Local Sightings Film Festival 2023 [Hybrid]


The 2023 edition of Local Sightings Film Festival will be held both in-person and online.

26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

September 15-24, 2023

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2023 program, which runs from September 15–24, 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.

Full Festival Catalog

Festival passes:


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


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


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

🤲 Free Community Passes

NWFF offers a limited number of free festival passes for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, and/or low-income patrons who would not be able to attend due to financial reasons. Please contact Paul Siple [paul{{at}}nwfilmforum{{dot}}org] and María Zamora [maria{{at}}nwfilmforum{{dot}}org] by Sep. 4 to reserve your pass.

⚠️ Important Passholder Notes
  • Passes do not include registration for workshops.
  • Virtual-only and Hybrid (virtual and in-person) passes are both sold through NWFF’s Eventive platform, and are available for immediate use. Films will become available for virtual viewing at 12:01am on Sep. 15!
  • If you’ve purchased an In-Person or Hybrid festival pass and are visiting the Forum in person, we’ll be able to look you up by the name you purchased under at Will Call. Our cinema is located at 1515 12th Avenue, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Virtual-only passholders are not entitled to any discount on admission to in-person festival events.

2023 festival artwork by Lara Kaminoff.


Support this important local film happening by making a donation at a recommended sponsorship level (click for last year’s sponsorship deck), or work with NWFF staff to custom-craft a unique opportunity which will align with your organization’s needs, budget, and points of focus. Opportunities are available for in-kind food/drink, hospitality, print, or marketing sponsorships at all levels. Contact Executive Director Derek Edamura at derek@nwfilmforum.org to discuss potential opportunities to support Local Sightings!

Past Festivals

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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