Local Sightings Film Festival


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.

Filmmakers: Submit your work to be considered for the 2023 festival!


All types of moving image media are eligible; projects must be finished within 18 months from start date of the festival, and the filmmaker(s) must live in the Pacific Northwest (WA, OR, AK, ID, MT, British Columbia, or the Yukon Territories) or have had the majority of their production (over 50%) based in these states. Local Sightings does not require festival premiere status, though it is welcome.


  • Submissions open: March 1, 2023
  • Regular deadline: June 19, 2023
  • Late deadline: July 10, 2023

Fee Waivers

A limited number of waiver codes are available to those from communities that have historically lacked access or equitable representation in media. Please contact localsightings@nwfilmforum.org for details.

Check back August 15 for the Festival Catalog!


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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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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