About SIFF

We are dedicated to fostering an informed, aware, and vibrant community of film lovers.

Beginning in 1976 with the annual Seattle International Film Festival, then expanding into year-round programming, SIFF is a 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization whose mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that SIFF fosters a community that is more informed, aware and alive.

In its four theaters, SIFF offers year-round screenings, Film Talks and a series of spotlight festivals throughout the year. SIFF also serves the community through educational programs and SIFFsupports, a partnership program that hosts and provides technical support to a variety of special screenings and festivals.

Read more about SIFF Programs and our Equity Values on this page.

SIFF Cinema

Our four theaters, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Film Center, and SIFF Cinema Downtown screen arthouse and mainstream films, the latest international works, one-of-a-kind special events, and festivals. 

Seattle International Film Festival

SIFF hosts the annual Seattle International Film Festival— traditionally attracting nearly 150,000 attendees to celebrate films from more than 80 countries and regions around the world. Many of the features, short films, and documentaries we screen will not have a return to US cinemas, making it an amazing event to discover new and underrepresented voices and stories.

SIFF Education

We go beyond our screens to provide more opportunities for our community to be inspired by and learn from film and filmmakers. SIFF’s education and engagement programs cultivate community and support lifelong learning, cultural literacy and creative expression. Through partnerships, we host a variety of special screenings and mini-festivals—many of which are open to the public at no charge.

SIFF’s Programmers create a mix of screenings and gatherings that offers escapism, entertainment, and enrichment. Through thoughtful curation—we continually captivate audiences, strengthen our community, and support independent filmmakers.

Equity Values

SIFF believes that valuing and promoting diversity is vital to our mission. We are dedicated to improving racial equity within our organization and our community. SIFF uses our unique position to share diverse perspectives in visual storytelling while empowering new voices to share their own stories and promoting accessibility for all people. We strive to foster diversity in all facets of our organization, from board to volunteer, from artist to audience and beyond.

SIFF is committed to...

Making Our Culture More Inclusive and Affirming

SIFF uses email signatures that include pronouns as an opportunity for people to make their gender pronouns visible, and gender inclusive restrooms to provide welcoming spaces that best fit their identity.

Seattle's Indigenous Heritage

SIFF acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.

Race, Equity and Social Justice

Through programming, meaningful partnerships, and a staff-led cohort SIFF executes our mission with increased relevance, effectiveness, and impact. We understand that to meet this goal we must address the inequities that exist within SIFF, our programs, and our wider communities while creating opportunities for new inclusive practices.

Read More: Race, Equity, and Social Justice at SIFF

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