Local Sightings 2021 – Required Viewing (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 22 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.


Personal portraits, camp stories, love letters, poems and the histories of movements and non-profits: all films working to bring justice to all people.

Header photo credit: Militant Mother, dir. Carmen Pollard

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:

Militant Mother

US Premiere!

To get to class on time, children from Vancouver’s largest social housing project were forced to jump shunting train cars that stood in their path. After months of advocating for a safe crossing, twenty-five mothers made their voices heard by blockading CN rail from delivering goods.

(Carmen Pollard, Canada, 2021, 8 min)

Stephen & James: Best Girlfriends

A love-letter to a New York City in the not-too-distant past, where the only apps were served before dinner and the thrill of gay sex was always just around the corner–or on a pier, or in a back room, or in Hoboken.

(Dave Quantic, US, 2021, 5 min)

A Road Home

World Premiere!

While investigating gentrification in the Central District of Seattle, a young Black woman tries to develop a pathway to make home ownership a viable option.

(Teri Mitchell, US, 2021, 7 min)

That Week Each Year

Campers spend a week in Washington State at Camp Oasis, a place for kids living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to come together and just be kids.

(Lynnette Oostmeyer, US, 2019, 6 min)

Farming While Black

World Premiere!

What does land ownership mean and what is it like farming in the United States versus other countries? This question is explored with a passionate Black farmer living in a predominantly white city in Washington.

(Nii Okaidja, US, 2021, 17 min)

Listen Asshole

Northwest Premiere!

In response to the escalated anti-Asian violence, this spoken word film based on the poem “Listen Asshole” is an expression of rage by and for Asian American women.

(Masahiro Sugano, US, 2021, 4 min)

See Me

Seattle Premiere!

Daily routines intersect with the turmoil of the world outside as three Black Portlanders go about their day during the COVID shutdown in Oregon.

(Dawn Jones Redstone, US, 2021, 22 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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