Engauge 2021 – Slow Volumes (Shorts Program)

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

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 29 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!


These films build on an early image or idea, often conjuring a meditative state.

Header photo credit: Slow Volumes, dir. Mike Gibisser

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:


Facets of pandemic obsessions stitched together.

(Dawn George, Canada, 2021, 5 min)

Self Portrait with Bag

A cameraless portrait of the artist. Super 8mm cartridges placed inside a black cotton bag, the film advanced via a hand crank. The tiny gaps in the fabric weave make for dozens (hundreds? thousands?) of tiny pinhole lenses.

(Dianna Barrie, Australia, 2020, 7 min)

eternity on a loop

An employee of God takes a break from heaven’s bureaucracy and spends some time on Earth.

(Isabela Costa, Brazil, 2021, 12 min, in English)

600 Moons

A young woman takes a walk in the woods and slips into another realm, wherein she glimpses her future self.

(Cindy Stillwell, US, 2020, 8 min)

Slow Volumes

A motion study of passing time. Shot using a hand-built camera, 35mm film is drawn past a thin vertical aperture, organizing the image temporally. Familiar objects dissolve into abstract lines unless in motion past the lens, their shape determined not by their physical features but in the speed of their movement.

(Mike Gibisser, US, 2019, 5 min)

Beneath The Mead: cigar.lend.shave

A speculative portrait of a place in North Bristol called Pen Park Hole. The film channels the intense curiosity to discover what lies beneath the land we occupy, questioning what is known about this specific site as well as ideas of locality and home.

(Laura Phillips, UK, 2020, 19 min)

Study for a Film: Origins or Seeds on the Margin

Inspired by a film by the artist’s grandfather, this film mediates between the historical limitations for bourgeoisie women (“roses among roses”) and the contemporary realities of confinement.

(Rrose Present, Spain, 2021, 3 min)

3 Dreams of Horses

A triptych in which the figure of the horse becomes a medium for meditation on its various incarnations as symbol, domesticated animal for human domination, and its abstract power as spirit.

(Mike Hoolboom, Canada, 2018, 6 min, in English)

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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