The Seattle International Film Festival announced its full programming lineup May 3, promising almost a month of exciting premieres and breakout film performances. Beginning May 18 and taking place over 25 days, the 43rd annual festival will feature an ambitious 161 features (plus a four-film “Secret Festival”), 58 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 163 shorts from around the world. SIFF 2017 is expected to attract over 150,000 attendees.
“This year’s robust line-up includes a wide variety of programs ranging from heartfelt features from comedy favorites to thought-provoking documentaries, as well as once in a lifetime conversations with Hollywood legends,” said the festival’s interim artistic director Beth Barrett in a statement.
One of the industry’s largest and most buzzed-about festivals, this year’s event kicks off with the opening night film, “The Big Sick.” An Amazon Studios production, the comedy is co-written by Kumail Nanjiani of “Silicon Valley” and his wife Emily V. Gordon (both of whom will be in attendance along with director Michael Showalter), the comedy will be the first of over 400 films to be screened.
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