LAKE STEVENS FILM FESTIVAL 2023 brings films and makers from the Pacific Northwest together for a two-day screening & networking event. LSFF was created in partnership with the city to cultivate an appreciation for the arts within Lake Stevens, showcasing diverse viewpoints from both established and emerging creators.


AUG 4th - Filmmaker Reception - Join us at Lakeside estate for light bites and drinks. 21+
Movie in the Park - Outdoor Screening of Marcel the Shell with Shoes on

AUG 5th - Lake Stevens High School Performing Arts Center (LSHS PAC)

9:30-10:30AM Children's Film Festival Seattle - Best of Fest Tour
10:45 - 11:30AM Student Showcase--the best of PNW High Schools.
12:00 - 1:30PM Shorts Vol 1 (Comedy)
2 - 3:30PM Keynote Session with Dr. Nathan Roberts and E.C Timmer
4 - 5:30 Shorts Vol 2 (Drama)
6:00-6:30 Awards Presentation

All accepted films will receive an Official Selection Laurel.

Cash prizes and laurels will be awarded for jury selection of the following:

Best PNW High School Student Film - $500
Best Drama or Comedy Short - $500
Best Documentary Short - $500

The audience will cast a vote for their favorite film screened at each block of the festival, an Audience Choice Award with accompanying laurel.

LSFF reserves the right to revise these awards and categories prior to event. (Documentary category added 5/25/2023)

Lake Stevens Film Festival screens films produced in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia) or by filmmakers from the PNW. We define origin from PNW as someone who has lived in the PNW for at least half their life.

All films must have been completed after Jan 1st 2021.

Student Films must be completed while a student in a PNW High School.

All films must be 25 minutes or less in length.

All films must be in English or have English subtitles present.

Entry fees are nonrefundable. Limited waivers available for demographics historically lacking in on-screen representation or for alumni LSFF filmmakers.

By submitting to Lake Stevens Film Festival, you agree to the following:
-You own this film, have obtained all necessary permissions (music, collaborators, etc) and it in no way infringes on the rights of any third party.
-You grant LSFF the right to use for promotion purposes, stills, excerpts, and the trailer for your film
-Your film must be without distribution by screening date

Overall Rating
  • Jake Kalos

    Lovely festival, excellent communication leading up to it, and a wonderful event with great films!

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Jake!

  • Joanny Causse

    We are so grateful to have been part of the first edition of the festival. It actually didn't feel like a first edition at all but a seasoned festival with great communication and programming. I will definitely submit again hoping to be part of one of the next editions.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to seeing what you're up to next!

  • Thiago Dadalt

    Amazing festival, highly recommend to filmmakers. Great people, amazing films, can't wait to be back soon.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Thiago! We loved having you and Dru Miller share DUKE with us. We look forward to you both joining us again one day!

  • Completely blown away by the level of communication, organization, quality of films, venue, and after-party events of the LSFF - and this was the festival's first year running! Laura and team put on such a fun festival, gave out swag bags to filmmakers, had beautiful projection of the films and handed out awards during a fun after-party.I spoke to filmmakers who had traveled a long-distance to come attend, and it was worth it. I will definitely be submitting to LSFF in the future.

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for these kind words, David! Loved chatting with you at the fest.

  • I'm incredibly grateful for the care and warmth of this festival. Laura and her team knocked it out of the park, and I felt truly celebrated and connected as a filmmaker / participant! The environment was fun and lively, the screening theater was incredible, and I will absolutely be taking part again in LSFF!

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    This is everything we hoped for when the fest was being created. So glad this was your experience and we can't wait to have you involved again in future editions! It was such a gift to have you moderate our sit-down Q&A's and also share "Smokescreens" with us.