The 33rd Annual Seattle International Film Festival, running from May 24-Jun 17, has announced that it will launch the Northwest Production Market programme.

The market will provide a forum for film-makers to discuss their projects with production companies and financiers. A companion programme, the Northwest Production Forum, will offer advice to film-makers about developing future projects.

The festival is currently considering applications from film-makers to attend the event, and those selected will get the chance to pitch directly to prominent production companies and financiers.

Qualifying projects must be budgeted at under $4m, need to have a production location in a Northwest state, and must demonstrate creative and commercial viability and a production team of proven ability.

'This programme is designed to raise the bar of professionalism among new Northwest film-makers,' IFP/Seattle's Lacey Leavitt said. 'It will help local producers, writers, and directors connect with financiers to get their feature films produced. It will help prepare projects for national attention.'

'We are very excited to host the market,' SIFF Group's artistic director Carl Spence said. 'It is an excellent chance for SIFF to support the expansion of film production in the Northwest.'

The forum is open to the public and is supported by Washington State Film Office and the City Of Seattle Mayor's Office Of Film And Music, as well as the Northwest Film Forum, 911 Media Arts Center, Women in Film/Seattle, Northwest Film Center, and The Film School.

For applications information and further details visit the official festival site at