Why Should You Attend?
If your organization has a theater...
...the Film Expo is your opportunity to see new films and films in the pipeline, make leasing deals, find out how other theaters are marketing and programming films and handling technology changes, and much more. Whether you’re in marketing, operations, education, projection, or guest services, there’s something for you at the GSCA Film Expo.
If you produce or distribute films...
...the Film Expo is your chance to reach the people who decide which films will go on screens—theater decision-makers are here to see what you have to offer and make programming decisions. Film buyers complete surveys for all films in production and projects in development, providing you with valuable input while your project is still in production. If you don't have a distribution deal for your film yet, you can meet all the distributors here. Plus, you will have access to the production and post-production professionals who make giant screen films the gold standard for immersive film experiences.
If you manufacture or sell equipment, or supply or service any aspect of film production or exhibition...
...GSCA is your chance to meet the people who need your wares and services to get films made and projected on the screen.
When and where is the Film Expo being held?
The Film Expo is at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, on March 12-13, with committee and special interest group meetings on March 11. Click here for the full GSCA Film Expo schedule.
Meetings and the member brunch will be held at the Westin Seattle (1900 5th Avenue), the official hotel for the GSCA Film Expo. Film presentations will be held at the Pacific Science Center, which is one mile from the Westin. Delegates can walk to the Pacific Science Center or take the Seattle Monorail. The monorail leaves every 10 minutes and travels directly between Westlake Center Mall, which is just a few blocks from the Westin, and Seattle Center, which includes Pacific Science Center and the Space Needle. The fare is $2.50 one way and accepts cash only.
How do I register?
You must register using the online form. You’ll find registration here: GSCA Film Expo registration
Can I attend the Film Expo if I am not a GSCA member?
Yes, nonmembers are welcome to attend. However, we recommend you become a member before you register. Not only will you save on registration fees—you will gain all the benefits of GSCA membership, too. Click here to join GSCA.
Will I get a refund if I have to cancel my registration?
Cancellations must be sent in writing to GSCA via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 1-919-573-9100. Cancellations received by February 23 are subject to a $150 USD cancellation fee. Cancellations received between February 23 and March 9 will receive a refund of half the registration fees paid. Regrettably, no refunds will be issued after March 9 for any reason. Please contact Tammy Seldon at email@example.com if you have questions.
Where is the Film Expo hotel, and how do I book a reservation?
The official hotel is the Westin Seattle at 1900 5th Avenue. Hotel reservations must be booked by February 16 to qualify for the GSCA group rate; however, the group rate is subject to room availability, so we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible. Click here for more information about the GSCA Film Expo hotel.
Is there parking available at the hotel?
The Westin offers both valet and self-parking. If you're using GPS to locate the hotel parking, use the following address: 1901 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101. You'll find the Westin parking rates here.
Travel and Transportation
How do I get from the airport to the hotel?
The Seattle-Tacoma International airport (SEA) is 15 miles (24 km) from the Westin Seattle. The Link Light Rail is $3.00 and takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to the Westlake Center Mall station, which is just a few blocks from the Westin.
A cab ride from the SEA airport to the hotel is about $53, including 15% tip, per taxifarefinder.com, and takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Uber and Lyft are also available from SEA.
Most major car rental firms operate within the airport, as do taxis and limousines.
Will transportation between venues be provided?
The Pacific Science Center is one mile from the Westin. Delegates can walk to the Pacific Science Center or take the Seattle Monorail
The monorail leaves every 10 minutes and travels directly between the Westlake Center Mall station, which is just a few blocks from the Westin, and
Seattle Center, which includes Pacific Science Center and the Space
Needle. The fare is $2.50 one way and accepts cash only.
What is the dress code?
The dress code for the Film Expo is business casual. Wear comfortable shoes—you will be doing a lot of walking between venues and meeting rooms.
What is the weather going to be like?
The average temperature in Seattle in March is 46°F (8° C), with the average high around 54°F (12°C), and the average low temperature around 37°F (3°C). Theaters and meeting rooms tend to be cool. And being Seattle, bring an umbrella or rain jacket.
What should I do with my free time at the Film Expo?
Seattle consistently rates as one of the top cities to visit in the U.S., and we highly recommend you take a few extra days before or after the Film Expo to explore this wonderful city. Visit A City can help you make the most of a short vacation by planning an itinerary for you. And if you're looking for somewhere to relax after a day full of film screenings, Eater Seattle has put together a list of Seattle's best happy hour locations.
If you have other questions, please contact Tammy Seldon at firstname.lastname@example.org