Engauge 2021 – Limen (Shorts Program)

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

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 31 at 5pm 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!


These films occupy the thresholds among nostalgia, sorrow, renewal, loss, longing and memory.

Header photo credit: Parenthesis, dir. Vasilios Papaioannu

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:


In this lonely contemplation of a past summer, the ancient promontory becomes a parenthetical projection of frantic lines and alternating impressions.

(Vasilios Papaioannu, US, 2021, 5 min)

Because the sky is blue

A short piece paying tribute to my hometown Wuhan, China, applying cyanotype methods to 15-second social media videos from my childhood friends’ feeds.

(Wenhua Shi, US, 2020, 4 min)


threshold. between two states of being. the boundary of perception.

(Kathryn Ramey, US, 2019, 12 min)

five miles Another (for Diana)

A meditation on loss and what is left behind. A letter to a friend.

(Kate Lain, US, 2020, 7 min)

A Return

Peering into layers, sliding planes of windows and time, the fragmentary gesture of the dance. A series of rapid contrasts, a synthesis of elemental and everyday experience. Structures shift and intermingle, two worlds become one.

(James Edmonds, Germany, 2018, 6 min)

Psychic Meat

The film is a diary and act of bearing witness in which Wardell tells of his father’s artificial heart valve, the industrial farming industry that both provided the tissue for it and arguably hastened its necessity, and their somewhat distant father-son relationship.” Poetically hand-developed in salt, a curing agent for meat. (Excerpt from a synopsis by Ben Nicholson for Alt/Kino)

(Stephen Wardell, US, 2020, 10 min, in English)


Black is made entirely using images from found 16mm footage. The movie reflects the director’s observations of the political and cultural turmoil after the 1979 revolution in Iran, along with her experiences of everyday life abroad.

(Roshanak Elmendorf, US, 2021, 12 min, in English)

Out in the Sky Nobody Sleeps

Put me on the train, send me back to my home. Couldn’t live without you when I tried to roam.

(Edgar Garcia Chavez, US, 2019, 4 min)

Film for Storm de Hirsch

Rephotographed psychedelic painted and scratched images, collaged and abstracted. An homage to underground experimental poet and filmmaker, Storm de Hirsch; one of the great unsung women in avant-garde film in the 1960s.

(Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, US, 2021, 4 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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