Friday Harbor Film Festival

October 26, 27, 28, 2018
10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
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Each year since 2013, the Friday Harbor Film Festival, located on beautiful San Juan Island, Washington, invites dedicated and talented filmmakers to showcase their documentary films unique ability to:

  •      Entertain audiences through the art of compelling storytelling;
  •      Inspire audience members, as well as filmmakers, to be a force for positive change; 
  •      Enlighten all participants by conveying relevant information, creating awareness and expanding appreciation of our fragile planet, diverse cultures and those daring to explore new frontiers. 

The Film Festival will be hosted in five venues throughout the three days. Every venue is an easy walk from the WS Ferry Dock. All films are shown twice. There are also special events including the favorite: Filmmakers Forum.

The Opening Night Gala; is a special event for audience members to meet and celebrate all the selected Filmmakers. An extended trailer is shown that features a clip from each of the films. During the evening will also award the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award to someone in our who has made a significant contribution to bettering our global home and has made a long-term positive impact. This year Capt. Paul Watson co-founder of Greenpeace and Sea Shepard will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. We will follow with a screening of Chasing the Thunder is a high-seas documentary about the eco-warriors of Sea Shepherd as they engage on an epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the Thunder, a notorious poaching vessel. Wanted by Interpol and banned from fishing in the Antarctic, it had eluded capture for over a decade. 

The exceptional aspect of the FHFF is that each film screened hosts the filmmaker for Q & A. The Friday Harbor Film Festival is a real favorite of the filmmakers themselves, the accolades pour in after each event;  

“An eager, interested audience, one that I expect will grow as the exceptional nature of the festival becomes increasingly recognized”

In the insider world of festival gems, we filmmakers agree, It’s a rare beauty.”

“The level of professionalism exceeds many larger festivals we have been at. I really appreciated being able to provide Q&A and found the caliber of the questions from the audience to be both educated and thoughtful.”

Throughout the three days, the Audience is encouraged to vote for their favorite. The winners of each category and the overall favorite are announced Sunday evening, followed by a final screening of the Audience Favorite. Winning films are featured in the Best of the Fest series Jan.-May. 

During our Sunday night award ceremony, we will also award our Local Hero award to Alex Shapiro an accomplished local composer, who has made a significant contribution to our community, though her musical reflections inspired by our island home. She has been involved in composing music for two films we have screened; Shining Night and In Search of the Great Song.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival is 100% volunteer effort by a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers. All previously screened films are available to borrow to all Film Society members at our office at 10 First Street in Friday Harbor. (360) 298-1939  

Please check out the festival’s website for this year’s exciting line-up of films: More information email: [email protected] or phone (360) 298-1939.