🌞💃 2021 Sundance Film Festival Announces National Screening Partners, Including Northwest Film Forum 💃🌞

December 2, 2020

2021 Sundance Film Festival Will Meet Audiences Where They Are

Festival Offers Robust Online Platform and Announces Screening Partnerships with Independent Cinemas and Cultural Organizations, Including Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

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Double Your Donation on #GivingTuesday 🌟 Matching Funds Support NWFF’s Inclusive Workshops, Mentorships & On-Set Job Trainings

December 1, 2020

This #GivingTuesday, a generous donor has contributed MATCHING FUNDS for up to $3k! Any donation you make will be doubled and go towards NWFF’s workshops, mentorships, and on-set job training for emerging filmmakers who have historically been underrepresented in front of and behind the camera. We do this work using a multi-tier approach:


Our product…

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Announcing A NEW NAME & RENEWED FOCUS FOR RG PRO! Reel Grrls Pro is Now Remove the Gap Productions 🌟 Support NWFF’s Renewed Film Apprenticeship Program for #GivingTuesday

November 24, 2020

Since the shuttering of Reel Grrls in 2019, NWFF has been honored to carry on their legacy as the new stewards of Reel Grrls Productions (RG Pro) — a full-scale production company that includes an apprenticeship program for emerging filmmakers. Reel Grrls had a profound impact on local film for 19 years, shaping generations of creators while making the industry more accessible and hospitable, particularly for those identifying as women or nonbinary.

Today, RG Pro moves to official…

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From “Safe Space” to “Safe House” 💞 A Letter from NWFF’s Executive Director

November 16, 2020

Dearest Forum Friend,

As we enter the end of this historic year, focusing on the negative is altogether too easy. Allow me to shift the focus onto something positive for just a moment.

2020 is a year that has exposed structures of systemic inequality while simultaneously illuminating pathways forward,  towards authentic change. Turbulent social and personal transformations have galvanized a broad constituency of allies and alliances to work together in ways never seen bef…

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Northwest Film Forum Joins Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program – Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding to Provide $70,000 for Artists in Unincorporated and Incorporated King County

November 11, 2020

November 11, 2020 – With their newly established Collective Power Fund, Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) is one of the newest nonprofit visual art centers to join The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program. A national initiative established in 2007, the Regional Regranting Program recognizes and supports the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes that lie beyond the reach of traditiona…

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Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant Awarded to Miami-Based Caribbean-American Filmaker Keisha Rae Witherspoon

October 28, 2020


This year, to honor the legacy of beloved filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Northwest Film Forum and Duplass Brothers Productions launched the Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant. This $25,000 unrestricted cash grant is modeled after Shelton’s own history in the film industry, supporting a woman or non-binary US-based filmmaker, age 39 or older, who has yet to direct a narrative …

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THE WORLD IS BRIGHT named Best Feature Film of Local Sightings Film Festival

October 6, 2020

Plus: best short films in Documentary, Feature, Animation, Experimental & Social Impact categories


Northwest Film Forum’s 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 18–27, 2020) wrapped its first-ever virtual installment, showcasing over 135 films to 1,200 festivalgoers from throughout the United States and Canada. Local Sightings is one of few regional festivals of its kind, which champions emerging and establishe…

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Local Sightings Film Festival 2020 Goes Virtual – September 18-27

August 31, 2020

10 Days of Films and Special Events Championing Pacific Northwest Film & Media Makers

The ever fluid Local Sightings Film Fest has been adapted for the web this year! Though we’ll miss the lobby hubbub and hobnob, we’re excited to extend this showcase of Pacific Northwest media-making talent beyond the bounds of our physical space.

Our 2020 program invited artists in the region to get creative (and a little destructive) with popular conceptions o…

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Malaya Movement Seattle Chapter joins NWFF in Co-Presenting “A Thousand Cuts”

August 3, 2020


We are encouraged by Northwest Film Forum’s presentation of Ramona S. Diaz’s A Thousand Cuts. This important documentary spans the important and courageous work of Maria Ressa, a Filipina journalist who has challenged the violent Duterte administration’s ruthless “war on drugs.”

In his fourth year of office, Duterte’s authoritarian rule has eroded the sovereignty and democracy of the Phil…

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Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant Launches to Benefit Women and Non-Binary Filmmakers Age 39+

July 14, 2020

SEATTLE, WA (JULY 14th, 2020) — To honor the legacy of beloved filmmaker Lynn Shelton, Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, alongside Duplass Brothers Productions, are launching the Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant. The $25,000 unrestricted cash grant will be awarded each year to a woman or non-binary U.S. filmmaker, age 39 or older, who has yet to direct a narrative feature.

Shelton often spoke of feeling inspired after seeing filmmaker Claire Denis speak at Northwest Film Forum and …

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