4/21/2016 | SIFF Festivals
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SEATTLE, WA -- April 21, 2016 -- The Opening Night Gala of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, May 19 will feature the North American premiere of Amazon Studios' Café Society, the newest film from legendary director Woody Allen. The Festival's Opening Night Red Carpet Gala will take place at the prestigious 3,000 seat Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center with a celebratory party to follow for all attendees. The 2016 Festival runs May 19 through June 12 at venues in Seattle and surrounding cities. 

Café Society is a sparkling romantic comedy that features a stellar cast of rising stars and acclaimed acting talent, including Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, Paul Schneider, Anna Camp, and Judy Davis. The bicoastal period piece tells the story of a young man (Eisenberg) who arrives in Hollywood from New York during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. He falls in love and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. 

In his new role as Festival Director and Chief Curator, Carl Spence says, "Woody Allen delivers a delightful, vibrant, and entertaining tale that continues to expand his repertory of acting talent. Combining the power of SIFF, which boasts the largest audience of any film festival in the country, with an emerging Seattle-based film distribution powerhouse that firmly believes in the theatrical experience, along with one of our most acclaimed directors, is a perfect match. We are proud to collaborate with Amazon Studios with seven titles in our lineup. They have confidently emerged as relevant curatorial partners for the filmmaking community with a wealth of experience and love of cinema to bring a broad and diverse range of high-quality films to the American public." 

The 42nd Seattle International Film Festival presents an unprecedented slate of six additional titles from Amazon Studios, led by the North American premiere of Café Society, direct from its World premiere as the Opening Night film at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016.

Other Amazon Studios titles at SIFF 2016 include Author: The JT LeRoy Story (dir. Jeff Feuerzeig, 2016); Complete Unknown (dir. Joshua Marston, 2016); The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015); Gleason (dir. Clay Tweel, 2016); Love & Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman, 2016); and Wiener-Dog (dir. Todd Solondz, 2016). 

This year's Festival continues the SIFF tradition of rich and varied programming from around the world, aided in part by a generous FilmWatch grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. SIFF has been named to receive $25,000 to continue its groundbreaking African Pictures program. Now in its fourth year, African Pictures at the Seattle International Film Festival has presented 67 films from 37 countries, and 2016 will include 10 features and 6 shorts from the entire African continent, to be announced on Friday, April 22. 

Tickets for the Opening Night Gala of SIFF 2016 are available online at, by phone at 206-324-9996, and in person at SIFF Cinema locations (Film Center, Uptown, Egyptian) beginning Thursday, April 21. Opening Night access ranges from the festive, see-it-all Film + Party Ticket to the exclusive VIP Red Carpet Experience. 

The complete Festival lineup will be announced on Wednesday, May 4. Box office sales for single tickets open online, by phone, and in person for the general public on Thursday, May 5, with special advance access to SIFF members on Wednesday, May 4.

About SIFF

Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 80 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, SIFF Cinema Uptown, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 120,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.