The Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) kicks off Friday, Jan. 27, to celebrate the art of film in the Spokane area.
“Without leaving town and having to travel to a larger film festival, we really aim to try and bring the best and most critically acclaimed films from all over the world to the Spokane area to be viewed,” said Adam Boyd, SpIFF director and EWU film quarterly faculty.
The festival begins with a showing of The Basket, a 1999 film shot in the Spokane area. After the film, Rich Cowan, Danny Heigh and Frank Swoboda will talk about how The Basket paved the way for film work to come to the Spokane area.
“We were trying to figure out how we can kick off the festival with a film that celebrates Spokane and what makes Spokane unique,” Boyd said.
SpIFF draws roughly 4,000 people to the festival which spans 10 days, ending Sunday, Feb. 5. More than 25 events and films will take place across the Spokane area at the Magic Lantern Theatre, The Bing Crosby Theater, Montvale Event Center and The Fox.
“On top of just offering film, SpIFF brings in filmmakers to talk about their movies, we hold Q&A panels, and we have opening and closing parties where you get a chance to meet the artists and the filmmakers,” Boyd said. “It goes beyond just watching the film. It’s an experience, and there’s definitely something that we offer at SpIFF that you’re going to enjoy.”
Other new, notable events at SpIFF include:
- Emerging Filmmaker Program and Panel – 2017: Presented by Terrain and SpIFF, this program features new artists just beginning their filmmaking careers. A Q&A will follow the screenings, giving you a chance to learn about their film, where they’re at and their future goals in filmmaking.
- Phantom of the Opera with The Spokane Symphony: Enjoy a silent film with The Spokane Symphony performing the soundtrack live.
For a full list of SpIFF events or tickets, visit their website.