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SIFF 2021 offers its own virtual world vision

Dan Webster

Those who regularly attend film festivals know that Seattle’s annual movie orgy, the Seattle International Film Festival, is something special.

Dating back to 1976, the festival attracts films of all types from all over the world, and unlike many other well-known events – Sundance among them – it’s designed for the movie fan, not the movie professional. My wife and I look forward to driving west every year in mid-May to see as many SIFF movies as we can.

But that won't happen this spring. Like everything else in the world today, SIFF has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. And so, for the first time, the festival – which runs Thursday, April 8th, to Sunday, April 18th – will be available online.

As the SIFF website explains, “This year, audiences will be able to watch the entire lineup from the comfort of their own homes courtesy of the SIFF Channel – available on Roku, FireTV, AndroidTV and Apple TV – or at”

That means that festival attendees will have access to some 219 films, 93 of them feature-length, from 69 countries. That’s in addition to 126 film shorts. Many of the films, both feature and short, are premieres, either world or North American.

To get a brief feel for what SIFF 2021 has to offer, watch the trailer below. And for further information – including how to access, what it will cost, etc. – click here.

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