sliff master class

St. Lawrence International Film Festival is proud to present the DIY Filmmaker Master Class, available to academic institutions throughout North America. Carrying on the breakthrough festival's tradition of celebrating and supporting the best independent filmmakers in the world, the Master Class brings the latest up and coming filmmakers to your department, college or institution, screening their films and presenting in-depth discussions of how those films were created, from script to screen.

Here's this season's Master Class, available for bookings now!




Here Alone

"A Zombie Masterpiece!"

Winner of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival's coveted Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, "Here Alone" follows Ann, a woman in her 20's, struggling to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society.

A chance encounter with Olivia, a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris, disrupts Ann's life and regimen of survival.

As an uneasy tension grows, their lives are threatened by the infected and Ann is forced to confront her past to make a decision that will irrevocably alter their collective existence and survival.

Scheduled for major market release in 2017, the Master Class presents the film to your campus as an exclusive advance screening.

The filmmakers

Director Rod Blackhurst, Writer David Ebeltoft, Producer Noah Lang

Rod Blackhurst is the co-director of the acclaimed Netflix documentary Amanda Knox, numerous award winning shorts and major commercial campaigns. "Here Alone" is his first feature film.

David Ebeltoft is the award winning screenwriter of "North" and "You were Once Called Queen City"

Noah Lang is a young producer with four independent features and numerous branded series and campaigns under his belt. His background in film finance and development has made him a producer to watch in the indie film world.



"A Writer, a Director and a Producer Walk Into A Bar: Making a Champagne Movie On a Beer Budget" 

A 90-minute presentation and Q&A session with presentations by each member of the "Here Alone" Team outlining their approach to making a low-budget masterpiece that is now receiving worldwide acclaim prior to it's 2017 major market release.

The Master Class includes:

  • Exclusive "Here Alone" Screening - prior to the class
  • A digital copy of the "Here Alone" shooting script
  • Online access to production forms, shooting schedules, storyboard samples, shotlists and more invaluable tools of the trade customized for successful execution of this type of DIY production.