Seattle International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Seattle International Film Festival
SINCE: 1976
WHERE: Seattle, Washington
WEBSITE: www.siff.net
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Founded in 1976, SIFF is Seattle’s leading year-round film organization that brings the best in international and independent film to the Seattle area with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education.

THE DARK HORSE, ROMEO IS BLEEDING Win Top Awards at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

THE DARK HORSE, ROMEO IS BLEEDING Win Top Awards at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

The 2015 Seattle International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2015 Golden Space Needle Audience and Competition Awards. The Dark Horse, directed by James Napier Robertson is the big winner, taking the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film, and Best Actor for Cliff Curtis.  In The Dark Horse – winner of six New Zealand Film Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Actor – Cliff Curtis (Whale Rider) gives a stunning and inspirational performance as New Zealand […]

8 Classic Films from Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation to Screen at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

8 Classic Films from Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation to Screen at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

Eight classic films from Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation will screen at this year’s 2015 Seattle International Film Festival running May 14 through June 7, 2015. Taking place during the final week of the Festival are the North American premieres of two restored films: 1966’s Black Girl (La Noire de…) (pictured above) from “the father of African cinema” Ousmane Sembène on June 1 and 1978’s Alyam, Alyam from Moroccan master Ahmed El Maanoui on June 7. Established […]

“The Chicken” “Bihttoš” Win Short Film Awards at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

“The Chicken” “Bihttoš” Win Short Film Awards at 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

The 2015 Seattle International Film Festival announced today this year’s ShortsFest Jury Award winners. The Chicken (pictured above), directed by Una Gunjak, and described by the jury as an expertly crafted narrative that explores life and death through the eyes of a young girl, is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Live Action Short Film. Bihttoš, an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers won […]

2015 Seattle International Film Festival Reveals Full Lineup, THE OVERNIGHT to Close Fest

2015 Seattle International Film Festival Reveals Full Lineup, THE OVERNIGHT to Close Fest

The Seattle International Film Festival revealed the complete lineup of films, guests, and events for the 41st annual Festival taking place May 14 to June 7, 2015. This year, SIFF will screen 450 films representing 92 countries: 193 features (plus 4 secret films), 70 documentaries, 19 archival films, and 164 shorts. The films include 49 World premieres (23 features, 26 shorts), 51 North American premieres (33 features, 18 shorts), and 18 US premieres (7 features, 11 […]

Films on African Pictures Program is First Announced for 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

Films on African Pictures Program is First Announced for 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

The 41st Seattle International Film Festival to be held May 14 to June 7, 2015, unveiled the 14 feature films of its third annual African Pictures program. Since 2013, African Pictures has presented documentaries, narrative features, and short films from 25 African countries. With something for everyone — from ethereal and experimental to gritty and provocative — African Pictures showcases a microcosm of world cinema available only at SIFF. Topping the 2015 program is The Boda Boda Thieves (pictured above), […]

Comedy “SPY” Starring Melissa McCarthy to Open 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

Comedy “SPY” Starring Melissa McCarthy to Open 2015 Seattle International Film Festival

Spy, “the side-splitting, action-packed, globetrotting comedy from the mind of Paul Feig,” and starring Emmy-winning and Oscar®-nominated Melissa McCarthy, will be the Opening Night Film for the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, May 14, 2015. A hilariously incisive send-up of the spy genre, Spy stars McCarthy as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst who is the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the […]

Lynn Shelton’s LAGGGIES, Starring Keira Knightly to Open Seattle Intl Film Festival’s Women in Cinema,

Lynn Shelton’s LAGGGIES, Starring Keira Knightly to Open Seattle Intl Film Festival’s Women in Cinema,

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Seattle International Film Festival‘s annual Women in Cinema, returns, on Wednesday September 18 to 21, 2014, showcasing exceptional films made by women from around the world. The four-day event will feature 12 exciting features and documentaries.  Opening Night takes place at the soon-to-be-opened SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and features Seattle favorite Lynn Shelton’s new film Laggies, starring Keira Knightly. 

Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners; “Boyhood” Sweeps with 3 Golden Space Needle Awards

Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2014 Award Winners; “Boyhood” Sweeps with 3 Golden Space Needle Awards

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The 40th Seattle International Film Festival announced the winners of the SIFF 2014 Golden Space Needle and Competition Awards. Boyhood sweeps with 3 Golden Space Needle Awards including Best Film, Director, and Actress, Keep On Keepin’ On wins Golden Space Needle for Best Documentary.  The 25-day festival, which began May 15, featured 452 films representing 83 countries, including 44 World Premieres (20 features, 24 shorts), 30 North American Premieres (22 features, 8 shorts), 14 US Premieres (8 features, 6 shorts), and over 770 Festival screenings and events.

The Best in New American Independent Cinema: Catalyst Program Kicks Off This Weekend at Seattle International Film Festival.

The Best in New American Independent Cinema: Catalyst Program Kicks Off This Weekend at Seattle International Film Festival.

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Now in its third year, the Catalyst program kicks off this weekend at the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival. The program includes six films and four panels over the course of one trailblazing weekend. As crowdfunding platforms and new digital technologies pave the way for more storytellers, both film festivals and distributors often still serve as the primary filter between these new films and their prospective audiences; the Catalyst program aims to change that by connecting filmmakers and their films directly with their audience.

SIFF Announces 2014 ShortFest Jury Award Winners; “Twaaga” Wins Grand Jury Prize

SIFF Announces 2014 ShortFest Jury Award Winners; “Twaaga” Wins Grand Jury Prize

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The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today this year’s ShortsFest Jury Award winners. ShortsFest Weekend, SIFF’s celebration of the short film, takes place every year over Memorial Day Weekend at SIFF Cinema Uptown. This year’s Festival (May 15 – June 8) features 168 short films, including 24 World, 8 North American, and 6 US premieres.

Full Lineup Announced for 40th Seattle International Film Festival; “The One I Love” to Close Fest

Full Lineup Announced for 40th Seattle International Film Festival; “The One I Love” to Close Fest

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Seattle International Film Festival unveiled the complete lineup of films and events for the 40th annual Festival taking place May 15 to June 8, 2014.  This year, SIFF will screen 440 films: 198 features (plus 4 secret films), 60 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 168 shorts, representing 83 countries. The Festival will open with the previously announced screening of JIMI: All Is By My Side, the Hendrix biopic starring Outkast’s André Benjamin from John Ridley, Oscar®-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, and close with Charlie McDowell’s twisted romantic comedy The One I Love, produced by Seattle’s Mel Eslyn and starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass.

Seattle International Film Festival Reveals First Films for 2014 – African Pictures Lineup

Seattle International Film Festival Reveals First Films for 2014 – African Pictures Lineup

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The Seattle International Film Festival taking place May 15 to June 8, 2014, revealed the selection of films from and about Africa as part of its African Pictures program. Supported by a generous multi-year grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, African Pictures brings the best in cinema to audiences in Seattle and the broader Northwest.  This year’s lineup includes the world premiere of Leading Lady, the latest comedic romp from the director of SIFF 2013 audience favorite Fanie Fourie’s Lobola. In addition, Four Corners makes its North American premiere and brings a stark and gritty narrative of strategy and the streets to SIFF audiences. 

“OUR NIXON” “C.O.G.” Among Top Winning Films at 39th Seattle International Film Festival

“OUR NIXON” “C.O.G.” Among Top Winning Films at 39th Seattle International Film Festival

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The 39th Seattle International Film Festival announced the winners of the SIFF 2013 Competition and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards – OUR NIXON, directed by Penny Lane won the GRAND JURY PRIZE for Best Documentary and C.O.G., directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez won the GRAND JURY PRIZE for Best New American Cinema. OUR NIXON is described as an “all-archival documentary, constructed from Super8 footage shot by three White House aides (Watergate conspirators Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and Chapin), creates an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency, as it has never been seen before.”  C.O.G. is described as the “first film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work .. a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon.”