Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Event

May 9, 2024

50th Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night

May 9, 2024

The 50th Seattle International Film Festival will open with Thelma, followed by our famous after-party. 

It’s our golden anniversary, and because we only shine as bright as our audiences, we encourage you to arrive enrobed in your most dazzling gold attire

Get down and party with the SIFF crew on opening night. Enjoy Thelma followed by a filmmaker Q&A, then take to the Paramount’s stage or right outside on 9th Avenue for a night of dancing, drinks, and bites—all complimentary with your ticket. Groove to C89.5 DJs, strike a pose in the 360 photo booth, and dig into Tutta Bella, Kottu, Where Ya At Matt, Piroshky Piroshky, and libations from The Walls, Black Raven Brewing, Westland Distillery, The Pathfinder & Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Red Carpet Experience Pre-Reception: 5:00pm (Seattle Convention Center Summit Building)

Doors Open to Public: 6:00pm (Paramount Theatre)

Screening: 7:00pm (Paramount Theatre)

After-Party: 9:30pm (Paramount Theatre & outside on 9th Ave)


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*Note: SIFF parties are for ages 21+, and IDs will be checked at the door. No refunds will be issued for tickets purchased with an invalid ID.

About the Film

When 93-year-old Thelma Post (June Squibb) gets duped by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson, she sets out on a treacherous quest across the city to reclaim what was taken from her. A story exploring aging, family and autonomy (and uniquely inspired by action movies like Mission: Impossible)–Thelma is based on a real-life experience of writer/director Josh Margolin’s grandmother, and marks Squibb’s first leading film role of her 70+ year career. Writer and director Josh Margolin will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening along with Thelma producers Zoë Worth and Chris Kaye, and Tribute recipient June Squibb.