Parties, Galas, and Special Events

At SIFF we do far more than watch films, we celebrate and honor them!

Throughout the festival we present all manner of special events: tributes, galas, live music, and of course films with parties, to all within the SIFF community. Who doesn't like a party with fellow film enthusiasts?

A Tribute to Regina Hall

180 minutes

We honor Regina Hall, one of America’s favorite character actresses, at the 45th Seattle International Film Festival.

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DJ NicFit presents Fantastic Planet

France | 1973 | 72 minutes | Rene Laloux

The animated classic is presented by Seattle's own DJ NicFit, who parallels the film's themes with those of The Flaming Lips.

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Late Night | SIFF 2019 Centerpiece Gala

USA | 2019 | 102 minutes | Nisha Ganatra

A legendary late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson) is forced to hire her first female staff writer (Mindy Kaling).

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Non-Fiction

France | 2018 | 106 minutes | Olivier Assayas

The struggles of a staid publisher and a rumpled novelist to adapt to the new digital media world are complicated by adultery.

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Pity the Lovers

Sweden | 2019 | 102 minutes | Maximilian Hult

Two unlucky-in-love brothers in a charming Icelandic film about longing, love, and growing up.

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The Phantom of the Opera with live soundtrack by The Invincible Czars

USA | 1925 | 93 minutes | Rupert Julian

Indie band The Invincible Czars, who have provided music for SIFF screenings of Nosferatu and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, return to perform a live soundtrack to this gothic horror classic.

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Thin Skin Event

USA | 2019 | 120 minutes | Charles Mudede

Sneak-peek excerpt from Seattle filmmaker/author Charles Mudede’s feature Thin Skin, followed by an interview.

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Top End Wedding

Australia | 2019 | 103 minutes | Wayne Blair (Batjala Mununjali Wakkawakka)

An Australian couple returns to the Indigenous bride's hometown to find Mom in this adorable rom-com.

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Sword of Trust | SIFF 2019 Opening Night Gala

USA | 2019 | 89 minutes | Lynn Shelton

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Two women attempt to unload an inherited Civil War sword onto a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner.

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The Farewell | SIFF 2019 Closing Night Gala

USA | 2018 | 98 minutes | Lulu Wang

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A woman travels back home to China to assist in an elaborate ruse to keep a truth from her terminally ill grandmother.

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