New Directors Competition

Be at the cutting edge of world cinema and take a little risk in your viewing. This year, 10 new international voices have been selected for SIFF's New Directors Competition.

To qualify, the films must be a director's debut or second feature, and without U.S. distribution at the time of SIFF selection. The films are chosen for their original scripts, innovative cinematography, and unique insights into people, places, and story. From Algeria to Malaysia, from Peru to China, from Kenya to Georgia, these are films that expand the cinematic palate in inventive ways.

The winner as chosen by a jury will be announced at the Golden Space Needle Awards and receives a cash prize of $5,000.

Jurors: Andrew Carlin, Bill Guentzler, and Alesia Weston.

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After the War

France | 2017 | 92 minutes | Annarita Zambrano

An Italian insurgent living abroad discovers he no longer has political asylum, leaving his family to answer for past sins.

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Sweden | 2018 | 102 minutes | Gabriela Pichler

When a Swedish town hopes to lure a German superstore chain, local high school students are tasked with making the tourism video.

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Dead Pigs

China | 2018 | 130 minutes | Cathy Yan

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - New Directors Competition and the China Stars Award for Best First Film | Five Shanghai residents find their lives converging amidst the backdrop of a mysterious river of dead swine.

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Peru | 2018 | 101 minutes | Alvaro L. Aparicio

An artistic boy in rural Peru finds his vision distorted when he learns a secret about his troubled father.

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Canada (Québec) | 2017 | 78 minutes | Kristina Wagenbauer

A young musician on the precipice of her big break must bear her estranged Mother when she suddenly returns.

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Scary Mother

Georgia | 2017 | 107 minutes | Ana Urushadze

A woman faces struggles to become a novelist against her family's wishes.

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Shuttle Life

Malaysia | 2017 | 96 minutes | Seng-Kiat Tan

A malasyian youth embarks on a quest to recover his sister's body and take revnge upon her killer.

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Supa Modo

Kenya | 2018 | 74 minutes | Likarion Wainaina

A Kenyian town comes together to make a terminally ill young girl’s dream come true—to become a superhero.

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The Blessed

Algeria | 2017 | 102 minutes | Sofia Djama

Algeria's recent societal changes are intimately explored from the perspective of a middle-aged couple and their teenage son.

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The Charmer

Denmark | 2017 | 100 minutes | Milad Alami

A charming and handsome Iranian man seduces a series of Danish women in an effort to secure his citizenship.

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