THE 2018


The Syracuse International Film Festival 2018 will take place on October 10-14, 2018. Now in its 15th year, the festival presents films from around the world in a juried competition. There will be four top cash awards, starting at $1,000, a special music video and web series award, three of the festival’s coveted beautiful crystal Sophia Awards, and other category specific awards.







wEDNESDAY, october 10th Our opening night at the Redhouse Arts Center starts with a showing of Grace Jones' documentary Bloodlight and Bami in the main theatre with a live stream Q&A after the film. Opening Night Reception Redhouse Arts Center Lobby Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami Redhouse Arts Center Main Theatre
thursday, october 11th An evening with Jeremy Garelick of "American High". Jeremy and his team has filmed multiple films this past year in Central New York. Films and Conversation The Palace Theatre - 6:30pm
friday, october 12th Silent Films showings starring Chaplin, Keaton & Lloyd accompanied by Soft Spoken Band, followed by music video competition screenings. and live music performances by Dusty Pascal, Leo Crandall, Hove Morebuks, and Dashé. Silent Film Showings The Palace Theatre - 6:00pm Music video Competition Screenings The Palace Theatre - 9:00pm
saturday, october 13th Directors roundtable, followed by invitational and competition screenings with Special Guest Daniel Baldwin. Directors Roundtable Redhouse Arts Center (Theatre 3) - 10:00am Film Competition Screenings Redhouse Arts Center (All Theatres) - 12:00pm Wisdom to Know the Difference Redhouse Arts Center (All Theatres) - 8:15pm

Native Short Film Program


Turning Stone Resort Center

(Cypress Room) - 8:00pm


Presented by:

Sundance Institute


Supported by:

Oneida Indian Nation


SUNday, october 14th Showings at Shaffer Art Building at SU of our New Filmmakers, Imaging Disability, and Indigenous Peoples showcase films. New Filmmakers Showcase Shaffer Art Building at SU - 1:00pm Imaging Disability Showcase Shaffer Art Building at SU - 3:00pm Indigenous Peoples Showcase Shaffer Art Building at SU - 4:45pm

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The Syracuse International Film Festival was created in 2003 as the place where information by, for and about film and media-related programs could be brought to the community: members produce, present and promote programs throughout the year that are created to engage, inspire, and entertain.

Our Mission is to engage, entertain, inform and inspire the community through innovative film and media programs and  film-based special events throughout the year; to build partnerships and present programs that will enrich the CNY community through the world of international film.


Our Vision is to bring to the community the latest information on the Syracuse filmmaking scene.  SIFF works with the Onondaga County Film Commission to make possible local, national, and international filmmaking projects that add economic, cultural, and educational value to Syracuse and Central New York.


Our Founders, S.U. Professor Owen J. Shapiro and his wife, Christine Fawcett-Shapiro created the SIFF organization in 2003. Their dedication towards the film industry, continues to guide SIFF and has helped it become what it is today.


Our Growth is made possible by a volunteer Board of Directors and support from such institutions as Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Onondaga County, CNY Film Professionals, and various businesses, individuals, and organizations help support our work in the community and beyond. Over the past 13 years, Syracuse International Film Festival has grown beyond an annual festival event to become a year-round producer of screenings and media-related programs for the whole community.


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