Amid hundreds of possible films to see, 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 SIFF Cinema throughout the year.
For its ninth year, SIFF has selected a jury of seven high school students to view eight of the FutureWave feature films and award their favorite with the Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature.
2018 FutureWave Jury: Caleb Lee, Dashiell Barnett, Jakob Marston-Galarza, Josiah King, Mikaela Peizer, Nikos Campbell, and Rose Shipley
Russia | 2018 | 114 minutes | Sergey Mokritskiy
A Russian videogame designer is mysteriously recruited to be the gatekeeper of a multidimensional portal.
Australia | 2017 | 115 minutes | Simon Baker
Two Australian teens discover the liberating world of surfing through the guidance of an enigmatic big wave rider.
USA | 2018 | 93 minutes | Bo Burnham
Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film and Best Actress (Elsie Fisher) | A 13-year-old girl navigates the final week of her disastrous eight grade year.
Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 87 minutes | Pascal Plante
Introverted punk rocker Theo falls in love with the free spirited Mag on the streets of Montreal.
Paraguay | 2017 | 102 minutes | Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori
After finding an antique treasure map, a teen and his band of whip-smart friends stage a daring heist.
USA | 2018 | 105 minutes | Laura Nix
Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Competition | Brilliant teenage minds come together to devise solutions to climate change in this life-affirming science documentary.
USA | 2018 | 92 minutes | Nijla Mu’min
Summer Dawson, a care-free black teen in LA, finds her identity tested when her mother converts to Islam.
France | 2017 | 85 minutes | Elsa Diringer
After a drunken, testosterone-filled party goes wrong, a teenage girl resolves to rid her life of toxic masculinity.
USA | 2017 | 85 minutes | Gus Krieger
Winner of the SIFF 2018 Youth Jury Prize for Best FutureWave Feature | A heartrending dreamscape of a black teen’s life and dreams replaying as she becomes a statistic of police violence.
USA | 2018 | 96 minutes | Megan Griffiths
Teen girl Sadie struggles to stay connected with her father serving overseas as her mother starts seeing somebody else.
USA | 2018 | 105 minutes | Crystal Moselle
A suburban teen gains newfound freedom with group of girl skatboarders in New York's Lower East Side.
Denmark | 2017 | 96 minutes | Annika Berg
Coming-of-age film where eight punk rebels explore their artistic expressions through social media while managing painful realities.
USA | 2018 | 90 | Desiree Akhavan
Gay teens in a conversion therapy camp learn instead to embrace each other and themselves in this arresting drama.