Engauge 2021 – Wear and Tear (Shorts Program)

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

In-person screening at NWFF:
Oct. 30 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!


It’s been a hard couple of years. These films negotiate the recent or remote past with empathy and even humor.

Header photo credit: Expo Film (this film is my memory), dir. Penny McCann

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:


Lightmare attempts to capture the sense of anxiety of a neighborhood plagued by youths night-riding motorcycles. The neighbors’ pareidolic response to the situation began to generate stories for the unknown riders…

(Josh Drake, US, 2020, 7 min)

First Hypnotic Suggestion

First Hypnotic Suggestion conjures telepathic transference, hypnosis and collective dream space.

(Brittany Gravely & Ken Linehan, US, 2020, 10 min, in English)


The actions of the Mexican police during one day of this pandemic. Forms, strategies, decisions, incongruities.

(Edén Batisda Kullick, Mexico, 2020, 2 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Moving, parts one and two

Same shot of my house, thinking about moving. Moving out/moving in, emptying boxes one at a time.

(Sandy McLennan, Canada, 2021, 8 min, in English)

Expo Film (this film is my memory)

Using anonymous home movie footage of Expo ’67 in Montréal, the artist sets out to recreate a memory that perhaps never existed through film manipulation.

(Penny McCann, Canada, 2020, 10 min, in English)


Underground hand-developed film, shot on 16mm, represents a deeply personal attitude of the film directors to their hometown of St. Petersburg. The film is made as a trip, where a real walk through the city transforms into mindflow, depicting the play of memory, phantasms and traumatic history.

(Anastasia Shubina & Timofey Glinin, Russian Federation, 2021, 8 min)

Spring to Spring

Spring to Spring in Seattle – Landscape during the pandemic created with footage, cyanotype, and hand-painted Super 8mm and 16mm film.

(Foteini Tina Jacobson, US, 2021, 13 min)

Wear and Tear

Allostatic load – The cumulative burden of chronic stress and life events. Super 8mm.

(Jason Robinson, US, 2021, 8 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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