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Seattle International Film Festival


Seattle, Washington

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  1. friendlyanimator
    January 4th, 2015 at 03:56 | #1

    I have had short films in SIFF and attended in 2011, 2012 and 2013. But I was also living in Seattle at the time so I do not know what it is like to attend the festival as an out-of-towner.

    I have never experienced technical issues with my projections, and there have always been good to great amount of audience members in the seats. The festival is pretty organized and all the programmers and staff are friendly. There are a ton of parties throughout the festival where you have the chance to meet other filmmakers, but it might require you asking a programmer to point people out to you, especially as a local, as I was never staying in a hotel and therefore did not have the chance to bump into people there.

    Also I will say that Seattle is awesome and a great place to visit, if you are trying to decide whether to make the trip. The festival staff is also always happy to give you recommendations about what to see and do in town, because they are also proud of their city. Highly recommended.

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  2. lightsoutproductions
    November 13th, 2009 at 21:51 | #2

    While I had a less isolating experience than Jay (when I attended the Seattle fest in 2006), I will agree that short filmmakers should be prepared to get lost in the shuffle if you don’t “look for your spots.” Simply, the fest is so enormous (and so long) that it is difficult for the fest to keep track of all the feature filmmakers let alone the short-isans.

    However, if you’re treated like a bit of a second class citizen … it’s a damn nice country to be in anyway. It is a top notch festival and the staff is wonderful and friendly and just plain ole’ cool. You just have to work a little harder to get access to them.

    I will say this: I, myself, chose to spend my own money and make a weekend of it — staying in the same hotel where the feature filmmakers resided. (Note: the year I went, short filmmakers were not provided any accommodations gratis). The decision to stay at the main hotel was an excellent call. I became sparked friendships with a couple of the feature director/producers. And we remain good friends to this day. So: chew on that one. Might be worth an investment cause I don’t think I would have run into them had I not been staying in the same hotel.

    Finally, on technology: Here too (and sadly) the shorts really played second fiddle. The projection for feature films was excellent. But quite simply too little care and preparation was put into the short screenings. As a result the were long breaks for tech problems and many films had small annoying issues throughout.

    Even with that said: great audiences ultimately saw the films. And they were projected competently enough — just not with the care one would hope for out of such a top, top notch fest. And, at the end of the day, that IS what the fest is: top notch.

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  3. Jay
    October 8th, 2009 at 00:12 | #3

    This if the first festival I’ve been to which gives gift bags to FEATURE filmmakers but not to SHORT filmmakers. Talk about controversy….. !! They did give great hotel rooms though… but no one should ever underestimate the importance of the gift bag regardless of the heap of crap stored inside.

    This is a very high quality festival and one I’ve attended numerous times as an audience member. Highly recommended in that regard.

    Attending in 2008 as a short filmmaker I was very disappointed though that short filmmakers were relegated to a separate hotel, theater and even hotel. We couldn’t even attend the seminars and could only attend a few feature films. Short filmmakers wish to learn from feature films and filmmakers, not isolated from them.

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