Catch hundreds of premieres, screenings and events with emerging and established filmmakers and artists. Beyond film screenings, our theater screens are canvases for a range of cinematic and civic experiments.
Northwest Film Forum welcomes The Disabled List, a Seattle-based troupe of comedians with disabilities led by Kayla Brown and Dan Hurwitz, for an every-other-month standup showcase!
The Disabled List
From the unforgettable collaborative legacy of director Robert Altman and iconic screen presence Shelley Duvall, Cris and Cole have selected a quartet of favorites.
Submit your script, have it read by an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from actors and participants! FREE!
This exciting program exemplifies how Native American and indigenous filmmakers are at the forefront of the industry, challenging long established cultural attitudes towards indigenous culture.
Much more than a movie theater, the Forum is a versatile home for artistic performance and public discussion. The theater transforms into a stage for live music, talk shows, game shows, multidisciplinary performance and more.
Your favorite cult and camp cinema classics, hosted by Monday Mourning!
Moving Image Preservation of the Puget Sound (MIPoPS) presents an archival screening night of videotape digitized by local heritage institutions
Jazz films, music documentaries, and concert classics are staples here at the Forum.
Music in Motion
Northwest Film Forum commissions musicians to create live scores for films of their choosing and perform them in our space.
NWFF champions dance films and interdisciplinary dance programs, offering space for artists working across movement disciplines to take over the stage and screen.
As a champion and curator of independent stories, the Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive.
Sundance at NWFF
Unstreamable curates weird, horny, forgotten cinema that, for one reason or another, is unavailable on any US streaming service.
We host filmmakers from around the world to show their work and meet local audiences.
Make Believe Seattle is devoted to re-appraising 80's and 90's cult cinema and introducing a new generation to forgotten classics.
Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Wednesdays
1968: Revolution. Calls for change across the world. Experience the many aspects of this period of global upheaval through cinema.
1968: Expressions of a Flame
A collection of rare films from mid-'70s Mexico that straddle personal and social issues, from tense family dynamics and the trials of adolescence to censorship of indigenous communities.
Cine Mexicano: ’70s Art House
A coffee hang designed to offer a casual environment for budding filmmakers to converse with seasoned professional filmmakers.
Dystopia on Our Doorstep contemplates the proximity of a dystopian future to the daily experience of digital deluges, ruptured nation-states, and harsh environmental conditions (both climate and economic) in most modern lives.
Dystopia On Our Doorstep
Northwest Film Forum regularly partners with Earshot Jazz to present excellent films about the art of jazz.
Earshot Jazz Films
A series of San Fran favorites programmed by local Art Director Erin O. Kay! Erin won a summer series at auction during NWFF's 2019 gala.
Erin O. Kay’s Fog City Cinema
A curated selection of six debuts and one sophomore feature that exemplify the best from an exciting new generation of Canadian independent cinema.
Future//Present: Canada’s New Wave
GERMAN CINEMA NOW!, a celebration of the bold, new, and fantastic in German and transnational cinema, is a monthly film series presented by Goethe Pop Up Seattle. In 2022, GCN! invites viewers to look closely at the countless dynamic processes beneath the surface of the ordinary.
GERMAN CINEMA NOW!
Northwest Film Forum proudly presents the first Seattle retrospective of the work of Italian documentary director Gianfranco Rosi.
Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective
Hep Cats is an ode to the felines of the independent, radical, introspective, and somewhat strange world of art cinema.
Eight films that exemplify the ethical and conceptual boldness of autobiographical “family” filmmaking as it originally developed in the '70s.
Home Movies: Filmmakers Document Their Families
A series presented in partnership between Henry Art Gallery, ByDesign Festival, Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and Black Cinema Collective.
In Plain Sight Film Series [Online]
Four Seattle art house theatres unite to present a retrospective that spans the career of the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
Grab your logs and roll them over to Northwest Film Forum for a series of Finnish lumberjack films!
Lumberjacks and Logrollers: Icons of Finnish Cinema
With the premiere of his new data-driven cinematic storytelling experiment, Guy Maddin joins us to present some of the Forum’s favorites from his filmography!
This spine-tingling, bloodcurdling series celebrates diversity in horror film with four classics of shiver-and-shudder cinema.
Films from the '80s and '90s that speculate about the emerging relationship between humankind, machine, and information.
Paranoid Data: Pre-Millennium Tension in Film
Writers share poetry in their native languages at quarterly bilingual poetry readings, co-curated by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna.
Poetry in Translation
As prescient and powerful as when they were made, these four radical Nixon-era films examine the present through the eyes of the very near future.
Post-’68 Apocalypse: Four Radical Visions
A series of informal Zoom conversations about how artists and arts administrators are learning to grapple with public art, social practice, and performance in the context of digital space and real-life limitations.
Public Art in Private Space: Panel Discussions [Online]
Queer Cinema from Germany serves as an introduction to the multiplicity of stories at the heart of contemporary LGBTQ+ films.
Queer Cinema from Germany
Some of the most memorably oozy, insidious threats in horror history turn small-town, straight-laced America inside out and upside down.
Schlock and Awe: Reagan-Era Horror
NWFF staff members select and introduce personal favorites for the public, each themed to the season we schedule it in.
Seasonal Staff Picks
Westerns meet wuxia in these hyper-dramatic, inhumanly acrobatic tales of heroes, heroines, honor and hedonism from the 1966–1972 period of the Shaw Brothers Studio catalogue.
Simone Pin Productions is a women of color owned production company dedicated to captivating audiences with thought provoking performances, diverse cast, sex appeal and editorial aesthetics through technical burlesque.
Simone Pin Productions
Presented by Northwest Film Forum & North Bend Film Festival
Something Strange Film Series
To celebrate the (near) end of perpetual clouds and rain, join us in April 2023 for a weekly series of films by Jacques Demy!
Springtime with Jacques
Seattle-based storyteller, comedian and weirdo Emmett Montgomery hosts a roughly monthly storytellers' livestream
Strange Storytelling Hour
Italian Thrillers as Anti-Patriarchal Dream Agents
Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof.
Ten Percent Luck
The Seventh Art Stand is an ongoing act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia and the Muslim Ban, which initially began in May 2017.
The Seventh Art Stand
Celebrating the 30 years since the Revolution of 1989 with a retrospective Romanian Cinema series.
The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution
Virtual arts series to promote the opening of 2020's new AIDS Memorial Pathway, The AMP, at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Light Rail Station / Cal Anderson Park.
To Remember: The AMP Virtual Arts Series
This series of documentary films, culled from across the globe, explores the fluidly adaptive strategies of new work in the documentary medium.
Veracity: New Documentary Cinema
This film series takes the marked gender gap in Icelandic filmmaking statistics as a starting point from which to highlight works by some of Iceland’s finest women directors.
Áberandi og bitastæðar: Women in Icelandic Cinema
A brand new film and readings show centered on Seattle’s wonderful literary community.