Local Sightings is the Northwest’s premier showcase of new films, putting homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connecting artists from Alaska to Oregon in a week-long celebration of cinema from the region. Produced by Northwest Film Forum, the festival features new films, juried prizes, killer parties and national industry scouts looking for strong new work. The 2012 festival includes features, shorts and documentary programming, artist conversations, art installations and industry networking events. In 2012, Seattle Weekly called Local Sightings the best film festival in Seattle.
The 15th annual festival in 2012 includes new feature films, documentaries and shorts, a featured historical film, nightly artist conversations, a late-night lounge, an installation of new artwork from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), the first Seattle Film Summit (a state-of-the-industry conference for local filmmakers) and the traditional opening and closing night bashes.
If you prefer the home-grown to the over-blown, Local Sightings is for you!
September 28 – October 4, 2012
all events held at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine on Seattle’s Capitol Hill
Press quotes about Northwest Film Forum and Local Sightings
“[Northwest Film Forum is] the preeminent steward of our local film scene.” —Seattle Weekly
“The only important festival dedicated to local/regional films…Introduces audiences to the best the local scene has to offer.” —The Stranger
“This thoughtfully curated collection of locally produced shorts, features, and archival films is unafraid of experimentation and steps outside of the standard no-budget tropes of so many amateur productions.” — The Stranger
“[Northwest Film Forum is] an instant Capitol Hill landmark, and the [Local Sightings] fest could be a landmark party.” — Seattle Weekly
“At a time when most independent filmmakers are vying for a slot at Sundance or courting Hollywood’s so-called ‘indie-film’ boutiques, it’s refreshing to see a film that caters exclusively to the mysteries of artistic expression…Local Sightings is under the radar, but not for long.” — Seattle Times
“The films in the Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings Film Festival are genuine independents, developed and created with Pacific Northwest talent in front of and behind the camera, from Vancouver, B.C., to Portland, as well as points between and beyond.” — Seattle PI