Seriously now. They all start today, October 14.

By Rosin Saez
October 14, 2016


Seattle Polish Film Festival  

Oct 14–23

This is the second longest running Polish film festival in the U.S. having started up in the early ‘90s. In 1992 in fact, Polish community leaders, Tom Pedl and Dr. Michal Friedrich, who were inspired by similar festivals across the country and in Poland, launched SPFF in Seattle. It’s celebrating its 24th year of Polish cinema this month with over a week’s worth of films—over 25 showings!

As part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk, things kick off at the Polish Cultural Center with a vodka tasting and a private collection of Polish film posters to feast your eyes upon. SPFF has a solid lineup of films, both recently released and just a few ‘90s classics, as well as short films and  animated films all being shown at SIFF Uptown cinema in Queen Anne. See the Seattle Polish Film Festival Facebook page for more details and the full schedule, including special events, panels, and receptions.

Polish rom-com, anyone? Planet Single looks like a promising film, plus three of the film’s writers will be present to chat post screening.


Seattle South Asian Film Festival

Oct 14–23

The 11th annual Seatle South Asian Film Festival is 11 days of films and forums, engaging viewers with topics ranging from human rights to economic injustice. See films centered around issues in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, but this year’s SSAFF focuses especially on Bangladesh. Impressively, yet unsurprisingly, SSAFF, organized by Tasveer, is the largest South Asian film fest in the country with over 3,000 attendees and 45 films.

For the SSAFF Opening Night Gala check out Bangladeshi feature film Aynabaji plus a Tamil short film, A Ride to Remember. After the film linger for a Q and A with filmmaker Ziauddin Adil and actor Chanchal Chowdhury. Reception to follow at The Triple Door lounge.


Social Justice Film Fest

Oct 14–25

Featuring both narrative films as well as documentaries that touch on everything from racial inequality to animal rights to the industrial prison complex, this festival can certainly be heart wrenching, but justly so. What’s uplifting though is the promise of hope, of effective activism, and of the many engaging messages these feature-length and short films deliver. Social Just Film Festival says their series “will showcase works that challenge society structures all over the globe on a macro and micro level as well as works that challenge the medium. As a movement, social justice promotes a global culture where equality is achieved on all levels.”

I think that’s reason enough to get enlightened this week.