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Seattle Film Summit

Sep 27 - Oct 02

The Seattle Film Summit is a conference for anyone in Washington who has a stake in the production or distribution of media content: filmmakers, actors, video game creators, transmedia geeks, editors, media lawyers, film community leaders, legislators, gaffers, writers—anyone and everyone. This participant-directed conference addresses the tough questions of the local film business, as they call upon community, business and civic leaders to effect the change needed for professional media production to become a truly viable business model in our state.

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Local Sightings Closing Night

Oct 02

Join us for the Closing Night of the Local Sightings Film Festival, featuring a Seattle Film Summit Town Hall Caucus, the Seattle premiere of In Country and the official festival closing party.

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La Voz de los Silenciados

U.S. premiere!

Oct 03 - Oct 05

Maximón Monihan - 2013 - 80 min

Described as “Chaplin meets Eraserhead,” La Voz de los Silenciados is truly modern silent film. Olga, a deaf teenager, is coaxed from her home in Guatemala to travel to New York City, ostensibly to attend a Christian school for the deaf. Rather than being greeted by a charitable school, however, she’s enslaved in an international criminal scheme and forced to beg on the subway. Olga uses courage, cunning, and even humor to face an unimaginable nightmare-on-loop that ravages the audience.

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Aono Jikken Ensemble: Japanese Girls at the Harbor

Co-presented with SAM’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas

Oct 04

(Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933, 71 min)

After spending the last few years touring internationally with Guy Maddin and his films, experimental music collective Aono Jikken Ensemble returns home to Seattle for this performance, a live score for Japanese Girls at the Harbor, a lyrical silent drama from 1933 by rediscovered master director Hiroshi Shimizu. This stunning event features the premiere of a new live music and sound score, with benshi narration in Japanese and English.

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Collaborations with Nature


Filmmakers Devon Damonte, Caryn Cline and Ruth Hayes in attendance!

Oct 05

Direct filmmaking meets environmental action in this program of experimental films that use organic and inorganic material to alter film surfaces. As part of our Local Sightings Film Festival 2014, filmmaker Caryn Cline taught an experimental filmmaking workshop on the “botanicollage” technique, made famous by Stan Brakhage and his film Mothlight. Students have created handmade film frames using local botanicals, art materials and film supplies—their short, collaborative film screens tonight alongside a program of classic experimental films in the botanicollage vein.

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The Saragossa Manuscript

Opening catered reception at 6pm on Sunday!
New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 05 - Oct 09

(Wojciech J. Has, 1964, DCP, 184 min)

A favourite film of Jerry Garcia and Luis Buñuel, The Saragossa Manuscript is a brilliant adaptation of one of the greatest works of world literature. It is a Chinese box tale — a travel story about the supernatural and mystical opposed to the humanist materialism.

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Man of Iron

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 06

(Andrzej Wajda, 1981, DCP, 154 min)

A masterful story about the limitations of the press coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Man of Iron expands on the plot of its predecessor, Man of Marble. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, the film examines the events that led to one of the most crucial historical moments of the 20th century. 

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Blind Chance

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 07

(Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1981, DCP, 123 min)

One moment, one train, three completely different outcomes. From Director Krzysztof Kieślowski comes a film examining the effect of even the smallest of choices. Twenty-year-old Witek Dlugosz rushes to make a train to Warsaw, his hometown, after the death of his father. Crashing into a man drinking beer, Witek is barely able to pull himself aboard by the final car’s handrail. On the train, he encounters an old communist, who convinces him to join the Communist Party. All seems fine until his beautiful lover Czuszka is arrested by the same party where his allegiance lies. Their love falters, she rejects him, and Witek is left alone.

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Night Train

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 07

(Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959, DCP, 99 min)

An intimate psychological study and a poetic tale of loneliness, Night Train brings two voyagers together accidentally in a train compartment. The subtle game of emotions—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope—is played out against the background of a microcosm of the human experience. 

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Ashes and Diamonds

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University
With an introduction by Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Lyall Bush

Oct 08

(Andrzej Wajda, 1958, DCP, 104 min)

Ashes and Diamonds is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace. And between them, a night that changes everything. Seen through the eyes of Maciek, a young Polish resistance soldier, the old is rapidly mixing with the new. In a few hours dawn will end the Nazi slavery of the country, but also will bring a new communist regime to Poland. An iconic portrait of the dilemma of a whole generation in Poland, rooted in the literary tradition of great, tragic dramas of romanticism.

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A Short Film About Killing

New digital restoration!
Co-presented with the Seattle Polish Film Festival
Sponsored by Seattle University

Oct 08

(Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1987, DCP, 86 min)

On a somber March day, the paths of three men cross: the cabbie Marian cleans his car, the lawyer Piotr celebrates passing his bar exam while in the same café, 20-year-old Jacek prepares his murder weapon. The film is a psychological and ethical study of murder. A sensation at the Cannes film festival and recipient of numerous awards, A Short Film About Killing opened the door to an international career for director, Krzysztof Kieślowski.

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Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 

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Series

Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!

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Programs

Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.

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