Film festivals in the time of COVID have prompted exciting innovations! In 2020, the 8th Annual Festival is going VIRTUAL! The Friday Harbor Film Festival will stream selected documentaries and shorts for 10 days, on October 15-25, 2020. The virtual festival will also feature live-streamed Q&A sessions with filmmakers and selection of festival favorites buy audience votes. 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 virtual means our audience is worldwide.

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 Docu-Drama 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.

Overall Rating
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Value
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Hospitality
Networking
  • 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
  • RAVEN Trust TarSands Trial

    Friday Harbor Film Festival is a very worthwhile destination festival where we were treated like gold and provided with excellent accommodations thanks to a stellar crew of volunteers. Film venues were high quality with great sound. Filmmaker forum and party gave ample opportunity for networking while being spread over three days meant time for exploring beautiful San Juan Island. Highly recommended!

    November 2019
  • Friday Harbor Film Festival was such a pleasure to attend from beginning to end: From the high-quality programming of socially conscious films, to great venues that were all within walking distance in the beautiful community of Friday Harbor, to the fun social events, generous hosting and attention to detail by the organizers to make the visiting filmmakers feel welcome and at home.
    Thank you, Karen, Lynn and FHFF Team for an absolutely wonderful film festival experience <3

    November 2018
  • Partho Gupte

    Friday Harbor has been the most special experience for me as a student filmmaker. The warmth, generous hospitality and personal communication at every point made it truly memorable. The festival's emphasis on socially relevant content also made viewing films highly educative. Every film maker should participate in this festival!

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    I was such a joy to have you attend the Friday Harbor Film Festival! You have great vision and talent. We clearly illustrated that by giving you the Lazslo Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award! We cannot wait to screen more of your films.