A Month of International Seattle Film Festivals
The Emerald City rolls out red carpets across town, as cinema fests flood the streets throughout October. LGBT, Polish and South Asian movies are the heart of the three major film festivals in Seattle this month, starting on October 7th. Here's a helpful guide to help plan your cinematic world tour (single-screening tickets are also available):
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The 20th anniversary of this beloved festival promises to be the best yet, with programs divided into themes like Seattle-centric "Local Produce," campy "Drag Dolls," gay horror thrills in "Freak Me Out!," stirring documentaries, and short films. Freeheld, the Opening Night Feature ($34 - 801 East Pine Street), stars Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon and Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, many of whom will be present for the screening and Gala at Grim's afterward (1512 11th Avenue).
Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF)
Since 1992, SPFF has been bringing Polish cinema to the movie-loving masses. This year, things kick-off with a FREE screening of Poland's most popular comedy ever - Sexmission - at Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Avenue), 7 pm on October 7th. Polish Hall (1714 18th Avenue) hosts Vodka and a Drop of Art, the festival's official launch party the next night, 6-9 pm on the 8th. Complete with red carpet stars, a live DJ and TONS of vodka, it's the perfect way to start the week.
Seattle South Asian Film Festival (SSAFF)
Celebrating its 10th year, the largest South Asian film festival in the U.S. features movies from nations like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan. The Opening Night Gala ($45 - 600 Pine Street) is a must-attend event, with rich conversation and a delectable buffet of regional fare for sampling.