BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN  |   Adjacent to the Ford Cinetransformer, Café Artois is a unique, open access lounge that is home to our Women in Film Celebration, private events and other special gatherings. Visit the Café to connect with friends and filmmakers while enjoying Stella Artois and Stella Cidre on tap. And don’t forget to join us for Après Stella with complimentary Stella and a live DJ (Thursday-Friday, 7-9pm).


Join legendary music guru Chris Douridas of KCRW and musician/composer Andrew Bird (Outside In, Baskets, The Muppets Movie) as they discuss the art of scoring, composing and supervising the key ingredient to all great films: music. Access for Insiders, Festival and Party Passholders only.


Join filmmaker and pitch master Will McCormack for an SVFF session dedicated to the art of the pitch. McCormack will walk audience members through the do’s and don’ts of pitching, sharing success stories and tricks of the trade, and will try and sell his idea live to a panel of top producers. Following an audience Q&A, High Scribe finalists will have the chance to meet the producer panel, which includes Kevin Walsh of Scott Free Films, former president of Focus Features Jim Burke, and producer Jen Roskind (Animals, Unlovable). Free and open to the public with priority admission for Passholders.


Join producer Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Dallas Buyers Club) at Café Artois as we celebrate Benita Ozoude and Giselle Bonilla, the winners of the 2018 Horizon Award, at a reception in their honor. The Horizon Award was created to combat gender disparity in filmmaking by providing mentoring and grants for emerging female directors.  Their award-winning shorts will screen in the Ford Cinetransformer at 5PM on Thursday, March 15, before Science Fair. This event is free and open to the public with priority admission for Passholders.


In light of the #MeToo movement, we have to ask ourselves: if we are dismantling an aged system, then what are we putting in its place? How do we create new culture in our working environments and. society? How do women, men and all genders find balance in power? Join award-winning journalist Sarah Sunshine Manning, producer and change-maker Effie Brown, Bentonville Fest president Wendy Guerrero and producer Heather Rae for a conversation about the power of storytelling and systemic change. Free and open to the public with priority admission for Passholders.