Catalyst

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

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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

September 16

110 minutes

We're excited to announce the return of our popular SIFF Catalyst First Draft live script table read series, now entering its third year! September 16th's reading will be Mark Price's exciting new script, "Let's Kill D.B. Cooper."

How to Make a Great Documentary: Masterclass with Ondi Timoner

September 21

Two time Sundance Grand Jury Prize­-Winning Filmmaker, Ondi Timoner (Dig! & We Live In Public) deconstructs the process of making a powerful nonfiction feature.

Filmmaker MBA: Adventures in Direct Distribution

September 26

Unlock the secrets to the new world of direct marketing and distribution. In this inspiring masterclass, instructor Christopher Rufo will teach you how to structure your business, secure distribution, build your audience, and monetize your work. By the end of the day, you'll walk away with an actionable business plan for your film.

Documentary Heroes: Masterclass with Ward Serrill

November 1

Embark on an insightful and fascinating journey with director Ward Serrill (The Heart of the Game, Song of the New Earth) to explore the role of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey in documentary film.