Film Production at Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum directly supports the creation of new work of filmmakers from Washington State and beyond, with cash, grant programs, and opportunities for visiting artists. We support over 80 films a year by our 300 members through our filmmaking programs.




Local Sightings 2015: Call for Submissions

Northwest Film Forum is now accepting submissions from Northwest-based filmmakers for the 18th Local Sightings film festival in autumn 2015.         

Learn more about the festival and submit here>>



Signature Shorts

Signature Shorts is a program at Northwest Film Forum that commissions two short films, from one to three minutes in length, by two regional filmmakers. The content of the films are at the discretion of the artists and vary from animation to live action. NWFF  finishes the movies as 35mm prints so they can be shown in commercial theaters at no charge to the venue. Independent theaters from around the state commit to screening the shorts before feature films, allowing them to reach a broader, more diverse audience than  most shorts ever would.


Start to Finish

Beginning in 1998, Start-to-Finish was the Film Forum's major vehicle for helping individual film projects get launched and into the world. Projects supported include Police Beat, Buffalo Bill's Defunct, and The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. In each case, these were the first feature films and in each case Northwest Film Forum played the pivotal role in the films' production.