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SIFF 2019: Where It’s Been and How It’s Grown

The Seattle International Film Festival (May 16–June 9) is in its 45th year. And look how it’s grown

By Gavin Borchert May 10, 2019


This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Seattle magazine.

This article appears in print in the May 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe.

18: Films screened in the festival’s first year, 1976

1: Venue in 1976 (The Moore Theatre)

18: Festival days in 1976

Approx 10,000: Attendance in 1976

5: Awards given out in the first year of award presentations, 1985 (Best Film: Kiss of the Spider Woman)

433: Films screened in 2018

10: Venues in 2019

25: Festival days in 2019

Approx 140,000: Attendance in 2018

14: Awards—now called Golden Space Needles—given out in 2018 (Best Film: Eighth Grade)

Times and prices vary. (Tickets go on sale to SIFF members May 1 and to the general public May 2.) SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.464.5830;

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