2021 LIVE & Virtual Festival

Live in Friday Harbor:


OCT 14-17
OCT 18-24

Details coming soon.


The Director Series provides movie lovers the opportunity to view impactful documentaries highlighting films from marine ecology and sustainable agriculture to heroic adventures and social justice.

Entertain.  Inspire.  Enlighten.

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 includes a scheduled livestream, interactive Q&A with the filmmaker and expert panelists discussing the issues raised by the film. Q&A sessions are recorded and made available on-demand free of charge year round in our ever expanding Q&A catalog.



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.


FHFF will hold a hybrid festival in mid-October, meaning that it will occur on two platforms over 11 days, October 14 - 24.

  • In-Person Festival will open with a Gala party and awards event on Thursday, October 14, followed by theater-based film screenings Friday through Sunday, October 15 – 17.  Filmmaker Q&As will accompany the showings. This year’s venues will be The Palace Theatre and the San Juan Island Grange.

  • Virtual Festival runs October 18 – 24, featuring films accepted through FilmFreeway as well as films and Q&As from In-Person Festival.  All will be available on-demand on the website,  The livestream Festival Finale will feature the Audience Choice Awards presentations on Sunday, October 24.

Filmmakers, both professionals and students, are encouraged to submit their features and short films for consideration at FilmFreeway. 


Mark your calendars and plan to attend the FHFF Hybrid Festival – October 14 through 24!


Friday Harbor Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway,

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

Fill the chair.

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.