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About Seattle Film Institute
SFI is centrally located in the Interbay area of Seattle, 15 minutes from downtown. See Map Below
3210 16th Av. West
Seattle WA 98119
Office hours are 9am to 6pm Monday through Friday.
To provide students with the knowledge, skills, tools, and hands-on experience that are needed:
To pursue a professional career
To follow their own creative path as filmmakers or screenwriters
To furnish a foundation in filmmaking for individual and collaborative work in the visual realm and the world of media
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
2015 marked the start of the third decade of the Seattle Film Institute. Just as a film grows from an initial idea and then to a script, storyboards, production, and editing in incremental steps, SFI has developed in a similar fashion. From its very beginnings, SFI has offered a comprehensive curriculum in all aspects of filmmaking. What has changed—step-by-step—is the robust nature and complexity of that curriculum.
Seattle Film Institute offers programs in filmmaking, sound design and recording arts, motion graphics and visual effects, acting for film, producing, and composing for film. It offers certificate programs, a BA degree, and graduate degrees. Yet, what makes SFI so unusual is not this list in itself but the way these offerings form the core essence of Seattle Film Institute. That essence is the “secret ingredient” of SFI.
That “secret ingredient” can really be best understood by zooming out and taking a look at the establishing shot that represents Seattle Film Institute. Seattle Film Institute is housed in a wonderful, 10,000 sq. ft. purpose-built building. What does that mean? It means the entire institution with all of its diverse programs and its robust curriculum lives together in one space. The filmmaking students do not have to run across campus to find the acting students in the drama department. The film composing students do not have to leave their comfortable turf in the music building to work with film directors. The motion graphics students are not holed-up on their own in a media-arts building. Rather, everyone at Seattle Film Institute is not only learning the specifics of their individual craft, they are also learning and collaborating together—literally from their very first minute at Seattle Film Institute.
This, then is SFI’s “secret ingredient”—a film school where the filmmakers, the actors, the producers, the sound designers, the motion graphics team, and the composers are all learning and working together…a school large enough to house a film studio but so collaborative and hands-on that it’s in one building—Welcome to the Seattle Film Institute.
David J. Shulman
Seattle Film Institute, founded in 1994, offers comprehensive programs in all aspects of film including filmmaking, sound design & recording arts, motion graphics & visual effects, acting for film, producing, and composing for film. SFI has accelerated certificate and BA programs as well as the only graduate degrees in film in the Northwest. All SFI programs feature a hands-on education and practical experience that provide the groundwork for professional careers. Students receive a real world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals. And every SFI Certificate of Degree graduate can participate in our nationally recognized internship program.
The large inventory of equipment provided by the Seattle Film Institute means that from Arriflex, Canon, and Sony cameras, to Adobe Premiere Pro and AfterEffects, students have access to all the tools needed to produce professional quality films.
SFI also hosts several monthly events for the local filmmaking community in our theater.
SFI is centrally located in the Interbay area of Seattle,15 minutes from downtown Seattle. Click for more information: about Seattle and housing.
3210 16th Av. West
Seattle WA 98119