SIFF 2018 Highlights


The 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival runs May 17 - June 10, 2018 featuring over 400 films from 80 countries. Women in Film Seattle is a proud sponsor of SIFF 2018, including sponsoring a number of screenings and events throughout the festival. We're pleased to present some highlights below. For more information, including ticketing and passes, visit

SIFF Local Filmmaker Meet & Greet, presented by WIF Seattle
Monday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 PM
Venue: St John’s Bar and Eatery

What a great way to kick off SIFF 2018: come and hang out with local filmmakers and toast our friends at SIFF! Join WIF Seattle as we raise a glass or two!

Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 PM Shoreline Community College

In 2016 a group of Washington State families with transgender kids joined the fight against the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation sweeping through the nation and into their home state. With the help of a coalition of lawmakers and civil rights activists, these families embark on an uncharted journey, fighting to protect and preserve their children’s inalienable human rights in this present-day civil rights movement. Writer, producer, director Vlada Knowlton's premieres her Women in Film Grant winning documentary at SIFF 2018.

Sunday, May 27, 2:30 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Wednesday, June 6, 6:45 PM SIFF Cinema Egyptian

13-year-old Sadie lives at home with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. Sadie is extremely attached to her father despite his prolonged absence and when her mother begins dating a new man, Sadie takes extreme measures to end the relationship and safeguard her family through the only tactics she knows – those of war. WIF member Megan Griffiths screens her homegrown feature at SIFF 2018 after premiering at SXSW. WIF members Lacey Leavitt produced and Celia Beasley edited. 

AFGHAN CYCLES, presented by WIF
Sunday, May 20, 6:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Monday, May 21, 4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater
Sunday, May 27, 1:00 PM Shoreline Community College

Afghan Cycles is about a generation of Afghan women who are pedaling their own revolution, aggressively challenging gender and cultural barriers using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment and social change.

Legends of the PNW, presented by WIF
Monday, May 28 at 12:00 PM, SIFF Cinema Uptown

Ten exceptional short films from across Washington State shine a light on the diverse stories, historical and fanciful, that provide the foundation of our society. WIF Members included in this screening:

  • Always, directed by Angela DiMarco: A couple who have just lost their child must readapt in their relationship and within themselves.
  • I See Through You, directed by Lael Rogers: This narrative music video explores a fantasy landscape with secrets all its own.
  • Mehndi, directed by Sudeshna Sen: Secrets shared at an Indian bridal shower forever change two young women.

The Synergy of Director & Editor in Documentary Film
Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Venue: SIFF Film Center

Experts discuss the collaborative role of editor and director, how the editor shapes a story, and determines what stays and what gets cut.