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3 film festivals to check out in Seattle

posted by: Best Western Plus Pioneer Square on: April 22, 2019
There are so many great film festivals in Seattle this summer
LA and New York are overrated - any film buff knows that Seattle is the place to be for everything from hip indie films to environmental documentaries. This May and June, there are plenty of film festivals for you to check out and broaden your horizons. In addition to enjoying a night (or day) at the movies, you can also meet cool people and hopefully learn something new.

Rooted in Rights film festival | May 7

The Rooted in Rights film festival is a one day event taking place on Tuesday, May 7th, which focuses on issues affecting the disabled community in Seattle. The festival is presented by a team of disabled producers, editors, and organizers with Disability Rights Washington whose aim is to change public perception of what it’s like to have a disability and campaign for concrete changes in the community. The event takes place at the Forum at Town Hall and tickets are just $5. And for our guests who require accessible rooms for their stay, we are happy to offer wheelchair-accessible rooms with enhanced accessibility features.

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) | May 16 - June 9

Undoubtedly the big dog when it comes to film events in Seattle, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) returns for its 45th year this May. This festival is a great way to explore the city, as screenings and events take place in different venues throughout multiple neighbourhoods. While the full schedule will only be released on May 1, festival organizers have promised “award winners from Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin Film Festivals, new works from Oscar®-winning filmmakers, and the return of some of SIFF's favorite directors.” Tickets go on sale to SIFF members on May 1 and to the general public on May 2, so be sure to stay tuned on the festival’s website to see the full schedule and snag your tickets. If seeing tons of great films at SIFF isn’t enough for you, rest assured that every room at Best Western Plus Pioneer Square includes a 32 inch or larger flatscreen LCD television, so you can keep the movies going all day and night long.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival | June 18

The Washington Water Trust hosts its 6th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival this June 18th. This one day event is stacked with award-winning films about “nature, community activism, exploration, conservation, climate change, wildlife, agriculture, and Native American and Indigenous cultures.” If that’s not enough to pique your interest (although we’re sure it is) there will also be a happy hour featuring local food and beverages plus a raffle contest. The purpose of the event is to utilize the medium of film to celebrate and underscore the importance of nature, with proceeds going toward protecting Washington state’s critical salmon bearing streams. As far as doing our part for the environment and conservation, Best Western Plus Pioneer Square is proud to be an eco-friendly hotel with a 3 Green Key eco-rating and part of the Clean the World program.