The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) starts tonight, Thursday, May 17th with a gala event and a screening of the very entertaining Your Sister’s Sister, but I wanted to point out what else is going on, how to find flicks, and how get tickets and passes for the three week event.
My favorite thing about SIFF is that it gives you a chance to see films that you probably would have never even come across, but you would thoroughly enjoy. At this year’s festival they will be screening 273 features and 187 shorts. These films come from around the world with some 75 different countries being represented. SIFF is bringing 24 World, 25 North American, and 16 U.S. feature premieres and 56 short-film premieres to Seattle area film fans.
How to Find What Films are Playing at SIFF 2012?
- Check out the SIFF 2012 Calendar
- Download the Festival Guide (PDF)
- Get the iSIFF app on your iPhone
- Use siffter to sort through all the films by country, day, genre, time, and/or venue
- SIFFnotes from The Stranger
How Do I Get Tickets/Passes to SIFF Screenings?
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at any Festival box office up to 30 minutes before showtime or until they sell out. Within the 30 minute window before showtime, tickets have to be purchased the venue for that film or event. All venue box offices open 30 minutes before the first screening of the day and close 15 minutes after the last screening of the day begins. Find out more at the SIFF website, get the iSIFF app or watch the video below.
What Else is Going on at SIFF?
Well, besides all the films and shorts they will be honoring actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin.
- An Evening With Sissy Spacek will include the presentation of the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, an onstage interview with film clips from her career and an audience Q&A followed by a screening of Badlands.
- An Evening With William Friedkin will include a presentation of the Seattle International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an onstage interview with film clips from his career and an audience Q&A followed by a screening of his new black comedy, Killer Joe.
The 2012 Seattle International Film Festival swings into full effect as of Friday, May 18th with dozens of films being screened around the Seattle area each day for the next 24 days. Now get out there and go see some movies.