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Sundance Artist Services Workshop

Sponsored by Washington Filmworks and World Famous

Oct 01

On the closing day of this year's Local Sightings Festival (Oct. 1), Film Forum will host the first-ever Sundance Institute Artist Services workshop in Seattle! The Artist Services workshop is a day-long event for filmmakers focusing on the most important topics in creative distribution, funding and marketing.



The 19th Local Sightings Film Festival

Sep 22 - Oct 01

Local Sightings Film Festival is Northwest Film Forum's annual showcase of new films from the Northwest that puts homegrown talent in front of Seattle audiences and connects artists from Alaska to Oregon in a ten-day celebration of film from the region. The only festival dedicated to films from the region in Seattle, the festival features new films, parties, juried prizes and film conversation.



Open Screenings at the Film Forum


Feb 09 - Dec 05

Are you a local filmmaker looking to share your work? Seeking feedback on your film? Want to see what other people are currently working on? Come join us for our monthly opening screening! Hang out with new and established filmmakers and experience films being made right here in our community.



Moving History: An Archival Screening Night

Oct 05

To celebrate American Archives Month, archives from the Seattle area are coming together to share rarely seen gems from their moving image collections. This screening will include selections from the Seattle Mime Theatre, Wing Luke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle Municipal Archives, King County Archives, and the Archives of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.



MEMORY Presents: Program No. 2

Free event! Curators in attendance!
RSVP here

Oct 06

The MEMORY presents: Program Series is a traveling short film series curated by MEMORY, with the goal of bringing exciting, emerging filmmakers to new audiences. This year's MEMORY Presents brings audiences a second program of short films by Romain Gavras, Elizabeth Lo, Zia Anger, Janicza Bravo, and more!



Desert Cathedral

Oct 06

(Travis GutiƩrrez Senger, US, 2016, 85 min)

Utilizing actual found footage, Desert Cathedral tells the story of a broken real estate developer, Peter Collins, who mysteriously disappears into the Southwest in 1992. He leaves behind a series of VHS tapes to his employer and family.



The Misplaced World (Die abhandene Welt)

Join us in the Forum lobby after the show for the opening night party!

Oct 07

(Margarethe von Trotta, Germany, 2015, 101 min, in German with English subtitles)

Paul Kromberger’s discovery of a photo of US opera diva Caterina Fabiani that looks strikingly like his dead wife triggers a wave of unease in his family. His daughter travels to America in search of clarity about the Kromberger-Fabiani mystery.



Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 



Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!




Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.