The 38th Annual Seattle International Film Festival is Friday, May 17 – Sunday, June 10. The festival will showcase over 400 films from 60 countries, and it all starts off with a huge gala on May 17!

SIFF’s Opening Night is a ticketed event, and includes entry to the screening of the movie Your Sister’s Sister at McCaw Hall on Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm. The movie stars Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass and was written and directed by Seattle’s own Lynn Shelton. Following the film is the exclusive Gala at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall.

Tickets for Opening Night are $50/person General Admission, which includes two complementary drink tickets. Or $100/person for the Premium Admission, which includes an open bar at the post-film reception and preferred entry into the Gala screening.

In addition, a separate ticket option will allow guests to enjoy the popular Red Carpet Opening Night Experience for $200/person, which provides access to a private pre-screening reception, reserved seating at the Gala film, an exclusive VIP after party with open bar, gift bag and valet parking. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala, festival screening and Red Carpet Opening Night Experience are now on sale and can be purchased HERE or by calling 206.324.9996 during normal SIFF box office hours.

Other special events during the festival include an evening with six-time Oscar nominated actress Sissy Spacek on Thursday, June 7. She will receive the Seattle International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting, give an onstage interview with film clips from her career and the opportunity for Q&A with the audience, followed by a screening of Terrence Malick’s broodingly beautiful Badlands.

On Saturday, June 9 you are invited to an evening with director William Friedkin at the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle. Friedkin arrives at SIFF this year with the west coast premiere of his new, provocative black comedy, Killer Joe. He will also be presented with the Seattle International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening will include an onstage interview and film clips from his career preceding the film and a Q&A session following the film screening.

Tickets can be purchased online at, and you can choose from many different genres of film – action/adventure, biopic, sci fi, comedy, family friendly, thriller, documentary, gay/lesbian, drama, mystery, western and many more.

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