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.
A coffee hang designed to offer a casual environment for budding filmmakers to converse with seasoned professional filmmakers.
Northwest Film Forum regularly partners with Earshot Jazz to present excellent films about the art of jazz.
Earshot Jazz Films
Hep Cats is an ode to the felines of the independent, radical, introspective, and somewhat strange world of art cinema.
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.
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
Submit your script, have it read by an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from actors and participants! FREE!
Open Script Read
Northwest Film Forum commissions musicians to create live scores for films of their choosing and perform them in our space.
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
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
We host filmmakers from around the world to show their work and meet local audiences.
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
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
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
Northwest Film Forum proudly presents the first Seattle retrospective of the work of Italian documentary director Gianfranco Rosi.
Gianfranco Rosi Retrospective
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
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
Italian Thrillers as Anti-Patriarchal Dream Agents
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