SIFF reveals art & announces venues for the 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival

2/21/2023 |
SIFF Press |

Local theaters join SIFF venues to host in-person screenings as art is revealed for the festival, screening May 11–21 across Seattle

SEATTLE – The 49th annual Seattle International Film Festival—returning in person May 11–21 and virtually on the SIFF Channel May 22–28—will take the city's moviegoers on a cinematic odyssey. Today, SIFF announces its Festival venues across Seattle and reveals the 2023 art, inspired by the vast expanse of outer space and the sweeping journeys film can provide us, created with longtime creative partner WONGDOODY.

“The Seattle International Film Festival has always been a space for discovery: there’s nothing quite like the revelation that can happen inside a movie theater when the lights go down,” said SIFF Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “With the theme this year, SIFF is celebrating just that—with films, filmmakers and communities from all over the world gathering around the joy of discovering new worlds through cinema.”

Seattle International Film Festival 2023

SIFF also announces the venues that will showcase the Festival’s programmed films as well as sites for the Opening and Closing Night Gala parties. In addition to SIFF’s three own theaters – SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and the SIFF Film Center – Festival programming will be screened at locations in downtown Seattle, Columbia City, and Shoreline.

“The Festival is about community as much as it is about film, and we’re incredibly grateful to once again be partnering with The Paramount Theatre, AMC Pacific Place, Shoreline Community College, Ark Lodge Cinemas, Grand Hyatt, and MOHAI to bring films and Festival events to Seattle in such an expansive way,” said SIFF Executive Director Tom Mara. “We want to bring the world's stories to as many people as possible, and these partners, in addition to our virtual offerings on the SIFF Channel May 22–28, make that a reality.”

Locations for 49th Seattle International Film Festival screenings and parties:

The Paramount Theatre
Opening Night Gala film & party
May 11, 2023

SIFF Cinema Uptown - Queen Anne
Preview screenings: May 8–11, 2023
Festival screenings: May 12–21, 2023

SIFF Cinema Egyptian - Capitol Hill
May 12–21, 2023

SIFF Film Center - Queen Anne
May 12–21, 2023

AMC Pacific Place - Downtown Seattle
May 12–21, 2023

Ark Lodge Cinemas - Columbia City
May 12–21, 2023

Shoreline Community College - Shoreline
May 12–21, 2023

Closing Night Gala party (film at SIFF Cinema Egyptian)
May 21, 2023

SIFF will also partner with The Grand Hyatt Seattle as the Official Hotel of the Seattle International Film Festival. The hotel will be home to the Guest Relations team and Press Office. Press inquiries, appointments, and interview requests can be made at

Commemorative apparel featuring this year's artwork will be available on the SIFF Shop online starting March 20, 2023 at

The 49th Seattle International Film Festival will play in person May 11–21 at venues across Seattle and virtually on the SIFF Channel May 22–28. Passes and ticket packages are on sale now at Individual tickets will go on sale to SIFF members on April 26, and to the general public on April 27, 2023.


For more information or images, please contact Madison Zimmerman at or (206)-315-0692.

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