The schedule for the 16th annual Spokane International Film Festival has been released —compile your list of must-sees now. Along with award-winning feature films and documentaries from Uruguay, The Philippines and so many places in between, don't miss the chance to support great shorts from Pacific Northwest filmmakers at the Best of the Northwest screening, on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Bing ($5). Two of the shorts featured, "I Have to Go" and "Chapters," are 50 Hour Slam award winners. For the annual competition last year, filmmakers adapted the top three winning stories from the Inlander's 2013 fiction contest. We're also excited that Inlander videographer Nathan Brand's mini documentary Sidney: Portrait of an Axe Murderer is also being screened.
The locally written and produced sci-fi/fantasy web series Transolar Galactica is also hosting a special screening event during the festival, on Sat, Jan. 25 ($5) at the Garland. We featured the cast and crew in a cover story about the local film industry last summer.
Here are a few international films we also recommend:
Empty Hours (Las Horas Muertas)
The festival is scheduled for Jan. 23-Feb. 1, show times for each film varies, so make sure you check the schedule online. A full festival pass will run you $150. Individual tickets are $10, $8 for anything before noon and $5 for students with valid ID.
Tickets available at spokanefilmfestival.org