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Friday Harbor Film Festival congratulates San Juan Island’s Eliza Habegger, winner of the Director Series crowdsourcing film evaluation project in May.

Because she rated and commented on the most films submitted through FilmFreeway, she will receive a free pass to the FHFF Hybrid Festival in October. Four runners-up will each receive a 30% discount on 2021 HybridFestival passes or tickets of their choice.

As a result of all contest participants’ comments, the five top-rated films that will be shown during the Hybrid Festival that will run October 14-24.

#1 Feature: Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance - Director Melinda Raebyne embeds herself at one of Seattle's homeless camps, Camp Second Chance, one winter, challenging public ignorance and humanizing a population that locals would rather neglect.

#2 Short: The Hunt for the Asian Giant Hornet - Scientists race to stop the spread of a new invasive species to bring balance to our ecosystem before it’s too late - but first they have to find it.

#3 Short: Rafiki – Friend – The story of Rafiki, a silverback mountain gorilla from the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda, Africa.

#4 Short: Tuned Up - Pat, a guitarist in the band Carmanah, advocates for climate action and environmental justice, touring in a 1970's bus running on used vegetable oil, inspiring people to make their own small changes.

#5 Short: A Boy’s Journey: Crossing the Alenuihaha Channel - Eleven-year-old Bobo Gallagher became the first person ever to cross the Alenuihaha Channel on a wing and a foil. This is his story.

It is not too early to mark your calendar to view these and many other excellent documentary films to be shown during the ninth annual Festival. Beginning with an awards gala on October 14, it will feature in-person screenings October 15-17 followed by on-demand streaming October 18-24 on the website, Stay tuned for detail

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