Due to the recent increases in COVID-19 transmission in Seattle, to insure the safety of festival attendees and our all volunteer festival crew, there are new guidelines put in place by the Grand Illusion Cinema.
All patrons are required to show proof of vaccination (card or photo of card) or proof of a negative COVID test from the last 48 hours.
Masks required for all regardless of vaccination status.
Our auditorium capacity is reduced by 50% and seats will be blocked off to help facilitate distancing. In addition, we are limiting showtimes to one per night, plus one matinee on weekend afternoons.
We will not sell concessions for the time being. Please feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and keep your mask on when not drinking. No outside food allowed.
We now accept debit/credit cards (in addition to cash) and offer advance ticket purchases for all shows. No refunds.
We installed filtration capable of removing airborne COVID particles in the auditorium, lobby, and projection booth.
Our volunteers are vaccinated. Please get vaccinated yourself if you haven’t!
We are doing all of this to keep you safe as well as our volunteers, who donate their time to run the cinema.
Individual tickets and the virtual full-series pass will be available for purchase on August 25 here at secsfest.org.
It has been a long year filled with uncertainties, but at this time, despite the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we are still planning on holding the annual Seattle Erotica Cinema Society’s Annual International Erotic Film Festival on September 10 – 12 at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle.
There will be an in-person festival at the Grand Illusion Cinema. In addition, there will also be a live simulcast of the festival hosted by Pink & White Productions. Passes for both the live-stream virtual festival and the festival at the Grand Illusion will be on sale in mid-August. Individual tickets will also be available for in-person shows at the Grand Illusion. se
The full schedule for the festival has been posted so that you can have an idea what will be included in the 2021 festival.
Now, we just need to continue to get vaccinated so that COVID-19 cases do not continue to rise in the Seattle area and we will be able to hold the festival in September. So tell your friends to get vaccinated so that we can enjoy erotic film in person this fall.
And now the real work begins. The SECS Fest team will be busy updating the website, getting all of the accepted films, compiling programs, cutting a festival trailer, and so much more.
If you submitted a film to the festival, check your email for your acceptance letter.
We accepted approximately half of the films submitted this year as the submissions were excellent. But we only have a three day film festival, which places a time limit on the number of films we can take each year.
SECS Fest 2021 will have 4 feature programs and 4 short film programs plus a double-feature of recently restored archival adult films from the 1970s.
I can’t wait to see you at the Grand Illusion Cinema in September!
Only a few days remain to submit to SECS Fest 2021.
Submissions close on May 21.
Curious about the kinds of erotic film that is exhibited at the festival?
There are both short films and feature length films at the festival each year representing most genres including:
sci-fi or fantasy
artistic or experimental
What surprises some is that films don’t need to be sexually explicit to be in the festival. There is a mix of hardcore, sensually erotic, and some are about sex and relationships, but have little “erotic” content.
SECS Fest leaves it to filmmakers to show what they consider an erotic work.
Thanks to everyone who generously gave during our GiveBig campaign! You will help us to bring back SECS Fest this fall to our home at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle. We cannot do this without your support!
We raised a total of $1,136, just $64 short of our fundraising goal of $1,200.
Just because GiveBIG is over, the fundraising platform is open for donations until midnight (PacificTime) on May 10. So you could be the one to take us to our fundraising goal.