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SIFF 2016 Forums: Catalyst Weekend Panels

All panels are $10 / $5 for SIFF members unless stated otherwise. Visit for expanded descriptions and panelists announcements.

Saturday, June 11
Catalyst Filmmaker Panel
All eight SIFF 2016 Catalyst directors divulge the experiences that brought their films to the big screen.

Saturday, June 11
Who Should Release My Movie?
11:15am – 12:15pm
All filmmakers dream of reaching an audience. Sometimes, that audience is in the theater, but these days, they’re just as likely to stay at home. In an age defined by on-demand viewing habits and the golden age of television, what’s the best way for movies to find their way into the world?

Saturday, June 11
Can Critics Save the Movies?
12:30pm – 1:30pm
It can be easy to assume that everyone’s a critic. Gone are the days in which two thumbs could determine the fate of any single movie. At the same time, there is a greater need than ever before for a signal in the noise that defines today’s media landscape.

How do today’s working critics impact the way we talk about movies today? And how has their role changed in a culture of instant status updates and sound bites? As the release calendar fills up with more superhero and “Star Wars” movies, are critics stuck with reacting to the status quo or is there still room to champion other areas of film culture? We’ll gather some of the best working critics today for a spirited debate about the future of the profession, as well as the medium of cinema itself.

Saturday, June 11
Catalyst Keynote with Ted Hope
1:45pm – 2:45pm

Saturday, June 11
Catalyst Screenplay Competition Winner
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Local and visiting actors perform a live reading of the winning Catalyst Screenplay Competition script.