FutureWave works with schools and community organizations to provide youth with digital cinematic skills that empower and foster the art of storytelling.

Believing digital literacy is a valuable tool for youth development, FutureWave offers opportunities for students and educators to connect with SIFF and the local filmmaking community. FutureWave places filmmaker artist residencies in classrooms ranging from kindergarten to college, sponsors school screenings, and holds professional development workshops for teachers on ways to use films as a learning device in the classroom.

Young filmmakers also have the opportunity to get hands on with the craft of filmmaking, whether in our one-day experiential Crash programs or a multi-day workshop or camp. FutureWave also supports films curated for youth viewing during the Seattle International Film Festival through programs like Films4Families and the FutureWave Youth Jury. Finally, FutureWave celebrates young artists through SIFF's FutureWave Shorts programs, featuring films by youth under the age of 19.

School Break Camps

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SIFF is excited to be hosting camps here at the SIFF Film Center. This year, students between the ages of 9 and 12 (and up to 13 in Summer Camps) will have the opportunity to explore filmmaking with exciting five day sessions with master filmmaking educators over Mid-Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks.

SIFF Youth Juries

March 30, 2017

SIFF Education invites young film lovers to participate in our Films4Families and FutureWave juries during the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival.

Crash Student

April 1, 2017

8 hour workshop

Crash Student is based on the Crash Cinema filmmaking challenge fine tuned for teens (age 13 and up) and college students. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF and NFFTY's Crash Student.

Crash Kids

April 8, 2017

8 hours

Crash Kids is a non-competitive movie production challenge that takes participants from movie concept to movie screening over the course of a day. Attending children (aged 9-12) work with a professional media educator to create a short film in collaboration with other children in just eight hours.