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Catalyst: Filmmaker Panel

90 minutes |

Join the six Catalyst filmmakers (and some of their producers) as we discuss how they each brought their unique vision to the screen. From script development to production to finding an audience on the festival circuit and beyond, this is sure to be one of the most engaging and informative panels of the festival.

Catalyst: Keynote with Emily Best (Seed&Spark)

60 minutes |

Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, believes that storytelling is about expanding imagination and that films are not just art, but also business ventures - which means filmmakers are creative CEOs. Join her as she discusses the importance of audience engagement, the next wave of digital distribution, and why the future is bright for diverse voices in filmmaking.

Catalyst: Produce Smarter - How to Finance Your Short Film Without Using Your Credit Card

60 minutes |

Screenwriter/attorney Steve Edmiston will share over a decade of lessons learned about finding and raising money for low budgets in the rapidly evolving filmmaking ecosystem.

Successful Genre Filmmaking

USA | 60 minutes |

Join producers Kelly Martin Wagner and Nick Phillips (Beneath) for an illuminating session focused on genre filmmaking. In addition to producing, they also have years of experience to share in development and casting of genre properties.

The Changing Face of Documentary Filmmaking

90 minutes |

Join visiting documentary filmmakers for an illuminating discussion on the art of their art form.

Charlie Chaplin shorts

USA | 74 minutes |

Join "The Little Tramp" in his mis-adventures in this collection of short films, with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Fun for all ages!

#ChicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

USA | 2013 | 74 minutes | Joe Piscatella

Ala’a Basatneh, a Damascus-born, Chicago-based 19-year-old, proves instrumental in organizing the Syrian revolution while exposing al-Assad’s brutal dictatorship—all from behind her laptop.

Chinese Puzzle

France | 2013 | 117 minutes | Cédric Klapisch

SIFF and César award-winning director Cédric Klapisch completes his trilogy (2002’s L'Auberge Espagnole, 2005’s Russian Dolls), following soulful everyman writer Xavier to New York City in the hopes of winning back his estranged wife and their two children.

The Circle

Switzerland | 2014 | 102 minutes | Stefan Haupt

In the 1950s, Zurich group Der Kreis (“The Circle”) blossomed into an internationally renowned gay liberation community. Schoolteacher Ernst Ostertag and drag performer Röbi Rapp fight for their love, made taboo by society, with inspiring courage, in this hybrid documentary/narrative.

Class Enemy

Slovenia | 2013 | 112 minutes | Rok Biček

In this award-winning Slovenian drama (shortlisted for the 2013 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®), a group of teens blame their demanding new teacher and his cold, demeaning teaching methods when one of their classmates commits suicide.

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