Catalyst provides education programs for filmmakers. Catalyst offers professional development trainings, workshops and forums focused on filmmakers. The aim of Catalyst programs is to support local independent filmmakers in getting to the next level in their career and in their art.

SIFF Catalyst Screenplay Competition

September 1, 2015 - January 16, 2016

Building on the success of our monthly Catalyst First Draft live script reading events, SIFF is launching a feature-length screenplay competition (in association with SIFF's Catalyst program) to help support and discover emerging storytellers. The SIFF Catalyst Screenplay Competition puts the writer, and their career, first by focusing on connecting strong scripts with independent directors and producers, all of whom are successful alumni of our SIFF Catalyst Film Program.

First Draft

February 17

110 minutes

SIFF Catalyst First Draft live script table read series is now in its third year of featuring unproduced scripts that entertain and receive audience feedback! February 17th's reading will be Jeff Beauvoir's futuristic tech-love script "Pleasure Bot."

Intuitive Interviewing: Documentary Master Class with Ward Serrill

March 20

Interviews are often the bedrock of most documentaries and industrial/marketing films. What is the secret to creating dynamic, compelling interviews on camera? Writer and Director Ward Serrill will share his experience in interviewing over 500 people for feature films and industrials.