World Premieres of Dan Ireland's Jolene, Russell Brown's The Bluetooth Virgin, Cornelia Durye Moore's The Dark Horse and Julia Sweeney's Letting Go Of God are among the expected highlights at the 34th Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF).

Randall Miller's Bottle Shock will close the festival on June 14 and as previously announced the festival will open on May 22 with Stuart Townsend's Battle In Seattle.

The line-up continues with Sundance entries American Teen, Anna Melikyan's Mermaid, Neil Abramson's American Son, and Rawson Thurber's Mysteries Of Pittsburgh.

Overall the festival will screen 191 narrative features and 57 documentaries and 170 short films from 69 countries including 16 feature world premieres.

The Centrepiece Gala on June 6 is another Sundance entry, Sean McGinly's The Great Buck Howard, which stars John Malkovich, Colin Hanks and Emily Blunt. The Gay-la extravaganza on May 29 is the comedy Kiss The Bride with Tori Spelling and Philipp Karner.

The Emerging Masters series will honour the work of David Mackenzie with Mister Foe and Young Adam; Fatih Akin, with The Edge Of Heaven and Head-On; Jeremy Podeswa, with Fugitive Pieces and The Five Senses; and Abdellatif Kechiche, with The Secret Of The Grain and Games Of Love And Chance.

Events include a live performance of an original score by indie pop band The Album Leaf to F W Murnau's Sunrise, as well as on-stage interviews, the environmentally themed Planet Cinema programme, and the inaugural SIFF ShortsFest Weekend, a festival within a festival that runs from May 29-June 1 and will screen 14 shorts packages that are all 34 minutes or less.

'This year's SIFF is fiercely independent with wide-ranging opportunities for people to explore new ways to look at the world through cinema,' SIFF artistic director Carl Spence said. 'Seventy percent of the films in the programme are currently without US distribution, offering an array of options for new discoveries and extraordinary film experiences. It's also of note that almost half of the features in the programme are from first or second time directors.'

The festival also announced that it has joined forces with internet TV platform Babelgum to launch the short film destination SIFF Channel.

'SIFF is honoured to work with Babelgum on this new venture as a way to highlight our outstanding selection of short films, and to give audiences an expanded opportunity to experience the festival in a whole new way,' SIFF development director Nancy Kennedy said.

Babelgum CEO Valerio Zingarelli said the partnership was further evidence of the company's 'determination to bring the very best of independent film-making to viewers around the world and to provide an excellent venue for film-makers and audience members alike.'

The festival will run from May 22-June 15. For further information visit the official website at