Festivals

In addition to hosting many local festivals, Northwest Film Forum produces a number of our own film festivals, such as ByDesign, Cadence, Children's Film Festival Seattle, and Local Sightings.

Current

Created to highlight and augment the work of the Lightpress Grants offered twice yearly by Interbay Cinema Society, Engauge Experimental Film Festival presents only films that originated on film.
Engauge Experimental Film Festival
An annual showcase of remarkable contemporary filmmakers from Brazil whose transgressive films address race, gender and sexuality.
Travessias Brazilian Film Festival
Northwest Film Forum serves as the venue for numerous local festivals throughout the year, accommodating and collaborating with a wide variety of Seattle communities.
Local Festivals Hosted at NWFF

Past

Through films, presentations, and conversations, ByDesign explores the intersections of design and the moving image and illuminates the roots, currents and future of design in motion.
ByDesign [Online] Festival 2020
Through films, presentations, and conversations, ByDesign explores the intersections of design and the moving image and illuminates the roots, currents and future of design in motion.
ByDesign Festival 2019: Cross-Cultural Design Thinking
Through films, presentations, and conversations, ByDesign explores the intersections of design and the moving image and illuminates the roots, currents and future of design in motion.
ByDesign 2018
Through films, presentations, and conversations, ByDesign explores the intersections of design and the moving image and illuminates the roots, currents and future of design in motion.
ByDesign 2017
Verse meets visuals during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2020 [Online]
Verse meets visuals during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2019
Verse meets visuals during a series of cinepoem screenings, ekphrastic responses, and generative workshops celebrating National Poetry Month.
Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2018
Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival 2020 [Online]
Cut short in March 2020 by coronavirus closures, Children’s Film Festival Seattle returns in May 2020 with seven web-based short film packages for families!
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020 [Online]
Children’s Film Festival Seattle is the West Coast’s largest and most highly-regarded festival dedicated to children and their families, and shows over 180 films a year.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020
Children’s Film Festival Seattle is the West Coast’s largest and most highly-regarded festival dedicated to children and their families, and shows over 180 films a year.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2019
Children’s Film Festival Seattle is the West Coast’s largest and most highly-regarded festival dedicated to children and their families, and shows over 180 films a year.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2018
The Portland German Film Festival and Northwest Film Forum present the 2nd annual KINOFEST Seattle 2017, with German language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
KINOFEST Seattle 2017
Northwest Film Forum’s annual festival for Pacific Northwest film and mediamakers! The 23rd edition invites regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Local Sightings Film Festival 2020 [Online]
Northwest Film Forum’s annual festival for Pacific Northwest film and mediamakers! The 22nd edition invites regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.
Local Sightings Film Festival 2019
The 21st Edition of Local Sightings, featuring filmmakers from throughout the Pacific NW!
Local Sightings Film Festival 2018
The 21st Edition of Local Sightings, featuring filmmakers from throughout the Pacific NW!
Local Sightings Film Festival 2017
Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF) is one of the biggest Deaf film festivals in the world. SDFF features long and short films that span all genres to showcase the Deaf and hard of hearing experience. All films will be captioned for accessibility. We believe in cultivating a vibrant community of emerging and experienced Deaf filmmakers, actors, and producers. Join us to see various short and feature films by members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community!
Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2020 [Online]
A groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people.
Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2020 [Online]
Remarkable contemporary women filmmakers from Brazil address race, gender and sexuality through transgressive docs, animation, and fiction.
Travessias Brazilian Film Festival 2019
Through the eyes of masterful filmmakers, audiences will encounter a diversity of Arab stories, circumstances, histories, visions and voices.
Seattle Arab Film Festival 2020 [Online]
Join filmmakers, film lovers, and activists around the world to celebrate the mission of social justice in film for the 9th Social Justice Film Festival!
Social Justice Film Festival 2020 [Online]

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