05/04/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Perhaps encouraged by the success of the London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film for us Brits, we are now told of the existence of the new Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival(aka MIFFF), a three-day showcase of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction cinema, which is to be held over September 18-20th 2009 at the SIFF Cinema at McCaw Hall in Seattle, Washington USA.
Festival President Gabe de los Angeles told the Nest, "We are thrilled to give Seattle and the Pacific Northwest audience something special in the film festival community, a showcase of international genre cinema. It's incredible that we're going to be able to host on this event on the historic grounds of Seattle Center".
MIFFF plans to screen a variety of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction films over three days. The festival will include feature length films, short films, and genre specific documentaries. In addition to the film screenings, MIFFF plans to have panel discussions, Q & A's with filmmakers, and after parties.
Eric Morgret, festival director of programming added, "There are genre films produced every year that are not shown in mainstream movie theaters. Many international genre films remain unseen or get very limited exposure in this part of the country. For three nights MIFFF will bring a strong slate of these titles to audiences here in Seattle. MIFFF wants to present films of the imagination the best way they can be: on a large screen with fantastic sound, and in front of an audience full of energy."
More on the festival over at www.mifff.org
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