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SpIFF 2019: Saturday is the first full day

Above: A scene from the French film "Rosalie."

As mentioned below, Friday marks the opening day of the 2019 Spokane International Film Festival. The day will feature two programs of regional movies, mostly shorts and mid-length films screened at the Bing Crosby Theater, and the Opening Party, which will be held (beginning around 9:30 p.m.) at the Montvale Event Center.

Click here to access to full festival schedule.

Saturday will continue with feature films and shorts programs screening at both screens of the Magic Lantern Theatre, the features being "Rosalie" (noon, France), the animated "Big Bad Fox" (noon, France), "Cold November" (3:30 p.m., Kosovo) and "Promise at Dawn" (5:30 p.m., France).

The shorts programs consist of "World Shorts" (3 p.m., China, Germany, Armenia, Israel, Greece, United Kingdom), "The Magnificent Cake and Wildebeest" (5 p.m., Belgium/France), "U.S. Shorts" (7 p.m.) and two mid-length films "Adios Amor" and "The Other Walla" (8 p.m., U.S.).

Some of Saturday's programs are already sold out, but tickets may be made available at the door pending pass-holder demand.

Note: For full disclosure, I want to stress that I serve as a volunteer member of SpIFF's board of directors, which means I make no profit from the festival. I am also a senior programmer, and I will introduce the film from Kosovo, "Cold November."