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Call for Entries


The 20th Local Sightings Film Festival Call for Entries is Now Open! - Deadline: June 13th, 2017

Northwest Film Forum is now accepting entries for the 20th Local Sightings Film Festival (September 22 – 30, 2017).

Every year, Local Sightings showcases the films and filmmakers of the Pacific Northwest. All types of moving image media are eligible; projects must be finished within the last 18 months, and the filmmaker(s) must be based in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, or the Yukon Territories. The 20th edition will feature special events and retrospectives celebrating the last 20 years of Pacific Northwest film. 
The 2016 edition of the festival featured 100 Pacific Northwest films, web series, music videos, and VR projects. 50% of the films in the program were made by women.
Local Sightings is programmed via a competitive selection process, and Northwest Film Forum awards juried prizes at the festival to local filmmakers, that include cash grants, additional screening opportunities and in-kind post-production services and gear access.
Festival film submission forms must be completed online; the submission fee is $15, and film submissions are due by June 13th.
Find out more about Northwest Film Forum, Local Sightings, and how to submit at

Outsider Films Fellowship - Deadline: March 20, 2017


A two-week residency for 2-4 documentary filmmakers to explore the contemporary relationship between city and country. Residency includes housing in the Methow Valley of Washington for six days in April and six days in October 2017. Exact dates dependent upon fellows’ availability. Fellows will also receive instruction from experienced documentary pros, and assistance in production from start to finish. Finished work will be shown at Northwest Film Forum. 

For whom:

Applicants will be accepted on the quality of their finished work and perceived depth of a filmmaker’s understanding of the collaborative process. A computer and advanced knowledge of an editing platform are required of each applicant.

By whom:

The course is designed and organized by Peter J. Vogt, longtime documentary filmmaker and board president of Northwest Film Forum. Other quality human beings and masters of their craft will duck in and out of the program, leaving fellows moved and inspired.

Fellowship does not cover expenses. We will provide as much equipment as possible. 


Apply to [email protected] by March 20th with a short bio and explanation of why the fellowship appeals to you. A request for work samples will follow.