FutureWave is the perfect way for high-school and college students to access the Festival.

We have curated the perfect starting point for new audiences to explore something that may seem familiar but has surprising depth or unique creativity. Many of the films are stories about youth told with a vitality and style that will be a stepping stone to exploring more extraordinary films across the Festival.

SIFF is a participating TeenTix venue. TeenTix are available on the day of any regularly priced film in the Festival as well as at SIFF Cinema throughout the year.


Netherlands | 2019 | 93 minutes | Willem Bosch

Teenaged Sam finds her mother waiting in the hereafter and plots to get them both back to the realm of the living.

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Banana Split

USA | 2018 | 88 minutes | Benjamin Kasulke

April’s plans for her final months before college hit a snag when she becomes best friends with her ex’s new squeeze.

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Black Girl Magic

USA | 2019 | 3 minutes | Sofia Majors, Eljae Givens, Jaylin Harris, Hope Allen, Taylor Freeman, Olivia Majors

Young women summon the superhero Black Magic when they need to make things right.

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Blinded by the Light

United Kingdom | 2019 | 114 minutes | Gurinder Chadha

A Pakistani teen living in Thatcher’s Britain has his world blown open when he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen.

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USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | Miranda Potter, Jade Jess

A victim of human trafficking tells her story.

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Burning Cane

USA | 2019 | 78 minutes | Phillip Youmans

A drama set among the Louisiana cane fields about a religious woman’s struggles between her faith and her troubled family.

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Carmen & Lola

Spain | 2018 | 105 minutes | Arantxa Echevarria

Bride-to-be Carmen and street artist Lola pursue a secret first love within their highly conservative Roma community.

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Come Back To Me

USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | Catherine McCord

A mother, a deployed 20-year veteran soldier, questions the balance between serving her country and raising her son.

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Canada | 2018 | 7 minutes | Margarita Brodie

Before leaving for college, Max and Geraldine reveal how they've really felt about each other all summer long.

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USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | AJ Baldwin

Fifteen is a tough age for a girl—especially when you fall in love for the first time with another girl.

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Fig Tree

Ethiopia | 2018 | 90 minutes | Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian

During the Ethiopian Civil War, a 16-year-old Jewish girl attempts to save her Christian boyfriend from being drafted.

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Fleeting Moments

USA | 2019 | 6 minutes | Will McCracken

A young couple's lives are turned upside-down by an otherworldly camera.

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FutureWave Shorts and Best of NFFTY

2019 | 86 minutes

The next generation of filmmakers are finding their own unique voices and are creating media with purpose. These international shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong in the future.

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USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | Dylan Santa Cruz

A boy goes through a simulation meant to help him mourn his dead girlfriend.

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USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Minhal Baig

A Muslim-American teenager navigates her burgeoning sexual desires in relation to her faith and her Pakistani family.

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United Kingdom | 2018 | 7 minutes | Jess O'Brien

Solomon reads a poem to the class that has a meaning and two secrets only known by one other classmate.

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House of Hummingbird

South Korea | 2018 | 138 minutes | Bora Kim

14-year-old Eun-hee struggles with social pressure, her sexuality, and her indifferent family during the summer of 1994.

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Meeting At Half Past Five

Russia | 2018 | 4 minutes | Daria Litvichenko

One evening Philip, gets proof that the world is cruel and corrupt.

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USA | 2019 | 5 minutes | Serena Cunningham

A personal recounting of a young woman’s struggle with OCD and ADHD.

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On the Backs of Salmon

USA | 2018 | 9 minutes | Miles Whitworth, Cecilia O'Rollins

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe have fought the long odds to reclaim their identity after white settlers devastated the local salmon population.

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Our Way of Life: A Video Poem For My Father

USA | 2019 | 2 minutes | Lacy Hawk (Suquamish)

A young descendent of the Suquamish Tribe documents how they are preserving their culture and teaching the next generation.

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Phillip Bruce - A Documentary About Limb Difference

USA | 2018 | 5 minutes | Nepal Arslan

Phillip Bruce shares his experience of not having any fingers on his left hand.

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Red Chimera

USA | 2019 | 8 minutes | Jen Frisch-Wang

In her dream, Chrissy’s cat tells her that she will age 60 years overnight. When she wakes up, it’s true.

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Brazil | 2018 | 71 minutes | Alexandre Moratto

A no-punches-pulled drama about a homeless, family-less teen struggling to get by in São Paulo's ghetto.

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Jamaica | 2018 | 114 minutes | Storm Saulter

A dynamic coming-of-age portrait of a Rastafarian teenager dedicated to joining the national youth track team.

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USA | 2018 | 7 minutes | Sam Kellman

The childhood journey of Elliot and his best friend Alfie, who happens to be a stuffed bunny.

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The Making of Chase Humes

USA | 2019 | 5 minutes | Chase Humes

A transgender student talks about his experiences and hardships during his journey.

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Twin Flower

Italy | 2018 | 96 minutes | Laura Luchetti

A young woman on the run and a man from the Ivory Coast team up to cross a bleak Sardinia.

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