Local Sightings Film Festival 2021: Short Film Programs


SHORT FILM PROGRAMS at Local Sightings unite regional filmmakers under common themes! The festival catalog also includes special presentations, feature films, workshops, and panels.

Festival artwork by Zack Conklin


Enjoy the festival from home or in person!

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are adopting a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival model for 2021. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available here.

In addition to having at least one in-person screening at our cinema, all film programs (except opening and closing night films) will be presented on our Eventive virtual cinema platform and viewable on demand throughout the festival, Sep. 16–26, 2021.

Individual virtual tickets to the fest are sold only through Eventive; in-person tickets are sold on nwfilmforum.org and at the Northwest Film Forum box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle) on the day of the screening. All passes are sold through nwfilmforum.org; passes granting virtual access will be processed within 18 hours of purchase.


NWFF patrons will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. To be admitted, patrons ages 12+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility.

Read more about NWFF policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Short Film Programs


For Virtual-Only or In-Person-Only passes:

  • $60 NWFF Members
  • $90–140 General; priced on a sliding scale

For a Hybrid Pass:

  • $75 NWFF Members
  • $100–150 General; priced on a sliding scale

Festival Directory

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program, which runs from September 16–26, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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