Industry Accreditation

Are you an industry professional? Apply for accreditation for the 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival (May 16 - June 9, 2019).

Seattle International Film Festival—the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States—presents over 230 features/documentary films and 150 short films to an audience of more than 145,000 every year. The Festival is consistently cited as one of the best "audience festivals" in the world, and Seattle's love for film (Seattleites see more movies per capita than any other city in the nation) makes the city the most appropriate setting for new films to be seen, tested, and celebrated by everyone—fan and filmmaker alike.

Every year, the Seattle International Film Festival invites industry professionals to come and take part in the experience. A special SIFF Industry Pass is available for those who do attend, but accreditation is required.

To apply for your 2019 SIFF Industry Pass, please complete the information below. Fee for accreditation is $150 (with an increase to $250 after May 1, 2019). 


  • Valid for the duration of your visit
  • Admits ONE
  • Admits passholder to all press and regular $15 (or less) film screenings and panels
  • Admits passholder to the SIFF Lounge
  • Additional tickets required for Special Events/Screenings

Fee: $150 ($250 after May 1, 2019). All applications received after May 1 will take at least 24 hours to be processed and approved. 


Approval for the discounted industry pass is at the discretion of Festival Management. Upon receipt, registration and pass information will be sent via email.


The SFI Accreditation is available to qualified Puget Sound filmmakers.

Fee: Three different accreditation levels ranging from $75 to $175.


Approval is at the discretion of Festival Management. Applications may be submitted throughout the Festival. Upon acceptance, registration and accreditation information will be sent via email. The accreditation must be picked up in person at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center, NW Rooms).

SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in all short film categories. Films submitted to the Seattle International Film Festival are reviewed by a team of more than 20 film programmers. The Festival has significant sections devoted to documentaries (66 in 2018), world cinema (80 countries represented in 2018), American cinema (31 features and 31 documentaries in 2018), along with all other genres including animation, experimental, late-night, and more. Returning for the third year is the new Works-in-Progress Forum, an initiative to nurture emerging voices in world cinema, and returning for the seventh year is our African Pictures program, presenting a significant selection of films from across the African continent and diaspora.

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