SIFF 2009: mark your calendars now

This year’s Seattle International Film Festival doesn’t open until May 21 but it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about getting tickets. As anyone who has attended the festival in the past knows, tickets go fast and it can be a real challenge sometimes to make sure you get in to everything you want to see so a bit of planning ahead can be very helpful. For the seriously devoted, passes and ticket passages are already on sale; if individual tickets are more your thing, you’ll have to wait until the box office opens on May 8.

Although the festival schedule isn’t out yet, there are already some great things to be excited about: the festival returns to the east side with screenings at the Kirkland Performance Center (other venues include SIFF Cinema, Pacific Place, Uptown Cinemas, Pacific Place, the Egyptian, Harvard Exit, the Neptune, Cinerama, NWFF, the Paramount, the Triple Door and the Admiral) and today SIFF announced that confirmed guests include Francis Ford Coppola with his new film Tetro and Spike Lee, who will be receiving a Golden Space Needle award to recognize his contributions to film at a ceremony that will include a screening of his new film, Passing Strange.

If you really want to see some films but don’t want to commit your cash, consider becoming a festival volunteer. Volunteer jobs are easy and fun and it’s a good way to meet fellow film fans and see movies for free: SIFF’s annual volunteer meeting takes place Saturday, April 18 at 10 am at the Egyptian Theater.

3 Comments so far

  1. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on April 16th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    "tickets go fast"

    … Well… except when they don’t =)

    I’ve been to my share of empty houses as well as full. Which makes early purchasing even more essential, sure, because you never know what will and won’t sell out.

    Ok, sure, some things you can guess are going to sell out right away.

  2. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on April 16th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

    Interestingly (or not) enough, John, I’ve never actually been to an empty house at a SIFF film. I mean, sure, they haven’t all been SRO sell outs, but I’ve never been to a film that’s not at least mostly full. Of course this may be a reflection of the sorts of movies that interest me or not.

    I’m willing to bet that there will be a rush for tickets for Coppola and Lee.

  3. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on April 16th, 2009 @ 3:27 pm

    Well, ok, technically, I couldn’t go to an empty house because, well, then it wouldn’t be empty.

    I’ve been to a few half full houses, how about that? =)

    Midnight showings were the prime examples.

    And yeah, Coppola, Lee, opener and closer, those are the ones you can guess will sell out right away. Any major kids movie that hasn’t been released yet (Monster House) is likely to sell out.

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