Friday Harbor Film Festival Presents


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Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to present the Audience Choice Awards to the top documentaries and their filmmakers!  After watching the films, viewers voted for their favorites among an extraordinary selection of terrific entries this year.

Feature Film Overall Audience Choice Award
Feature Film Overall Audience Choice Award
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Arthur Jones, Director

When RMS Titanic sank on a cold night in 1912, barely 700 people escaped with their lives. Among them were six Chinese men. Arriving in New York with the other survivors, the six were met not with compassion, but suspicion and slander. Less than 24 hours later, they were expelled from the country, soon forgotten, and lost beneath the waves of time.  What became of them? The Six is an extraordinary story of survival and dignity in the face of racism and anti-immigrant policy that still reverberates today.

To learn more about the THE SIX and current screenings, check out the filmmaker's website here.

Short Film Overall Audience Choice Award
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Lucy Ostrander, Director

“Honor Thy Mother” is the untold story of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington and Alaska who migrated in the 1940s to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people. As survivors of Indian Residential Schools, they came, some still in their teens, to pick berries for Japanese American farmers, fell in love and married Filipino immigrants. They settled on the Island to raise their mixed-heritage, (Indigenous mother and Filipino father) Indipino children.

To learn more about the HONOR THY MOTHER and current screenings, check out the filmmaker's website here.

Winning films and filmmakers by theme for both features and short films are:

  • Things to Consider

    • Feature - Youth v Gov (Christi Cooper)

    • Short - Faka’apa’apa (Scott Sporleder)

  • Tales from the Heart

    • Feature - Orchestrating Change (Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin)

    • Short - If You Give a Beach a Bottle (Max Romey)

  • Explorers & Adventures

    • Feature - Zero Gravity (Thomas Verrette)

    • Short - A Boy’s Journey: Crossing the Alenuihaha Channel (Deveraux Gallagher)


Winning the Student Film Awards by age group are:

  • Ages 13 – 17 years - The Living Sea (Ema Poposka)

  • Ages 18-26 - Out of Mind (Angelica Rosario)


Thank you to all the filmmakers – professional, amateur, and student – who submitted films, participated in Q&As, and supported the festival.  Thanks to our viewers, volunteers, and supporters.  As a community-organized annual festival, we depend on your time and contributions so we can bring you the best in documentary entertainment.

We hope you have enjoyed the Friday Harbor Film Festival this year and will return with your submissions, volunteer energy, and financial support to make the 2022 festival even better.  If you have suggestions, we would love to hear from you.



On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the Friday Harbor Film Festival presented the Local Hero Award to Verne Howard, Friday Harbor businessman and philanthropist.