Welcome to the 7th Annual 2019

Friday Harbor Film Festival




Be the Change

The exciting seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival, to be held October 25-27, 2019 on San Juan Island, will screen 31 new documentary films, 23 short films, and a selection of films produced by student filmmakers.  Films will be shown in 6 venues, all within an easy walk from the ferry landing, airport and port.  


Special events include the Opening Night Filmmakers Gala, during which the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Paul G. Allen for his extraordinary achievements in documentary filmmaking through his company, Vulcan Productions.  The informal Filmmakers Forum will be held Saturday morning.  


The Festival closes on Sunday night with the Audience Choice Awards, honoring the best films. The Local Hero Award will be presented to Joe Gaydos, founder of the SeaDoc Society. The László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award will be presented to a promising young filmmaker, whose winning film be screened.  


Each year the Festival invites dedicated, talented filmmakers to showcase their documentary films’ unique ability to entertain, inspire, and enlighten audiences while encouraging students to learn the art storytelling through film.


It takes a small village to produce the Festival, which depends on the dedication of a group of extremely committed friends and neighbors who devote their time and energy to the event. They believe in the importance of conveying important and meaningful stories through film, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves.  


Come be a part of this extraordinary Festival.  Plan now to visit scenic San Juan Island during the Festival this October.

Latest News

Paul Allen to Receive Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Friday Harbor Film Festival is proud and excited to announce that the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously to Paul G. Allen for his outstanding contributions to the art of documentary filmmaking, television, and media.


The award presentation, to be held during the Festival’s Opening Night Gala on October 25 at San Juan Community Theatre, will honor Allen’s legacy by screening Vulcan Productions’ tribute reel entitled A Tribute to Paul G. Allen’s Contributions in Film, TV and Media.

Local Hero Award - Joe Gaydos

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to announce that Joe Gaydos will be the honored recipient of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society. The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan Islands who has made outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, health, or the environment. Gaydos will receive his award during the Festival’s Audience Choice Awards program on October 27 at the San Juan Community Theatre.


Purchase Tickets


Become a FHFF Patron.This Includes tax-deductible donation of $300 and one VIP pass to the 2019 Festival. Designed especially for our documentary and film-loving supporters, this pass guarantees priority seating for any screening, up to 10 minutes before showtime. The VIP pass Includes access for one person to all special events, including the opening night Gala. It is non-transferable.

5 Film Package

$526.00 with fees


$70.02 with fees

10 Film Package

$128.43 with fees

All Access Wristband (including Gala)

$213.39 with fees

Gala Opening Night Ticket

$80.64 with fees


A “double featured” WELCOME to our Film Festival Friends! 

Welcome to Friday Harbor in the spectacular Salish Sea! On behalf of the Mayor, Council, and citizens of our historic Town, I want to thank you for attending the seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival.

Duncan Wilson
Town Administrator, Friday Harbor

Each year we are fortunate to screen some of the greatest documentaries from around the world, presented in our eclectic and historic venues. While the films are clearly in the spotlight, there is much more to see and do while enjoying your time on San Juan Island.

There are fabulous restaurants, beautiful lodgings, and abundant natural wonders to fill the senses. No visit is complete without viewing our resident orca population, discovering our many beaches or shopping in the downtown core.

Friday Harbor is well known for the arts; offering a vast number of public displays and numerous art galleries and museums. Works of local artisans can be found throughout Town and at the weekly Saturday market in cozy Sunshine Alley.

The Town would like to thank the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors who make the Friday Harbor Film Festival such a special time of year. We hope that you will visit often to enjoy our charm and hospitality!

See you at the movies!!

Duncan Wilson
Friday Harbor Town Administrator
(360) 378‑2810

Jay Inslee
Governor, State of Washington

As Governor of the state of Washington, it is an honor to welcome everyone to the annual Friday Harbor Film Festival in beautiful San Juan County.

The San Juan Islands are among the most beautiful places in the United States and provide a stunning backdrop for educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking films.

Documentary films serve an important role in helping to entertain and inform people of all ages. As in previous years, I am sure the films showcased in this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival will encourage viewers to think about the importance of protecting the environment, including the waters, islands, and shorelines that make up the San Juan region.

Whether you are a local resident, a traveling Washingtonian, or visiting from out of state, I encourage you to soak up all that Friday Harbor has to offer during the Festival. With a cherished history, artistic amenities, and wonderful natural assets, there is something for everyone to enjoy during your stay.

Congratulations on your event, and thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Friday Harbor Film Festival possible. I hope you enjoy the festivities and I wish you many years of continued success.

Jay Inslee, Governor
State of Washington
(360) 902‑4111

Friday Harbor Film Festival Office

10 1st Street, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250


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