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Friday Harbor Film Festival Program Guides and Tickets Now Available

With school starting and fall nearly here, it’s time to prepare to live vicariously through exciting documentary films at the 2023 Friday Harbor Film Festival. The 60-page full-color printed program is now available on the outdoor rack at the Festival office (10 First St.) and in many businesses in Friday Harbor and around San Juan Island. If you are on any Washington State ferry, you can pick up a copy of the guide from the literature rack.

New this year, FHFF’s website,, includes an interactive flipbook of the program. Look through it early to plan your festival. Passports and tickets for the 2023 festival are now on-sale on the website.

FHFF is offering a special free event for our local community – an afternoon and evening of short films grouped by theme at the Grange on Thursday, October 26. Films about the environment will start at 1 pm. Marine ecology documentaries will begin at 4 pm. Tales from the Heart films will screen at 7 pm.

All Young Filmmakers Showcase entries will be available free by livestream starting at 10 am on Thursday, October 26 at This special group of films by aspiring filmmakers will continue to be offered free throughout the festival, ending on November 5.

The In-Theatre Festival, running October 27 through 29, and the On-Demand Festival, playing from October 30 through November 5, will include 25 exceptional feature films, 25 short films, and the special Young Filmmakers Showcase. Join film lovers in scenic Friday Harbor, WA for 3 days of in-theatre documentaries.

Special festival events will include the Opening Night Gala, the Filmmakers’ Forum, the Local Hero Award, the Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award, and the closing night Audience Choice Awards.

If you can’t make it in person, you can watch most of the features, all of the shorts, and all of the Young Filmmakers Showcase films, as well as recorded Q&As and the Filmmakers’ Forum on-demand the following week. Enjoy it all from the comfort of your favorite chair! FHFF.ORGis the place to watch fantastic documentaries this October!

Finalize your plans now to attend the Friday Harbor Film Festival in-theatre and/or on-demand.

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