The Sixth Annual Friday Harbor Film Festival kicks off October 26, 2018 on San Juan Island. The three-day festival screens documentary films at five venues in Friday Harbor. SCHEDULE
The Opening Night Gala takes place Friday, October 26 at the San Juan Community Theatre. Capt. Paul Watson, founder Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, will be honored at the gala, followed by a screening of his new film Chasing the Thunder; a high-seas documentary about the eco-warriors of Sea Shepherd as they engage on an epic 110-day, 10,000-mile chase of the Thunder, a notorious poaching vessel. Wanted by Interpol and banned from fishing in the Antarctic, it had eluded capture for over a decade.
A filmmakers' forum takes place at 10 a.m. Sunday, October 28 at Friday Harbor House. In addition to the forum after every screening the filmmaker or an expert on the subject answers Q & A. This generates an often lively and very insightful level of dialogue. Plus, the discussions insure both the filmmaker and the viewer a fuller, richer experience.
The Audience Choice and Local Hero presentation is set for 7 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at San Juan Community Theatre. Composer Alex Shapiro, who has made a significant contribution to the island community, though her musical reflections inspired by our island home will receive the Local Hero award.
Also, the winners of each film category and the overall favorite are announced Sunday evening, followed by a final screening of the Audience Favorite. Winning films are featured in the Best of the Fest series January to May, 2019.