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SpIFF 2017 and more are coming up

Movie fans get ready: Two of Spokane's annual film events are nearly upon us.

The Spokane International Film Festival will run from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5. Following one of the festival's founding principles of supporting local film and filmmakers, SpIFF 2017 will open with a showing at the Bing Crosby Theater of the regionally produced 1999 production "The Basket." You can access the full festival lineup here.

Before that, the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival will run Jan. 19, 21-22 at Gonzaga University's Hemmingson Center. The opening movie will be the French-language production "Once in a Lifetime."

It hardly needs to be said — but I'll go ahead and say it anyway — Spokane is fortunate to have two such quality annual movie events.