Forums and Education

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.


Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall

USA | 2017 | 100 minutes | Katherine Fairfax Wright

Known for his campy, totally funky music videos, Todrick Hall—a vibrant, lovable, and fabulously gay artist bursting with creative energy—takes you behind the scenes as he launches his most ambitious project to date: the original stage musical "Straight Outta Oz."

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Forever Pure

Israel | 2016 | 87 minutes | Maya Zinshtein

The addition of two Muslim players to a Jerusalem soccer team leads to a calamitous clash with the club's extreme-right-wing fan base in investigative journalist Maya Zinshtein's troubling cautionary tale of nationalism and mob mentality.

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Have a Nice Day

China | 2017 | 88 min. (incl. 11 min. short film) | Liu Jian

Filled with sparkling, Tarantino-esque dialogue, this grim animated noir from China begins when a young construction worker steals a case filled with cash and finds himself pursued by a rogues’ gallery of punk rockers, crazed inventors, and a hammer-wielding hit man.

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I Was a Dreamer

Italy | 2016 | 100 minutes | Michele Vannucci

A hardened ex-con returns to his working-class Rome suburb with a dream of improving his family’s life in this sensitive, redemptive drama. But walking the straight and narrow is difficult when your father is a criminal and temptation is around every corner.

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Paris Prestige

France | 2016 | 106 minutes | Hamé Bourokba, Ékoué

With a pulsing soundtrack and neon-drenched visuals, musicians-turned- filmmakers Hamé and Ekoué dive into Paris’s vibrant nightlife scene to tell the story of two brothers with differing views of what the future should be for their family-owned bar.

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Canada | 2017 | 103 minutes | Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana

The contributions of Native Americans in modern American music; from Link Wray to Robbie Robertson, Charley Patton to Buffy Sainte-Marie; get a much-deserved showcase in this celebratory expose of the Indigenous influence on the soundtrack of popular culture.

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Sami Blood

Sweden | 2016 | 110 minutes | Amanda Kernell

A coming-of-age drama set in 1930s Sweden, "Sami Blood" is the prejudiced term used to describe an indigenous girl, played by poised newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok, who attends a state school that pressures her to break ties with her family and culture.

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Step

USA | 2017 | 82 minutes | Amanda Lipitz

An emotional journey through the sisterhood, the struggles, and the heart of three Baltimore high-school students who are planning for college and training for a step-dancing championship, all while social unrest rocks their troubled minority community.

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Struggle for Life

Belgium | 2016 | 99 minutes | Antonin Peretjatko

In the tradition of classic French slapstick comes this laugh-a-minute satire about a hapless young suit sent to oversee the building of a ski resort in French Guiana, meeting a beautiful woman named Tarzan on an absurdist trip through the Amazon.

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Whose Streets?

USA | 2017 | 100 minutes | Sabaah Folayan

The story of 2014’s Ferguson, Missouri, uprising as told by the people who lived it, this unflinching documentary gets to the heart of how the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back against injustice—and sparked a global movement.

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