Local Sightings 2021 – Nail Biters (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 19 at 6:30pm 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.


Eerie music, lighting, and foreshadowing create a pervading sense of unease and nail-biting tension in this series of dramatic thrillers. May need to be peeked at over glasses, or watched between fingers.

Header photo credit: KIN, dir. Mila Zuo

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:

That Piece of You

World Premiere!

With help from her girlfriend Maddie, Trisha is in the middle of sneaking into her old house when the new tenant and his date return unexpectedly.

(Jessica Barr, US, 2021, 11 min)

Spring Tide

US Premiere!

Emily is excited for her best friend to stay with her in a seaside vacation town for the summer, but their different appetites for risk and romance threaten to shake their friendship to its core.

(Jean Parsons, Canada, 2020, 20 min)


Northwest Premiere!

Twin sisters who haven’t spoken in years reunite for a road trip after one of them tries to take her own life.

(Dawson Doupé, Ryder Doupé & Todd Tapper, US, 2020, 14 min)

blind spot

A woman’s toxic relationship turns sinister when her boyfriend makes a terrible mistake, forcing her to decide what she can, and can’t, live with.

(Kira Sipler, US, 2019, 12 min)


Seattle Premiere!

A tense love triangle between three twenty-somethings in rural Oregon ends in unimaginable violence.

(Mila Zuo, Canada, 2020, 17 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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