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Get ready for a wild ride: SpIFF 2019

The 2019 version of Spokane's premier movie event, the annual Spokane International Film Festival, is just a few weeks away. And the schedule is ready to go.

Click here to access the lineup.

The festival will kick off Friday, Feb. 1, with a purely local flavor. The two programs, which will screen at the Bing Crosby Theater, will include a Best of the Northwest shorts program (eight short films beginning at 5:30 p.m.) followed by a mid-length program (three films). A single ticket earns access to both programs.

The opening-night event will conclude with the Opening Party to be held at 9:30 p.m. at the Montvale Event Center.

SpIFF 2019 will continue through the week, with films screened at the Magic Lantern Theater. The festival will close on Friday, Feb. 8, with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the Hungarian film "Jupiter's Moon."

Get your tickets now as the Magic Lantern seats barely 100 in its larger house, about 33 in the smaller space.

(Full disclosure: I serve on the board of the festival. It is a volunteer position only, and SpIFF is a nonprofit enterprise.)