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Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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In-person screening at NWFF:
Sep. 20 at 7pm PT

To accommodate evolving public health recommendations regarding COVID-19, we are adopting a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival model for 2021. VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available here.

Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forums box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, well be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

*** Public safety notice ***

NWFF patrons will be required to wear face coverings while in the building. To be admitted, patrons ages 12+ will also be required to present EITHER proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered within the last 48 hours by an official testing facility.

NWFF is adapting to evolving recommendations to protect the public from COVID-19. Read more about their policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations at bit.ly/nwffcovidsafety

We reserve the option to shift the festival to virtual-only on short notice.

Festival - Local Sightings Film Festival 2021: Short Film Programs

Intergenerational stories of immigrant and Indigenous communities are captured across this series of deeply personal portraits. Whether migrating across borders in search of new opportunities or experiencing displacement and erasure within Native lands, the concept of home can sometimes feel complex and contentious.

In this program:
Ox Year
A woman sips tea quietly until calamity strikes.

(Jocelyn R.C., US, 2021, 1 min)

Joe Buffalo
Seattle Premiere!

Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboard legend and survivor of Canadas notorious Indian Residential School system. With a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction behind him, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.

(Amar Chebib, Canada, 2021, 16 min)

Faces, Displays, and Other Imaginary Things
Seattle Premiere!

An evocative exploration of Indigenous labor in Oregon through maps, physical landscapes, and recovered archival material.

(Woodrow Hunt, US, 2020, 10 min)

Seattle Premiere!

The director explores Hawaiian identity and their fraught relationship to the mainland in this intimate, raw conversation with their mother.

(Haaheo Auwae-Dekker, US, 2021, 7 min)

$hithole Paradise
World Premiere!

A dreamy, darkly ironic portrait of Honolulus Waikiki strip, a crowded tourist spot with an under-acknowledged Indigenous history.

(Melina Kiyomi Coumas, US, 2020, 3 min)

Kalíngà (Care)
Seattle Premiere!

Stories of the sacrifice, resilience, and impossible choices of Filipina caregivers in Vancouver, who often leave their families in search of financial independence.

(Kent Donguines, Canada, 2020, 29 min)

La Tienda (The Shop)
Seattle Premiere!

Two Chilean printers, now based in Portland, share their journey to create bilingual art that intertwines social justice with the craft of letterpress printing.

(Karina Lomelin Ripper, US, 2020, 7 min)


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States





Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum's ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject! If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Executive Director Vivian Hua at vivian@nwfilmforum.org

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