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

                 

Works in Progress Documentary Session One: Paradise

Bangladesh | 2018 | 180 minutes | Bijon Imtiaz, Arifur Rahman

Thursday, June 7 | 9:30 AM | SIFF Film Center

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Works in Progress Documentary Session Two: Good Ol Girl

USA | 2018 | 180 minutes | Sarah Brennan Kolb

Friday, June 8 | 9:30 AM | SIFF Film Center

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Works in Progress Narrative Session One: The Dive

Israel | 2018 | 180 minutes | Yona Rozenkier

Thursday, June 7 | 2:00 PM | SIFF Film Center

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Works in Progress Narrative Session Two: Hanging

Israel | 2018 | 180 minutes | Limor Shmila

Friday, June 8 | 2:00 PM | SIFF Film Center

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Arianna Bocco

Arianna Bocco

Narrative Mentor

Arianna Bocco is EVP of Acquisitions & Productions for IFC Films, Sundance Selects, and IFC Midnight, all owned and operated by AMC Networks.

Since 2006, Bocco has spearheaded acquisitions at the company, securing over 400 of the world's most critically acclaimed independent films, including Boyhood, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Gomorrah, Hunger, In the Loop, Pina, How To Survive A Plague, Dirty Wars, Two Days, One Night, Finding Vivian Maier, Frances HaClouds of Sils Maria, City of Gold, Sleeping With Other People, 45 Years, and Dheepan.

Prior to IFC Films, Bocco was head of the independent feature packaging division of the Gersh Agency, SVP of Acquisitions at Miramax Films, and VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features. Bocco began her career at ICM, The Steve Tisch Company, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Carlos Marqués-Marcet

Carlos Marqués-Marcet

Narrative Mentor

Carlos Marqués-Marcet is an editor, director and producer. Graduated from the UCLA School of Film and TV, he completed ten short films that went on to win DGA Student awards, the INJUVE Award and the Frankenheimer Award among others; as well as the documentary De Pizarros y Atahualpas. 10.000 KM (Long Distance) was his debut narrative feature film that was awarded with a Special Jury prize for its actors at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and won five awards at the Malaga Film Festival, it was nominated to the European Film Academy Awards and won the Spanish Academy Award for Best New Director, among prizes in many other festivals as well as theatrical releases all over the world. His second feature Anchor and Hope was released in Spain at the end of 2017 and started its international Career at Rotterdam International Film Fetival and SXSW in 2018. He is a founding partner of the LA-based production company LA Panda, where they produce films usually in co-productions with Europe and Latin America. As an editor, he has edited projects for film and TV, including feature films such as Eliza Hitman's It Felt like Love (Sundance 2013, Rotterdam 2013), Hannah Fidell's 6 Years (SXSW 2015), Offer Egozy's Fantastic (Berlinale 2016) or Lluis Galter Caracremada (Venice Film Festival 2010).

Luke Rivett

Luke Rivett

Narrative Mentor

Luke Rivett grew up in the picturesque western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Having fallen in love with the world of cinema at a young age, Rivett took the tried and tested route into the film industry... working in his local video store. From there, he graduated to usher at a movie theatre in downtown Melbourne and then made a leap into the business side of the film industry as an Account Manager for Buena Vista International (Australia). Rivett then relocated to Los Angeles in 2003 where he started as an assistant at Anonymous Content and has since moved up the ranks and is now a manager where he reps writers and directors. Under the Anonymous Content banner, he produced Scenic Route, starring Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler, which premiered at SXSW 2013. He then produced Everly starring Salma Hayek directed by Joe Lynch. Most recently he's served as Executive Producer on Berlin Station for Epix and is in post-production on The Tomorrow Man starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner.

Amy Nicholson

Amy Nicholson

Documentary Mentor

Amy Nicholson is the host of the Earwolf podcasts "The Canon" and "Unspooled" and critic for Variety, The Guardian, and KPCC's Film Week. Formerly, she was the chief film critic for the MTV News and LA Weekly. Her first book, "Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor," was published by Cahiers du Cinema.

David Magdael

David Magdael

Documentary Mentor

David Magdael has more than 18 years of experience in public relations, strategic planning, development, marketing, community outreach and entertainment and media relations in North America, Europe and Asia. As founder and president of David Magdael & Associates, Inc. Magdael continues to specialize in documentaries, indie films, directors, and public affairs. From developing Oscar® campaigns to festival strategies to theatrical and broadcast press unit publicity, his company has emerged as an important entertainment communications firm boasting a client roster including numerous Oscar® winning and nominated documentary, animated and short films and festival standouts. Magdael's firm works with all distributors, content creators and broadcast networks along with representing award winning directors such as Morgan Spurlock and a host of films such as the recent People's Republic of Desire, Isle of Dogs, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.
Magdael is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and is the Co-Director for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival since 1997. He serves as a mentor at the Sundance Institute Documentary Producers Lab and continues to share his expertise in panels and workshops at festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Full Frame Film Festival, and many more.

Myrocia Watamaniuk

Myrocia Watamaniuk

Documentary Mentor

Myrocia Watamaniuk is a film programmer, television producer and broadcaster based in Toronto. She is currently Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Over fifteen years of experience programming fiction and non-fiction features and shorts, she has held programming positions at Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival. She has produced television and hosted series for CBC News and Rogers TV.