Local Sightings 2021 – Mindscapes: Experimental Shorts

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 22 at 7pm 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.


** Co-presented with Engauge Experimental Film Festival **

Experimentation is the manifestation of the mindscape, expressed through abstractions of landscape, visions of the self, and interactions of image and space.

Header photo credit: 6 Marimbas, dir. Marcy Stone-Francois

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:

Aleph Earth

West Coast Premiere!

Set to a vocal quartet which depicts the Prophet Jeremiah reflecting on the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BC, this machine learning-generated video contrasts despondent themes with the potential for hope and revitalization.

(Colin H Ives, US, 2020, 12 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)

Faces, Displays, and Other Imaginary Things

Seattle Premiere!

An evocative exploration of Indigenous labor in Oregon through maps, physical landscapes, and recovered archival material.

(Woodrow Hunt, US, 2020, 10 min)

- celia's dream -

A vibrant shared awakening of lo-fi, distorted proportions.

(Victor Martin, US, 2021, 6 min)


Seattle Premiere!

A nostalgic swirl through kaleidoscopic universes of confetti and digital manipulation.

(Hannah Burns, US, 2021, 10 min)

Augmented Reality Still Life

Seattle Premiere!

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

(Kayla Kane, US, 2021, 1 min)

Analog Nostalgia

World Premiere!

An ode to the lost art of shooting, editing, and projecting film.

(Serge Gregory, US, 2020, 4 min)


A playful take on an outdated anthropocentric philosophy, which juxtaposes the beauty of a supplanted landscape against the inescapable detritus of a self-absorbed species.

(Miles Sprietsma, US, 2020, 5 min)

Horse Fare

World Premiere!

Two horse-obsessed filmmakers ponder the connection between horses and themselves.

(Caryn Cline & Mische Mellor, US, 2021, 5 min)

Floral Yearnings

World Premiere!

Bursts of natural color provide an in-depth reflection on beauty.

(Linda Fenstermaker, US, 2021, 4 min)

QuarantineTime: MemoriesDreamsReflections

World Premiere!

A video poem.

(Lynn O C Thompson, US, 2021, 5 min)

Theia Unfurling

Seattle Premiere!

Silence provides the backdrop as Theia is consumed by the light.

(Sierra Grove, US, 2021, 3 min)

Give Yourself Heaven

Give Yourself Heaven is an ecofeminist romance exploring the pleasure available in our relationships with nature.

(Cleo Barnett, US, 2020, 2 min)

6 Marimbas

Northwest Premiere!

Six marimba players find a unique alternative to a live performance.

(Marcy Stone-Francois, US, 2021, 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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