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Where can I buy tickets?

Post Alley Film Festival tickets can be purchased at the SIFF Film Center venue, SIFF online, and via a link from this website closer to the festival date.

Where is SIFF Film Center, Seattle, Washington, USA?

The SIFF Film Center is located just off Republican Street on the corner of August Wilson Lane and 2nd Avenue N within Seattle Center, next to The Vera Project and opposite Seattle Repertory Theatre. It is not the SIFF Cinema Uptown. Click here to see map

How much does it cost to see the movies?

Tickets can be purchased at the SIFF Film Center venue and SIFF online. General admission $15.00. WIF members $12. Students and seniors $10.

How long does the festival last?

The festival is a one-day event beginning late morning, ending in the evening. It is divided into thematic segments with breaks for stretching and discussion. A raffle, silent auction, and reception after the screenings until 9:00 PM, adds to the fun. The auction helps Women in Film Seattle pay for Post Alley Film Festival next year.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds benefit Women in Film Seattle, a non-profit organization dedicated to: advancing opportunities for women in film, television, and digital media; working toward pay parity; and to promoting respect for women on and off set and screen. Proceeds go toward presenting WIF’s seminars, workshops, events, the Professional Grant, community support, and continuing Post Alley Film Festival.

Are there any awards given?

There is a “Jury Award” and an “Audience Choice” award, so please vote.

How do I submit a film?

Download a submission form from our website.

Why is it called Post Alley Film Festival?

PAFF originated in Post Alley in Pike Place Market, Seattle. Its original venue, The Market Theater, was a stable for horses belonging to the farmers who began the Pike Place Public Market back in 1907. The Economy Building, where the Market Theater resides, was later sectioned into warehouses. In 1977, after Pike Place Public Market was saved from development, the Pike Place Public Development Authority, in an effort to encourage an evening trade, leased a warehouse space to cinema entrepreneurs who built a movie house. The house was outfitted with antique movie theatre seats, a brass front door from a New York theatre, and believe it or not, carpet remnants from the original New York City’s Radio City Music Hall lobby. Unfortunately these cinema speculators were unable to turn a profit and the cinema closed circa 1989. It became home to Unexpected Productions, improv school and theater, and Seattle Theatresports™ in 1991, and home of Post Alley Film Festival from 2003 to 2009.

What’s with all the gum on the wall in Post Alley?

Gum Wall

Our gum wall is internationally famous. Patrons standing in line for shows at The Market Theater created the Gum Wall soon after Unexpected Productions moved into the space in 1991. Someone birthed it by sticking a penny to the wall with Juicy Fruit. Soon the wall was covered with coins, AKA alternative graffiti. A financially challenged person, it’s suspected, stripped off all the coins leaving only the gum. Now it has become a funky colorful jumble of gum and coins – urban design. For years Pike Place Market PDA asked UP to clean up the Gum Wall, but UP decided it has a certain charm that’s part of Market history, so the Gum Wall remains. It's a stop on the Pike Place Market tour circuit and was mentioned in USA Today as one of the ten great places that illustrates quirky Americana. There are now gum walls all around the globe.