Local Sightings 2021 – Hard Laughs (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 17 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.


Exaggerating the humor of the everyday, this series of comedic shorts will make you laugh heartily with a cast of colorful characters, audacious scenarios, and exceptionally clever screenwriting.

Header photo credit: A Christmas Heist, dir. Zechariah Johnson

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:

Tenting for Tenet

World Premiere!

Jerry picks a bad time to go to the movies.

(Ty Minton-Small, US, 2020, 8 min)

"Please, Yes" Episode 2: Show Me Your Trout

World Premiere!

In the second episode of the Please, Yes series, two identical twins navigate the horrors of online dating during a pandemic.

(Laura Shelly, US, 2021, 9 min)

Crouching Comic

World Premiere!

A surreal open mic set materializes in the apartment of an Asian-American comedian, as she wrestles with her insecurities.

(Alberta Poon, US, 2021, 11 min)

A Christmas Heist

Delight ensues when a cookie-centered Christmas caper turns slapstick.

(Zechariah Johnson, US, 2020, 9 min)

Private Chat

Seattle Premiere!

A non-binary sex worker imparts some hard-won wisdom to a younger, cat ears-wearing camgirl, in this charming film about finding friendship in unexpected places.

(Joe Bowden, US, 2020, 12 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)

This Is Spinal Injury

World Premiere!

A mockumentary documenting the greatest, most accessible, yet simultaneously least-commercially-viable comedy show, featuring Pacific Northwest comedians with disabilities.

(Dan Hurwitz & Kayla Brown, US, 2021, 26 min)

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⚠️ 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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