The Seattle Erotica Cinema Society hosts the annual film festival SECS FEST. Now in its fifth year, SECS FEST is a sex-positive international film festival celebrating the artistry of erotic cinema while inspiring diverse communities to engage in adult conversations about sex.
The Seattle Erotica Cinema Society (SECS) aims to bring world-class erotic cinema to Seattle audiences throughout the year and in an annual festival including short films, features, documentary, and archival films. With attention to selecting films that are inclusive of authentic adult sexual expression, the films will show a diversity of representations: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, kink, body-type and standards of beauty, age, and ability. And it is through the exhibition of authentic sexualities alongside opportunities for audiences to participate in discussions and post-screening Q&A sessions that the festival can act as a catalyst for honest, non-judgmental conversations and the spreading of sex-positive values.
In some ways, SECS FEST is just another film festival, but what makes it unique is the experience of watching explicit films with an audience as observed by Kalee Quiñones. "Sitting in a room of people watching pornography is not something I ever thought I'd have the privilege of doing in the modern world. When I came to my first SECS screening, I didn't know what to expect. The films made me laugh, made me horny, made me think. I left the theater feeling a new sense of freedom and acceptance for myself. Other people like sex too, and we don't have to hide it from each other."
SECS FEST is also a venue for filmmakers creating films with adult subject matter. Many excellent films that focus on telling honest stories of sex workers or acceptance of a fetish, for example, are not accepted to more mainstream North American festivals simply due to sexual content. We are proud to have the courage to bring these films to audiences.
With the COVID-19 Coronavius pandemic, our regular film events are currently on hold, but SECS Fest 2020 was transformed into a virtual festival. In 2021, our hope is that SECS Fest will return as an in-person film festival to the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, WA. Our mission is very centered on bringing films about relationships and sexuality to audiences, but until the cinemas open again, we will need your generosity to survive. Please help us continue our mission to accept love and lust in all permutations.
The Seattle Erotica Cinema society is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike.
Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.
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Submissions Open for SECS Fest 2022