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.

“MY RIGHT EYE” Wins Top ShortsFest Jury Award at Seattle International Film Festival

“MY RIGHT EYE” Wins Top ShortsFest Jury Award at Seattle International Film Festival

My Right Eye (The Apple of my Eye)

“MY RIGHT EYE” (The Apple of My Eye), written and directed by Josecho de Linares (Spain) was the big winner – winning the GRAND JURY PRIZE – when the 39th Seattle International Film Festival announced this year’s ShortsFest Jury Award winners. The film is described as the story of  “Zurdo who has a a special relationship with his grandmother. Since he went away to study they have lost contact. On the last day of summer Zurdo decides to visit her with the intuition that he might not see her again.”

Mary Bacarella is New Managing Director of Seattle International Film Festival

Mary Bacarella is New Managing Director of Seattle International Film Festival

Mary Bacarella, a long-time Space Needle executive, has been named Seattle International Film Festival Managing Director effective February 1, 2013. Ms. Bacarella will lead the organization in tandem with Artistic Director Carl Spence and succeed Deborah Person, who has served as SIFF’s managing director since 2005. “Mary is the perfect choice to build on SIFF’s significant accomplishments and lead the organization going forward,” said Michelle Quisenberry, SIFF board president. “Mary has been involved with SIFF for 15 years […]

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

Your Sister’s Sister to Open 2012 Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced Your Sister’s Sister as the opening film to be presented at the 2012 festival’s prestigious Opening Night Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012. Your Sister’s Sister, written and directed by Seattle’s Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, is SIFF’s first opening selection locally produced and shot by a Seattle filmmaker. SIFF takes place May 17 through June 10. “I am thrilled beyond measure […]

2011 Seattle International Film Festival Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards

2011 Seattle International Film Festival Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival, wrapped on June 12th after a 25-day run with the announcement of the SIFF 2011 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. The Indian film ‘Gandu’ directed by “Q” Kaushik Mukherjee took the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Dierctor. ‘Gandu’ is described as film about A poor young man in Kolkata befriends a Bruce Lee-obsessed rickshaw driver and begins a strange descent into a world of drugs […]

37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to cancel Al Pacino event

37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) to cancel Al Pacino event

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) will cancel the rare Al Pacino appearance, Pacino: One Night Only, the website seattle.broadwayworld.com reports. The cancellation is due to this week’s announcement that Pacino has been nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed performance on Broadway in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Due to the conflict with the Tony Award Ceremony STG and Al Pacino announce a cancellation of his appearance at […]

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

Seattle International Film Festival Announces Galas, Tributes, Special Events for 2011

The 37th Seattle International Film Festival announced the galas, tribute events and special presentations for this year’s Festival. The 25 day event, which runs from May 19 through June 12, will feature 441 films (257 features, 184 shorts) – including 96 feature and short premieres and a Festival record 74 countries represented – with screenings at venues throughout Seattle, Renton, Everett and Kirkland. “This year’s Festival will feature one of the largest and most diverse […]

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Honors Oliver Stone with Founder’s Directing Award

Oscar winning director Oliver Stone will receive the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival scheduled to run April 21 – May 5, 2011. The Founder’s Directing Award is presented each year to a master of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, visionary founder of the San Francisco International Film Festival in 1957. San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver […]

Seattle International Film Festival Expands to Renton

Seattle International Film Festival Expands to Renton

The Seattle International Film Festival continues to expand to new communities outside Seattle, adding Renton as a SIFF venue in 2011.  Renton screenings will take place May 20-26 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center.  A special Opening Night Screening will take place in Renton on May 20, with a gala reception following at the Renton Pavilion Event Center. “SIFF is extremely pleased to bring Festival programming to communities throughout the region and continue to broaden […]