Become an SFCS Member

Applications for membership open in Spring 2024

The Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS) continues to seek to expand and diversify our membership and we are always excited to have new Seattle-area critics join our ranks. 


To be considered for membership in the SFCS, you should be a working film critic who:

  • Resides in or screens movies in the greater Seattle area
  • Writes, broadcasts, podcasts, or streams reviews that express an opinion regarding a film’s quality on artistic and technical merits, while adhering to professional editing and grammatical standards
  • Publishes reviews within a timely manner of a film’s release
  • Reviews at least 25 current feature-length motion pictures per year (January 1 – December 31)

These are some, but not all, considerations for prospective new members. 


  • Participate in a community of area critics in supporting local awareness and appreciation of cinema
  • Vote for SFCS annual awards to highlight the best films of the year, including the Pacific Northwest Filmmaking Award
  • Access to end-of-the-year For Your Consideration (FYC) screeners and screenings
  • Invitation to Awards party held prior to public announcement of winners
  • Opportunities to introduce public screenings or represent SFCS at film-related events
  • Participate in various SFCS committees

Applicants are encouraged to read and be familiar with the By-Laws and all requirements for membership prior to applying.

How do I apply?

The annual application window runs from April 1 – June 30th. 


Questions not addressed above or on the application form can be directed to press @