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Film + Music + Interactive (FMI) Happy Hour

Free event!

Sep 28

Join FMI and the Film Forum's executive director Courtney Sheehan for a happy hour and overview of Local Sightings at 5pm, followed by the One Year Film Comprehensive (1YC) Student Showcase at 7pm!



Sundance Artist Services Workshop

Sponsored by Washington Filmworks and World Famous

Oct 01

On the closing day of this year's Local Sightings Festival (Oct. 1), Film Forum will host the first-ever Sundance Institute Artist Services workshop in Seattle! The Artist Services workshop is a day-long event for filmmakers focusing on the most important topics in creative distribution, funding and marketing.



The 19th Local Sightings Film Festival

Sep 22 - Oct 01

Local Sightings Film Festival is Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of new films from the Northwest that puts homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connects artists from Alaska to Oregon in a ten-day celebration of film from the region. The only festival dedicated to films from the region in Seattle, the festival features new films, parties, juried prizes and film conversation.



Open Screenings at the Film Forum


Feb 09 - Dec 05

Are you a local filmmaker looking to share your work? Seeking feedback on your film? Want to see what other people are currently working on? Come join us for our monthly opening screening! Hang out with new and established filmmakers and experience films being made right here in our community.



Moving History: An Archival Screening Night

Oct 05

To celebrate American Archives Month, archives from the Seattle area are coming together to share rarely seen gems from their moving image collections. This screening will include selections from the Seattle Mime Theatre, Wing Luke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle Municipal Archives, King County Archives, and the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.



MEMORY Presents: Program No. 2

Free event! Curators in attendance!
RSVP here

Oct 06

The MEMORY presents: Program Series is a traveling short film series curated by MEMORY, with the goal of bringing exciting, emerging filmmakers to new audiences. This year's MEMORY Presents brings audiences a second program of short films by Romain Gavras, Elizabeth Lo, Zia Anger, Janicza Bravo, and more!



Desert Cathedral

Oct 06

(Travis Gutiérrez Senger, US, 2016, 85 min)

Utilizing actual found footage, Desert Cathedral tells the story of a broken real estate developer, Peter Collins, who mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992. He leaves behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family.



The Misplaced World (Die abhandene Welt)

Join us in the Forum lobby after the show for the opening night party!

Oct 07

(Margarethe von Trotta, Germany, 2015, 101 min)

Paul Kromberger’s discovery of a photo of US opera diva Caterina Fabiani that looks strikingly like his dead wife triggers a wave of unease in his family. His daughter travels to America in search of clarity about the Kromberger-Fabiani mystery.



Windstorm 2 (Ostwind 2)

Family film! Ages 11+

Oct 08

(Katja von Garnier, Germany, 2015, 108 min, in German with English subtitles)

Teenaged Mika, disturbed by a dream about her beloved horse, Windstorm, cancels a holiday in Paris to visit her family’s stables. Upon arrival she learns that the family business is on the verge of bankruptcy, and there are unexplained scratches and cuts on Windstorm’s stomach.



Then Is It the End? (Was heißt hier Ende?)

Oct 08

(Dominik Graf, Germany, 2015, 120 min)

Beloved critic Michael Althen contributed immeasurably to our understanding of film until his premature death at the age of 48 in 2011. In this cinematic homage, his colleagues and friends remember his life and work, celebrating his unique passion for the medium.



Exit Oerlikon (Usfahrt Oerlike)

US premiere!

Oct 08

(Paul Riniker, Switzerland, 2015, 94 min)

Looking back on his life, Hans has to admit that it was a good one. He saw the world, and his marriage with his wife Martha was wonderful; but now that Martha has been dead for two years, Hans is losing his investment in living. Hans’s friendship with Willi feels like his last connection to the world.



Streif: One Hell of a Ride

Oct 08

(Norbert Heitker, Austria, 2014, 110 min)

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and heartrending tragedies. Its heritage is full of myths and legends.



Chatty Catties

Sep 09 - Oct 08

(Pablo Valencia, US, 2016, 84 min)

Chatty Catties is a comedy set in an alternate world in which cats are able to communicate with humans. Sassy tabby Leonard, dissatisfied with the care that his human owner Shelby provides, attempts to facilitate a relationship between Shelby and Nate, a kind-hearted musician, in order to bring balance to the apartment.



My Friend Raffi (Rettet Raffi!)

Family film! Ages 8+

Oct 09

(Arend Agthe, Germany, 2015, 97 min, in German with English subtitles)

Eight-year-old Samuel’s hamster Raffi has been kidnapped! This is the charming story of Samuel’s search operation for his beloved pet throughout Hamburg.



Next Generation Short Tiger 2015

Oct 09

(various directors, Germany, live action and animation, 2015, 87 min, in German with English subtitles)

The short film program Next Generation was created by German Films in 1998 to introduce young talents from Germany to international audiences. Selected from film school submissions by an independent jury, the program premieres within the framework of the Cannes Film Festival and is then presented internationally at festivals of German films. This is the 2015 series of nominees.



The Culpable (Verfehlung)

Oct 09

(Gerd Schneider, Germany, 2015, 95 min)

The life and faith of a Catholic prison minister is shaken when his friend and colleague is taken into custody under suspicion of sexual abuse.



Puget Soundtrack: Chris Cheveyo and Garrett Moore present Mr. Blot's Academy

Co-presented with Seattle Polish Film Festival

Oct 12

(Krzysztof Gradowski, Poland, 1983)

Mr. Blot's Academy is one of the few children’s movies produced in Poland’s last decade of communism. In it, young Adaś Niezgódka is transported to the fairytale school of Mr. Blot, a communist Willy Wonka analogue whose lessons are endlessly entertaining, musical, and magical.



Ghosts, Spirits and Miracles on a Summer Night: Short Animated films of Joanna Polak

Filmmaker in attendance!

Co-presented by Seattle Polish Film Festival

Oct 18

(Joanna Polak, Poland, 2011-2014, 46 min)

Many of the haunting and sophisticated works in this program of short films were created in multi-generational animation workshops, for which filmmaker Joanna Polak has a special genius in her work for leading. Polak is a frequent contributor to Children's Film Festival Seattle, and her work expresses a particular interest in the preservation of Lithuanian, Gypsy, Jewish, Russian and Polish folk tales.



The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil

Happy hour at 7pm!

Oct 21

Seattle’s favorite political comedy talk show continues to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege. Each live episode features interviews with local politicians, activists and artists plus performances, surprises and shocking revelations.



Do Not Resist

Seattle premiere!

Oct 21 - Oct 27

(Craig Atkinson, US, 2016, DCP, 72 min)

Shot over two years and in 11 states, starting on the streets of Ferguson as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, Do Not Resist shows how local police forces have evolved into paramilitary organizations with an extreme amount of resources.



Roger Corman Double Feature: Ski Troop Attack & Monster from the Ocean Floor

Featuring an introduction by Professor Fred Hopkins, TV & Radio personality and SchlockMeister extraordinaire!

Oct 22

Ski Troop: (Roger Corman, US, 1960, 16mm, 63 min) Monster: (Wyatt Ordung, US, 1954, 16mm, 64 min)

Having produced or directed over 400 films in a 60 year Hollywood film career, Roger Corman turned 90 earlier this year. Join us for a 16mm double-feature screening of two of his classic, low-budget, drive-in features: Monster from the Ocean Floor and Ski Troop Attack.



The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

Seattle premiere!

Oct 26

(Sara Fishko, US, 2016, 87 min)

Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they play and say to each other is being captured on audio tape and in still pictures by the gentle and unstable genius, former LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door.




Oct 28 - Nov 06

(Keith Maitland, US, 2016, DCP, 98 min)

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode to the top of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, killing 16 people holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. Fifty years after America’s first mass school shooting, director Keith Maitland’s Tower reveals the untold stories of witnesses, heroes and survivors.



Chat Room

Happy hour at 6:30pm in the lobby

Oct 29

Chat Room is a quarterly forum on how the internet has changed art, with a new topic for each edition. It aims to demystify the fundamental questions about art and its broader place in society through live presentations, recorded video and audience interaction. October's edition is themed "Ownership and Property", and will explore Intellectual Property law, legal structures of art ownership, activism against art theft by corporations, and much more.


Photo by James Drury on Flickr Creative Commons.

Open Script Read

Free event!
Happy Hour: 6:30pm
Readings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Last Monday of the month

Jun 29 - Nov 28

Script Reads are closed for the Summer but will start back up in October.

This gives you lots of time to prepare something..

Join Northwest Film Forum for a monthly Open Script Read! Local screenwriters and filmmakers may submit 10 pages of their original work in order to hear a live table read, with an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from both actors and other participants. 



Cool Cats

Nov 04

(Janus Køster-Rasmussen, Denmark, 2015, 83 min)

Cool Cats tells the story of jazz giants Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon, who are forced by the fierce political climate of 1960s America to relocate to Denmark. Their presence in Copenhagen turns the city into a bustling jazz oasis, but the demons they hoped to leave in America are not so easily shaken.



Saturday Morning Cartoons with Brian Edwards

16mm print program!

Nov 05

(various directors, 1936-1974, US & Japan, 16mm, ~100 min)

Join us for a fun-filled, retro Saturday morning cartoon program, featuring Johnny Quest, Popeye, Superboy and Superman, Bugs Bunny and the Star Blazers!



Indigenous Showcase: The Seventh Fire

Nov 12

(Jack Pettibone Riccobono, US, 2016, 78 min)

When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the White Earth Indian Reservation.



Theo Who Lived

Seattle premiere!

Nov 16

(David Schisgall, US, 2016, 86 min, in English and Arabic with English subtitles)

In the late fall of 2012, American journalist Theo Padnos slipped into Syria to report on the country’s civil war and was promptly kidnapped by Al Qaeda. His fluency in Arabic led his captors to suspect that he worked for the CIA. A gripping narrative of torture, thwarted escapes, and unlikely friendships and betrayals in captivity, Theo Who Lived is an intimate portrait of personal resilience, and grace in the face of hate.