Local Sightings Film Festival 2021 [Hybrid]


** COVID-19 UPDATE: A virtual Local Sightings will definitely happen this year, but on top of that, we are planning on reopening to the public for a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival in 2021. **

24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival

September 16-26, 2021

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Hybrid] is a virtual 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 2021 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

Artwork by Zack Conklin

Stayed Tuned for Programming Announcements & Special Events!

* In most cases, Local Sightings 2021 programs will be on view for the length of the festival from September 16 to 26. Exceptions will be noted for each event.

Sponsorship Kit 2021

Support this important local film happening by at a recommended sponsorship level, 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 Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org to discuss potential opportunities to support Local Sightings!



  • Apr. 14, 2021 — Submissions open
  • Jun. 21, 2021 — Regular deadline
  • Jul. 12, 2021 — Late deadline
  • Aug. 16, 2021 — Notification date
  • Sep. 16–26, 2021 — 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 (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, or the Yukon Territories) or have had the majority of their production (over 50%) based in these states.

Read more about eligibility and submit on FilmFreeway!


NWFF Members: $50
General: Sliding scale, $75–125

Read about the award-winners of Local Sightings 2020

Past Festivals

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1515 12th Ave,

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