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.
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.
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.
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.
USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | Miranda Potter, Jade Jess
A victim of human trafficking tells her story.
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.
Spain | 2018 | 105 minutes | Arantxa Echevarria
Stunning bride-to-be Carmen and ambitious street artist Lola find themselves in the throes of a secret first love, risking safety, status, and their own future within their highly conservative Roma community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USA | 2019 | 6 minutes | Will McCracken
A young couple's lives are turned upside-down by an otherworldly camera.
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.
USA | 2018 | 4 minutes | Dylan Santa Cruz
A boy goes through a simulation meant to help him mourn his dead girlfriend.
USA | 2019 | 94 minutes | Minhal Baig
A Muslim-American teenager navigates her burgeoning sexual desires in relation to her faith and her Pakistani family.
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.
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.
Russia | 2018 | 4 minutes | Daria Litvichenko
One evening Philip, gets proof that the world is cruel and corrupt.
USA | 2019 | 5 minutes | Serena Cunningham
A personal recounting of a young woman’s struggle with OCD and ADHD.
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.
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.
USA | 2018 | 5 minutes | Nepal Arslan
Phillip Bruce shares his experience of not having any fingers on his left hand.
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.
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.
Jamaica | 2018 | 114 minutes | Storm Saulter
A dynamic coming-of-age portrait of a Rastafarian teenager dedicated to joining the national youth track team.
USA | 2018 | 7 minutes | Sam Kellman
The childhood journey of Elliot and his best friend Alfie, who happens to be a stuffed bunny.
USA | 2019 | 5 minutes | Chase Humes
A transgender student talks about his experiences and hardships during his journey.