Local Sightings is curated film festival, dedicated to Pacific Northwest films and filmmakers. It’s a showcase of new full-length features and shorts from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon, and British Columbia. Seattle Weekly calls it the “best film festival” in Seattle. If you prefer the home-grown to the over-blown, Local Sightings is a film festival you don’t want to miss.
Film screenings are only part of the story. Local Sightings also features artist talks, performances, workshops, industry events, VR programs, and special presentations, allowing film lovers and filmmakers to explore local creativity together.
Come view new films from your own backyard, have a beer with friends, and find out more about this hub for filmmakers in Seattle.
“The film scene in the Northwest has become more prominent over the years thanks, in part, to the Northwest Film Forum. The small art house theater in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood is an incubator for local talent that is getting noticed nationally. Many of these artists got their work in front of an audience for the first time at the Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Festival” — KPLU 88.5
2017 Local Sightings Film Festival
When: September 22 – 30, screening times vary throughout the day.
Where: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (between Pike & Pine Streets)
Ticket prices: $12 general admission, $7 members. Opening night tickets (September 22): General $15, member $10. A few screenings are free. More info or tickets: https://www.localsightings.org/tickets-schedule
About Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s and premiere visual media organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually. Their film vault contains over 1,000 titles. Catch hundreds of premieres, screenings and events with emerging and established filmmakers and artists. Beyond film screenings, the two cinema screens are canvases for a range of cinematic and civic experiments. They host the West Coast’s largest international children’s film festival, plus numerous local festivals throughout the year, collaborating with a wide variety of Seattle communities.
In addition to film exhibition, the cinematheque embraces film production, offering post-production facilities and equipment, educational workshops, and year-round classes in filmmaking, including youth workshops and camps for kids and teens who aspire to visual storytelling.
Over the past 20 years, the Film Forum has aided more than 250 filmmakers in the production of nearly 80 films, and offers more than 60 workshops annually.
Membership and Volunteer Opportunties
Membership at Northwest Film Forum begins at $60 per year. Benefits include discounts on movie tickets, beer and wine in the theater, classes, venue rentals, and equipment rentals, plus exclusive invitations and free screenings. Did we mention free popcorn?
Volunteers who can commit to a regular schedule can earn free movie tickets, free popcorn, credits towards rentals and workshops, and special invitations.
History of Northwest Film Forum
Founded in 1995 by filmmakers Jamie Hook and Deborah Girdwood. Filmmakers themselves, they formed a collective to help fellow artists through the post-production process in Seattle. Their idea took root, found funding, and has never stopped growing.
Today, the Film Forum is led by an inspired community of supporters, film lovers, filmmakers, and families who want their children to have meaningful cinematic experiences, the Film Forum operates the region’s first non-profit center for film arts.
It’s a world where all people have the power to express themselves and connect with each other through visual storytelling and culture.
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122