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ark your calendars for these great events coming soon to your neighborhood.

screenings throughout the four-day event will take place at Columbia City’s Ark Lodge Cinemas.

JANUARY

Spokane International Film Festival January 23-February 1 www.spokanefilmfestival.org Now in its 16th year, the Spokane International Film Festival features a small, selective offering of world-class features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past two years but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. In addition to film screenings, SpIFF offers exclusive events such as Filmmaker Forums, which give attendees the opportunity to hear filmmakers explain firsthand how their projects went from “Action!” to “That’s a wrap.”

Post Alley Film Festival February 8 www.postalleyfilmfestival.com Post Alley Film Festival, held at SIFF Film Center in Seattle, features uniquely stimulating, female-centric short films hand-picked from local talent as well as emerging and established filmmakers from beyond the Evergreen State. PAFF is co-sponsored by Women in Film Seattle (WIF Seattle), a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for all women in the film, television, video, digital, and screenbased industries.

MARCH

Children’s Film Festival Seattle January 23-February 2 childrensfilmfestivalseattle.nwfilmforum.org Presented by Northwest Film Forum, Children’s Film Festival Seattle celebrates the best and brightest in international children’s cinema with a 10-day extravaganza of more than 100 films from almost 30 countries. By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, Northwest Film Forum aims to promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of life.

FEBRUARY

Seattle Asian American Film Festival February 6-9 www.seattleaaff.org The Seattle Asian American Film Festival’s mission is to seek out, promote, produce, and develop Asian American artists with a commitment to original and innovative media works. SAAFF showcases works by Northwest Asian American filmmakers, as well as films from across the country dealing with Asian American people, issues and themes, which are absent from other local festivals. All festival

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Seattle Jewish Film Festival March 1-9 www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual, 10-day and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and filmmaking for everyone. SJFF showcases the best international, independent and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, enhanced by educational, family, social, performing arts and year-round programming.

APRIL

National Film Festival for Talented Youth April 24-27 www.nffty.org NFFTY has grown into the world’s largest youth film festival. In 2013, the event featured 215 films from the best filmmakers 22 and younger representing 30 states and 20 countries, with 10,000 in attendance. Held in conjunction with NFFTY, The Future of Film Expo hosts all of NFFTY’s additional programming including panels, workshops, and exhibitor booths featuring the best resources and organizations for film technology and education.

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival April 26-May 3 www.langstonarts.org This annual event features thought-provoking, illuminating films that showcase stories of people of African descent, from around the world, by independent filmmakers. Now in its 11th year, the festival also offers panel discussions, screenplay readings, matinee screenings for middle and high school youth, and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders.

MAY

Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival May 2-10 www.trueindependent.org STIFF is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental and zero budget films. The festival endeavors to provide cultural exchange and educational opportunities by bringing a diverse selection of films to the area and providing a place for networking between local filmmakers, visiting filmmakers and the public.

Translations May 8-11 threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/translations Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world. Three Dollar Bill Cinema presents this groundbreaking film festival to provide the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people, encouraging visibility and positive representations of transgender issues. Audience awards will be given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.

Seattle International Film Festival May 15-June 8 www.siff.net Celebrating 40 years, SIFF is one of the largest and most

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