Local Sightings 2021 – #DOOM (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 18 at 6:45pm 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.


Imagine a world just a twist more demented than our own and ponder the fate of humanity with these mystical sci-fi and dystopian shorts.

Header photo credit: Erebus, dir. Will Ammann

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:

Bukky Sky – "Obsession"

Seattle Premiere!

A singer balances love and heartache in this retro space escapade.

(Hajin Yoo, US, 2021, 4 min)


Seattle Premiere!

In the near future, a teenage girl enrolls in a virtual reality high school, where she starts to wonder how much of her experience is real and how much is part of the simulation.

(Gloria Mercer, Canada, 2020, 16 min)

Breathing Room

World Premiere!

While struggling to maintain his grip on reality, a son cares for his ailing mother in isolation.

(Avery Johnson & Claire Alexander, US, 2021, 9 min)


World Premiere!

Using a computer becomes intense and haunting as this short explores the magic and terror in everyday technology while following an eccentric computer operator.

(Anthony A. Russell & Matthew Macowski, US, 2021, 4 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)


Seattle Premiere!

A young woman finds herself trapped in a darkly mystical, surreal wasteland, and begins to question the nature of her reality.

(Will Ammann, US, 2020, 19 min)


World Premiere!

One of the last humans with free will works to escape from conformity and the clutches of dystopian agents.

(Bee Guzman-Elliott, US, 2021, 4 min)

Golda Sargento – "Anino Rebellion"

World Premiere!

Anino in Tagalog refers to the rebellion of those cast away into the shadow, set in a dystopian world where music is regulated through recycled old televisions.

(Adda Lee, US, 2021, 5 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)


Northwest Premiere!

In near-future Los Angeles, where a drought has worsened and the water supply has stopped running, an old immigrant woman braves the city to search for water for her neighbor in need.

(Masami Kawai, US, 2020, 16 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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1515 12th Ave,

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