Cinema Seattle. Presenter of the Seattle International Film Festival

2004 Seattle International Film Festival
May 20 - June 13, 2004

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

We will begin accepting entries for SIFF 2005 in September.

Early Bird sales of SIFF passes and packages will begin this fall.

Our best-known program is the Seattle International Film Festival. Spring's high point, SIFF brings Seattle audiences a chance to participate in the largest and most highly attended film festival in the country. Each year we attract directors, actors, and critics from all over the world, who participate in special events, post-film Q&A sessions, and provocative forums.

SIFF brings unique films from every corner of the globe to Northwest filmgoers. The festival includes gala premieres, new films from first-time and well-know directors, sneak previews, and special archival programs. Our audiences see many films months before they reach general distribution and many that will never be screened here again. This festival is a founding Partner of Withoutabox.com.

Women in Cinema
Darryl Macdonald, Director of Cinema Seattle, which produces the Seattle International Film Festival and the Women in Cinema Festival, recently announced the organization's new focus on films by women. In 2003, SIFF will embrace the mandate of the popular Women in Cinema Festival, mounted by Cinema Seattle for the past seven years. As part of its annual goal of bringing the cinematic cr�me de la cr�me to Seattle, the larger festival will take on WIC's mission to spotlight the best features, shorts and documentaries by women filmmakers around the world. WIC will no longer be presented as a stand-alone event.

"This move reflects our recognition of women directors as mainstream film artists," said Macdonald. "In the last ten years, festivals featuring women's filmmaking have served a very important purpose: to introduce audiences to the richly diverse work being created by women all over the world, work that often hadn't received the theatrical exposure it deserved. But now it's time to acknowledge the success of women directors on the larger cinematic playing field and to avoid the appearance of "ghetto-izing" these strong-and equal--contenders for film honors."

During the past seven years, the Women in Cinema Festival offered an important opportunity to Seattle's film-going community to view films by major directors such as Jane Campion, Patricia Rozema, Agnieszka Holland, Alison Maclean, and Lynne Ramsay, as well as works by outstanding up-and-comers. Last year, Women in Cinema, programmed by festival director Kathleen Murphy, Maryna Ajaja and Macdonald, featured 40 films, an art exhibition, a script reading and a Sunday morning brunch and panel discussion. Seattle audiences can look forward to comparably ambitious programming as women's cinema comes under SIFF's umbrella in 2003.

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

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