Local Sightings 2021 – After Dark: Strange Shorts

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 18 at 9pm PT

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, 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.


Disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed with narrative and stop-motion films. This demented block is absurd, gory, thrilling, and full of dark laughs.

Header photo credit: Trash Mermaid, dir. Leilani Fisher

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:

The Butcher

Seattle Premiere!

When her ex-boyfriend unexpectedly shows up at her door for nefarious reasons, a newly-reformed woman must reveal a hidden truth to her naive husband.

(Bruce Liang, US, 2021, 15 min)

Glumhouse Chums Episode #1: Chum'body Talk to Me

The first episode of the Glumhouse Chums webseries features a ventriloquist doll who is lonely and desperate to make a puppet friend.

(Jack E.K. Collier, US, 2021, 8 min)

Trash Mermaid

Northwest Premiere!

Through gruesome stop-motion animation, a prisoner seeks escape in this dark horror comedy, featuring original music by Depth Hoar.

(Leilani Fisher, US, 2021, 7 min)

Man of La Mansion

World Premiere!

A suburban dad takes up screenwriting as a means of blunting his impending mid-life crisis and delirious struggles with artistic aspiration, homeowning, parenthood, and utter blindness particular to white male privilege.

(Brian Padian, US, 2021, 12 min)


US Premiere!

In a gory tale of corporate greed and expendable employees, one of two managers will be sacrificed for the greater good of a dystopian sales company.

(Yamil Galaz, Canada, 2021, 7 min)


An inventory specialist at a weed shop gets asked to try a newly engineered product before it goes on sale.

(Duncan Dickerson, US, 2021, 4 min)


A newlywed couple retreat to a cabin in the woods for an idyllic honeymoon, where their relationship, sanity, and lives are jeopardized by ghosts of the past–both real and imagined.

(Alex Furnas, US, 2019, 24 min)

Festival Directory

⚠️ 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.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 24th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2021 program, which runs from September 16–26, features a competitive selection of curated short film programs and feature films, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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