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from Virginia Bogert
It's that time of year again. Seattle International Film Festival Opening Night Gala is May 18th. Seattle's 25 day festival continues through June 11. WIF Seattle is proud to be a Community Partner. With more than 400 films from 80 countries, SIFF is now in its 43rd year. Opening Night's film is The Big Sick, directed by Michael Showalter, produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, screenwriters: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani. Based on the real-life courtship, Pakistan-born comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) and grad student Emily (Zoe Kazan) fall in love, but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail must navigate the crisis with her parents and the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

And don't miss the local filmmakers work screening at SIFF this year. Check WIF web in May for more information about Women in Film and Seattle International Film Festival.


The Women in Film board works hard to conduct our organization fairly and in a non-partisan way. Representing our membership, we deplore misogyny, the objectification of women and prejudice in all forms. We work for diversity and inclusion via our voices in film and other platforms. As filmmakers, we own a powerful craft and have an obligation to embrace our strength. We support our sisters and are committed to working with integrity. We urge you as filmmakers to be visible, be heard, tell our stories, share them - on any screen.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, 501(c)(3) organizations like Women in Film Seattle are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. However, we can take a moral stand against bigotry and misogyny, and we do again now. We are an organization of professional women, students, and men committed to working with integrity in the art and business of film, and advancing women in the film industry.


from WIF Board

We extend a belated but heartfelt welcome to our new and not so new board members: Stefanie Malone, Education Chair; Isabella Price, TST Chair; and brand spankin’ new board member Diana Fairbank, WIF Directory Chair.

Stefanie is the director of NFFTY the National Festival for Talented Youth and as the WIF Education Chair will be reaching out to students and the community and helping provide educational opportunities via WIF. Stefanie will also handle intern programs WIF Seattle will launch on a limited basis.

Isabella is a stylist/costumer with managerial skills and if you have attended any of Women in Film’s TST’s, you know her as an adroit and gracious moderator of the outstanding WIF hosted panels.
Last but not least, Diana Fairbank has come on board to revamp, and make more accessible our Women in Film Professional Directory, located on our website, a compendium of talented WIF members in every film business capacity. All biographies can be found at:


You can learn more about all our illustrious board members here: