About SIFF

We are dedicated to fostering an informed, aware, and vibrant community of film lovers.

SIFF believes in film's unique power to share original stories, diverse perspectives, and rich emotional journeys. Beginning in 1976 with the annual Seattle International Film Festival, expanding into SIFF Education, and most recently operating our year-round five-screen SIFF Cinema, we have provided experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. Our distinctly smart audiences allow us to take risks, host complex conversations, and truly appreciate film.

Read more about SIFF Programs and our Equity Values on this page.

SIFF Programs

Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States, with nearly 140,000 people attending each year. The 25-day event held each May is renowned for presenting over 400 features, short films, and documentaries gathered from more than 85 countries. We receive over 4,000 independent film submissions annually, and screen debut discoveries alongside established master filmmakers and arthouse cinema hits. More than 70% of the films screened at Festival will not return to theaters, making SIFF an amazing place to discover and celebrate new work from around the world.

SIFF Cinema

Over 175,000 people annually attend SIFF Cinema to the to see the best new art-house and feature films at our three classic movie houses, SIFF Cinema Egyptian and SIFF Cinema Uptown and the SIFF Film Center. Featured also are the latest international works, one-of- a-kind special events, and festivals, including Noir City Film Festival, Cinema Italian Style and French Cinema Now. Through SIFF Cinema we are dedicated to preserving and enriching the experience of attending the movies while going beyond the screen with filmmaker and panel discussions.  SIFF Cinema also hosts SIFFsupports, a program dedicated to supporting, presenting and highlighting film events and festivals by our local film community.

SIFF Education

SIFF Education programs are designed to train and strengthen our strong community of educators, film lovers and filmmakers of all ages. Cinema Dissection, Classes and panels dig deeper into film appreciation while youth and adult filmmaking camps and Crash Cinema events give hands-on filmmaking experiences.

Equity Values

SIFF believes that valuing and promoting diversity is vital to our mission. We are dedicated to improving racial equity within our organization and our community. SIFF uses our unique position to share diverse perspectives in visual storytelling while empowering new voices to share their own stories and promoting accessibility for all people. We strive to foster diversity in all facets of our organization, from board to volunteer, from artist to audience and beyond.

SIFF is committed to...

Making Our Culture More Inclusive and Affirming

SIFF uses email signatures that include pronouns as an opportunity for people to make their gender pronouns visible, and gender inclusive restrooms to provide welcoming spaces that best fit their identity.

Seattle's Indigenous Heritage

SIFF acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.

Race, Equity and Social Justice

Through programming, meaningful partnerships, and a staff-led cohort SIFF executes our mission with increased relevance, effectiveness, and impact. We understand that to meet this goal we must address the inequities that exist within SIFF, our programs, and our wider communities while creating opportunities for new inclusive practices.

Read More: Race, Equity, and Social Justice at SIFF

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