Friday Harbor Film Festival's Seventh Season

October 25-27, 2019, plus October 24, 2019 (additional student film screenings)
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission Information:

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The exciting seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival, to be held October 25-27, 2019 on San Juan Island, will screen 31 new documentary films, 23 short films, and a selection of films produced by student filmmakers.  Films will be shown in six venues, all within an easy walk from the ferry landing, airport, and port. 

Kenmore Air Offers Discounts to Fly to Friday Harbor Film Festival. Kenmore Air, the official airline of the Friday Harbor Film Festival, is offering a 10% discount on flights between Seattle and Friday Harbor from October 24 – 28. Flights eligible for this offer include seaplane trips between Lake Union and Friday Harbor Marina, as well as landplane flights between Boeing Field and Friday Harbor Airport.  Full details and reservations are available on their website at  To obtain the discount, enter the promo code FHFF2019 when booking online or by phone when calling 866-435-9524. Kenmore Air has been a Festival sponsor since its inception in 2013, providing transportation to filmmakers and film enthusiasts.

Each year the Festival invites dedicated, talented filmmakers to showcase their documentary films’ unique ability to entertain, inspire, and enlighten audiences while encouraging students to learn the art of storytelling through film.

The Opening Night Filmmakers Gala is a special event for audience members to meet and celebrate the filmmakers. The evening includes an extended trailer, featuring a clip from each of the films being shown. Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud and excited to announce that the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his outstanding contributions to the art of documentary filmmaking, television, and media.  The award presentation, to be held during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala on October 25 at San Juan Community Theatre, will honor Allen’s legacy by screening Vulcan Productions’ tribute reel entitled A Tribute to Paul G. Allen’s Contributions in Film, TV, and Media.

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to announce that Joe Gaydos will be the honored recipient of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society. The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan Islands who has made outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, health, or the environment. Gaydos will receive his award during the Festival’s Audience Choice Awards program on October 27 at the San Juan Community Theatre.

At the relaxed, informal Filmmakers’ Forum held on Saturday morning, audience members have the opportunity to learn about the art of filmmaking -- how films are planned, filmed, and produced – from the people who made this year’s films.  Visiting filmmakers will participate in a lively discussion of their experiences creating the fabulous documentaries being screened at the Festival.  Audience members will be welcome to enter the conversation, asking questions or offering comments. 

Throughout the three days, the audience is encouraged to vote for their favorite films. The winners of each category and the overall favorite are announced Sunday evening during the Audience Choice Awards, followed by a final screening of the Audience Favorite. In addition, the Local Hero Award is presented to a present or former resident of the San Juan Islands who has made outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, health, or the environment; and the László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award honors a promising young filmmaker, whose winning film will be screened. 

One exceptional aspect of the FHFF is that each film screened hosts the filmmaker for a Q & A. The Festival is a real favorite of the filmmakers themselves. 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.”

It takes a small village to produce the Festival, which depends on the dedication of a group of extremely committed friends and neighbors who devote their time and energy to the event. They believe in the importance of conveying important and meaningful stories through film, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves. 

The 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival program is available at the FHFF office (10 First St., Friday Harbor) and on the Washington State ferries.  Tickets are available at

Please support the Festival by buying a FHFF Patron Pass ($500 + $26 processing fee), which enables a tax-deductible donation of $300 to help support the Festival and provides access to all special events plus a guaranteed seat for any screening, up to 10 minutes before showtime. BUY A PATRON PASS NOW

Come be a part of this extraordinary Festival in October, and if you don’t already live on scenic San Juan Island, plan to spend a few extra days here enjoying the unique charms of this very special place!