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Alumni Update- Clare Canzoneri

October 28, 2009

"I moved to Seattle to work as a Programming Assistant at the Seattle
International Film Festival ( I was a shorts and features
programmer, viewing roughly 300 films in the programming process, which was
well underway by the time I arrived in February. I coordinated all publicity
materials for the approximately 275 feature films in the festival, wrote for
the catalog and assisted in scheduling the 25-day festival (the largest film
festival in the country). During the festival I introduced films and
conducted post-film Q&A's and served as jury coordinator. I've never
been more simultaneously exhausted and excited in my life than when working

Clare with Scott Teems, director of    Clare with a group of short filmmakers who had films in SIFF's ShortsFest before the weekend's opening night screening at SIFF Cinema, SIFF's year-round programming venue at Seattle Center

I'm still involved with SIFF, but now working in the City of Seattle Office
of Film + Music (, which is a part of the
Office of Economic Development. Its work revolves around attracting film
productions to the city, providing technical assistances to nightlife
businesses and sponsoring professional development events for musicians and
filmmakers, such as the Grammy MusicTech Summit (, which I
recently attended. I edit and maintain our weekly newsletter, blog ( and websites as well as assist with film
permitting and events such as the Seattle City of Music Awards. The Seattle
City of Music initiative ( launched last year and
this year's Awards event was the first of what will hopefully become a
long-standing tradition. Before my time with the Film + Music Office ends in
the spring, I'll be able to join them at Sundance and assist with their
events and dinners that will celebrate this year's locally made films and
promote filming in Seattle." 

-Clare Canzoneri, Class of 2009

As a side note, there was an interesing and informative segment of the
Seattle Channel's CityStream program recently that focused on what
Washington State and Seattle have been doing in the past several years to
attract film productions that can be watched online here.