Young filmmakers showcased at National Film Festival for Talented Youth opening April 25th

NFFTY PosterOn Thursday April 25th, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY, pronounced “Nifty”) kicks off at Seattle’s Cinerama and then moves to the SIFF Uptown for 3 days of films. NFFTY is the premier showcase for directors under the age of 23, and occurs every spring right here in Seattle.

This year’s festival begins with a red carpet gala of short films at downtown’s Cinerama, followed by an after party at South Lake Union’s MOHAI. The films to be shown on opening night include works from the United States, Egypt, South Africa, and New Jersey. The after party is an all ages event, with hors d’oeuvres, and if you’re not one of the talented younger film makers, a cash bar too.

After opening night, NFFTY moves to SIFF Uptown. Over the course of the weekend over 200 films will be shown, with Friday including discussion panels on filmmaking in the digital age, as well as pursuing a career in film. Friday will also see Happy Hour Shorts, with a beer tasting compliments of Fremont Brewing beginning at 5:30pm, followed by the screening of several short films beginning at 6:30pm.

The films continue on Saturday, along with a Masterclass on Documentaries The Danish Way with award winning documentary director Pernille Rose Grønkjær, and the festival ends with the jury and audience awards on Sunday at 8:00pm. Tickets to the films and panels are $11 (10$ youth), with the opening night gala costing $35 ($25 youth). The awards ceremony is free and open to all.

Whether your tastes run to comedy, drama, sports, zombies, or local issues such as Referendum 74, NFFTY has something for you. Head on over to SIFF and see what the next generation of filmmakers can do. Check out the NFFTY 2013 Festival Trailer to get a taste of what’s to come.

Local Bands Hit the Big Screen at SIFF Uptown

Do you love our local music scene? Like supporting the bands and the people who help them? Or, would you like a way to help out Northwest Folklife? Well, check out Bands on the Big Screen this Thursday, January 31st, at SIFF Uptown – a special presentation that highlights five local filmmakers who work with local Seattle bands.

The special one-night engagement is a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife, and will feature an audience Q&A with the directors. The film showcases Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg, and includes music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and more.

Key Details:

  • What: Bands on the Big Screen, benefit for Northwest Folklife
  • Where: SIFF Uptown
  • When: Thursday, January 31, 7pm
  • Tickets: online at SIFF

SIFF’s Women in Cinema Festival Kicks Off This Wednesday

SIFF’s Women in Cinema (WIC) festival kicks off this Wednesday at SIFF Uptown, celebrating films from women directors around the world.

Wednesday’s Opening Night features Hannah Arendt, followed by a reception at SAM’s Taste restaurant (note: limited tickets for Taste reception). The festival runs through Sunday, January 27th, featuring a selection of the best new films from women directors. Films will be shown at SIFF Uptown, and a free panel discussion entitled “Beyond the Director” will be held at SIFF Film Center on Saturday. (reserve tickets in advance)

The festival highlight’s SIFF’s “interest in the exceptional contribution of women in the world of cinema” and has curated a range of films for this year’s festival, from documentaries to shorts to feature films, including:

  • Hannah Arendt – Opening Night film
  • The Dandelions
  • Ginger & Rosa
  • Lore
  • Love, Marilyn
  • Midnight’s Children
  • Satellite Boy – director Catriona McKenzie in attendance
  • Vanishing Waves
  • The World Before Her – Skype Q&A with director Nishna Pahuja and President of Friends of the United Nations Population Fund Valerie DeFillipo on Saturday
  • WIC Shorts – a collection of films from women short filmmakers from around the world

SIFF’s official Women in Cinema trailer:

And Now For Something Completely Different – SIFF Uptown Celebrates Graham Chapman

I admit it – I’m a huge Monty Python fan. I have the Complete Monty Python’s Flying Circus box set and cannot refuse a good Python quote here and there. Graham Chapman was my favorite Python, and the day he died was a sad one indeed. But, with characters like my personal favorite Mr. Neutron, the most dangerous and terrifying man in the world, and his starring film roles as Arthur, King of the Britons, and Brian “I’m not the Messiah… oh alright, I am the Messiah”, Chapman lives on!

SIFF Uptown is celebrating Graham Chapman starting this weekend (Nov 2-7) with an exclusive premiere of  “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman” – a new 3D animated film based on Chapman’s biography. The film uses audio that Chapman recorded prior to his death, and the surviving Pythons provide voices for additional characters.

To continue the Chapman-fest, SIFF is also showing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “The Life of Brian”. Plus, SIFF is providing free coconuts for Holy Grail and free blasphemy for Brian!

So, celebrate Graham Chapman, a very naughty boy, and Monty Python at SIFF this weekend. Click on the photos below to link to tickets and showtimes:

Note: all images courtesy of SIFF

SIFF Uptown Celebrates Halloween with 3 Classics

Looking for a way to get in the Halloween spirit? Three creepy-themed films will grace the big screen at SIFF Uptown beginning tomorrow night for SIFF’s “Halloween Classics on the Big Screen”.

The original 1984 “Ghostbusters” and the Vincent Price classic “The Mad Magician” (the latter remastered and in 3D) will be featured tomorrow, Tuesday, and Halloween. Then for post-Halloween creepiness, SIFF Uptown will mark the 50th anniversary of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” with 2 showings on Thursday night.

Click photos (courtesy of SIFF) below for links to showtimes & tickets: