Forums and Education

SIFF Education expands and strengthens the community of film lovers and filmmakers in Seattle. Our programs include FutureWave (for youth and educators), Catalyst (for filmmakers), and Film4All (cinema education for everyone). Learn more about our programs here.

Our Festival Forums, listed below, set the stage for engaging discussions, extraordinary demonstrations, and hands-on workshops for a variety of ages and experience levels.

The Alchemy of Film Scoring 2014

90 minutes

Dissecting the ingredients to what makes a strong film score, and exploring how directors and composers communicate to create the magic that elevates action, evokes emotion, and makes film sing. Adam Gehrke will lead a discussion with panelists/composer heavyweights Hummie Mann, Ed Hartman, Mateo Messina, and BC Campbell.

Transforming Into Film

May 29, 2014

A Conversation with Filmmakers Jane Charles (Sold) and Shawn Telford (BFE).

Crowdfunding to Build an Audience


This class for film-related projects presented by Emily Best (Seed&Spark) will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

May 31, 2015

120 minutes

The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience! 

Catalyst Filmmaker Panel

May 30, 2015

90 minutes

Six directors. Their producers. Assorted cast and crew. These ingredients, live and in person, are what make our annual Catalyst Filmmaker Panel an unfiltered conversation and indispensable resource on what it takes to be an independent filmmaker today. 

Catalyst Keynote by Amy Dotson, IFP

May 30, 2015

60 minutes

Amy Dotson is the Deputy Director and Head of Programming for the Independent Filmmaker Project, a 35-year old nonprofit organization that champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. 

Communication Between Directors and Composers

May 30, 2015

60 minutes

Connecting music to motion pictures can be a difficult and frustrating step of the film making process.

Contemporary Indigenous Cinema

May 30, 2015

60 minutes

Visiting and local Indigenous filmmakers from the US and Canada discuss the contemporary trends and challenges of creating a vibrant media community.

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers

180 minutes

In this FREE workshop participants will get an overview of best practices in teaching digital media in the classroom.

Expanding the New Media Horizon

June 6, 2015

150 minutes

Transmedia, cross-platform, interactive media, and more. What do these terms mean and how can filmmakers use new media to tell better stories? Experience some of the best pieces currently being made around the world.