Local Sightings 2021 – Trailblazers (Shorts Program)

Available virtually from Sep. 16–26, 2021

In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 21 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.


Extraordinary women and youth – female mountain bikers, motorcyclists, quadriplegic athletes, and others – roll up their sleeves to recast the world around them in a stronger mold, in this affirming collection of narrative and documentary shorts.

Header photo credit: Welcome to the Vending Revolution, dir. Amanda Ereth

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:

Any Oregon Sunday

Seattle Premiere!

Snapshots from a diverse community of women who have found their way to bike and motorcycle sports through a shared love and a desire to immerse themselves in the beauty of Oregon.

(Kanani Koster, US, 2021, 16 min)


Seattle Premiere!

Cece, an adaptive sports advocate and athlete living with quadriplegia, shares her vision of a future sports culture that includes and better understands all bodies.

(Gregory Elgee, US, 2021, 8 min)

For My Ancestors

Seattle Premiere!

Multidisciplinary Olympia artist Aisha Harrison shares the journey that has connected her to her art and, in turn, to larger narratives that humanity still needs to address.

(Misael Martínez Melo, US, 2020, 9 min)

Girls Gotta Eat Dirt

West Coast Premiere!

Surrounded by pristine Colorado mountain trails, three mountain bikers and best friends candidly share their experiences within the sport and what keeps their friendship going strong.

(peter vogt & Delilah Cupp, US, 2021, 6 min)

Can You Hear Me

A group of young musicians, producers, and songwriters participate in The Bridge Music Project in Olympia–a series of workshops that equip youth with tools that help them face life’s challenges.

(Kathy Strauss, US, 2020, 9 min)

Welcome to the Vending Revolution

World Premiere!

Can a vending machine business empower a community? Three creative entrepreneurs in the vending biz say yes!

(Amanda Ereth, US, 2021, 11 min)


Seattle Premiere!

In the late 1980s, Lisa, a bi-racial highschooler who recently immigrated to Seattle from London, attempts to navigate a semi-segregated school system while trying to find belonging in white spaces. Written by a student in the Screenwriting Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women.

(Lindy Boustedt, US, 2020, 19 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,

Seattle, WA 98122

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