Open Caption Screenings

Available for all Tuesday and Sunday showtimes

SIFF is excited to bring more open caption screenings to better welcome deaf and hard of hearing audiences, as well as anyone who benefits from viewing captions.

Here, you'll find a list of films we're presenting with open captions on Tuesdays and Sundays.


Open captioning is when the dialogue and sounds of a film are written as text that is overlaid on the film image for anyone in the audience to see. It is considered passive assistance, a service that is there to use or ignore.

We understand that open captions can be distracting for those who are not accustomed to using them, but in the spirit of making SIFF accessible for all cinephiles we appreciate your consideration for those who need open captions.


All SIFF Cinema venues and Seattle International Film Festival external venues will remain equipped with Assistive Listening devices on days when open captioning is not offered. Check-in with the Cinema or Festival Venue Manager to locate the devices at your venue.

All SIFF Cinema venues and Seattle International Film Festival external venues are equipped with Closed Captioning and Descriptive Listening devices, but services may vary per film. Call 206-464-5830 or email for more information.

Poor Things

United Kingdom | 2023 | 141 min. | Yorgos Lanthimos

December 14, 2023 - February 15, 2024

SIFF Cinema Uptown

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). 96th Oscars® Nominee in 11 categories including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.

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American Fiction

USA | 2023 | 117 min. | Cord Jefferson

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

Jeffrey Wright stars in Cord Jefferson’s adaptation of Percival Everett’s Erasure — a wicked satire about the commodification of marginalized voices and a portrait of an artist forced to re-examine his integrity. 96th Oscars® Nominee in 5 categories including Best Picture and Best Actor.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

New Zealand | 2012 | 169 min. | Peter Jackson

February 2 - 12, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

Bilbo Baggins lives a simple life in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. Bilbo begins on a path through treacherous lands swarming with orcs and other dangers, including an encounter with Gollum and a simple gold ring.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended)

New Zealand | 2001 | 208 min. | Peter Jackson

February 2 - 15, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer - to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged. New 4K remaster.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended)

USA | 2004 | 252 min. | Peter Jackson

February 3 - 15, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

Peter Jackson's landmark Lord of the Rings trilogy comes to a rousing conclusion, as the remaining members of the Fellowship converge upon Minas Tirith and Mount Doom for the final battle to destroy the One Ring. Winner of 11 Academy Awards®. New 4K remaster.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended)

New Zealand | 2003 | 224 min. | Peter Jackson

February 3 - 14, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

The Two Towers follows the continuing quest of the Fellowship to destroy the One Ring. Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell. New 4K remaster.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

New Zealand | 2014 | 144 min. | Peter Jackson

February 6 - 14, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

Having reclaimed Erebor, Thorin Oakenshield sacrifices friendship and honor in seeking the Arkenstone. Meanwhile, Sauron sends legions of Orcs in a sneak attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As the fate of Middle Earth hangs in the balance, the races of Men, Elves and Dwarves must decide whether to unite and prevail—or all die.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

New Zealand | 2013 | 161 min. | Peter Jackson

February 6 - 13, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

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Dune: Part One

Canada | 2021 | 155 min. | Denis Villenueve

February 9 - 15, 2024

SIFF Cinema Egyptian

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people.

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Madame Web

USA | 2024 | S.J. Clarkson

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SIFF Cinema Downtown

Starring Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, the suspense-driven thriller tells the standalone origin story of one of Marvel publishing's most enigmatic heroines.

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France | 2022 | 93 min. | Anthony Chen

Opens February 23, 2024

SIFF Film Center

Jacqueline (Cynthia Erivo), a young refugee, lands alone and penniless on a Greek island, where she tries first to survive and then to cope with her past. While gathering her strength, she begins a friendship with a rootless tour-guide (Alia Shawkat) and together they find the resilience to forge ahead.

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Dune: Part Two

USA | 166 min. | Denis Villeneuve

Opens February 29, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on Dune: Part Two, the next chapter of Frank Herbert’s celebrated novel “Dune,” with an all-star ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Austin Butler, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and more.

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