A Week of Fine Film: The Seattle International Film Festival
Come discover the country’s largest international film festival, where you’ll see six films, speak with industry professionals and explore Seattle on expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 2049RJ
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Seattle, WA
The Warwick Hotel

Afternoon: Visit with other program participants at a hosted reception beginning at 5:00 PM. Learn the details of this week's agenda from 5:30-6:00 PM.

Dinner: Enjoy a sit-down dinner in our meeting room at 6:00 PM.

Evening: Meet other program participants and get an overview of activities in Seattle. Bring the title of one of your favorite films, old or new, to recommend to others in the group. All activities and meals this week may be adjusted to accommodate the film schedule, which is not available until about two weeks before the program begins. We may have lunch or dinner early, late or in a hurry, depending on when our next film is scheduled. Plan to be flexible--it's a festival! If you are planning to meet family/friends in Seattle this week, contact Carol Barton, 206-270-8800 or carolbarton2@comcast.net, to verify which will be our free evenings. If you expect to arrive before the program begins and would like to have the festival catalogue to help you choose more films, please let me know and I'll leave it at the Warwick Hotel Front Desk for you.

Festival Preview; view 2 films
Seattle, WA
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Use your voucher to order assorted breakfast choices, including fresh fruit, juices, eggs, bacon/sausage/ham, hot or cold cereal, yogurt, breads/toast, pancakes, waffles, coffee/decaf/tea/water.

Morning: Preview all the films we'll be viewing during the week. Discuss directors, actors and other features of the films with an expert from the Film Festival organization. Hear from film critic Robert Horton about how books become movies. His talk may be this morning or at another time during the program, depending on the film schedule.

Lunch: We'll have a buffet lunch in the hotel today or in a café, depending on our film schedule.

Afternoon: See two Festival films this afternoon. After each film we'll have a discussion with a knowledgable person associated with the film itself or with the Festival. Discussions may be in the theater, in our meeting room or in the SIFF Cinema Center.

Dinner: Dinner at leisure this evening. Choose from an enticing variety of excellent restaurants within a short distance from our hotel. Suggestions will be provided.

Evening: Films get out too late to start another evening activity.

Pike Place Market guided walk/Two films in the afternoon
Seattle, WA
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.

Morning: Learn about Seattle's lively and historic Pike Place Market, then walk there for a behind-the-scenes guided tour.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Market at one of 60 cafes and restaurants.

Afternoon: Travel by bus or monorail to the theater to view two films. Our agenda is arranged after the Festival releases the schedule of films, so it is subject to change.

Dinner: Dinner in our meeting room or in a neighborhood restaurant near the theater.

Evening: Film discussions may be at the theater or in our hotel meeting room.

Museum of History and Industry/Two films in the afternoon
Seattle, WA
The Warwick Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.

Morning: Travel by the Lake Union Streetcar to South Lake Union Park, location of MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry. See Seattle's past, present and future in this interactive museum on the shores of Lake Union in the heart of the city.

Lunch: Lunch in MOHAI's waterside café. Enjoy a selection of salads, beverages and delicious desserts.

Afternoon: View two films this afternoon. Enjoy discussions with people affiliated with the film industry. Details will become available as titles are chosen.

Dinner: At leisure for dinner this evening. Restaurant suggestions and help making reservations will be supplied. Because of the film schedule this may or may not be our free evening, Please contact Carol Barton, carolbarton2@comcast.net or 206-270-8800, before making plans for this time.

Dale Chihuly video/Monorail to Seattle Center to explore
Seattle, WA

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant.

Morning: View a video detailing Dale Chihuly's latest creation. Ride the monorail, planned to be the last word in modern transportation in 1962, to the Seattle Center. Stroll the indoor and outdoor displays of glass art by glass-master Dale Chihuly in the Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibit, a permanent installation detailing Chihuly's career and inspirations. You may also choose to visit the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, all within a few blocks of one another. The program ends at this time. Return to the hotel on your own schedule. Bon voyage!