Seattle Shorts Film Festival returns later this year with twice the number of exceptional films to showcase for local and visiting audiences. After record breaking submissions, filmmaker attendance, and sold out screenings last year, the 5-year-old festival has expanded to two days, November 14th and 15th at the SIFF Film Center. The weekend will be bring film lovers together through Q&A’s, networking events, and an awards ceremony on Sunday the 15th.
Pacific Northwest films will take viewers across the region from Walla Walla (The Mobile Stripper) and the wild B.C. surf (Pacific Wayfarer), to the streets of Seattle (Signs Everywhere and Tomgirl.) The acclaimed documentary Even the Walls (directed by Saman Maydani and Sarah Kuck), is an intimate look at gentrification and home in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace. Pacific Wayfarer, The Adept, and Coeur d’Alene (Rabbits) will all be Seattle premieres. All regional films will have special guests in attendance!
Full lineup of regionally produced films:
The Mobile Stripper (Shirlyn Wong, WA), Tomgirl (Stephen Przybylowski, WA), The Perfect Pieces (Kirk Nordenstrom, WA), Coeur d’Alene (Rabbits) (Merlin Camozzi, ID), Even the Walls (Sarah Kuck, WA), The Midnight Tourist (Daniel Orme-doutre, WA), Signs Everywhere (Julio Ramirez, WA), The Gift (Clark Kokich, WA), The Pacific Wayfarer (Dylan Maranda, BC), The Adept (Adam Stern, BC)
Most of the national and international films presented will be brand-new to Seattle audiences. The Haircut, starring Bailey Noble (True Blood) and Molly C. Quinn (Castle), and Election Night, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier), are two films produced through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Beverley, starring Laya Lewis (Skins), brings us into the life of a biracial girl fighting racism in 1980’s Britain. The Out and Outs rewrites 1950’s history when an actor (Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls) falls in love with a Louisiana girl. Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D) plays an ambitious cop in Ticketed, a western comedy set in a modern ghost town. The Red Thunder, is a superhero film about parenting, starring Allie Grant (Suburgatory) and Miles Heizer (Parenthood). Fog City, winner of The Spike Lee Production Fund, tells a heartfelt story of veterans’ rights.