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

Behind the Music: Composing for Film

90 minutes

Join feature film composers from various backgrounds as they discuss the history of their career and what inspired them to compose for film.

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Bigfoot Northwest Script Challenge Live Table Read

120 minutes

SIFF + Bigfoot present a live table reading of "Crack the Whip," a one-hour comedy pilot by Heather Pilder Olson, with feedback by Bigfoot partners representing the production teams behind Straight Outta Compton, Men in Black 4, and ABC's smash hit "Blackish."

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How Any Artist Can Hustle on Social Media

90 minutes

Whether you're a film producer, costume designer, musician, author, or any other kind of artist, you already contain everything you need to build a strong audience on social media. This panel will teach you how to leverage your art and voice to grow a following online, which can help you land gigs, sell tickets, pop up on VIP radars, and more.

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Racial Cinequity: Seattle’s Film Cultures

90 minutes

Join representatives from the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, Seattle Latino Film Festival, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival for a probing conversation around experiencing and supporting Seattle's various filmmaking and filmgoing communities.

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The Art of the Short

90 minutes

Why make a short? The short film is often regarded as an abbreviated feature. But is it? How does the genre differ? What are the benefits and challenges of making a short film? Filmmakers share their thoughts and experiences and why they have chosen to work in this specialized art form and where it will lead them.

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Works in Progress Documentary Session One: A Loss of Something Ever Felt

Estonia | 2019 | 180 minutes | Carlos E. Lesmes

At the request of her mother Hille, Eeva arrives from Estonia to Bogotá, Colombia to look for her drug- addicted and alcoholic half-brother Lauri. In her quest to find Lauri, Eeva manages to rediscover and reconnect with the fragile love she and her brother once shared.

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Works in Progress Documentary Session Two: Hope’s Journey

USA | 2019 | 180 minutes | Yolanda Cruz

Hope arrives in Oaxaca angry, out of place, and afraid. Others have come in celebration, making the annual pilgrimage to La Virgen de Juquila, the region's patron saint, but it isn't until Hope befriends Soledad that a sense of origin begins to emerge.

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Works in Progress Narrative Session One: The Paths of My Father

Brazil | 2019 | 180 minutes | Mauricio Osaki

When 11-year-old Nhi's grandma is hospitalized, she is forced to join her absent father, a truck driver, on a journey around Vietnam. Nhi wants to escape to her hometown and reconnect with her roots, while the father sees it as a chance to give her away.

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Works in Progress Narrative Session Two: Lina From Lima

Chile | 2019 | 180 minutes | Maria Paz Gonzalez

It's Christmas time. Ten years have passed since Lina (40) traveled to Chile to work as a housekeeper leaving behind her son who lives with his grandmother in Peru. This holiday season, Lina will find herself yearning to rest from the weight of her obligations to think, even for a brief moment, first about herself.

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