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February 9, 2022 Comments Off on SIFF Announces Return To Live, In-Person Festival In April Views: 290 *Seattle Cinemaland, Arts & Entertainment, Film, Film Events, Film Festivals, Seattle International Film Festival

SIFF Announces Return To Live, In-Person Festival In April

After the Covid-19 pandemic completely cancelled the 2020 Seattle International Film Festival and forced the 2021 festival to be an online only event, the 2022 event will resume live, in-person screenings for films and events for the 48th outing of the popular film festival. This follows the re-opening of SIFF’s physical cinemas in the fall of 2021, with their Egyptian Cinema on Capitol Hill, three screen Uptown Cinema in the city’s Uptown/Lower Queen Anne neighborhood and their homebase SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. SIFF has been producing year round programming for over a decade now.

But, there are big changes in store for the big annual festival.This year’s festival will be much shorter than pre-Covid events and scheduled much earlier in the year. In previous years, SIFF ran one of the longest film festivals in the world, stretching from mid May through early June and scheduling hundreds and films and events during that nearly month long period includind many LGBTQ films.

The new SIFF festival wil return April 14th and run through April 24th and feature both in-person and online programming over the course of its 11 day run at area theaters as well on its own SIFF Channel.

From the press release:

“The Seattle International Film Festival encompasses everything that SIFF stands for,” said SIFF’s Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “We want to connect people to the experiences of others, to revel in great stories, and to create experiences designed for film lovers. The Spring Festival is an 11-day celebration of film’s power to delight and transform – to inspire, provoke, and connect us to our community and the world.”

No information has been released for films to be screened including the big gala events.

Passes for this year’s SIFF will go on sale on March 2nd for SIFF members and March 3rd for non-members. Individual tickets go on sale on March 30 (SIFF Members) and March 31 (non-SIFF). Visit for passes/tickets and more information.

COVID POLICY:For the health and safety of everyone visiting SIFF Cinemas and participating venues, proof of vaccination with a photo ID is required for entry. Visit here for the full COVID policy.

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