Hotel Sorrento and SIFF
We believe in supporting the growth and development of entertainment business related activities in Washington. Last year alone feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos generated $55 million in revenue for our state. This is significant economic impact and not only government, but also business' should do all we can to create a supportive environment to bring this activity to our region, not Vancouver or Portland! Through the Sorrento Hotel we sponsor SIFF year-round, but especially during the festival. It is a terrific opportunity for us to book rooms for SIFF guests and festival attendees, create a gathering place for moviegoers, but we also host an annual honoree event. This year donors to the Friends of SIFF campaign will have Afternoon Tea with Ewan McGregor - chatting with Obi-wan Kenobi is well worth the 15k donation, people! We also support the Film School, Indie Flix, Northwest Filmforum and Washington Filmworks throughout the year. This creative community, like so many cultural organizations need support, so we do what we can.
Personally, we LOVE film -- we love sitting in darkness for two hours eating popcorn and drinking diet coke - (water if only Pepsi available, no nachos or ice cream please), re-hashing the film good or bad, laughing, crying and in the end potentially learning something new. We think SIFF is the best kept secret in Seattle - it is the NUMBER ONE consumer going festival in the US -- yet another distinction for our city. They will be moving, with the Film School, to a new home at Seattle Center where they can screen films, host events and create a deeper dialogue with our community on the benefits films and the process of creating this work. SIFF May 19 -- June 12, 2011!