New Works-in-Progress Forum
Participate in the filmmaker's journey with four works-in-progress sessions.
In a collaboration that highlights the Festival's reputation for unearthing global voices and recognizes its revered, cinephile audience, the New Works-in-Progress forum will bring selected audience members into the creative process and add a dynamic, next-level component at a critical junction in the filmmaker's journey. This initiative, held June 6-9, 2018, will comprise two fictional narratives and two documentaries culled from around the globe.
Also included in the program are mentors from film-industry sectors such as distribution, acquisitions, press, and representation, adding a wide breadth of diverse and independent voices to the conversation as an additional launch pad for the filmmaker's work. This program is perfect for anyone who believes deeply in cinema-come be an active part of the creative process of visual storytelling.
All four SIFF 2017 New Works-in-Progress inaugural projects return this year in official festival selection as finished films: A Good Week For Democracy, Julia Blue, Retablo, and The Silk and the Flame.
"The 2018 edition of the New Works-in-Progress Forum at SIFF shines the spotlight on four unique visual storytellers whose projects both reflect today's global zeitgeist from four extremely different perspectives, and the Forum's directive to bring audience and filmmaker together at critical moments in the creative journey. From Bangladesh, Israel, and the US, each film team is looking to the famed SIFF cinephiles to discover if their stories speak to a global audience."—Kathleen McInnis, New Works-in-Progress Forum Curator
"SIFF 2018 is focused on meeting filmmakers and audiences where they are, and the New Works-in-Progress Forum does exactly that - curating audiences to meet filmmakers, and having that relationship help to create the art."—Beth Barrett, SIFF Artistic Director
This program is supported in part by Vulcan Productions with assistance from Washington FilmWorks
Bangladesh | 2018 | 180 minutes | Bijon Imtiaz, Arifur Rahman
Thursday, June 7 | 9:30 AM | SIFF Film Center
USA | 2018 | 180 minutes | Sarah Brennan Kolb
Friday, June 8 | 9:30 AM | SIFF Film Center
Israel | 2018 | 180 minutes | Yona Rozenkier
Thursday, June 7 | 2:00 PM | SIFF Film Center