ByDesign Festival 2020 is Going ONLINE!!

March 16, 2020

Northwest Film Forum’s physical space is closed temporarily in light of public health concerns and COVID-19, but ART offers hope, and it must endure, especially in times of difficulty. Despite the closure, we believe it is important to design adaptable solutions to continue building community, fostering dialogue, offering education, and furthering our increasingly vital mission. ByDesign’s streaming program will be posted at a…

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Ongoing NWFF Updates Around COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Dear Northwest Film Forum Community,

In light of ever-changing circumstances around COVID-19, and in our best attempts to be responsive to community and public health needs, NWFF will temporarily be closing our physical space to public events.

This decision does not come lightly. The detrimental impacts of COVID-19 are massive, with a disproportionate impact on small businesses, nonprofits, students, artists, gig workers, and many other marginalized groups who lack strong social safety net…

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20th Annual ByDesign Festival: March 18-22, 2020 Presented in Partnership with Design in Public

March 2, 2020

The 20th edition of Northwest Film Forum’s (NWFF) annual ByDesign Festival ( is curated in close partnership with Design in Public (DiP), a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle dedicated to unleashing the design thinker in everyone. The festival integrates NWFF and DiP’s core missions and visions, by focusing on societal growth and community-building—as viewed through the lens of design-…

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Cadence 2020 Artist-in-Residence call for applications

January 31, 2020

Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) will select an artist or artist team of two to develop a new video poem for inclusion in Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, April 15–17, 2020. The selected artist(s) will have access to NWFF’s film equipment and edit lab, as well as an opportunity to participate in a scheduled workshop to develop or supplement their filmmaking and/or editi…

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Managing Director Chris Day reflects on nearly a decade of working at NWFF

January 9, 2020

I have been in Seattle for a little over ten years now, and it’s safe to say that Northwest Film Forum has been the defining voice of this city for me. In early 2011, the Forum quickly became my home away from home when I began volunteering at the box office during Children’s Film Festival. Once I became a regular on Monday nights, I found my people: the weirdos, the effortlessly artistic, and the defiantly independent.

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Celebration Film Review: The Paradoxical Relation of Couture to Time

December 16, 2019

The cinematography, particularly in the black and white archival footage, evokes the warm and diffuse grey palette of some French New Wave films. By juxtaposing the footage of Saint-Laurent’s last years against the modern shows being prepared in the same corridors, the film celebrates not only Yves Saint-Laurent the man, but more pointedly, Yves Saint-Laurent as a generational dynasty and a name recognized in general conversation.

There is something about the pageantry of rarefied European …

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In My Room reviewed: Visceral Physicality and Troubled Silences

November 26, 2019

With his long, static takes and general lack of non-diegetic music, director Ulrich Köhler conjures a world of troubled silences and stoic, deliberate movements in his droll, minimalistic survival drama, In My Room. In My Room is the story of a man who awakens from his dull, quotidian life to discover the earth is suddenly uninhabited, and must abruptly face the full weight of complete self-reliance.

Our protagonist Armin is shown livi…

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