New Directors Competition

New Directors Competition

Be at the cutting edge of world cinema and take a little risk in your viewing. This year, 13 new international voices have been selected for SIFF's New Directors Competition. To qualify, the films must be dramatic features, a director's debut or second feature, and without U.S. distribution at the time of SIFF selection. The films are selected for their original scripts, innovative cinematography, and unique insights into people, places, and story. 

The New Directors jury comprises film industry professionals and journalists who will choose the winning filmmaker during the Festival's final weekend. The winner will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receive a cash prize of $5,000.