Local Sightings 2023 – Well, Sh*t [Hybrid]

Watch online: Sep. 15–24

Watch in person: Sep. 17 at 7:30pm & Sep. 21 at 7pm

In-person tickets >

$14 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.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

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 maria@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.


(58 min TRT)

These uproarious shorts feature characters plunged into a range of sticky situations, from a pool-game-gone-wrong to a dinner-party-gone-weird. Get ready to dive headfirst into the absurd!

Header photo credit: Swamp Ass, dir. Katrina Vergara


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:

Swamp Ass

(Katrina Vergara, 2023, Seattle, WA, 5 min, in English) West coast premiere!

A woman gets more than a confidence boost after buying a pair of influencer-approved pants. Trailer >


(Zack Bastinelli, Hillsboro, OR, 2023, 3 min, in English) Seattle premiere!

A dull pool game goes wrong when a girl walks into the room.

Piece of the Apocalypse

(Brennan L. Henderson, Vancouver, BC, 2023, 6 min, in English) U.S. premiere!

Two theatre students argue over one missing their performance of Waiting for Godot in order to attend an end of the world rave, only to be interrupted by the actual apocalypse.


(Kyle Roy, Yakima, WA, 2022, 22 min, in English) Seattle premiere!

After discovering his roommate; Nick is a blood-sucking vampire, an apprehensive Jack struggles to come to terms with the true nature of his best friend, all while helping dispose of his most recent victim.


(Jack E.K. Collier, Shoreline, WA, 2022, 4 min, in English)

An aspiring artist attempts to sketch her boyfriend only to find that dissatisfaction in her own work does more harm than good.

Friend’s Best Friend

(Samuel Chudler & Tommy Heffernan, Seattle, WA, 2022, 7 min, in English) Seattle premiere!

A group of friends reunite for dinner, only to discover that one of them is holding a secret.


(Sonya Chwyl & Anik Desmarais-Spencer, Victoria, BC, 2023, 11 min, in English) U.S. premiere!

After she is evicted from her basement suite apartment, Laura struggles to find a place to live—until she stumbles onto a horrifying opportunity that may just work to her advantage.

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 26th Annual Local Sightings Film Festival is a virtual-and-in-person showcase of creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2023 program, which runs from September 15–24, 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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