Seattle International Film Festival sees record ticket sales, organizers say
A wrap-up of the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival, including a list of Seattle Times reviewers' favorite films and a list of award-winners.
Seattle Times movie critic
SIFF selectionsLISTED BELOW are the movies that were our reviewers' favorites during SIFF. Some will return for a theatrical run later in the year; tentative local opening dates, when known, are included in parentheses. For capsule reviews of each movie, go to www.seattletimes.com and search the title.
"American: The Bill Hicks Story"
"Angel at Sea"
"Cane Toads: The Conquest — in 3D"
"I Am Love" (June 25)
"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work" (June 18)
"Life During Wartime" (Aug. 13)
"Nowhere Boy" (Oct. 8)
"The Oath" (June 18)
"Queen of the Sun"
"The Tillman Story" (Sept. 3)
"The Wildest Dream" (August, date TBA)
"William S. Burroughs: A Man Within"
Award winnersSEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL announced numerous awards, including the following, at a ceremony Sunday the closing day of the festival. For a complete list of award-winners, go to www.siff.net.
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARDS (AUDIENCE-VOTED)
Best Film: "The Hedgehog," directed by Mona Achache (France, 2009)
Best Documentary: TIE: "Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life," directed by Karen Stanton (USA, 2010) and "Waste Land," directed by Lucy Walker
Best Director: Debra Granik for "Winter's Bone" (USA, 2010)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone" (USA, 2010)
Best Actor: Luis Tosar, for "Cell 211" (Spain, 2009)
Best Short Film: "Ormie," directed by Rob Silvestri (Canada, 2009)
GRAND JURY PRIZES
Best new director: "The Reverse," directed by Borys Lankosz (Poland, 2009)
Best documentary: "Marwencol," directed by Jeff Malmberg (USA, 2010)
The 36th annual Seattle International Film Festival ended Sunday on a high note — with a record number of tickets sold.
Artistic director Carl Spence said Thursday that SIFF's all-time box office record was surpassed "a few days ago." He attributed the festival's success to several factors: a popular array of programming; a recent Wallace Foundation Grant that allowed SIFF to more precisely target its audience; a general weakness in summer box-office this year (resulting in less competition from the multiplexes for SIFF's fare); a concentrated effort by SIFF staff to make the festival accessible to mainstream audiences. "And the rain," he added. "That helps, too."
Managing director Deborah Person added that dozens of films sold out, even though SIFF showed more screenings (though fewer films) than in previous years. She also noted that this year, SIFF's education programs "blew through the roof," reaching 8,000 local students during the festival's three and a half weeks.
Looking ahead to next year's festival, both pointed to the opening of the new SIFF Film Center at Seattle Center, on which work is scheduled to begin this fall. Classroom space in the new center will allow for even more student outreach as well as master classes, seminars and forums. The festival's expansion to Everett — a first this year — will continue next year, as will many of the festival's familiar programs.
For now, though, they're looking back on favorite memories of a successful fest: Spence told of watching the band the Maldives accompany the film "Riders of the Purple Sage" to a packed house at the Triple Door; Person described a hoard of little girls ("a sea of pink") charmed by the family film "Princess Lillifee" at Kirkland Performance Center and carefully rating the film on their audience ballots. "Such a great example of how powerful our outreach can be," she said, "to the whole community."
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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