Forums and Education
SIFF Education expands and strengthens the community of film lovers and filmmakers in Seattle. Our programs include FutureWave (for youth and educators), Catalyst (for filmmakers), and Film4All (cinema education for everyone). Learn more about our programs here.
Our Festival Forums, listed below, set the stage for engaging discussions, extraordinary demonstrations, and hands-on workshops for a variety of ages and experience levels.
Experienced screenwriters share their knowledge about taking the narrative foundation of your future short to the next level or amplifying your short into a feature.
It can be easy to assume that everyone's a critic. Gone are the days in which two thumbs could determine the fate of any single movie. At the same time, there is a greater need than ever before for a signal in the noise that defines today's media landscape.
All eight SIFF 2016 Catalyst directors divulge the experiences that brought their films to the big screen.
June 11, 2016
Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios, delivers the 2016 Catalyst Keynote, sharing his extensive experience in independent film production and presentation over his 25+ year career.
In association with SIFF's Catalyst program, SIFF launched its first feature-length screenplay competition to help support and discover emerging storytellers. Grand Prize-winning script "The Trail" by Yvonne Paulin will be performed by local and visiting actors. The screenplay is a riveting dramatic thriller set in the snow-covered forests of Oregon state that follows a young mother as she fights for her life while unraveling the mystery of her missing daughter.
Meeting your audience where they exist on social media is always changing. Stay ahead of the game with this innovative workshop for filmmakers.
SIFF 2016 documentary filmmakers ring in on their challenges and successes as they took their films from a moment of creative inspiration to presenting it on the big screen.
Women in Film Seattle presents an illuminating panel of professional cinematographers discussing the psychology of creating images and manipulating resources to paint a picture on screen.
James Schamus shares his knowledge of the film industry as a producer, studio head, sales agent, and now, director.
A panel of feature film producers examine the challenge of creating artistic content while satisfying the commerce required in the film industry.