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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

A flurry of October film festivals

OK, I’m back; how’s everybody been? Ready to curl up inside some nice warm movie theater and see some films? (I went out to the Sundance for the first time the other day; nice place, though the sauvignon blanc seems somewhat overpriced.) October is upon us tomorrow, astonishingly, and with it comes a ridiculous assortment of local film festivals. Surely there’s something here for everyone . . .

Oct. 3-10: Tacoma Film Festival. The ever-growing TFF presents 123 films this year, including many from Pacific Northwest filmmakers — and dozens of filmmakers attending to present their films and host Q&As. Most screenings take place at the Grand Cinema. Info: www.tacomafilmfestival.com

Oct. 4-11: Seattle Latino Film Festival. This fifth annual festival takes place all over town — the Uptown, the Grand Illusion, Pacific Place, Bellevue Youth Theater — with a wide assortment of films that explore various aspects of Hispanic culture. Info: www.slff.org

Oct. 10-13: Social Justice Film Festival. Danny Glover (presenting “Tula the Revolt”) and Sister Helen Prejean (“The Central Park Five”) are the special guests for this year’s festival, which returns after a three-year hiatus. This year’s edition has a special focus on prisoner justice in the U.S. Screenings take place at several locations; for more information, see www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org

Oct. 10-20: Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Celebrating its 18th year, the SLGFF opens with the documentary “I Am Divine” (about the drag superstar) and closes, dozens of films later, with the relationship drama “The Happy Sad.” Screenings are at Cinerama, Harvard Exit, Northwest Film Forum and Pacific Place. Info: www.threedollarbillcinema.org

Oct. 11-13: Irish Reels Film Festival. Turning sweet 16 this year, this annual celebration of Irish film takes place at the SIFF Film Center, and features special guest Paul Kennedy, who’ll introduce his drama “Made in Belfast.” Info: www.irishreels.org

Oct. 11-13: Friday Harbor Film Festival. This all-documentary festival, in its inaugural year, presents 25 informative films focusing on the Pacific Ocean and its rim. Composer Morten Lauridsen, subject of the film “Shining Night,” will perform with the San Juan Singers on opening night. Screenings are at several venues in Friday Harbor; for more info: www.fhff.org\

Oct. 18-20: Gig Harbor Film Festival. With more than 70 films and 23 filmmakers attending, this festival celebrates its fifth year. Screenings take place at Gig Harbor’s Galaxy Theatres. Info: www.gigharborfilmfestival.org

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