Cadence 2024 – They multiply more and more [Hybrid]

Watch in person: April 19 at 7:30pm

Watch online: April 19–28, 2024

In-person tickets >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Member

Virtual tickets >

Pay what you can, $5-25

Festival passes >

Pay what you can, $55-85
For NWFF members, $40

All Festival Passes are HYBRID, granting access to both virtual and in-person viewing! Non-member passes are priced on a sliding scale; please pay what you can to support our work. Passes exclude workshops and satellite screenings, please register separately.

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🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A limited number of seats may be available at each show for members of the community for whom ticket cost is an obstacle. If you’d like to attend free of charge, please email to let us know which program and showtime you’re interested in!

⚠️ COVID-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them.

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About the program:

(72 min TRT)

Enter the dream state. Shared dreams, lucid dreams, unattainable dreams, waking dreams. These video poems are portals into ourselves and others where new associations and unexpected connections are crafted. We are suspended in the gravity of these pieces, our feet never quite touching solid ground as our emotional core soars. Using erasure, installation, tableaux, anthropomorphism, and live music, this showcase traverses the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious to imagine the multitude of pathways through reality. What will we wake up to?

Header photo credit: Birdie’s dream, dir. melisa yağmur saydı
Showcase title credit: Your Dream is my Dream, dir. Marina Sagona


FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid Festival Pass, we’ll look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.
FAQ: How do I watch online?
  • Purchase your ticket through Northwest Film Forum’s Eventive virtual cinema. A free Eventive login is required.
  • From the Eventive virtual catalog page, purchased tickets will appear under “My Content Library” under your user menu (upper-right). From the Eventive festival landing page, they will appear under “My Tickets” on the site’s menu bar (at top).
  • Your confirmation email will also route you back to these pages to watch. (Can’t find it? Check spam!)
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Films in this program:

Someone You Once Saw in a Dream

US premiere!

Someone You Once Saw in a Dream is an oneiric feminist surrealist film that acts as a poetic metaphor for the futility of feminine beauty standards, while the presence of lurking men permeate the film’s quaint athletics.

(Eyrún Úa, Iceland, 2023, 3 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

💙 Honorable Mention for AVANT-GARDE REVISITED 💙

Birdie's dream

World premiere!

When and how do we get to the end of something? How do we make the decision to change? How does it feel when it’s time to go? A meditative video-poem on leaving, change and the flow of time.

(melisa yağmur saydı, Türkiye, 2022, 3 min, in English with hardcoded English text)

Dear Ceiling

West Coast premiere!

A love letter from the floor to the ceiling spelled out in stop-motion text, Dear Ceiling is a playful invitation to imagine that the architecture around us is as full of spiritual and libidinous yearning as we are.

(Sarah Legow, Portugal, 2022, 1 min, in English with stop-motion animated English text)

Your Dream is my Dream

World premiere!

We are one and we all dream the same dreams. Through a chorus of reoccurring dreams tracing impossibility, unpreparedness, self-consciousness, and loss, Your Dream is my Dream explores ancestral memory, shared identity and the collective unconscious.

(Marina Sagona, US, 2023, 17 min, in English & Italian with English subtitles and hardcoded English text)



US premiere!

A 7-minute animated dream of displacement and apocalypse.

(directors: E.T. Russian & Edward Mast, poet: Edward Mast, US, 2023, 7 min, in English with English captions)

🏆 Winner of the CONCEPTUAL BAR SUR GRAND PRIZE at Cadence 2024! 🏆
💙 Michael V. Smith Honorable Mention 💙

this was meant to be for Nora

An animated interpretation of “this was meant to be for Nora” by Junie Desil, based on a dream about Jimi Hendrix and his grandmother, Nora Hendrix, who was a community leader in Hogan’s Alley in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver.

(directors: Deanne Angelina Emery, Carola Campa Garcia, Luna Davies, Emilio Terrazas Rocha, Rachel Christina Kearney, Lingjun Mi & Mingyang Pan, poet:  Junie Desil, Canada, 2023, 3 min, in English with English subtitles


US premiere!

Inspired by a poem of the same name, this videopoetry work immerses viewers in a world where passion and friendship intertwine to overcome life’s challenges.

(directors: Elena Motiejunaite & Lyja Maknaviciute, poet: Elena Motiejunaite, Lithuania, 2023, 4 min, in Lithuanian with hardcoded English subtitles)

Healing Queen: Protect it

US premiere!

What happens when a Healing Queen faces the depth of heartbreak?

(Pauline Raybaud, Belgium, 2023, 4 min, in English with hardcoded English subtitles)

Build me a cottage (Constroi uma casinha)

World premiere!

Video poem made in an abandoned wool factory in Portugal, based on a poem of Fernado Pessoa.

(Pat van Boeckel, Netherlands, 2020, 4 min, in Portuguese with hardcoded English subtitles)

We Are Not Familiar With A Generation That Has No Understanding Of Sadness

US premiere!

We Are Not Familiar With a Generation That Has No Understanding of Sadness constructs a narrative around the artists’ fundamental research on the mimeograph. By using significant political texts and transcripts from history as a reference point, against this historical background, they reflect upon the contemporary situation in Türkiye. In affinity with previous generations, who are saddened by the perished dreams and ideals, they search for agency under despotism—attempting to negotiate their elusive position between two extremes of utopian escapism and revolutionary struggle as recourse to estrangement.

(Fatma Belkıs, İz Öztat, Nihan Somay, Özgür Atlagan, Türkiye, 2018, 8 min, in Turkish with hardcoded English subtitles and hardcoded English text)

Moved before swallowed

World premiere!

Moved before swallowed is an erasure of Jeff Noon’s 1993 science fiction novel, Vurt, and the 1985 BBC documentary, Sea Snakes: Friend or Foe, narrated by David Attenborough.

(Daniel Carter, US, 2024, 2 min, in English with hardcoded English text)


Stormers (Fırtına)

US premiere!

In Stormers, the dynamic between two people in a relationship begins to shift when a third person arrives into their shared life.

(Esme Madra, Türkiye, 2022, 17 min, in Turkish with English subtitles)


Back to Festival Home

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum and programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and intermedia artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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