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.

Crash Student

October 10

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

October 24

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.

Steal That Shot: Learning From the Masters

November 8 - 22, 2015

Steal That Shot: In this 3-part workshop filmmakers aged 13 - 18 will learn from the masters as they are challenged to re-create scenes from classic films. 

School Break Camps

November 23, 2015 - February 19, 2016

SIFF is excited to be announcing our Fall/Winter School Break Filmmaking Camps to be held here at the SIFF Film Center. This school year, students between the ages of 9 and 13 will have the opportunity to explore filmmaking with two exciting multi-day sessions with master filmmaking educators.