The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is a must-see for film connoisseurs and everyday appreciators alike. This year it will take place May 16-June 9, and feature over 400 rare films from around the world.

This year marks the 45th celebration of the art of storytelling through film. It started in 1976 at the historic Moore Egyptian Theatre, when 2 childhood best friends decided to make their dream come true by buying a theatre.

After showing unique films and gaining a following, they decided to throw Seattle’s first film festival. It featured 18 films, all which had never been shown in the US (besides in special screenings).

Now, with films from over 80 countries and around 155,000 attendees, SIFF is the largest and most popular film festival in America.

Don’t miss out on this world-famous film-buff event! From where to stay to what to see, do the Seattle Film Festival like a pro with this guide to all that is SIFF.

Festival Highlights

Not only does the Seattle Film Festival have hundreds of professionally curated films, if also offers you the option to have a full movie star experience.

Add any of the following to your ticketing package for the ultimate film adventure:


The Gala Pack gives you access to your choice of 3 opening, centerpiece and closing parties. Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a bit of networking with fellow film enthusiasts.

Secret Festival

At the secret festival you’ll get to see films that have yet to debut (or even be announced).

This has been a tradition since the first SIFF, where lucky viewers got to get a sneak peek of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The only catch is, you have to promise not to spread the word!

Red Carpet Experience

Enjoy a glamorous night of film celebration with the SIFF Opening Night Red Carpet Experience package.

Not only will you enjoy valet service and a walk on the red carpet, but you’ll be taking part in the pre-film reception, gaining reserved seats at the opening night film screening, and enjoying an open bar in the VIP area.

Other Seattle Sights

If you’re new to Seattle, don’t miss the chance to explore the gardens, tours and restaurants that make the rainy city a top tourist destination.

Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour

The Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour take place June 1-3. The garden in its’ 30th year of sharing floral delights with Washington residents and visitors alike.

The garden tour takes place on the tiny island of Puget Sound off the Washington coast. It showcases 5 unique gardens that display the environmental diversity of the island. Each garden has its own soundtrack to suit the ambience.

Seattle Locks Cruise

Relax and take in the view as you enjoy a 2-5 hour narrated cruise past some of Seattle’s most beautiful sights.

Get your camera ready, because these are views you’ll want to remember.

Mount Saint Helens Tour

Mount Saint Helens is more than your typical mountain. In fact, it’s an active volcano that last erupted in 1980.

Learn more about this fascinating and beautiful landmark on the Mount Saint Helens tour, where you’ll spend the day exploring it firsthand.

The tour begins with breakfast in downtown Seattle followed by a guided road trip to Mt. St. Helens where you’ll learn about the history and science before setting foot on the “blastzone.”

Delectable Delights

Capitol Cider

Capitol Cider is the largest independent cider bar in the country, not to mention a dream come true for the gluten intolerant.

They offer a vast menu of hard cider and gluten-free food, all accompanied by the entertainment of live music, games, and art events.

Shiki Sushi

If exotic seafood appeals to you, be sure to stop by Shiki, conveniently located right by SIFF.

Have you ever heard of the rare delicacy called fugu? Fugu is a blowfish with a poisonous liver, and Shiki owner Ken Yamamoto is one of the few chefs in Washington licensed to handle it.


Don’t miss out on experiencing Seattle’s new hot spot, 2120. It’s located next to the beautiful Amazon Spheres, which are large glass globes created by Amazon that combine greenhouse and office space.

2120 offers a great variety of contemporary foods made only from farm-fresh ingredients. Your palate will be even more pleased with their delicious wine selection.

Where to Stay

Pan Pacific

Seattle International Film Fest has partnered with the acclaimed Pan Pacific Hotel, making it the official SIFF hotel.

This luxurious hotel has stunning views of the Space Needle, Seattle skyline, and Lake Union.

Take a break from the SIFF festivities in the European soaking tub, then get a good night’s rest in their Hypnos beds with plush bedding.

W Seattle

Located in the heart of Seattle, the W’s accessibility is just one of its various perks.

Each room has the feel of an urban lodge, with oversized Bluetooth TVs, a mini bar and more.

Take advantage of their whenever, wherever concierge service that provides whatever you want — inside or outside the hotel. That’s right, want your tickets to the opera booked? They’ve got your back.

A Private Yacht

Thanks to its coastal location, Seattle has a variety of luxurious yachts to rent.

While amenities differ, this beautiful 3 level boat includes the options of lake tours, parties, and corporate events.

How to Get to Seattle

The last thing you want to worry about when booking an exciting trip is arriving stressed. Book a private flight to ensure you arrive on your schedule, with nothing but smooth sailing from start to finish.

Seattle is accustomed to private flights, and has centrally-located private airports. Try a flight to Boeing Field, then hop in a private luxury vehicle to drop you off right at your hotel door.

Time to enter the rankings of international film buffs and arrive in style >