Local Sightings 2022 – A Taste of Home [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 16–25

Watch in person: Sep. 24 at 7pm

In-person tickets >

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Virtual tickets >

$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

Festival passes >

$60 – $150 Sliding Scale

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes and Individual Tickets are available!

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at cris@nwfilmforum.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Missing the rhythms, tastes and aromas of home? In these documentary portraits, learn about Pacific Northwest creatives and chefs who are blending flavors and building bridges in newfound communities, bringing culture and camaraderie to the people!

Header photo credit: Cypher, dir. Mariam Ingrid Barry & Eva Anandi Brownstein


Co-presented by LANGSTON!

Co-presented by LANGSTON!


LANGSTON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, established in 2016 to lead programming within the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON guides generative programs and community partnerships that center Black art, artists, and audiences and honor the ongoing legacy of Seattle’s Black Central Area. We support a variety of enriching programs, across multiple disciplines, rooted in our mission and values.

Co-presented by Seattle Asian American Film Festival!

Co-presented by Seattle Asian American Film Festival!


The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length, short format, and animated films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. They are dedicated to sharing the arts and stories of Asian American communities.

FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • 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.

Films in this program:


(Mariam Ingrid Barry & Eva Anandi Brownstein, BC, 2021, 22 min, in English)
U.S. Premiere!

Cypher follows three Black artists working to empower youth of African descent in Vancouver, BC – a city known for its historical erasure of Black history and culture. Through urban agriculture, performance, and community conversations, Kor, Dae, and Alisha create spaces for youth to connect, co-inspire, and discuss the complexities of the Black experience.

Pam's Kitchen

(David Gwynn, WA, 2022, 20 min, in English)
West Coast Premiere!

A Trinidadian restaurant owner in Seattle battles mounting anxiety, racial tension, and financial insolvency to try and keep her community-oriented restaurant alive during COVID’s rise.

Trailer >

Diaspora Recipes

(Frances Grace Mortel, WA, 2022, 22 min, in English & Tagalog with English subtitles)
Seattle Premiere!

Diaspora Recipes takes a closer look at the intersections of food and identity. It follows two Asian women immigrants in Spokane, WA – Noreen Hiskey and Joan Pascua – as they talk about their journey into the United States, walk us through their passion for food and cuisines, and navigate the challenges of introducing recipes from their home country while integrating into their new home community.

Festival Directory

⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 25th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2022 program, which runs from September 16–25, 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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