Engauge 2021 – Exponentials (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Oct. 28 – Nov. 8, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 31 at 7pm PT

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.


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.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Visiting Artist

All film programs during Engauge 2021 include a virtual filmmaker Q&A that is free to view through the festival’s Vimeo page. Whether you experience the festival in person or at home, check in afterwards to hear from the filmmakers!


In this timely program, filmmakers explore the edges of and interrelationships among our environmental, economic and political challenges.

Header photo credit: The City is a Heat Island & our Forests are on Fire, dir. Kathleen Rugh

How to watch...



  • 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 or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

In this program:

$hithole Paradise

A comment on over-tourism in Hawaii, particularly along the historic Waikiki strip in Honolulu. Once a powerful, sacred place for Native Hawaiians, now a dirty playground for tourists. Shot on Super 8mm film.

(Melina Coumas, US, 2020, 3 min)

The Canyon

A portrait of the urban residential development as it slips into oblivion.

(Zachary Epcar, US, 2021, 16 min, in English)

Giant Eagle, Four Stars

In an abandoned shopping center outside of Cleveland, the story of the last remaining grocery store is told through recent Google reviews.

(Emma Piper-Burket, US, 2021, 4 min, in English)


Through different languages, this experimental work uses sound and visual poetry, presenting images with a non-linear flow of words in a context of exponential equations, making integrated use of the word, the meaning of the word, and the sound of the word.

(Khalil Charif & Christina Amiran, Brazil, 2021, 4 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)


The transparent, holographic portions from Canadian dollar bills are contact printed on to 16mm film. A cameraless, dizzying closer look at the monarch, maple leaves and colonial structures that secure and validate our legal tender.

(Christine Lucy Latimer, Canada, 2021, 3 min)

Eclipse Prophecy

An attempted invocation during a rare celestial event.

(Miles Sprietsma, US, 2017, 3 min)

Presque Vu

Lush hand-crafted film footage and HD images combine to reveal a mysterious past through remnants of a memory that is almost remembered, but which never fully develops.

(Cecilia Araneda, Canada, 2013, 4 min)

The City is a Heat Island & our Forests are on Fire

The landscape is changing rapidly in Colorado. Denver’s dense growth has contributed to trapped heat in the urban core. Meanwhile, the state’s mountain regions are suffering from more frequent and devastating wildfires. These two changing landscapes are juxtaposed together through in-camera multiple exposures on film.

(Kathleen Rugh, US, 2019, 5 min)

New Beginnings and False Starts

A New Year’s card that looks backwards to consider what might be to come. A collage made up of outtakes from The Quick and the Dead and educational filmstrips.

(Mark Street, US, 2021, 2 min)

Deepest Darkness, Flaming Sun

Narrated by wilderness guide Marte Agneberg Dahl, Deepest Darkness, Flaming Sun features altered Super 8mm film footage of the Svalbard Archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic.

(Elia Morton, Canada, 2020, 10 min, in English)


A storm shapes the Nova Scotian coastline.

(Nelson MacDonald, Canada, 2019, 7 min)

Return to Festival Home:

Engauge Experimental Film Festival celebrates sprocket-driven, artist-made work.

Each Fall, Engauge hosts screenings sponsored by the Interbay Cinema Society in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. The festival screens only work that originates on film, by filmmakers both local and international.

This year’s festival will be a hybrid model, taking place both on the web and at NWFF’s cinema in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

⚠️ Please note: For the sake of public safety, NWFF will require both face-coverings and proof of vaccination from audiences. We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

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