Open Caption Screenings

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. On this page, you'll find a list of films that will be presented with open captions.

During the Seattle International Film Festival (May 9-19, 2024), second screenings will be presented with open captions when available. For a full list, check this page once the lineup has been announced on April 17.

During non-Festival dates (May 9-19), Tuesday and Sunday screenings will be presented with open captions when available (listed here).


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.

Chuck Chuck Baby

United Kingdom | 2023 | 101 min. | Janis Pugh

Can the return of a childhood friend bring Welsh chicken factory worker Helen a second chance at life?

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Grandpa Guru

Croatia | 2023 | 91 min. | Silvio Mirošničenko

The story of Srdjan Gino Jevđevic, a refugee who settled in Seattle and started Balkan punk band Kultur Shock.

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Janet Planet

USA | 2023 | 113 min. | Annie Baker

Lacy lives with her single mother in rural Massachusetts. Over one summer, she will witness the fleeting moments of life.

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Luther: Never Too Much

USA | 2024 | 101 min. | Dawn Porter

A profile on the velvet-voiced Luther Vandross, from his auspicious beginnings all the way to selling over 40 million albums.

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Porcelain War

Ukraine | 2024 | 87 min. | Brendan Bellomo, Slava Leontyev

Ukraine-based Slava Leontyev and Anya Stasenko make tiny porcelain figurines as the war rages on around them.

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Red, White & Brass

New Zealand | 2023 | 85 min. | Damon Fepulea’i (Samoan)

Maka and his friends hastily create a brass marching band to gain access to a Rugby World Cup game.

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The Ride Ahead

USA | 2024 | 97 min. | Dan Habib, Samuel Habib

21-year-old wheelchair user Samuel Habib sets out to manage a world that ignores the needs of Disabled people.

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Canada (Québec) | 2023 | 87 min. | François-Xavier De Ruydts

Two separate teams of explorers hike, climb, swim, and crawl their way to discovering the deepest caves in the world.

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Mexico | 2024 | 125 min. | Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez

A teenager is forced to choose between repeating his family's history or breaking free from unwanted heritage.

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Valentina or the Serenity

Mexico | 2023 | 85 min. | Ángeles Cruz (Ñuu savi)

A young Mixtecan girl refuses to believe her recently deceased father has truly left this earthly realm.

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Love Lies Bleeding

USA | 2024 | 104 min. | Rose Glass

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

From Director Rose Glass comes an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.

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USA | 2023 | 104 min. | Julio Torres

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

From writer/director Julio Torres comes a surreal adventure through the equally treacherous worlds of New York City and the U.S. Immigration system.

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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

USA | 2024 | 115 min. | Adam Wingard

March 28 - April 11, 2024

SIFF Cinema Downtown

An all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own.

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Wicked Little Letters

United Kingdom | 2023 | 102 min. | Thea Sharrock

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SIFF Cinema Uptown

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a farcical and occasionally sinister scandal in this riotous mystery comedy.

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Dune: Part Two

USA | 166 min. | Denis Villeneuve

Now Playing - Apr 25, 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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