Engauge 2021 – Traces (Shorts Program)

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

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 28 at 9pm 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!


A sidelong glance, a repeated image, a brief fragment, an obscure reference, a finger in the frame. Filmmakers use these and other gestural strategies in their haunting films.

Header photo credit: CYRK.2014-2021, dir. Ursula Brookbank

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:

Far Rockaway

The exploration of home movies to reinterpret mother-daughter relationships.

(Mary Trunk, US, 2021, 5 min)


In Japanese, 間(MA) is best described as a consciousness of interval/space, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of senses.

(Tetsuya Maruyama, Brazil, 2020, 7 min)


A short film about a circus.

(Ursula Brookbank, US, 2021, 5 min)

Lost Horse Valley

An in-camera document of a space with a spirit. Shot on Super8mm. Sound by RECODER.

(Caleb Smith, US, 2020, 3 min)

16mm (Untitled)

16mm film stock painted and bleached in the desert at the Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico.

(Karl Nussbaum, US, 2020, 3 min)

Father Knows Father Best

Utilizing damaged film loops and photograms, Father Knows Father Best plays off of an old found-footage print of the American situational comedy to highlight a dysfunctional family paradigm.

(Steven Woloshen, Canada, 2021, 6 min)

purgatory is the side of the road

Filmed on 16mm using in-camera editing techniques, purgatory is the side of the road is an imagining of the liminal space between being and non-being.

(Mireya Martinez, US, 2021, 1 min)

The long wail of a passing train

An experimental animated film built around a single sound recording that evokes travel, the need to communicate, solitude, fragility, the desire for freedom, the arrival of fall, and our ephemeral existence.

(Anne-Marie Bouchard, Canada, 2020, 8 min, closed captioned in English)

Que Pasado

An experimental take on the True Crime genre.

(Ben Popp, US, 2021, 4 min)


A portrait of an eccentric artist based in Kitikaka, Italy.

(Florian Maricourt & Calypso Debrot, France, 2020, 15 min, with English subtitles)


Retracing the space between human movements and climaxes through electric bills and coastal walks.

(Carleen Maur, 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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