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  • Oct. 26-28 2018

Celebrating 5th Year


The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val is cel­e­brat­ing its 5th annu­al doc­u­men­tary film fes­ti­val Novem­ber 3, 4, 5 2017 in the his­toric sea­side com­mu­ni­ty of Fri­day Har­bor on beau­ti­ful San Juan Island, Wash­ing­ton State.  Lynn Dana­her and Karen Palmer found­ed this impor­tant doc­u­men­tary film fes­ti­val 5 years ago.  They had a vision to share com­pelling doc­u­men­tary films that tell sto­ries that are rel­e­vant and to encour­age view­ers to be a force for pos­i­tive change.

A very impor­tant aspect of the film fes­ti­val is also to cel­e­brate the film­mak­ers them­selves, their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to their film craft because they feel they have an impor­tant sto­ry to share. Every film allows time for the film­mak­er to answer Q & A after screen­ing their film.  This gen­er­ates a very insight­ful lev­el of dia­logue.  Plus, insures both the film­mak­er and the view­er a rich­er expe­ri­ence.  To date over 90% of the films screened each year has a film­mak­er in atten­dance, from as far away as Europe and Aus­tralia.   The film fes­ti­val has select­ed over 35 films for the 3-day event.  Each will be screened twice in one of the 5 venues/theatres.

The Open­ing Night Gala, Fri­day Night, is a big dressy par­ty with food and drink.  Dur­ing the evening we announce the Life­time Achieve­ment win­ner; for 2017, its Elouise Cobell; the film 100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Jus­tice will screen at our open­ing night Gala. We present the award each year to a deserv­ing indi­vid­ual whose nom­i­na­tion aligns with the mis­sion of the FHFF; as it is not just a film fes­ti­val, but it has a pres­ence in the com­mu­ni­ty to shine light on sto­ries and peo­ple who make a dif­fer­ence. Barack Oba­ma also award­ed the Medal of Free­dom to Elouise.  

The mis­sion of the Fri­day Har­bor Film fes­ti­val sim­ply stat­ed:

Each year, the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val locat­ed on beau­ti­ful San Juan Island, Wash­ing­ton, invites ded­i­cat­ed and tal­ent­ed Film­mak­ers to show­case their Doc­u­men­tary films unique abil­i­ty to

  • Enter­tainaudi­ences through the art of com­pelling sto­ry­telling;
  • Inspireaudi­ence mem­bers, as well as film­mak­ers to be a force for pos­i­tive change;
  • Enlight­enall par­tic­i­pants by con­vey­ing rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion, cre­at­ing aware­ness and expand­ing appre­ci­a­tion of our frag­ile plan­et, diverse cul­tures and those dar­ing to explore new fron­tiers. 
  • Encour­age stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the Young Film­mak­ers Project to learn the art of sto­ry­telling thru film.

We host the Young Film­mak­ers Project as well.  This men­tor­ship gives High School and Mid­dle school stu­dents an oppor­tu­ni­ty to devel­op their home­grown films.  Our hope is for our stu­dents achieve pro­fi­cien­cy in the art of film­mak­ing.  Like our Local Hero awardee Dylan D’Haeze a young film­mak­er from Orcas Island who made an award win­ning short film, “Plas­tic is For­ev­er.”

We also have an Awards Night on Sun­day; the audi­ence selects films as their favorites.  The cat­e­gories are: Tales of the Heart, Explor­ers and Adven­tures, Things to Con­sid­er and Local Hero’s, as well as the over­all Audi­ence Choice, Best Short film and Young Film­mak­er film. This 3 day event of qual­i­ty film emer­sion promis­es to be both enter­tain­ing, mem­o­rable and inspir­ing! 

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