Galas, Parties, and Events

Celebrate great new films and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and dancing with other cinephiles at our Galas, Parties, and Events throughout the Festival!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

May 16 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

United Kingdom | 1975 | 100 minutes | Jim Sharman

The longest-running theatrical release in history, which premiered at the first Seattle International Film Festival, returns for a special interactive celebration that includes goodie bags, subtitled lyrics, and more. Don’t dream it, be it.

An Afternoon with Laura Dern

May 17 | Tribute and Screening of Wild at Heart

Join acclaimed actress, director, and producer Laura Dern for a special tribute followed by a screening of David Lynch's Wild at Heart. Dern will be honored with the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, and a Q&A before the screening.

Dior and I

May 17 | Saturday Night Film and Party

France | 2014 | 89 minutes | Frédéric Tcheng

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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J’adore Dior! This elegant glimpse into artistic director Raf Simons’ entry into the House of Christian Dior, and into the creation of his first haute couture collection, sparkles as an homage to the iconic house.

An Evening with Chiwetel Ejiofor

May 19 | Tribute Screening and Reception

Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the modern acting world's most treasured and versatile performers. Prior to the evening's screening of Half of a Yellow Sun, Ejiofor will receive the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. A Q&A with the actor will follow.

Lucky Them

May 22 | Renton Opening Night | Reception at Renton Pavillion follows the screening

USA | 2013 | 96 minutes | Megan Griffiths

Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths’ latest boasts charismatic performances from Toni Collette, as a world-weary rock journalist, and the scene-stealing Thomas Haden Church as a first-time documentarian, who team up to find a legendary Seattle musician who notoriously vanished.

I Origins

May 24 | Saturday Night Film and Party

USA | 2014 | 113 minutes | Mike Cahill

An existential, metaphysical science fiction drama about a molecular biologist studying human eye evolution, his first-year lab partner, and his mysterious, free-spirited lover. A bold followup to the stunning 2012 Another Earth.

The Grand Seduction

May 29 | Kirkland Opening Night | Reception precedes the screening

Canada | 2013 | 115 minutes | Don McKellar

Rollicking humor and whimsical moments anchor this droll comedy about some Newfoundland villagers, led by Brendan Gleeson’s wily fisherman, who must convince a big-city doctor (Taylor Kitsch, “Friday Night Lights”) to save their community by settling in it. SIFF-Kirkland Opening Night!


2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette)

USA | 2014 | 164 minutes | Richard Linklater

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 15.
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Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single American family through the eyes of young Mason.

The Stunt Man

June 1 | 40th Anniversary Special Presentation

USA | 1980 | 131 minutes | Richard Rush

Peter O’Toole plays an erratic director who agrees to hire a runaway convict as a stunt man for his World War I epic. As the fugitive takes over the identity of the film’s previous stunt man, it becomes clear that no one’s intentions are what they seem. This bizarre, clever film was nominated for three Oscars.

Belle & Sebastien

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.