Membership FAQ

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Updated Membership Price

Why is SIFF updating the price of membership?

With the recent opening of SIFF Cinema Downtown, our operational expenses have increased. The updated membership price will help offset these costs as they also continue to support the operations and maintenance of all our cinemas including SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center.

Membership pricing has remained the same since November 2019, while the processing fees from our ticketing and membership system have continued to increase. 

The new membership prices also include additional benefits! With the addition of SIFF Cinema Downtown, members now receive discounts on tickets to all four cinemas, discounts on favorite snacks like delicious chocolate popcorn, and access to expanded programming. 

For a complete list of SIFF member benefits click here.

How did SIFF decide on the new membership prices?

We carefully looked at several factors when determining the new pricing structure of membership. With the expansion of our venues, and increases in staff and administrative costs, we felt this was a necessary time to assess each membership level. We analyzed each tier of membership, the increase in benefits, as well as the impact of higher fees. We also looked at comparable film-focused not-for-profits across the country and determined that the new pricing structure aligns with other current membership programs. Our goal is to make sure that we are providing a quality product with valuable benefits, at a reasonable price.

How are my membership fees being used at SIFF?

Like all contributed revenue SIFF receives, membership funds help support and maintain operations at SIFF’s four cinemas, create dynamic artistic and educational programming, pay our talented staff, fund our SIFFsupports program, produce the Seattle International Film Festival, and so much more.


I need help logging into my account on

If you need help troubleshooting logging into your member account please contact our box office at

How do I check if my membership is active?

Log in to using the same email and password you use for Once logged in, choose "account" from the drop down menu at the top right corner.

On the left side of the account page, there is a link for "Your Memberships." Details about your current SIFF membership, including activation and expiration dates, are listed here.

How do I renew my membership?

If your membership is active, log in to or and purchase a new membership. The option to renew your current membership will automatically appear. This option is also available for orders made over the phone or in person.

If your membership has completed, you can purchase a new membership and the level of your choice. The automatic option to renew will not appear, even if you have been a member previously.

I received a gift membership. How do I activate it?

The purchase of a gift membership generates an activation email that is sent to the purchaser. When they forward that email to the person receiving the gift membership, the receiver can activate their gift membership using the link or code contained in the email.

Why am I having trouble connecting my dual account?

If you are having trouble linking two accounts for your dual membership, you can reference these Instructions for Connecting Dual Memberships (PDF).


What is the cost of SIFF Membership?

SIFF Memberships are $75 for individuals ($130 for two year individual memberships) and $130 for dual ($235 for two year dual memberships). Discounted SIFF memberships are $45 for seniors and students ($85 for two year senior memberships). Dual Senior memberships are $85 ($155 for two year dual senior memberships).

Are SIFF memberships tax-deductible?

Although SIFF’s previous membership levels were partially tax-deductible depending on the level and benefits offered, we have determined that SIFF memberships are no longer tax-deductible. This is because the fair-market value of the benefits offered exceeds the price of the membership. Click here if you are interested in making a fully tax-deductible donation to SIFF.


Can I set up my membership to auto-renew?

If you’d like to have your membership auto-renew, login to your account at and click on Your Memberships to add a payment method.

How do I get my popcorn & membership card?

In an effort to streamline our process for members, we are no longer mailing popcorn and membership cards. You may pick up your card at any SIFF Cinema location the next time you visit. Simply ask a SIFF staff member for assistance. You do not need a popcorn and membership card to access member discounts on SIFF Cinema and Festival tickets.

What age does a Senior membership apply to?

We suggest Senior level membership for patrons 65 and over.

I am a volunteer. How do I redeem my six volunteer vouchers for a SIFF membership?

Please fill out and submit this form in order to redeem your vouchers for a membership.

Please reach out to if you have any other questions or concerns.