Forums at the SIFF Lounge

SIFF's Festival Forums set the stage for engaging discussions, extraordinary demonstrations, and hands-on workshops for filmmakers, industry, and engaged audiences.

The SIFF Lounge, presented by Vulcan Productions, is the main hub of Festival activities, with engaging forums each weekend day of the Festival, VR demonstrations, and happy hour events on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. The Lounge is located at the Pan Pacific Hotel (2125 Terry Ave) in South Lake Union.

Filmmaker Round Table: May 20

60 minutes

May 20, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Janicza Bravo (Lemon), Jason James (Entanglement), Emer Reynolds (The Farthest), and Austin Peters (Give Me Future) join KCTS 9's Jeremy Cropf for an exploration of their craft.

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First Person vs Personal: Violence, Taboo, and Ethics in VR Content

75 minutes

May 20, 2017

3:45 PM - Join Trond Nilsen of Virtual World Society and Seattle VR as he leads what's sure to be a spirited debate among our expert panelists.

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SIFF Programmer Chat: May 20

60 minutes

May 20, 2017

1:15 PM - SIFF Programmers Megan Leonard and Clinton McClung throw down about programming New American Cinema, WTF, and more.

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Why Film Criticism?

60 minutes

May 20, 2017

2:30 PM - A panel of film critics reflect on the changing face of media and how the realities of film criticism are shaping the current landscape. Panelists include Charles Mudede (The Stranger), Sara Michelle Fetters (Movie Freak), Zosha Millman (Seattle Post-Intelligencer), and Dave Chen (/Film); moderated by Brendan Harris (The New Yorker)

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A Closer Look at Sweetheart Deal

60 minutes

May 21, 2017

2:30 PM - Impact Producer Tracy Rector discusses the unique challenges of creating an impact campaign with Sweetheart Deal, a harrowingly intimate story of addiction.

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Documentary Ethics in the Age of “Alternative Facts”

75 minutes

May 21, 2017

3:45 PM - Join moderator Christopher Rufo and five Seattle-based documentarians as they explore the complex ethical questions they face in their work. Panelists: Tracy Rector (Sweetheart Deal), Elisa Levine (Sweetheart Deal), Gabriel Miller (Sweetheart Deal), Robinson Devor (Pow Wow), and David Franklin

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Filmmaker Round Table: May 21

60 minutes

May 21, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Ben Foster (Time Trap), Mark Dennis (Time Trap), Kevan Funk (Hello Destroyer), and Alan Hofmanis (Bad Black) join KCTS 9's Jeremy Cropf for an exploration of their craft.

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Adapting Your ‘Flattie’ Skills to 360 Filmmaking

75 minutes

May 27, 2017

3:45 PM - Panel of filmmakers-turned-360-pioneers they talk frankly about how they boldly transitioned their existing filmmaking skills into the 360 space--and how you can, too.

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Filmmaker Round Table: May 27

60 minutes

May 27, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Jeff Baena (The Little Hours), Jairus McLeary (The Work), Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts), Christopher Schaap (Prom King, 2010), and Kate Brooks (The Last Animals) join KCTS 9's Jeremy Cropf for an exploration of their craft.

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SIFF Programmer Chat: Short Films

60 minutes

May 27, 2017

1:15 PM - SIFF Programmers Dan Doody and Laura Good illuminate their process for selecting short films at SIFF 2017.

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We’re Here To Make A Movie: SAG-AFTRA Indie and New Media Agreements for Emerging Filmmakers

60 minutes

May 27, 2017

2:30 PM - Get the “inside scoop” from SAG-AFTRA staff on how you can hire union talent for your next production.

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Casting Equity: Performance Demonstration and Panel

135 minutes

May 28, 2017

1:15 PM - Join Nike Imoru, CSA, and a team of Seattle and LA-based award-winning filmmakers for this panel which invites producers, directors, and screenwriters to share their views on casting/diversity; how it informs their own work; and how they view both the independent and mainstream approaches to casting.

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Gather Your Team

75 minutes

May 28, 2017

3:45 PM - How do you gather a dream team whose goal is to create together?

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Indigenous Filmmaker Round Table

60 minutes

May 28, 2017

NOON - Visiting indigenous filmmakers and industry members Shirley Sneve (Vision Maker Media), Stacey Thunder (Television Reporter, Journalist), and Rachel Gregg (Big Sky Documentary Film Festival) join Longhouse Media's Tracy Rector for a deeper understanding of their craft.

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Composing For and Against Expectation

75 minutes

May 29, 2017

3:45 PM - A panel discussion on when to score a scene to empower the action or emotional undercurrents, and when to score against that expectation.

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Filmmaker Round Table: May 29

60 minutes

May 29, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Elizabeth Davis ("La Petite Mort"), Ida Theresa Myklebost ("Unwelcome"), Ian Ebright ("The Devil Needs a Fix"), and Nathan Visconti ("Better Known as Peaches Christ") join KCTS 9's Jeremy Cropf for an exploration of their craft.

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Planning for Crowd-Sourcing Success

60 minutes

May 29, 2017

1:15 PM - Experience the thrill of success as filmmakers who have crowd funded their projects share how they successfully built their campaigns to maximize financial return.

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The Creativity of Limits: Micro Budgets, Maximized Films

60 minutes

May 29, 2017

2:30 PM - A guided discussion investigating methodologies of micro-budget filmmaking, maximizing ideas, and how your "bank" isn't just money.

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Experience Me a Story: Game Mechanics and Storytelling

75 minutes

June 3, 2017

3:45 PM - Join our panel of industry experts as they explore how gamification will impact VR and 360 storytelling.

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Filmmaker Round Table: June 3

60 minutes

June 3, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Pacho Velez (The Reagan Show), Bob Byington (Infinity Baby), and Jonathan Cianfrani (Fermented) join KCTS 9's Jeremy Cropf for an exploration of their craft.

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Reinforcing/Subverting Gender in Entertainment Media

60 minutes

June 3, 2017

2:30 PM - A discussion of ways creators and consumers can better understand representations of gender in media, the societal benefits of women making movies, and how we can support gender equality in all aspects of the filmmaking industry.

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Turning True-Life Stories into Narrative Films

60 minutes

June 3, 2017

1:15 PM - Hear from a variety of filmmakers about the realities and responsibilities of navigating the dramatics of a true story.

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Filmmaker Round Table: June 4

60 minutes

June 4, 2017

NOON - Filmmakers Rodrigo Grande (At the End of the Tunnel), Everardo González (Devil's Freedom), Jorge Riquelme Serrano (Chameleon), and Jose Maria Cabral (Woodpeckers) explore their craft in a moderated conversation.

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Finding Balance Between the Corporate and the Independent

60 minutes

June 4, 2017

2:30 PM - A panel of filmmakers share how they have been able to continue working effectively on low-budget projects and higher paying corporate gigs.

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Script Tease and Pitching Demo

75 minutes

June 4, 2017

3:45 PM - Experience lookbooks from upcoming Pacific Northwest films and a rewind style pitching demo with accompanying panel discussion.

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SIFF Programmer Chat: June 4

60 minutes

June 4, 2017

1:15 PM - SIFF Programmers Maryna Ajaja and Justine Barda examine the criteria and process of honoring our New Directors Competition as well as their individual regions of expertise.

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360/VR Storytelling PlayTank

280 minutes

June 10, 2017

8:30 AM - Participants from the film and VR communities will engage with visiting artists and industry leaders who are pioneering storytelling through emerging technologies through breakout sessions and hands-on demos and workshops in this engaging, "unconference" event.

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Catalyst Screenplay Competition Winner Live Read

120 minutes

June 10, 2017

3:00 PM - “The Tiger & the Protected” by Jeff Scott will be presented in a live read-through performed by SAG actors.

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Film in China

60 minutes

June 10, 2017

NOON - A panel led by Movie View International will explore how China’s interest in film is supporting the industry.

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Narrative Worldbuilding in Immersive Storytelling

75 minutes

June 10, 2017

3:45 PM - Join our panel of pioneering content creators as they discuss the 360 projects they're showing in our 360 Storytelling Lounge.

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Social Justice Storytelling on a 360 Canvas

60 minutes

June 10, 2017

2:30 PM - Tracy Rector and a panel of documentary and journalistic filmmakers discuss the potential for 360° storytelling as a impactful social justice tool.

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The Realities of Distribution in a Digital World

60 minutes

June 10, 2017

1:15 PM - Distributors share their experiences connecting filmmakers and content creators to audiences and their expectations of what may be to come in the changing face of distribution.

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