You already know about the sold-out Much Ado About Nothing screening that's opening the festival up. The first announcement at the press launch was the Closing Gala film, Sofia Coppola's Emma Watson-starring The Bling Ring. This is the brand-new trailer for that one:
Other announcements include special guest appearances by Kyle MacLachlan (along with a screening of the Twin Peaks pilot) and director Peter Greenaway; the inclusion of 38 Northwest-centric films including a documentary called Evergreen: The Road to Legalization; a full slate of music documentaries including films about Peaches and Kathleen Hanna, and a documentary about backup singers titled Twenty Feet from Stardom that will be screened as the Centerpiece Gala along with a performance from two singers in the movie; a focus on African movies including an international smash-hit South African romantic comedy titled Fanie Fourie's Lobola; and a midnight movie slate including a couple of zombie movies (one of which is a documentary about zombie walks) and a so-bad-it's-good cult-hit-in-the-making in the style of The Room called Fateful Findings.
Tickets go on sale online and at physical box offices on May 2nd, and the festival runs from May 16th through June 9th. There will be literally hundreds of other films in the festival, and you can expect The Stranger's as-comprehensive-as-is-humanly possible SIFF guide to hit the streets just before the festival begins. Find lots of trailers for many of the SIFF movies I mentioned above after the jump.
This is the trailer for Evergreen: The Road to Legalization:
This is a Twenty Feet from Stardom promotional reel:
Here's the trailer for Fanie Fourie's Lobola:
And now you should prepare—if you can—for the trailer for Fateful Findings: