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.
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.
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!
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
This spine-tingling, bloodcurdling series celebrates diversity in horror film with four classics of shiver-and-shudder cinema.
Submit your script, have it read by an ensemble of professional actors, and get feedback from actors and participants! FREE!
Open Script Read
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
Northwest Film Forum commissions musicians to create live scores for films of their choosing and perform them in our space.
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
Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof.
Ten Percent Luck
We host filmmakers from around the world to show their work and meet local audiences.
A brand new film and readings show centered on Seattle’s wonderful literary community.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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