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Each fall The Northwest Film Center eagerly anticipates this opportunity to share the bounty of outstanding work that is being produced by filmmakers living in our corner of North America. The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is chock-full of stellar examples of the creative voices in our community and we are pleased to offer this best of the best to you.

Helping us bring this treasure trove to the community are many longtime sponsors who share our support of the region’s dynamic media arts community and are doing their part to ensure that it continues to thrive. This year a special shout-out to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for their contribution to the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-conference, a now annual event that brings the filmmakers together to share inspiration and information maker to maker.

We are doubly excited to extend the Film Center’s ongoing Global Classroom venture—where we fill our theater with local high school students eager to experience compelling international cinema—and give it a regional turn during the Festival as we offer a program of Northwest-made films examining the theme of homelessness.

The Festival has a tradition of bringing a distinguished filmmaker, critic or programmer—usually from outside the region—to generously offer his or her eye in selecting the short film program and prizewinners. This year we asked an esteemed visual artist—Portland photographer, Blue Sky Gallery founder and curator, and passionate filmgoer Christopher Rauschenberg—to appraise the state of the field. We offer Chris our appreciative thanks for sharing his curatorial expertise and his love of the moving, and still image.

As is with the Film Center’s year-round Northwest Tracking programs, we hope that whether you are a filmmaker, film lover, or just curious about our creative community and life around us, you’ll dig into the many worlds woven into the schedule—the screenings, the workshops, the Un-conference, the parties—to meet the makers and see what truly independent filmmaking looks like.

Thomas Phillipson, Festival Manager

Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

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