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FAQ

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.

The festival is held at the SIFF Film Center. Where is it?

The SIFF Film Center is located on the corner of August Wilson Lane and 2nd Avenue N within Seattle Center, next to The Vera Project in the NW Rooms (formerly called the Alki Room), and opposite The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USA. It is not the old SIFF Cinema and not SIFF at the Uptown. Click here to see map

How long does the festival last?

The festival is a half-day event beginning at noon, ending in the evening. It is divided into titled screening segments with 5-20 minute breaks for stretching and discussion. A raffle, silent auction and reception at the end adds to the fun.

Where does the money go?

Proceeds benefit WIF Seattle, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for women in the film, television, video, and screen-based media industries. Proceeds go to WIF Seattle’s events, workshops, education, Professional Grant, community support, and the 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.