Local Sightings 2021 – Coloring Beyond the Lines: Animated Shorts

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 23 at 7:30pm 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.


Innovative animated works offer new perspectives on the world, by incorporating technological augmentation, found objects, stop-motion, and colorful display of stories to reimagine our reality.

Header photo credit: Mixtape, dir. Soo Hong

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 Rind

US Premiere!

Questions about human nature, time, and reality are answered as the last hole in the fabric of the universe is discovered.

(Alex Meunier, Canada, 2021, 7 min)

Augmented Reality Still Life

Seattle Premiere!

Augmented reality breathes rhythmic, pirouetting life into a diorama-like world.

(Kayla Kane, US, 2021, 1 min)


** Cadence: Video Poetry Festival 2021 Award Winner **

Set to a poem read by Tjawangwa Dema, this surreal, vivid mixed media animation ponders memory, reality, and loss.

(Thelma Tunyi & Shanley Fermin, US, 2020, 7 min)

Her Resolve

Northwest Premiere!

A young woman uses the lessons left behind by her father to help herself accept his passing, find closure, and reconnect to the creativity that he had helped her foster in life.

(Marissa Dingman, US, 4 min)


Northwest Premiere!

Form and pattern flow and syncopate throughout this glowing, kinetic visual mixtape of abstract digital painting, photo imagery, texture, and brilliant color.

(Soo Hong, US, 2021, 4 min)

Trash Birds

A seagull becomes consumed by a monstrous appetite for junk food, forsaking all birdly ties in this darkly fantastic, playful collage animation.

(Squidems, US, 2020, 3 min)

Barry the Bearable Bear Is Lost

Seattle Premiere!

A humorously hapless bear finds himself lost in the woods, beset by absurdism at every turn, as he searches for his way home.

(John Osebold, US, 2021, 2 min)

Mary Olson Farm

World Premiere!

Animated using both found objects from the farm and illustrated digital overlays, the fabric of the Mary Olson Farm’s history in this textured multimedia portrait.

(Neely Goniodsky, US, 2021, 3 min)

Solar Forests

A delicate yet powerful visualization of the lifespan of a tree, crafted using a dramatic cross-sectional animation.

(Webster Crowell, US, 2021, 1 min)

Good Mourning

Northwest Premiere!

A man experiences the stages of grief, in an animation scored to the tune of a song whose algorithmically created melody is based on the shape of ovarian cancer DNA.

(Kira Westlund, US, 2021, 9 min)


Seattle Premiere!

Sci-fi stop motion animation creates hilarious and endearing one-of-a-kind characters who seek to understand each other’s true intentions while embroiled in a backroom deal.

(Ben Gruenbaum, US, 4 min)


Northwest Premiere!

When a street artist develops a social media obsession and starts to do what his online personality wants, he is pushed into dark and dangerous scenarios.

(Suridh Hassan, US, 2021, 23 min)

What We See in the Clouds

Over the phone, friends of the filmmaker tell her what they see in cloud photographs that she sends them. Their visions are then animated over the clouds in a loving study of imagination and long-distance friendship.

(Barb Hoffman, US, 2020, 7 min)

Golden from the Get Go – Hey I Know You

World Premiere!

An alternate ecosystem of mysterious eggs and ectoplasmic entities becomes a meditation on the self in society, set to the swinging sounds of Golden from the Get Go.

(Aubrey Nehring, US, 4 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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