The Director Series provides movie lovers the opportunity to view impactful documentary films highlighting heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, marine ecology, social justice, the environmental crisis, and human-interest stories.

Friday Harbor Film Festival presents films on-demand 24/7 for 10-14 days each month through September, leading up to our annual festival in October. Each on-demand documentary film will include a scheduled livestream, interactive Q&A with the filmmaker and expert panelists discussing the issues raised by the film. Q&A sessions will be recorded and available on-demand free of charge through September 30, 2021.


MAY 2021

Watch for free all month long!

For the month of May the Friday Harbor Film Festival Director Series presents a Mini Fest of films submitted through FilmFreeway.


Viewers are asked to participate in a crowdsourcing project to evaluate the films, assigning a rating and providing comments.  

In appreciation for audience assistance, the Festival will hold a drawing from all individual ratings.  Each film that a viewer rates will count as one entry.  The winning viewer will receive a free pass to the 2021 Festival. The top ten audience curators, based on the number of films watched and rated, as well as the extensiveness of comments, will receive discounted tickets to the 2021 Festival.

Start watching today!



If you are an independent filmmaker, submit your feature or short documentary film for consideration in this year’s hybrid festival through FilmFreeway!


We are excited to announce that in 2021, 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 HYBRID means our VIRTUAL AUDIENCE IS WORLDWIDE, while returning to the excitement and collaboration that comes with IN PERSON FESTIVAL EVENTS.


The festival will stream selected documentaries and shorts for 10 days, on October 14 through 24, 2021. We also will feature selected film screenings and events held in person in Friday Harbor, Washington, USA. The hybrid festival will feature real time live-streamed Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Festival awards will be selected by audience choice votes.

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Friday Harbor Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway,

the world's #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.


Join us each month as we present FREE livestream Q&A's with filmmaker and expert panelists.  Browse our previously recorded livestream filmmaker Q&A's below.

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