Cinema Seattle. Presenter of the Seattle International Film Festival

It's A Wrap!
The 30th Annual Seattle International Film Festival has officially ended. For a complete list of all the award winners, please visit our SIFF website.

2005 Seattle International Film Festival
May 19th - June 12th, 2005

Early Bird sales of SIFF passes are available now to members. Order online or download a PDF of our Order Form.

SIFF 2005 Call for Entries:
You can down load the SIFF 2005 Entry Form, or submit your information online via

Early deadline is December 1, 2004
Regular deadline is February 1, 2005
Final submission deadline is March 1, 2005.

Answers to frequently asked questions


New Director's Competition: Up to 20 international narrative features of 1st and 2nd time directors are selected by the programming team. This juried competition carries a cash prize of $5,000 US.

New American Cinema Competition: Up to 20 American narrative features without US distribution are selected by the programming team. This juried competition carries a cash prize of $5,000 US.

Documentary Competition: Up to 20 International and U.S. documentary features are selected by the programming team. This juried competition carries a cash prize of $5,000 US.

Short Film Competition: This juried competition awards carries a cash prize of $2,500 US in each of two categories: Live Action and Animation. All short films selected for the Festival are eligible for these prizes

Golden Space Needle Audience Awards are given for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Short Film.

Premieres and Gala Events are by invitation only

World, North American and United States Premieres are preferred. Film must make its Seattle Premiere at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival and have a completion date after January 2004.

SIFF 2004 Program Highlights:
For its 30th anniversary the Seattle International Film Festival surpassed all previous box office records and the film program was hailed as the best in years. The Festival created an incredible journey exploring different cultures and ideas through the art of film, as embodied in our 2004 theme "different new things."

On top of this, there was an array of interesting guests, such as this year's visitors Stephen Fry, the great cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the acclaimed French director Patrice Leconte, the award-winning writer/director team Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (of About Schmidt and Election fame) not to mention John C. Reilly with the world premiere of Criminal and Drew Barrymore and cast and crew members for the incredible evening when we presented the World Premiere of Donnie Darko-The Director's Cut. Add to the mix our many Festival Forums panel events, the Fly Filmmaking Challenge, and the SIFF in the Schools and what you see is a world-class event, of which Seattle has every reason to be extremely proud.

For further information:

Cinema Seattle / Seattle International Film Festival
400 9th Avenue North
Seattle WA 98109 USA

Phone: 206.464.5830
Fax: 206.264.7919

Programs Fund