Ditch the blockbusters and go local: 4 Seattle-area film festivals you can’t miss in 2022

Did you miss going to the movies, or are you still streaming at home and have reached the end of your Netflix queue? Did you miss the Seattle International Film Festival, or did its smaller-than-usual, earlier-than-usual lineup leave you wanting more?

Here are four must-see local film festivals.

Seattle Black Film Festival — April 29-May 1

It seems simplistic to say that you could see a film by the next Ava DuVernay or Barry Jenkins at the Seattle Black Film Festival – except that these two filmmakers saw their first films screened here. The Seattle Black Film Festival is back for its 19th year at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in the Central District, in person and online. langstonseattle.org/home/sbff

Film : 40+

Distributable? Yes

TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival — May 5-8

One of only two transgender film festivals in the United States, according to its organizers, TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival is in its 17th year of showcasing films by, for, and about trans, gender-nonconforming, and non-trans people. binaries from around the world. This year, the films will be available to stream May 5-8 or in person May 7 at the Northwest Film Forum. threedollarbillcinema.org/translations-2022

Film : 17

Distributable? Yes

Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival — in person May 12-15; online from May 19 to 30

Drive to Bellingham for this film festival featuring shorts, documentaries and features by women from 12 countries, as well as panels on films like activism or a conversation with director Martha Coolidge. Or: stay home and watch it virtually the following week. cascadiafilmfest.org

Film : 32

Distributable? Yes

North Bend Film Fest – August 4-7

This festival harnesses the cult status of its setting – the main location where David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ was filmed – to bring you cult classics, independent films, documentaries and shorts from across the industry. genre film. Last year featured a 20th anniversary celebration of “Donnie Darko”; this year’s lineup has yet to be announced. northbendfilmfest.com

Film : to be announced

Distributable? to be announced

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