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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Local Sightings 2012 Winners Announced

Thank you for being part of Local Sightings 2012 – we’re proud to announce the juried winners of the festival this year.

Local Sightings jury members Patrick Wang and Xan Aranda present the short film award to filmmaker Brian Perkins.











Portland’s Nandan Rao, director of The Men of Dodge City, is the winner of our $500 feature
film prize. The Men of Dodge City will also get a full week’s run at Northwest Film

Seattle’s Brian Perkins, director of The Heavens, is the winner of our $250 short film
prize, and $250 worth of studio time and equipment rental at the Film Forum.

The jury, composed of filmmakers Xan Aranda, Robinson Devor and Patrick Wang, made the following statements about the winning films:

“This year’s winner is a film where we the jury members found our views of the film changing as its progress outpaced our expectations. With a masterful eye and ear to the world, it presents cinema on its own terms and with innovative realism. It is unpredictable while achieving a beautiful balance of elements. With sometimes jarring cuts balancing long scenes seen from a static camera. With views of clean and confident modern architecture offsetting neglected spaces in transition. And with central characters young and male stretched by a diverse community outside this narrow demographic, the film shows broader ambitions, richer detail and a more mature temperament than suggested by any description in brief. Technically assured, with contemplative cinematography and effortless performances, the film successfully brings us into the spaces, rhythms, aspirations, and detours of the lives advertised in its title.”

“Shorts are often the most equal-opportunity form of filmmaking out there, so it is quite rare to see a piece that successfully conjures, presents, and fills a completely absorbing world within it – regardless of budget. With this film, we found ourselves delighted by the director and actors’ full commitment to story AND technical limitations. In a brief period of time, we’re transported to another galaxy and presented with two intersecting lives. There is action, intrigue, and romance among laser beams and a menacing ball of foil – all while we’re aware this film is being made in front of a lo-fi green screen. We don’t care, we just want to know what happens next. We’d watch it again, just to enjoy how the cosmonaut captains transport themselves from ship to ship, their knees quivering as we quake. The Heavens is a treat.”

The second annual audience awards, hosted by Naked City Brewery, went to Peter Edlund’s In the Rough (short) and Lauralee Farrer’s Not That Funny (feature). Both will screen at Naked City’s Taphouse in Greenwood during 2013.

The second annual composers awards for best musical score, hosted by the Seattle
Composers Alliance
jury of Tim Huling, Stan LePard and Eric Nielsen, was awarded to short film Pretty My Face and Green My Eyes (composer: Brendan Hogan) and feature Not That Funny (composer: David Hlebo).

Congratulations to all of the artists in this year’s festival and thank you to our juries and partners!

>> On festival closing night the Film Forum awarded $15K in cash and $40K of artist services via its Northwest Film Fund. Read an announcement of the winners here.

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