Future/future Competition

Highlighting boundary-pushing new cinema from emerging filmmakers, PIFF’s Future/future competition represents some of the most exciting new voices in global cinema. The selected films come from around the world and exemplify the theme of unboundedness. The competition winner, selected by our jury, will win a $1,000 prize.

This year’s films:

American Thief
Dir. Miguel Silveira / United States / 2020 / 90 mins.

A teen hacker seeking revenge for his father’s murder becomes a pawn in a plot to derail the 2016 presidential elections. Watch trailer.

Everything in the End
Dir. Mylissa Fitzsimmons / United States / 2021 / 96 mins.

Stranded in a small Icelandic village during Earth’s final days, a man seeks solace in the brief human connections he encounters. Watch trailer.

Identifying Features
Dir. Fernanda Valadez / Mexico / 2020 / 96 mins.

A mother travels across Mexico in search for her son who authorities say died while trying to cross the border into the United States. Watch trailer.

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff
Dir. Alicia J. Rose / United States / 2021

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff explores the system that allowed Madoff to function for decades through the eyes of musician/poet Alicia Jo Rabins, who watches the financial crash from an abandoned office building on Wall Street. Watch trailer.

A Machine to Live In
Dir. Meredith Zielke, Yoni Goldstein / United States / 2020

A Machine to Live In is a hybrid documentary linking the cosmic power structures of the state to the mystical architecture of cults and utopian cities in the remote hinterlands of Brazil. Watch trailer.

A Rifle and A Bag
Dir. Cristina Hanes, Isabella Rinaldi, Arya Rothe / India, Romania, Italy, Qatar / 2020 / 90 mins.

Somi and her husband fell in love fighting alongside a communist guerrilla group. Since the couple deserted the movement, they have been striving to forge a new identity, educate their two children, and reconcile their hostile past. Watch trailer.

A Son
Dir. Mehdi M. Barsaoui / France, Lebanon / 2019

A couple’s world collapses when their son is shot, and the father discovers he’s not the boy’s biological parent. Watch trailer.

Sugar Daddy
Dir. Wendy Morgan / Canada / 2020 / 101 mins.

Darren is a wickedly talented and unconventional young musician who dreams of making music like nobody has ever heard before. Desperate for cash, she signs up to a sugar daddy paid-dating website and throws herself down a dark rabbit hole that forces her to grow up fast, shaping her music, and how she sees the world. Watch trailer.

Competition Jury:

Ali Khechen
Doha Film Institute

After a Master Degree in International Projects Management with a specialization in Film Studies and Film Financing, Ali Khechen has worked as Project Coordinator at the Short Film Corner – Festival de Cannes, Industry Manager at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico and was part of the Projects Selection Committee of the Sanad Film Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is currently working for the Doha Film Institute as Workshops & Labs Manager, he is also the Industry Manager of Qumra, an initiative that seeks to provide mentorship, nurturing, and hands-on development for filmmakers from the Arab world and around the world.

Natalie Difford

Natalie is responsible for designing and overseeing Cinereach’s highly personalized Fellowships program, an incubator for creative exploration. Prior to joining Cinereach, she was Senior Program Officer of the non-profit film fund Chicken & Egg Pictures for five years. She has extensive film industry experience, from development to festival programming, having worked with This is That, IFP, London Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and on various TV productions for A&E, Comedy Central, IFC and MTV Productions.

David Cress
Media Producer

David Cress is an Oregon-based media producer of award-winning work across a variety of genres including music videos, television commercials, fiction and nonfiction films, and television productions. His work has included productions in several counties on different continents. His latest projects include several seasons producing Portlandia, Shrill, and Documentary Now!