about northwest film forum

Northwest Film Forum is Seattle’s premiere film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

Founded in 1995 by filmmakers Jamie Hook and Deborah Girdwood, the Film Forum operates the region’s first non-profit center for the film arts. Northwest Film Forum programs a true cinematheque, embracing film production as well as film exhibition, with two cinemas, film production and post-production facilities and equipment, educational workshop space, filmmaker offices, a film vault containing over 1,000 titles and a filmmaking library in its space at 1515 12th Avenue in Seattle.

Over the past 19 years, the Film Forum has aided more than 250 filmmakers in the production of nearly 80 films, and offers more than 60 workshops annually. In addition to artist services, the Film Forum also offers cash grant programs, including the Documentary Film Fund, a scheme intended to support excellent new documentary film production in the region.


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