THE FOLLOWING REPRESENT THE 2019 LINE-UP OF LOCAL FILM PROFESSIONALS WHO WILL BE CONTRIBUTING TO THE FILM CAREER DAY — NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH — AS PANELISTS, SPEAKERS & MODERATORS.
JOIN US IN WELCOMING ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM DIRECTOR Rayka ZEHTABCHI AS OUR 2019 FILM CAREER DAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER!
Film Career Day aspires to inspire young filmmakers to follow their dreams — and we are thrilled to welcome a keynote speaker to Seattle who is uniquely qualified inspire others to follow in her path.
It wasn’t all that long ago that Rayka Zehtabchi faced a similar life-changing decision and, by all indication, it seems to have paid off.
Her meteoric rise began with her directorial debut, Madaran, an Iranian language short film that qualified for the 89th Academy Awards in 2016. And in 2019, at the age of 25, she became the youngest, filmmaker to take home an Oscar for her short documentary, Period. End of Sentence, about a group of village women in Northern India who start a sanitary pad-making business in an effort to improve feminine hygiene and de-stigmatize menstruation.
As an Iranian-American woman and award-winning film-director, Rayka has already blazed a trail for young filmmakers to follow. Her keynote address during Film Career Day is likely to ignite a defining moment among Seattle’s young filmmakers.
And we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!