Synopsis: In 2015, the first Burien Film Festival was held in conjunction with the third Burien UFO Festival. The rules were simple:
Max length: 5-7 min.
It had to include a man in black
It had to include a chase scene
It had to highlight a Burien neighborhood (there are 18)
And it had to highlight at least two businesses in that neighborhood, or a nearby neighborhood if the ‘hood was mostly residential.
In 2017 the International Contest was born to expand the focus of the festival, and bring the world to Burien. As a result, the initial local-focused contest was named the Hyperlocal Burien Contest. Each year the rules have been slightly different, but the requirement to highlight local businesses and neighborhoods has remained the same.
The following films are the winning films for the noted years. Ben Camp and John Hendow conducted the interviews with the directors.
2015 – Transmission dir. by Mitch Olson. Interview with Mitch and one of the main actors.
2016 – Harlon, meet Lea dir. by Devin Rodgers. Interview with Devin
2017 – Dream, Part One dir. by Rakien (Jeffrey Nomura). Interview with Rakien
2019 – Song of Lahore dir. by Greg McKorkle. Interview with Greg
2020 – Skipping Shorewood dir. by Evan Kubena. Interview with Evan and Mario