Local Sightings 2022 – Best Self [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 16–25

Watch in person: Sep. 18 at 4:30pm

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.


Self-discovery is never easy, but the search for self can always introduce you to new friends and unexpected sources of empowerment. If you’re in need of a confidence boost, these sweet, humorous shorts are a reminder that our best selves are always inside of us.

Header photo credit: Untwined, dir. Joshua Kong


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:

The Apricots – "You"

(Kanani Koster & Janie Faison, OR, 2022, 5 min, in English)

A surreal, plantastic femme dream.


(Kristine Ponten, WA, 2022, 7 min, in English)
World Premiere!

Convinced it grants him special powers, a lovelorn young man resorts to dressing up as a teddy bear mascot on all of his dates.

The Bench

(Ivy Bona, WA, 2021, 11 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

Three women from different worlds meet unexpectedly at a park bench and share their stories and hardships, connect, and support one another in a brief but influential moment before continuing on their way.

Well Actually

(Vlada Knowlton, WA, 2022, 9 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

A Black woman software engineer deals with workplace microaggressions from her male colleagues.

Trailer >

Holly Go Lightly

(Ryan Cannon, ID, 2021, 17 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

A bookbinder with troubles of her own mistakenly receives a voice message from a woman trying to reach her therapist.


(Joshua Kong, WA, 2022, 6 min, in English)
World Premiere!

Untwined is a dance film highlighting the transformative choreography of Bennyroyce Royon alongside four students with no formal dance training, who struggle with daily insecurities until they are transformed by the healing force of a Banyan tree. Individually and collectively weaving through pain, self-doubt, and inner conflicts, they arrive at their own growth and connectivity.


(Christy Anna Wu, WA, 2021, 5 min, in English & Vietnamese with English subtitles)

A young college student flubs an audition, but finds solace in her solitude.

Wheels De Amor

(Jana Bolotin, WA, 2021, 7 min, in English)

Michelle, a young navy veteran, discovered the poppin’ skate community of Seattle and in turn found love for herself again.

Trailer >

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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