Friday Harbor Film Festival 2017

November 3, 4 & 5
10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Admission Information:


This popular event features three full days of quality documentaries and docu-dramas, highlighting compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations. Each film will be followed by lively discussion with the filmmaker or a local expert. 

The Friday Harbor Film Festival celebrates documentary filmmakers who use their talents to create awareness, serving as a force for positive change.

Friday Harbor Film Festival is providing free weekend passes to all elementary, middle and high school students in Friday Harbor who want to attend. Any interested student may receive a free student wristband, which provides access to films shown during the festival. Elementary and Middle School students, accompanied by their parents/guardians, can pick up their wristbands at the Festival Office.

During the festival’s past four years, over half of the filmmakers whose documentaries were screened came to Friday Harbor from across the globe. Our celebration of the filmmakers, as well as our focus on the conversations that their films evoke, distinguish this festival. We provide not only an opportunity to experience great stories that are told well, but also to engage with others in meaningful discussions at the conclusion of each film. In this way, we are successful in connecting the audience directly with both the stories and the festival’s core mission, which is 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; 

Encourage students to participate in the Young Filmmakers Project to learn the art of storytelling through film.

Please check out the festival’s website for this year’s exciting line-up of films: More information contact the festival’s Managing Director, Jessica Lansfield at [email protected] or (360) 298-1939.