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:
Entertain audiences through the art of compelling storytelling;
Inspire audience members and filmmakers to be a force for positive change;
Enlighten all 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 learn the art of storytelling through film by participating in the Young Filmmakers Project.
Producing the Film Festival
It Takes a Small Village
In 2022, we celebrated the Friday Harbor Film Festival’s tenth anniversary! We are so proud of our significant achievement! None of this would have been possible without our FHFF ohana -- a special group of friends and neighbors who devote a great deal of time and energy to this event. Without the efforts of this extremely committed group of islanders, the Film Festival simply could not happen nor continue for ten years.
Our volunteers believe in the importance of conveying meaningful stories through film, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves.
More than 150 volunteers help us to:
Solicit sponsors and advertisers
Design, write, and edit our program
Help select films
Social media and online presence
Coordinate housing for visiting filmmakers
Staff the venues and festival office
Set up for each event
Clean up after each event
To all these energetic and loyal volunteers, thank you for a wonderfully successful 10th-year anniversary! Each of you contributes significantly to the success of our festival, and we can’t thank you enough.
Karen Palmer - Director
Mark Kyle - Production Director
Ellen Roberts - Publicity & Festival Coordinator
Theresa Simendinger - Advertising & Promotion Director
Susan Waters - Student & Volunteer Development
Norris Palmer - In-Theatre Production
Lee Taylor - Event Coordinator
Malcolm Suttles - Technical Coordinator
Anthony Vivenzio - Advisory Board
Lynn Danaher - Advisory Board
Suzy Wakefield- Advisory Board