Seventh Annual

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27
Purchase tickets at the SJCT Box Office (360-378-3210) and online (see table at right). Pick up all tickets at the SJCT Box Office.

• Ticket options: an all-access wristband, a single ticket, or a punch card for 5 or 10 films/events. Punch cards may be shared. They do not include entry into the Gala.
• All-access wristbands provide PRIORITY SEATING and include the Gala.
• A separate ticket to the Gala is available.
• San Juan County students enter free to all events except the Gala, thanks to a generous grant from Suzy Mygatt-Wakefield!

The exciting seventh annual Friday Harbor Film Festival will screen 31 new documentary films, 23 short films, and a selection of films produced by student filmmakers. Films will be shown in 6 venues, all within an easy walk from the ferry landing, airport and port. Each film will be shown twice during the Festival. The full schedule is available HERE! 

Each year the Festival invites dedicated, talented filmmakers to showcase their documentary films’ unique ability to entertain, inspire, and enlighten audiences while encouraging students to learn the art of storytelling through film. They will participate in the Filmmakers Forum and speak at Q&As after each film. Additional special events are detailed in the box below.

New this year is the STUDENT FILM SHOWCASE (Free entry -- no ticket required) Each day at the Friday Harbor House the Festival will screen all of the films entered in the contest for The László Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award, recognizing emerging young talent in filmmaking. A panel of award-winning filmmakers will judge the films, honoring the award winner during the Audience Choice Awards on Sunday.

Lynn Danaher and Karen Palmer founded the Festival, which has grown substantially each year. It is recognized regionally as one of the premier festivals for documentary filmmakers, thus fulfilling their vision to share compelling, relevant documentary films that encourage viewers to be a force for positive change.

It takes a small village to produce the Festival, which depends on the dedication of a group of extremely committed friends and neighbors who devote their time and energy to the event. They believe in the importance of conveying important and meaningful stories through film, as well as discussions with the filmmakers themselves.

The 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival program is available at the FHFF office (10 First St., Friday Harbor) and on the Washington State ferries.

This 3-day event of quality film immersion promises to be both entertaining, memorable and inspiring!


Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award
Friday, October 25 at 7 pm in the Whittier Theatre
This is a not-to-be-missed evening -- an exclusive party that celebrates all filmmakers in attendance! It is open to filmmakers, sponsors, special guests, all-access pass holders, and purchasers of Gala tickets. In addition to hearty, locally sourced appetizers, refreshments will include a selection of beverages that feature local wine and brew.

Saturday at 9 am at the Friday Harbor House
At the relaxed, informal Filmmakers Forum, you will have the opportunity to learn about the art of filmmaking -- how films are planned, filmed, and produced – from the people who made this year’s films. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.



Sunday at 7 pm in the Whittier Theatre
This special evening will include the announcement of the winner of the Audience Choice Award – Best Overall and the winners of the best films in several categories, followed by screening of the Audience Choice Award winner.
The Local Hero Award will be presented to Joe Gaydos, Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society, for his work to educate people about our marine resources and help improve management and policy decisions regarding the stewardship of those resources.
The Laszlo Pal Emerging Filmmaker Award, recognizing emerging young talent in filmmaking, will be presented to the creator of the Festival’s best student short film. As an Emmy Award winning director, cinematographer, writer, editor, and producer, Laszlo Pal created films in many places around the world, while also educating young filmmakers at the University of Washington.

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Click on the "buy buttons" below to buy tickets. 

Number of Films

Package Price


Cost per Film

Buy Single Film Ticket $ 15 $ 15
Buy Five Film Ticket $ 65 $ 13
Buy Ten Film Ticket $ 120 $ 12
Buy All-Access Wristband  $200

Buy Opening Night Gala Ticket $75