Everyone’s favorite pretension-breaking alternative-location film festival returns to take over Seattle and 35 cities around the world on December 6, 2014. Couch Fest is a Seattle-based, global film festival that takes place in private homes and other non-traditional locations around the city and the world. This year’s fest kicks off with a bang, with a new launch party brunch in partnership with Sofar Sounds and Dyne.
After a one-year sabbatical, the 7th ever Couch Fest Film Festival returns on Saturday, December 6 to its home town of Seattle, while also presenting events on the same day around the world. It’s the world’s largest short film festival, hailed by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the “top 5 coolest short film festivals in the world.”
Couch Fest Films is a traveling festival of sorts: moviegoers enjoy films shown in Seattle residents’ living rooms, offices…even boats! The festival includes over 45 short films, presented in 6 programs throughout the day, beginning on the hour at 1pm through 6pm. Sort of like a pub crawl, but for movie watching, attendees can go to as many of the 15 host homes as they’d like, all for one $10 ticket (available online in advance or at the first location they attend).
This year’s lineup boasts the exciting new addition of a launch party brunch, called “Mmm Brunch.” Mmm stands for “movies, music, muffins,” thanks to a brand new partnership with the live music community Sofar Sounds and the app Dyne, which brings people together over delicious home cooked meals. The brunch begins at 10am and is a separate ticket from the Couch Fest pass.
Though Seattle is the hub of Couch Fest, movie lovers in 35 cities are also hosting the festival. Locations this year include Torino, Stockholm, Saint Petersburg, Warsaw, Lithuania, and Kathmandu.
Each program has a 5-minute intermission to make sure attendees have an opportunity to chat with each other, underscoring the festival’s mission of being “awkwardly awesome.” As with every year, the festival includes the crowd-pleasing “Inappropriately Awesome” program, with several outrageous and bawdy short movies rarely included in more traditional festivals.
The exact host locations and program schedule will be announced on the festival website (www.couchfestfilms.com) several days in advance of the event. The website will also include maps, driving directions, parking information and transit options for each home.
The location of the after-party and awards ceremony will also be announced soon on the festival website. Here the coveted Couch Fest Best Film trophy will be handed out, as well as the two runner-up medals.
Admission to the entire event is just $10, paid at the door of the first home each festivalgoer attends. Tickets can also be purchased online from couchfestfilms.com.
About Couch Fest Films
Seattle filmmaker Craig Downing founded Couch Fest Films in 2008 with the goal of sharing the love of film and video in an unpretentious environment. The festival aims to build kinship among movie lovers in a comfortable and cozy setting, and to share exciting new works of short film with the Seattle area and beyond. Couch Fest has built a passionate following in the city thanks to its reliably high quality, entertaining film programs, and its open-minded “do it yourself” ethic.
For more information about Couch Fest, visit www.couchfestfilms.com.