Filmmakers Will Chase and Timothy Vernor are no rookies when it comes to producing film festivals. In fact, they are directors of Seattle Transmedia and Independent Film Festival (STIFF) which is an annual documentary film festival that is known for showing independent films and transmedia projects. Over their years of organizing STIFF, they noticed an emerging interest in films about technology, science, and digital media. So the producers at STIFF came up with the idea to merge the film and tech culture together to further gauge Seattle techies’ interest in documentaries.
TechDocFest is a brand new film festival that focuses solely on technology and documentary films. According to Chase and Vernor, the festival is the world’s first ever immersive tech documentary festival. The festival is dedicated to present films that document the history and future of tech, and highlight the people who create within the industry. The 3-day event featured impressive lineups that consisted of short and feature length documentaries that explore the intersection of technology and culture like 8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars, Beware of Images and Deep Web. The event also featured VR presentations by one notable visual effects master, David Feuillatre, who has worked on Hollywood megahits like The Dark Night and Avatar, and a documentary filmmaking master class from film director, Alex Winter. Chase and Verner made it very clear that they anticipate that TechDocFest will become an annual film festival.
Seattle is the perfect city to host TechDocFest as it is one of the rising tech hubs in the country. TechDocFest is a film festival that reflects that culture by showing films that feature character driven documentaries about innovators, organizations, history, and the future. The subject matter of the films shown were gaming and artificial intelligence, entertainment, space, design, the internet, government, social change and most of all, culture. TechDocFest truly embodies the integration of technology in our culture and we can see the festival becoming a prominent film festival in this city for years to come.