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Seattle International Film Festival: May 19 – June 12

While Seattle is well-known for its music scene, it is also home to one of the top film festivals in North America – an annual event that brings visitors and celebrities from around the world.

Founded in 1976, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is the city’s leading year-round film organization that brings the best in international and independent film to the Seattle area. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the festival is the largest, most highly-attended film festival in the United States, with over 155,000 attendees annually – and was named one of the 50 “unmissable” film festivals by Variety.

The 25-day festival has continued to maintain relevance as Seattle’s most accessible and highly publicized film event, and is renowned for its eclectic programming with over 450 features, short films and documentaries from more than 80 countries annually.

SIFF offers audiences the opportunity to discover original stories, explore diverse cultures and take new emotional journeys. Their mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. Through the art of cinema, SIFF promotes film as a medium that fosters cross-cultural communication, education and internal understanding by creating experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films, from major and independent American studio premieres, to the latest international works from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin American and beyond.

SIFF is a constantly innovating year-round film organization that highlights new discoveries from around the world alongside established filmmakers and talent. To learn more about the festival, visit

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