The Doom Generation / Director Gregg Araki
The 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival returning in person and presented virtually on the SIFF Channel will take the city’s moviegoers on a cinematic odyssey. SIFF announces its Festival venues across Seattle and reveals the 2023 art, inspired by the vast expanse of outer space and the sweeping journeys film can provide us, created with longtime creative partner WONGDOODY.
“The Seattle International Film Festival has always been a space for discovery: there’s nothing quite like the revelation that can happen inside a movie theater when the lights go down,” said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “With the theme this year, SIFF is celebrating just that – with films, filmmakers and communities from all over the world gathering around the joy of discovering new worlds through cinema.”
Air / Director Ben Affleck
Joyland / Director Saim Sadiq
Beau is Afraid / Director Ari Aster
SIFF also announces the venues that will showcase the Festival’s programmed films as well as sites for the Opening and Closing Night Gala parties. In addition to SIFF’s three own theaters – SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and the SIFF Film Center – Festival programming will be screened at locations in downtown Seattle, Columbia City, and Shoreline.
“The Festival is about community as much as it is about film, and we’re incredibly grateful to once again be partnering with The Paramount Theatre, AMC Pacific Place, Shoreline Community College, Ark Lodge Cinemas, Grand Hyatt, and MOHAI to bring films and Festival events to Seattle in such an expansive way,” said SIFF Executive Director Tom Mara. “We want to bring the world’s stories to as many people as possible, and these partners, in addition to our virtual offerings on the SIFF Channel May 22–28, make that a reality.”
Return to Seoul / Director Davy Chou
BlackBerry / Director Matt Johnson
How to Blow Up a Pipeline / Directors Daniel Goldhaber, Ariela Barer, Daniel Garber, Jordan Sjol
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, then expanding into year-round programming, and our five-screen SIFF Cinema, we have offered experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world for nearly five decades. Our audiences allow us to take risks, host complex conversations, and truly appreciate film.
Our three theaters, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Cinema Uptown, and the SIFF Film Center, screen arthouse and mainstream films, the latest international works, one-of-a-kind special events, and festivals.