 Pm

Producers Symposium: Buying and Selling Films in 2020 | Room C

Presented by SIFF, NWFF, SFS, LANGSTON, WIF-Seattle, and Thin Pig Media

Moderator: Ben Andrews

Panelists: To be announced

This savvy soiree will pass the mic to industry experts in the business of film. What's the current state of sales and distribution for independent films, and what trends are just around the corner? Mixing industry intel and personal storytelling, this saucy evening session will take shoptalk to the next level. Come to Seattle Film Summit, learn from the best, and meet your next collaborators. 

6 pm–12 am

opening night party


Come party with our franchise guests. Star Wars-themed games and adventures

Sunday, November 17, 2019


9:30–11 am

film financing | Room a

Moderator and panelists to be announced

women in film | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced

10–11 am

taking characterS from ordinary to extraordinary | Room C

Presenter: Lynn Bohart

In this workshop, we’ll put it all together to discover how to move beyond the traditional ‘character backstory’ and learn how to develop the kind of protagonists (and antagonists) that audiences follow like lemmings and may even love to hate. Come prepared to write. We’ll also discuss how actors approach a script to interpret what you wrote. Create a cast of characters that will not only jump off the page but remain with your audience long after the film, book or game has ended.

11 am–12 Pm

casting director workshop | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

Social impact in film | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced

60-minute film challenge | Room C

Moderator to be announced


pitch panel playoffs – bigfoot script challenge – visit seattle | Room A


Finalists to be announced at Seattle Film Summit

1–2:30 Pm

why music matters | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced

Script Showcase | Room C

Presented by the Green Room

A dramatic table read performed by Northwest actors. Scripts provided by members of Northwest writing fellowship the Green Room. Feedback provided by industry professionals.

1:30–3 Pm

Screenwriters panel | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

2:30–3:30 Pm

Star wars: world-building and story telling in a shared galaxy | Room B

Presenter: Pablo Hidalgo

For over 40 years the Star Wars universe has been expanding through stories told across multiple mediums. Now, the epic tale spans more formats than ever, and keeping track of a sprawling universe requires a team of passionate historians, guides, and scholars. Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm is one of them, and he shares his insights, discoveries and lessons learned from studying the "canon" of a far-away fictional galaxy.

3–4 Pm

seed&spark crowdsourcing workshop | Room C

Presenter: Lindy Boustedt

Seed&Spark is the world’s only crowdfunding and streaming destination, supporting inclusive films and film-related projects with funding, audience building and distribution. In this workshop, learn the steps toward a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well as a career-long action plan

twitch, esports, and online broadcasting: the new frontier of content | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

3:30–4:30 Pm

networking outside of hollywood: approaches and how to get your foot in the door | Room B

Moderator and panelists to be announced

actors showcase | Room C

Presented by Mighty Tripod Acting Studio

Auditors to be announced

***Come see 8 amazing PNW actors in powerful scenes, directed by Angela DiMarco and David S. Hogan***

Do you love acting? Do you want to say something with your art? Are you ready to work with other local powerhouse actors and share your talents at the 2019 Seattle Film Summit? If so, then this event is for you.

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN (only 8 spots). Submit yourself or submit with a partner you'd like to do a scene with.

A badge purchase for Sunday, November 17, is required to submit. Click here to purchase your badge.

Then, send your badge purchase confirmation number, headshot, resumé and reel link to

IMPORTANT: You must use the email address above to be considered for participation. Seattle Film Summit registration does not guarantee you a spot in the Actors Showcase.

4–5 Pm

incentive forum | Room A

Moderator and panelists to be announced

4:30–5 Pm

rb stage 32 book signing | Room B

6–9 Pm

post-event mixer – waterleaf

Presented by Slager Fuj Creative Media