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.
We were very fortunate to have so many supporters that see the value in gathering to appreciate erotic film. We created the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society as a direct challenge to the cultural stigma of open discussion and depiction of sex and we believe that defying this cultural norm will help each and everyone of us to feel a little less shame about our feelings and desires.
However, as an organization that celebrates human sexuality in all of its endlessly creative and awe inspiring messiness, raising money to support our events is an uphill battle. So we are again participating in GiveBig to raise the needed funds to put on SECS Fest 2021 and we need your help. We plan to return to the Grand Illusion Cinema in September for a traditional, in-person film festival, and we want to make it bigger and better than ever.
And you don’t need to wait until May 4-5 to donate to our GiveBig Campaign. You can give when early giving begins on Tuesday, April 20th. To Give, visit our Give Big profile.