Issaquah International Film Festival returns for the sixth year

Films will be showing from Sept. 14-15 at the Cinebarre in Issaquah.

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and the Issaquah Arts Commission are once again partnering to present the sixth annual Issaquah International Film Festival from Sept. 14 – 15 at the Cinebarre, 1490 11th Ave. NW.

The weekend program will feature films from around the world. Films include “Sune v. Sune” (directed by Jon Holmberg, Sweden 2018), “KD” (directed by Madhumita Sundararaman, India 2019), “Go Back to China” (directed by Emily Ting, USA/China 2019), “Tigers Are Not Afraid” (directed by Issa López, Mexico 2019), “Funke” (directed by Gab Taraboulsy, USA 2018), and “Official Secrets” (directed by Gavin Hood, USA 2019).

According to Amy Duke, Issaquah arts coordinator, the arts commission will feature an Issaquah Shorts program at 1 p.m. on Sept. 15. Duke said the arts commission received submissions from all over the world, and they carefully selected short films from Argentina, Iran, Puerto Rico, Spain and the U.S. Short films include “Boyplay,” “Hello Robot!,” “The Second Thursday of the Month,” “The Blue Cape,” “Water Path for a Fish,” “Penny for Your Thoughts,” “Azadeh,” “One More Day,” “My Dear Ball” and “Ian, a Moving Story.” There will be a question and answer program with participating film makers after the 90-minute shorts program.

Duke said all the films are currently reserved, but they standby tickets are available for people.

“Although online tickets are all booked, we will have a standby line and we’ll be able to seat people who don’t have reservations,” she said.

The film festival is supported by a $12,000 King County 4Culture grant.

To learn more about the films and the Issaquah International Film Festival go online to

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