Engauge 2021 – This Beguiling Membrane (Shorts Program)

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

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 30 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!


Why shoot film? These filmmakers celebrate the unique characteristics of the medium, in a range of techniques and styles.

Header photo credit: Marsh Island, dir. Luke Siezcek

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:

SEA 404

Taking inspiration from Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto and French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, SEA 404 questions the current fashion where people learn everything in the computer world.

(Cherlyn Hsing-hsin Liu, US, 2019, 3 min)

Wood and Metal Bars

A meditative journey through colour, form and sound. This direct animation music video was created for Toronto chamber music composer Frank Horvat. The musical composition is performed by Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston.

(Richard Reeves, Canada, 2021, 11 min)


The cinema is a machine. Kopierwerk testifies to that, lets itself be carried by industrial rhythms, and in doing so, negotiates the analogue era, whose end meant also new beginnings, creative deviations: as complement to digital mass culture, taking place before our eyes is a movement largely freed from the pressure to generate a profit, a niche revolution of sorts in analogue media.

(Stefanie Weberhofer, Germany, 2020, 7 min)

Wash Day

An intimate exploration into how private, domestic acts such as washing your hair, or putting on makeup become a significant re-acquaintance with the body, before and after navigating the politics of one’s outward appearance.

(Kourtney Jackson, Canada, 2020, 10 min, in English with English closed captions)

Marsh Island

A portrait of an island on the edge of Union Bay in Seattle. An uneasy, but ever-evolving juxtaposition of the human and the natural; the hard thrum of the highway and swirling churn of the wetland.

(Luke Sieczek, US, 2021, 8 min)

In and Out a Window

** Content warning: This film contains a pronounced strobing effect, and may pose a risk to those with photosensitive epilepsy. **

Our front window from inside and out.

(Richard Tuohy, Australia, 2021, 12 min)

Floral Yearnings

An in-depth reflection on beauty.

(Linda Fenstermaker, US, 2021, 4 min)

Analog Nostalgia

During the coronavirus lockdown, Seattle filmmaker Serge Gregory rummages through his work to create an ode to the lost art of shooting, editing and projecting film.

(Serge Gregory, US, 2020, 5 min)

Of this Beguiling Membrane

The story unfolds on the Eve of Midsummer: on the day when the threshold between worlds is porous, and an idle gesture can tempt fate.

(Charlotte Pryce, US, 2020, 5 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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