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Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

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GLAS presents: Animation Next

December 12, 2019 7:00 PM

GLAS Animation announces a new venture: ANIMATION NEXT, a collection of animated short films that will be released this fall in theaters across the US.
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Nocturnal Emissions: The Masque of the Red Death

December 12, 2019 7:30 PM

While the plague rages outside in the small Italian province, the Satan-worshipping prince stays confined to the sanctuary of his castle with his aristocratic guests. Inside, all is revelry and cruelty until, during the great masque which crowns the princes entertainment, the Red Death enters the dance and the guests succumb to the plague one by one. Based on the classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe.
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The Final Level: Escaping Rancala

December 13, 2019 3:00 PM - December 19, 2019 3:00 PM

When an arcade manager realizes her brother has been transported into a dangerous video game, she and her two best friends follow him into the virtual world, battling dangerous creatures and a warlord who will stop at nothing to keep them in the game and make them part of his army.
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BTS Stories: Thin Skin w/ Charles Mudede

December 13, 2019 6:00 PM

NWFFs BTS Storytelling series gives a first-look behind-the-scenes into the filmmaking process! Join writer-director Bao Tran of the feature film, The Paper Tigers, as he speaks to the challenges and victories associated with shooting a highly choreographed kung fu film on the streets of Seattles International District, and in various boxing and MMA gyms in the region!
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NWFF's 2019 Holiday Party: The Power Clash Bash

December 13, 2019 7:00 PM

Come to a wild rumpus at your favorite Forum to loosen up before the scourge of mandatory family merrymaking descends upon your calendar!
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Takeaways: Foley Sound

December 14, 2019 11:00 AM

In this workshop, students will learn how to create, record and edit foley sound effects for a short film.
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Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent

December 14, 2019 4:00 PM - December 22, 2019 7:30 PM

Filmed over the course of three years, this portrait of fashion colossus Yves Saint Laurents final show was suppressed right after its first and only public screening at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival. The film was blocked by YSLs business (and on-and-off romantic) partner Pierre Bergé, who objected to the couturiers portrayal as frail and not quite all there, and to his own depiction of being the behind the scenes mastermind. (The dynamic between the two is said to have inspired Paul Thomas Andersons depiction of Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manvilles characters in Phantom Thread.) Fortunately, Bergé relented in 2015 (he died in 2017), and thus Celebration is finally available. Director Olivier Meyrous film presents an opulent and immersive behind-the-scenes look at haute couture designer Yves Saint Laurents final show and is a priceless addition to our understanding of the man, the myth, la marque, that is Yves Saint Laurent.
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Everybody's Everything

December 14, 2019 6:30 PM

Creating a unique mix of punk, emo and trap, Lil Peep was set to bring a new musical genre to the mainstream when he died of a drug overdose at just 21 years old. From the streets of Long Beach and Los Angeles to studios in London and sold out tours in Russia, the artist born Gustav Ahr touched countless lives through his words, his sound and his very being.
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Mother (2009)

December 15, 2019 8:00 PM - December 18, 2019 7:00 PM

The eponymous Mother of Bong Joon Hos unique murder mystery is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded twenty-seven-year-old son, Do-joon. Often a source of anxiety to his mother, Do-joon behaves in foolish and simply dangerous ways. One night, while walking home drunk, he encounters a school girl who he follows for a while before she disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. An inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force result in a speedy conviction. His mother refuses to believe her beloved son is guilty and immediately undertakes her own investigation to find the girls killer. In her obsessive quest to clear her sons name, Mother steps into a world of chaos and plunges towards a shocking conclusion.
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Just Shoot It: Short Filmmaking in Seattle

December 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Local filmmakers from a variety of genres and styles share their work and discuss their experiences making shorts, music videos and commercials in Seattle; from building a community of collaborators to how theyve approached micro and larger budget projects. Well screen one project from each filmmaker, walk the audience through its production and the different approaches, and answer any questions. Supplementary materials (shot lists, story boards, production schedules, etc.) available to anyone interested in how to organize their projects.
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December 19, 2019 7:00 PM - December 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.
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Longest Night: Solstice Ceremony with NWFF, Dustin Wong & Modular Seattle

December 21, 2019 7:00 PM

Join NWFF, Modular Seattle, Dustin Wong, and a huge host of other artists and performers for 6+ hours of synths, video art, sound baths, dancing, and more!
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January 03, 2020 7:00 PM - January 05, 2020 7:00 PM

Franco Rossos incendiary Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but went unreleased in the U.S. for being too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension (Vivien Goldman, Time Out). Raw and smoldering, it follows a young dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) and shot by two-time Oscar® winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields) with beautifully smoky cinematography that has been compared to Taxi Driver, Babylon is fearless and unsentimental, yet tempered by the hazy bliss of the dancehall set to a blistering reggae and lovers rock soundtrack featuring Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.
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Midnight Family

January 03, 2020 7:30 PM - January 09, 2020 7:00 PM

In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care.
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Stage Russia HD Children of the Sun

January 05, 2020 4:00 PM

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorkys brilliant darkly comic Children of the Sun depicts the new middle-class, foolish, perhaps, but likable, as they flounder, philosophize, and yearn for meaning, all while being totally blind to their impending annihilation. Multi-award-winning director Timofey Kulyabins (Three Sisters, Onegin) modernized production, set in 1999 at Stanford University, focuses on the interplay between the characters, the relationships formed and broken, sparring over culture and the cosmos, barely sensing that their own privileged world is in jeopardy.
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Duet for Cannibals

January 08, 2020 7:30 PM - January 12, 2020 7:00 PM

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, the result of a Swedish studios invitation to her to make a film in Stockholm. The result, revolving around the quadrangular relationship between an arrogant ex-revolutionist German intellectual exile, his elegant wife, their Swedish student secretary, and the earnest secretarys bride-to-be, is a roundelay of partner-swapping that gradually drifts towards uncharted territory, gamesmanship that broaches the surreal and violent. Defying literal-minded interpretation, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontags criticism, and introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker.
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Literary Nerd Hour: Z-Sides Screening and Quiz Show

January 09, 2020 7:30 PM

This event is for wordsmiths who peruse their local book stores, the Jeopardy!-watching Seattleite who binges books like most folks binge Netflix series.
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Ten Percent Luck (January 2020)

January 10, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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At the Video Store

January 15, 2020 7:00 PM - January 16, 2020 7:30 PM

An underground community of lovable weirdos has preserved the endangered species of mom n pop video rental stores across the United States. Alans Alley in New York, Movie Madness in Portland, Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Le Video in San Francisco, Odd Obsession Movies in Chicago; each has stayed valiantly afloat amid the rising tide of automated rentals and streaming services. At the Video Store is a loving ode to the dying art of connection and curation these independent rental outlets served a generation of Americans.
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

January 17, 2020 7:00 PM - January 22, 2020 7:30 PM

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is a 96-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from this years Festival, widely considered the premier showcase for short films and the launchpad for many now-prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the Festival offers, from sharply-written comedy and drama to edgy genre and an intimate family saga.
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Chulas Fronteras

January 17, 2020 7:30 PM - January 19, 2020 7:30 PM

Chulas Fronteras is a zesty introduction to the music and culture of the Texas-Mexican border. From joyous, lively dance tunes to soulful, political work songs, musica Norteña fuses traditional Mexican harmonies with central European dancehall rhythms and a little something extra. Newly restored in 4K, Chulas Fronteras celebrates the famed Mexican-American musicians of the borderlands, the migrant farming communities from which they come, the strong family bonds of Tejanos, and the social protest ethos inscribed in their music. Blank & Strachwitzs film brims with tender affection for its subjects, the vitality of their marvelous music, and the generosity of spirit they show in the face of hardship.
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January 22, 2020 7:00 PM - January 25, 2020 7:00 PM

The new film by acclaimed artist and director Matthew Barney, creator of the CREMASTER Cycle and the film opera River of Fundament, unfolds as a series of hunts in the wilderness of Idahos Sawtooth Mountains. The characters communicate a mythological narrative through dance, letting movement replace language as they pursue each other and their prey.
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Always in Season

January 24, 2020 7:30 PM - January 26, 2020 7:00 PM

In the small town of Bladenboro, NC, seventeen-year-old Lennon Lacy, was found hanging from a swing set on August 29, 2014. Despite inconsistencies in the evidence, local officials quickly ruled Lennons death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes Lennon was lynched.
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Editing Workflows in Premiere

January 25, 2020 11:00 AM

The class will give participants the skills to confidently, efficiently and effectively edit client projects with the most up to date version of this software.
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Moving Stories: Documentary Filmmaking with Peter J. Vogt

January 29, 2020 6:30 PM

Technology has simplified the acquisition, editing and presentation of moving imagery. Unfortunately, beautiful imagery does not equal crisp storytelling. Moving Stories 2.5 will steer students toward the most common, simplest technology to tell great documentary stories. Yes, we are talking about cell phones and whatever else we can pull together. Focus will be on teamwork, hustle, experimentation, and a few simple production methods to generate great source material. Tutorials from old Seattle pros will cover production methods and editing strategies. Each student will finish a one to five minute piece by the end of the workshop.
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The Romanians: 30 Years of Cinema Revolution

January 30, 2020 7:30 PM

For its 2019 edition, Making Waves celebrated the 30 years since the Revolution of 1989 with a 30-film retrospective of Romanian Cinemas past 30 years: the largest Romanian film program presented in the U.S. to date. American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) and Making Waves New Romanian Cinema join Northwest Film Forum in bringing a selection of five films from this program to Seattle.
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Train of Life (Trenul vieii)

January 30, 2020 7:30 PM

The village fool of a small Jewish community warns his townsfolk that the Nazis are coming and suggests that they build a train so they can escape by deporting themselves. Some villagers are chosen to act as the Germans who will transport the rest to a concentration camp when in fact they are heading to Palestine via Russia.
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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

January 31, 2020 7:00 PM - February 06, 2020 7:00 PM

For over 30 years, Marion Stokes obsessively and privately recorded American television news twenty-four hours a day. A civil rights-era radical who became fabulously wealthy and reclusive later in life, her obsession started with the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979at the dawn of the twenty-four hour news cycle. It ended on December 14, 2012 as the Sandy Hook massacre played on television while Marion passed away. In between, Marion filled 70,000 VHS tapes, capturing revolutions, wars, triumphs, catastrophes, bloopers, talk shows and commercials that show us how television shaped the world of today and in the process tell us who we were.
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After Effects Essentials

February 01, 2020 11:00 AM

Get an introduction to Adobe After Effects, a powerful and essential tool for professional film and media editors.
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Visual Albums & Music Videos on a Guerilla Budget

February 01, 2020 11:00 AM

Conceive, develop and execute your own long-form narrative music video (popularly known as the visual album) on zero budget and limited resources.
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Filmmaking Fundamentals: Narrative (Winter 2020)

February 04, 2020 6:30 PM

This entry-level workshop will take place over 8 weeks and introduce students to the fundamentals of narrative filmmaking. Those with little to no experience are encouraged to join. This is not a sit-down, lecture-style class; students will collaborate with other classmates and learn by doing. By the end of the course, students will have experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process, from pre-production to post-production.
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Mickey and the Bear

February 05, 2020 7:30 PM - February 06, 2020 7:30 PM

Its April in Anaconda, Montana, and headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father (James Badge Dale) afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When Hanks controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence.
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Camera Operation and Techniques - Winter 2020

February 08, 2020 11:00 AM

This workshop will cover camera setup, operation, and DSLR functions. Youll learn about the artistic advantages of DSLR cameras, and what types of shoots would require a different camera.
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Ten Percent Luck (February 2020)

February 14, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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Pr0n 4 Freakz 2020

February 14, 2020 8:00 PM - October 24, 2020 8:00 PM

ScumTrust Productions is a collective of genderqueer and trans creators building mythologies that celebrate queer desire. We seek to embrace the surreal sensuality in kink and bdsm while building collaborative structure to honor the multiply marginalized artists and workers at the center of this process. ScumTrust celebrates the campy, the ritualistic, the grimey, the indulgent, the gritty parts of sex, life and pleasure.
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Intro to PA Work and Set Etiquette

February 15, 2020 10:00 AM

In this one-day workshop, students will learn how to be an effective production assistant. Learn about the different responsibilities of PAs, and vital etiquette for working on film sets.
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Lighting for Film and Media

February 15, 2020 11:00 AM

Learn and practice the lighting setups for interviews and portraits, get the most out of available lighting and resources to get a professional look.
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The Get Together (February 2020)

February 17, 2020 6:30 PM

Each installment of The Get Together will feature up to 20 minutes of short film programming from local makers, followed by a group discussion, critique, and networking session. Please submit your work via the form below, and films will be screened and chosen by NWFF staff before each session.
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Perfect Revolution

February 19, 2020 7:00 PM

A romantic film based on the true story of activist Kumashino Yoshihiko, who raises awareness of the sexuality of disabled people through lecturing and event activities. Perfect Revolution is written and directed by Junpei Matsumoto (Embers).
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The Great Communist Robbery (Marele jaf comunist)

February 20, 2020 7:30 PM

A strange robbery at the Romanian National Bank in 1959 triggered a massive police search. When the alleged burglars were caught and arrested, they reenacted their crime for a television film in which they played themselves. Although evidence suggests the criminals believed they would be spared the death sentence by appearing in the film, their reality was otherwise.
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Running a Green Production w/ Mischa Jakupcak

February 24, 2020 6:30 PM

Join filmmaker/producer Mischa Jakupcak for a discussion about green filmmaking, ways to save money, reuse, recycle and build a sustainable film community. Productions can be wasteful environments. Lets support each others efforts to live up to a new normal for productions in our region.
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CFFS 2020 Full Festival Pass

February 28, 2020 7:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to CFFS 2019 - Please note: Not valid for class registration.
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Producing for Film and Media

February 29, 2020 11:00 AM

Learn about producing for a client video, including pre-production, production and post production and what the producer does during each.
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Sounds Good

February 29, 2020 11:00 AM

Sounds Good covers the basics of production audio will leave participants with a deeper understanding of sound on set.
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Scriptwriting and Storyboarding - Winter 2020

March 07, 2020 11:00 AM

Learn professional scriptwriting format and structure, get an overview of current software options, and storyboarding techniques.
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Ten Percent Luck (March 2020)

March 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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The Seattle Process with Brett Hamil (March 2020)

March 13, 2020 8:00 PM

Seattles favorite crackpot leftist political comedy talk show returns to burrow into the psyche of a city under siege! Host Brett Hamil is joined by Politically Uninformed Sidekick Travis Vogt and Adult Nonbinary Intern Galaxy Marshall for an evening of explosive revelations, hilarious political commentary, and riveting conversation with special guests. Additional guest speakers to be announced!
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ByDesign 2020 Full Festival Pass

March 20, 2020 8:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to CFFS 2019 - Please note: Not valid for class registration.
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Ten Percent Luck (April 2020)

April 10, 2020 7:00 PM

Ten Percent Luck is a Seattle comedy showcase bringing stand-up and improv together under one roof. Each night features one of the citys top comics performing as a guest centerpiece for two community-beloved improv teams, each challenged to make up a hilarious show based on the stand-up set you just saw all on the spot. Hosted by Yeah Okay and partnering with some of the citys biggest names, this is a daring multilayered comedy show unlike any other.
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The Oak (Balana)

April 11, 2020 7:30 PM

The Oak is an absorbing, complicated black comedy about Romania at the end of the Ceauescu regime. A young schoolteacher named Nela embarks on a spiritual journey after the death of her father, a former government official, whose ashes she takes to toting in a coffee jar. On her wanderings through grotesque and often violent surroundings, she meets Mitic. The couple, like Tristan and Isolde at the gates of the Orient, cannot live out their love according to the rules. A series of events floods, pollution, Mitics arrest, military maneuvers and massacres split up our heroes, and reveal a context in which nothing works properly and everything seems to be falling apart.
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A Story From Ferentari (Soldaii. Poveste din Ferentari)

May 02, 2020 7:30 PM

An unexpected romance blossoms between two men amid a ramshackle Bucharest neighborhood in this tender, offbeat love story. When Adi, an anthropologist researching regional pop music, meets Alberto, a burly Roma ex-con, the two lonely souls enter into a relationship that tests the societal and moral taboos of their community.
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23rd Local Sightings Full Festival Pass

September 18, 2020 7:00 PM

Full Festival Pass to our 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival!
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122




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