Local Sightings 2022 – Our Family [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 16–25

Watch in person: Sep. 17 at 4pm

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.


Remember your roots with these affectionate, heartstring-pulling shorts about families of all kinds, blemishes and all. Featuring home movies and oral histories, in documentary as well as narrative films.

Header photo credit: Blue Garden, dir. Natalie Murao


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:


(Peter CS Lee, BC, 2022, 12 min, in English)

Cradling his newborn son in his home, Andrew is confronted by his father, causing him to relive moments of trauma from his upbringing. Revisiting cruel lessons from his teenage years on avoiding cigarettes, respecting elders, and controlling emotions, Andrew questions his ability to raise his own son.


(Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto, BC, 2021, 9 min, in Indonesian)
Seattle Premiere!

A modern retelling of an Indonesian myth of the same name. Following her father’s death that took a toll on the family’s income, teenage Anjani struggles to regain control as her mother tries to sell the house, which doubled as her father’s puppetry studio. Little did she know that he has been teaching her the ways of a shadow puppeteer in private, as women are not allowed to practice it. When she returns to the puppets, Anjani is able to reconvene with her father’s spirit, learning one final lesson through the art-form before she sets out to realize her own future – becoming a modern Srikandi.

Trailer >

the fix

(Emilio Miguel Torres, WA, 2022, 11 min, in English)
West Coast Premiere!

A less than ideal arrangement turns unexpectedly healing when a working, single mother is forced to call her absent father for a last minute babysitting request.


(Sarah Sherman, OR, 2021, 8 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

Every September, sisters Alice and Maggie visit the site of their father’s ashes. An old boyfriend’s presence complicates their individual grieving processes.

Moving On

(Kevin Leung, WA, 2022, 5 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

A human story about overcoming loss set in an Asian American backdrop.

Blue Garden

(Natalie Murao, BC, 2022, 5 min, in English, Japanese)
World Premiere!

Through the story of a Japanese-Canadian fisherman’s internment during WW2, Blue Garden explores how unspoken family histories can cause trauma to fester over generations. By the same token, the telling of those histories through the participatory process of documentary filmmaking can be an intergenerational healing process with the power to reconcile deep grief.

Trailer >

The Diaper Cake

(Anastasia Babenko, WA, 2022, 18 min, in Ukrainian with English subtitles)
Seattle Premiere!

Lena and Vitya, two Ukrainian kids in their early 20s, now have a kid of their own. In a tiny hospital room, they have no choice but to grow up.

Trailer >

One Drift and We All Go Home

(Thom Hilton, OR, 2021, 14 min, in English)
Seattle Premiere!

Kenai, Alaska. July 1998. Commercial fishing has been closed for nine days. Dozens of workers have lost nearly an entire year’s income waiting for regulations to lift… all while a nearby tourist spot teems with joyfully unregulated sportfishermen.

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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