Orcas Island Film Festival

A world of award-winning motion pictures in one of the most picturesque places in the world!

The Orcas Island Film Festival dates for this year are Oct. 10-14, 2019.  The festival takes place over five days and three venues with an impressive lineup of over 35 brand new international films representing 21 countries.   Many of these films make their Northwest Debut (directly from Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, NYFF, Sundance) and are curated with equality shown by women filmmakers.

Films at the Orcas Island Film Festival are, "the crème de la crème of the first-tier festival circuit," says Charles Mudede, Film/Art critic from The Stranger.  OIFF celebrated it's fifth year last year and  films shown through these years have garnered a total of 51 nominations and 9 Oscars including Oscar winners; Roma, RBG, Capernaum, Shoplifters, Cold War, Free Solo, Border, Darkest Hour, Faces Places, The Square, Manchester By The Sea, The Salesman, Room, The Imitation Game and Son of Saul along with many other critically acclaimed films.    Attendees will see these films before their official theatrical release and the festival provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers and film lovers to connect and share the cinematic experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Festival’s inaugural Vanguard Award 2018 went to the film Yomeddine, which had its recent world premiere at the first-ever Egyptian film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film from Egypt for the 2019 Academy Awards.   The Vanguard Award was created to honor a creative work that exhibits mastery and excellence with a story that illuminates the power of the human spirit.  Producer Dina Emam, from Cairo, Egypt attended the festival and accepted the award along with a $5,000 cash prize generously underwritten by Orcasong Farm.

Opening Night Red Carpet Soiree: October 10 at 5:00 pm | Oddfellows Hall | Eastsound, WA

The Orcas Island Film Festival now in its sixth year has become worthy of an annual pilgrimage for film lovers from all over the world to connect and share the cinematic experience as well as parties and special events.  Join us for our opening night Red Carpet Soiree.  This is the official opening of the festival, a red carpet affair where guests meet and greet visiting artists, directors, writers, actors and producers along with other film buffs.  Soiree includes irresistible hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar with delicious local wines & craft beers.  This is one you can dress up for and have fun getting your photo professionally taken as you walk the red carpet.  The Soiree is Free for Festival / Patron pass holders. 

Thank You!

The Orcas Island Film Festival is made possible each year by the generosity of many individual donors, businesses, grants and over 75 committed volunteers.  It simply wouldn’t exist without help. If you’d like to support the Orcas Island Film Festival there are a number of ways you can help.  Contact us for more information. One of the easiest ways to support us and upgrade your festival experience is to buy Festival or Patron passes.   Passes are now on sale and films are being announced.  Visit www.orcasfilmfest.com  to buy your pass, get information and see trailers now.