May means Seattle International Film Festival


Seattle INternational Film Festival SIFF


May is here, and single tickets just went on sale for the Seattle International Film Festival. Yahoo!

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is one of the TOP film festivals in North America, and as of 2011, the largest, most highly-attended film festival in the United States (over 150,000 patrons in 2011!). Variety has dubbed it one of the 50 unmissable film festivals in the world.

This year expect to see features, short films, animated films, and documentaries from 70 countries. Highlights of this year’s festival are ShortsFest Weekend on Memorial Day Weekend at SIFF Cinema Uptown, a free screening of Coal Miner’s Daughter at the Mural Amphitheatre (I am always a sucker for a movie outdoors), and a Films4Families program that will include seven brand new feature-length films, including the first Seattle screening of Brave, Disney/Pixar’s much anticipated new film.  Of course, the real draw is the 450 unique films that, quite often, the only way to see is at a festival such as this one.  It is truly a treasure in the Seattle events calendar.

SIFF’s Opening Night Gala is on May 17 (as of this writing tickets are still available). This kick-off event is always a fabulous time, and is complete this year with a screening of Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. The film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will get a wide release in summer 2012. The movie screening is followed by hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and complimentary cocktails.

Also on deck for this year, 2012 Tribute honorees Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek and director William Friedkin (director for The Exorcist, The French Connection) will be recognized for their careers in film.

For a great guide for SIFF, check out this article in the Seattle Times.

Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals still has condos available for the run of SIFF. Ideally located and close to many of the SIFF venues, come to the city and enjoy the best films of 2012.

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