NEW CATEGORY ADDED: The Director Series

Monthly Director Series Screenings now through September 2021!

Call for Submissions for impactful documentary films highlighting heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, marine ecology, social justice, the environment and stirring human interest stories.

Selected films will be scheduled each month from December 2020 through September 2021. Films will be offered on-demand 24/7 for 10-14 days during the scheduled month and will include a livestream Q&A with the filmmakers during the streaming period.

SUBMISSIONS FOR 2021 FESTIVAL OPENS DECEMBER 15, 2020 -
Following our incredibly successful 2020 Virtual Friday Harbor Film Festival, the 2021 Friday Harbor Film Festival is going HYBRID!

The festival will stream selected documentaries and shorts for 10 days, on October 14 through 24, 2021. The virtual festival will feature real time live-streamed Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Festival awards will be selected by audience choice votes.

We are excited to announce that in 2021, we also will feature selected film screenings and events held in person in Friday Harbor, Washington, USA. The festival will feature films highlighting fascinating island cultures, marine ecology, heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, social justice, current environmental issues and stirring human interest stories. Going HYBRID means our VIRTUAL AUDIENCE IS WORLDWIDE, while returning to the excitement and collaboration that comes with IN PERSON FESTIVAL EVENTS.

AWARDS: Chosen by audience voting.
• Audience Choice Overall
• Best Feature Documentary Film
• Best Short Film

Student Film Awards in age categories, 11-17 & 18-26.
• Audience Choice of the Laszlo Pal Emerging Filmmaker award in each age category.

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSION FESTIVAL REQUIREMENTS

Feature Documentary and Docudrama films about the diverse cultures and environments of the Pacific Rim and beyond. Films will feature fascinating island cultures, revealing marine ecology, heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, social justice, current environmental issues and stirring human- interest stories.

Shorts Films all considered 30 minutes or less, not limited to documentaries.

Student Film Categories, Age Group 11-17 and 18-26. Please designate filmmaker age with submission. Student Film Submission must be 2 to 15 minutes. Live action or animated Documentary Short Films.
-Features: Documentary and Documentary Bio Dramas
-Shorts: All

Friday Harbor Film Festival features award winning documentary films about the diverse cultures and environments of the Pacific Rim. Films will feature fascinating island cultures, marine ecology, heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, social justice, current environmental issues and stirring human interest stories. Live screen sessions with filmmakers will be scheduled throughout the virtual film festival event.
www.fhff.org for films from past festivals.

Copyright Agreement: By entering this contest, all entrants agree that their submissions are original pieces of work, and do not infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others and is in compliance with all copyright laws. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure authorization and permission from the copyright owner(s) of any and all copyrighted content or materials included within the submitted film. The Friday Harbor Film Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted content or materials within or relating to the submitted film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for copyright infringement. It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to secure authorization and permission from the owner(s) of any and all trademarked content or materials included within the submitted film. The Friday Harbor Film Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to the submitted film, including any content or materials that are or may become the basis for any third party claims for trademark infringement, trademark dilution or unfair competition.

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  • Leo Horrigan

    This festival takes its subject matter very seriously without taking itself too seriously. I enjoyed all of my interactions with festival staff, and the event did a lot to amplify the messages in my documentary film.

    February 2021
  • Mark Pedelty

    A focused, meaningful, and well run festival that combines the best of local flavor with issues and films of global relevance.

    November 2020
  • John Gussman

    this is the best little film festival to enter and attend.

    November 2020
  • Eliza Goode

    Absolutely lovely. Great films, wonderful hospitality, lots of opportunities to talk with fascinating filmmakers and film subjects! I only wish it was longer so I could see every single film!

    November 2019
  • Per Anderson

    I was impressed with the film curation at Friday Harbor. Also appreciated the camraderie with the other filmmakers and festival staff. The whole community comes together behind this festival, and as a filmmaker it is special to present work to them. Many of the films improved my view of the world in one way or another. I felt inspired after the festival to make principled, high quality documentaries worthy of FHFF.

    November 2019