2014 Festival: Call for Submissions

Image from the film "Throwing Punches" directed by Seattle filmmaker Rosalie Miller.

Local people. Local stories. Local lives. Local films. Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival is made by the people and for the people of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Every year, Northwest Film Forum seeks excellent new films, made by local film artists, and screens them in September/October in Seattle.

We screen shorts, documentaries, narratives, experimental films and music videos at our annual festival. If your film is selected to screen at the festival, you not only get the opportunity to show your work in Seattle, but also have a chance to win juried prizes, network with industry professionals and attend one of the Northwest’s best festivals for showcasing local film.

Thank you for submitting your films—the submission period has now closed for Festival 2014. Check back in early September for the full festival lineup.

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Welcome to Local Sightings 2013

Northwest Film Forum announces the 16th annual edition of the Local Sightings Film Festival.

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Win an all-access Local Sightings pass

Local Sightings 2012 opening night, photo by Elisa Huerta-Enochian.Free entry into any event or program at Local Sightings 2013. Sound appealing? If you become a member or renew your membership at Northwest Film Forum in July & August 2013, we will enter you in our raffle to win one of three Local Sightings festival passes.

Northwest Film Forum is a film arts center that screens over 200 independent and classic films each year, offers a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supports emerging filmmakers at all stages of their careers. We are an organization led and inspired by our members: film lovers of all ages and life experiences, filmmakers working to kick-start their career or build their craft and professional connections, families who want their children to have meaningful cinematic experiences.

Your membership dollars allow us to preserve film excellence in the Northwest and invest in local filmmaking—even better, your membership comes with ticket and class discounts, invites to free member parties, and more. Learn more about becoming a member, or sign up today!

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2013 Festival: Call for Submissions

Image from "The Epiphany," by SJ Chiro, part of Local Sightings 2012.

Local people. Local stories. Local lives. Local films. Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival is made by the people and for the people of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

From the sea to the mountains and all that lies between, we look for films as diverse as the nature surrounding us to screen every September/October in Seattle.

We are now accepting films for the 16th annual festival, Local Sightings 2013! Eligible films are those finished within the last 18 months, made by filmmakers living in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territories).

>> Visit Northwest Film Forum’s website to download the submission form.

We screen shorts, documentaries, narratives, experimental films and music videos at our annual festival. If your film is selected for screening, you not only get the opportunity to show your work in Seattle during our week-long film extravaganza, but also have a chance to win juried prizes, network with industry professionals and attend one of the Northwest’s best festivals for showcasing new and local work.

We look forward to seeing your stories and creations!

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