Here the current line-up of festivals in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region.
Last year’s festivals are listed below, pending an update of the current festival information.
2018 Seattle and Puget Sound Film Festivals
January 11 – 14, 2018. Nordic Lights Film Festival at SIFF theaters in Seattle. A cutting-edge cinematic festival of Nordic films with a focus on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Sápmi. Tickets: Festival passes: $75/General admission. Discount: $65/Members. Individual tickets will be on sale later, if available. Volunteer positions are booked well in advance.
January 22 and 29, 2018. The Backcountry Film Festival, produced by Winter Wildlands Alliance, is a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. This screening is co-presented by the Mountaineers Foothills Branch and the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services department. 50% of the proceeds will go to support the Bellevue TRACKS program that promotes youth outdoor adventure, stewardship and leadership. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Tickets: $15 at the door. Discount: advance purchase $12 general public, $10 for Mountaineers members.
January 25 – February 10, 2018. Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. The largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. It’s an opportunity to see films from dozens of countries. Tickets: $12 General Admission; $9 Student, Senior (65+) or Child (12 & under); Festival Passes: $90-$180. Discounts: $7 Film Forum Members. Volunteers get free passes to use for movie screenings at Northwest Film Forum. NWFF Membership: Individual $60, Dual $85, Family $120, Student $35.
January 26, 2018. Long Live Farms Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Maplehurst Farms in Mt. Vernon. A night of great food and movies with dinner catered by Pizza’zza while enjoying films that highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture in Skagit County. The curated films are selected from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 15th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. Hosted by Viva Farms, a small-farm business incubator that preserves sustainable farming, and creates a strong and just food system. Tickets: $25, includes one door prize raffle ticket, pizza & salad dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. No discount available.
February 16 – 17, 2018. Everett Film Festival at the Everett Performing Arts Center is dedicated to highlighting the strength, humor, and creativity of women through provocative and entertaining films. The festival embraces not only films primarily crafted by women but also to present movies offering insight into the lives of women from various cultures, times and experiences as they meet the challenges of work, family, aging, and love. Tickets: Festival pass $50 (includes two days of films + Friday gala with menu samplings, dessert, and live music). Friday only $25. Saturday only $30. Discounts: Seniors, students, and military $5 off single day tickets; $10 off festival pass.
February 16 – 22, 2018. Noir City 2018 at SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Seattle. Featuring 18 classic films, many newly restored. All will be introduced by Eddie Muller, the incomparable impresario of Noir City. Tickets: Single Film Admission: $15, $14 Seniors and Youth, $10 SIFF Members. Passes: General $150, $100 Members. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.
February 22 – 25, 2018. Asian American Film Festival at multiple venues in Seattle features the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans. Tickets: Individual screening, regular $12, senior/student $10. Opening night film + party, general $18, senior/student $15. Festival Pass $80 (includes opening night party and access to all film screenings and VIP movie lounge).
March 9-11, 2018. Animation Show of Shows at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle presents 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show present compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world. Tickets: $14 Regular, $13 Seniors (65+), $9 SIFF Members.
April 19-22, 2018. Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) hosts provocative films and works about the Black experience from independent filmmakers. In the heart of Seattle’s historically black neighborhood, the festival features hands-on workshops, discussions, and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders, housed at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. The event is the culmination of a year’s worth of community-building through a series of smaller events that provide audiences with unique cinematic and filmmaking opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival. The festival focuses on established names and emerging talent in Black cinema and creating ways for audiences to connect with filmmakers and filmmaking through interactions in and outside the theater. Tickets: Opening night April 19 $20. April 20-22 individual tickets: Adult $12, Youth $7. Festival Pass $90 (includes opening night and saves $50 over individual ticket prices).
April 20, 2018. Short Films at UW Seattle features four-minute films (all genres) from aspiring filmmakers who are competing in the U.W. Maker Summit. Free, but space is limited so register on their website to guarantee your spot.
May 17 – June 10, 2018. The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF Festival):
May 18-20, 2018. Rainier Independent Film Festival (RIFF) is a cinematic journey, set in the transformative landscape of Mt. Rainier’s forested community, about 80 miles southeast of Seattle. Mixing films, workshops and the laid-back setting of the area, this festival is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with independent filmmakers and film industry people outside of the hustle and bustle typically associated with the business. Tickets: Single screening $5. Opening night $15. Festival passes $15-$35 include screenings, workshops, and more.
Outdoor Summer movies
September 21, 22 and 23, 2018. Port Townsend Film Festival, on the northern tip of the Washington State peninsula, screens more than 90 films in seven venues (offering “something for everyone”), plus a big outdoor dinner for passholders, Q&A and panel discussions with filmmakers, parties, three free community outdoor movies, and free films day and night. Tickets: One-Pass $40 Attend one film at the Festival. Six-Pack $100 First-come, first-served access to six films. Passes: Festival Pass $220 (Most Popular). Concierge Pass $650 with Concierge service ($450 tax deductible). Patron Pass $1500 with Concierge service ($1,300 tax deductible). Discounts: Rush Tickets $15; Cash only. Rush Tickets are sold at any theatre with seats still available 10 minutes before the film begins. No seats are sold after the lights go down.
2017 Seattle and Puget Sound Film Festivals
Labor Day Weekend. 1 Reel Film Festival at SIFF Film Center in Seattle. During Bumbershoot, audiences can enjoy a selection of many international cinema shorts. Tickets: Single Film Admission: $15, $14 Seniors and Youth, $10 SIFF Members. Passes: General $150, $100 Members. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.
September 22 – 30, 2017. Local Sightings Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle. A curated film festival dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers, showcasing new full-length features and shorts from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia. Ticket: $12 general admission, $7 members. Opening night tickets (September 22): General $15, member $10. A few screenings are free.
September 28 – October 5, 2017. SIFF French Cinema Film Festival 2017 at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle. The latest in French language cinema from around the world for Francophile. Tickets: Single Film Admission: $15, $14 Seniors and Youth, $10 SIFF Members. Passes: General $150, $100 Members. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.
October 5-12 2017. Tacoma Film Festival (TFF) at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma gathers the best in new, independent films in a unique blend of audience and industry programming. Visiting festival guests from around the world make for a rich networking and collaborative space where new projects are born and inspiration for future work grows. Tickets: General admission: $10. Matinee, students, seniors (62+), children 12 and under, or military: $8. Discounts: VIP passes: $150 (includes all screenings, events, parties, free refreshments, and other goodies). Films screenings at the University of Washington Tacoma are free for students and faculty. Grand Cinema members general admission: $7.50. GC members matinee, students, seniors (62+), children 12 and under, or military: $5.50. Annual membership begins at $45; benefits include discount movie tickets, FREE screenings, FREE popcorn, plus other discounts and benefits.
October 6-9, 2017. Orcas Film Festival in the village of Eastsound on Orcas Island focuses on critically acclaimed feature films from around the world and locally created short films, to harness the creative energy of film to build a more inspired and vibrant community in the San Juan Archipelago. The venues are all walking distance from each other as are many of the restaurants and bars that you can enjoy around seeing films.
October 14 – 15, 2017. Tasveer South Asian Film Festival 2017 at multiple venues in the Puget Sound region, including Bellevue, Seattle, Redmond, and Renton. Two words describe Tasveer: Not Bollywood. The largest South Asian film festival in the United States. The Tasveer festival seeks to provide a counterpoint to the images and stories prevalent in Bollywood. The festival include shorts, experimental films, and documentaries on themes related to South Asia in its entirety: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the various diasporas across the world. Founded in Seattle, Tasveer screens dozens of films for thousands of attendees in locations across the U.S. Tickets: Ticket price may vary at each venue. Individual screening: Regular $12, Student/Senior $10. Festival passes are regular $100-$175, senior/student $80-$150. Discounts: Early bird prices through 9/30. Early bird individual screening: $10. Early bird festival pass: $80-$150.
October 14 – 15, 2017. SIFF Issaquah Film Festival at Cinebarre Issaquah. Features some of the world’s best films a—unique combination of family favorites, recent arthouse hits, and new films. Tickets: Single Film Admission: $15, $14 Seniors and Youth, $10 SIFF Members. Passes: General $150, $100 Members. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.
October 26 – November 12, 2017. Hump Film Festival (18+) in Seattle. A new kind of porn, a celebration of creative sexual expression featuring short dirty movies—each less than five minutes—all created by people who aren’t porn stars but want to be one for a weekend. The carefully curated program is a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. The filmmakers and stars show us what they think is hot and sexy, creative and kinky, their ultimate turn-ons and their craziest fantasies. You will see films that shock you, make you laugh, and turn you on. You may be touched by the sincerity and vulnerability with which these films are lovingly made. HUMP!’s main mission is to change the way America sees—and makes and shares—porn. Tickets: $25.
November 2-5, 2017. Seattle Turkish Film Festival has become one of the most admired and venerated events of the Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington. The film festival is non-profit, volunteer-driven event, and committed to bringing the best of Turkish films to Seattle in an effort to provide an international platform for talented filmmakers (long form or short) to showcase their work. All films are presented in Turkish, with English subtitles. More info: https://www.stff.org/
November 4-5, 2017. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival at the Historic Lynwood Theatre on Bainbridge Island showcases films and filmmakers from Bainbridge Island and the greater Pacific Northwest. Tickets: Regular $15, Student $8.
November 9 – 16, 2017. SIFF Cinema Italian Style Film Festival 2017 at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle. The best in current Italian films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today. Tickets: Single Film Admission: $15, $14 Seniors and Youth, $10 SIFF Members. Passes: General $150, $100 Members. Discounts: SIFF membership includes year-round discount movie tickets, FREE popcorn, and other benefits. SIFF volunteers can earn free movie ticket vouchers. Some programs and films prohibit the use of vouchers.