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.

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 SuperFly and SIFF's FutureWave Shorts programs, featuring films by youth under the age of 19.

Youth Juries

SIFF Education invites youth of all ages to particpate in our Films4Families and FutureWave juries during SIFF 2015.

FutureWave Open Screening

January 31

SIFF FutureWave presents Open Screening for filmmakers aged 24 and under. Bring a film or come and watch the new films in SIFF's remodeled Classroom Cinema. Free for everyone. Films will be presented first-come, first-screened.

Crash Student

February 7

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

Everyone's A Critic: How to Review a Movie

February 8 - March 15, 2015

Everyone's a critic, but how do critics know how to judge whether a film is good or bad? In this discussion-centric workshop for young film enthusiasts, participants will learn how to think about a film critically beyond just the initial visceral reaction of an audience member.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - Teens Only Valentine's Special!

February 14

USA | 2010 | 113 Minutes

Free Candy Power-ups! SIFF FutureWave presents this special Valentine's Day screening of Edgar Wright's romantic, action-packed, star-studded, video-game-inspired classic. Special "Teens Only" screening for Ages 13-20. Proof of age may be required for admittance if you look too old! All seats only $5.

Crash Kids

February 21

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 8 - 12) work with a professional media educator to create a short film in collaboration with other children in just eight hours.