From the Official Press Release:
Seattle Shorts Film Festival returns in 2015 with twice the number of exceptional films to showcase for local and visiting audiences. After record breaking submissions, filmmaker attendance, and sold out screenings last year, the 5-year-old festival has expanded to two days, November 14th and 15th. The weekend will be bring film lovers together through Q&A’s, networking events, and an awards ceremony on Sunday the 15th.
The 2015 festival has a star studded lineup of local, national and international films, most of which are Seattle premieres. The Haircut, starring Bailey Noble (True Blood) and Molly C. Quinn (Castle), and Election Night, starring Peri Gilpin (Frasier), are two films produced through the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Beverley, starring Laya Lewis (Skins), brings us into the life of a biracial girl fighting racism in 1980’s Britain. The Out and Outs rewrites 1950’s history when an actor (Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls) falls in love with a Louisiana girl. Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D) plays an ambitious cop in Ticketed, a western comedy set in a modern ghost town. The Red Thunder, is a superhero film about parenting, starring Allie Grant (Suburgatory) and Miles Heizer (Parenthood). Fog City, winner of The Spike Lee Production Fund, tells a heartfelt story of veterans’ rights.
Pacific Northwest films will take viewers across the region from Walla Walla (The Mobile Stripper) and the wild B.C. surf (Pacific Wayfarer), to the streets of Seattle (Signs Everywhere and Tomgirl.) The acclaimed documentary Even the Walls (directed by Saman Maydani and Sarah Kuck), is an intimate look at gentrification and home in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace. Pacific Wayfarer, The Adept, and Coeur d'Alene (Rabbits) will all be Seattle premieres. All regional films will have special guests in attendance!
Music fans will enjoy scores by Mike Mccready (Tomgirl) and Chick Corea (The Apple Tree), and a rare and personal glimpse at China’s first wave of rock musicians (My Dad’s a Rocker). Over 50% of films selected this year were directed by and or starring women or gender nonconforming people. Also returning in 2015 is the all female jury. Seattle Shorts is committed to highlighting women’s voices in film.
The Seattle Shorts Film Festival brings Seattle film lovers the very best of short films from around the globe.
The MarQueen Hotel, just three blocks from the Cinema, is the official hotel sponsor of the festival. Tickets and passes will be available online prior to the festival through TheStranger.com. The festival is held at the SIFF Film Center, a state-of-the-art 95 seat jewelbox cinema inside the Seattle Center. For a full listing of films, special events and upcoming announcements visit www.SeattleShort.org.