Mineate Seate of WQED interviews Lisa Smith, Producer of Steeltown Film Factory, on Feb. 5, 2011 in an episode of Filmmaker’s Corner. Lisa describes Steeltown Entertainment Project and its annual Film Factory, currently in its second year. The winner of the filmmaking competition receives $30,000, 3 months of mentorship to make their short film, and a premiere for their film at the Three Rivers Film Festival. Last year’s winners included Hustlebot’s “Roll the Dice,” and Ross Thomas’ “Anywhere But Here,” excerpts of which are included as part of the interview. “Storytellers are everywhere, all you have to do is know how to tell a good story, how to write it in a way we can actually read it and understand it, and you can enter,” remarks Lisa Smith.
Steeltown Film Factory (SFF) is a yearlong filmmaking competition, supported by a series of public workshops, panel discussions and staged readings, designed to engage aspiring filmmakers to create projects with Pittsburgh-inspired content. The competition will provide emerging talent with an opportunity to learn from internationally renowned film and television professionals about the entertainment industry. A successful SFF will lead to the training and employment of the local workforce, the incubation of talent and intellectual property, and the nurturing and development of future projects that can be spun off into commercially viable entities. These entities will create jobs, investment opportunities, and products that will be exported by our region. By bringing together local and expatriate resources in Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA), the SFF will help to transform this region's non-profit "Arts Sector" into a thriving "Entertainment Economy."
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