Events and Talks

Celebrating film with special presentations, live Q&As, filmmaker talks, and more.

All live Q&A's, Forums, and Roundtables are FREE and will take place on Zoom. You can access these live events via the Zoom links, which can be found on each event or film detail page or on the interactive event grid PDF downloadable below.

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Opening Night Celebration and Film

April 8, 2021

SIFF Channel

The 2021 Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Celebration featuring Robert Connelly's The Dry (Australia), a neo-noir murder mystery starring Eric Bana.

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Documentary Shorts Roundtable

90 min.

April 9, 2021

Zoom

Documentary short filmmakers break down what it took to find their subjects and how they elevated their stories into something universal.

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Documentaries as Documents

90 min.

April 10, 2021

Zoom

Join us as we discuss two documentary filmmakers who told the stories of some of the pillars of American culture: Sesame Street, Truman Capote, and Tennessee Williams.

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Kin Theory: Indigenizing Film Industry Spaces - Festival Forum

60 minutes

April 10, 2021

Zoom

Tracy Rector moderates a frank and iterative discussion with two of the Sundance Indigenous Program leaders around the work of the Sundance Institute and how to expand kin relationships to the film industry.

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What the Femme Roundtable

90 min.

April 10, 2021

Zoom

Join five directors from this year's Festival as we talk about their films playing as part of WTF (Wild, Terrifying, and Fantastic).

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Build It and They Will Come: Virtual Film Community - Festival Forum

60 minutes

April 11, 2021

Zoom

Hear from the teams at Letterboxd, MUBI, and Film Festival Alliance about how they built, grew, and are able to maintain interactive film communities. 

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Ibero-American Documentary Roundtable

90 min.

April 11, 2021

Zoom

From women’s rights, Indigenous artists, and culinary traditions to the mystery of ancient stone spheres, this roundtable will dig into four different and profoundly revealing realities in today's Latin America.

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Shifting Lenses Roundtable

90 min.

April 11, 2021

Zoom

From NY to LA, directing duos Celine Held & Logan George (Topside) and Kelley Kali & Angelique Molina [I’M FINE (Thanks for Asking)] talk about turning their lenses onto themselves to give a voice to the unhoused.

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World Building through Production Design Roundtable

90 min.

April 12, 2021

Zoom

Learn how these five directing teams created heightened cinematic worlds without a blockbuster budget.

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Taiwan Films Roundtable

90 min.

April 13, 2021

Zoom

Directors Chen Ming-lang (The Teacher) and Chen-ti Kuo (Final Exam), Producer Yi-Sen Ko (Get the Hell Out), and distributor Eric Chou discuss their cinematic visions of Taiwan. Presented in partnership with UW Taiwan Studies Program.

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cINeDIGENOUS: Roots and Ancestors Roundtable

90 min.

April 14, 2021

Zoom

Emily Cohen Ibañez (Fruits of Labor) and Christopher Kahunahana (Waikiki) discuss shaping narratives that counterbalance prevailing stereotypes and presumptions of the settler colonial gaze.

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Diving into Nature Roundtable

90 min.

April 15, 2021

Zoom

Take a deep dive into the natural world captured on film with director Alexis Gambis (Son of Monarchs) and director Chase Ogden (Super Frenchie).

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A Tribute to Tom Skerritt

April 15, 2021

SIFF Channel

SIFF 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award Presented by Wells Fargo Private and Commercial Bank

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Works-In-Progress Documentary: Walk By Me (aka Trans*Formed)

USA | Lisa Leeman

April 15, 2021

SIFF Channel

26 years after chronicling the gender transition of a successful young artist, filmmaker Lisa Leeman is surprised to find her at an equally transformative, yet wholly unexpected, crossroad again.

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Activism in Short Filmmaking

90 min.

April 16, 2021

Zoom

Several short filmmakers share how they inject activism into their work.

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Works-In-Progress Narrative: Vera Dreams of the Sea

Kosovo | Kaltrina Krasniqi

April 16, 2021

SIFF Channel

Vera’s plans for an unexpected windfall are suddenly in jeopardy when she is forced to negotiate for her family’s future with the old-men of Kosovo's underworld.

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Bold Virtuosos Roundtable

90 min.

April 17, 2021

Zoom

Documentary filmmakers Cassandra Jabola, Benjamin Schwartz, and Mariem Pérez Riera talk about capturing the legacies of Amy Tan, Chuck Connelly, and Rita Moreno; virtuosos who mastered the art of being audacious.

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Breaking Traditions Roundtable

90 min.

April 17, 2021

Zoom

Some traditions should be respected while others should be retired or thrown under the bus. We invite you to a conversation between four dynamic directors about cross-cultural issues and changing visions.

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Igniting Our Film Industry: Building a Seattle Film Commission for the Future - Festival Forum

60 minutes

April 17, 2021

Zoom

CANCELED. Get involved with the Seattle Film Task Force's new Seattle Film Commission initiative to establish Seattle as a premiere place for film production.

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Closing Night Celebration and Film

April 18, 2021

The 2021 Seattle International Film Festival Closing Night Celebration featuring the joyful Calan dramedy Rosa's Wedding (Spain), directed by Icíar Bollaín.

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