Sixth Annual

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28
Tickets are on sale at the SJCT Box Office (378-3210) and online (see table, below right) and are now available for pick up at the SJCT Box Office. TICKETS AND WRISTBANDS ARE GOOD THROUGHOUT THE FULL THREE DAYS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE GALA TICKETS.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival started in 2013, and will be celebrating its 6th annual documentary film festival October 26, 27, 28, 2018.

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

A very important aspect of the film festival is also to celebrate the filmmakers themselves, and their hard work and dedication to their story-telling through their film craft. Every film allows time for the filmmaker, or an expert on the subject, to have a Q & A after screening the film.  This generates an often lively and very insightful level of dialogue.  Plus, the discussions ensure both the filmmaker and the viewer a fuller, richer experience. 

To date over 90% of the films screened each year has a filmmaker in attendance, from as far away as Europe and Australia.   The film festival usually selects approximately 35 films for the 3-day event.  Each film is screened twice in one of the 5 venues/theatres.

The Opening Night Gala, Friday night, is a big dressy party with robust appetizers and beverages at SJCT.  At the gala, one of the Festival's highlighted films will be screened.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to a deserving individual whose nomination aligns with the mission of the FHFF; as it is not just a film festival, but it has a presence in the community to shine light on stories and people who make a difference.

The Film Festival closes with an Awards Night on Sunday, with the audience selecting films as their favorites.  The categories are: Tales of the Heart, Explorers and Adventures, Things to Consider and Local Heroes, as well as the overall Audience Choice, Best Short film and Young Filmmaker film. The Awards Night event is free, and open to all. It will include a screening of the FHFF Audience Choice film. 

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


Opening Night Filmmakers Gala and Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation will be held Friday evening and includes robust appetizers, beverages and entertainment.

The Filmmakers Forum will be held Sunday morning at the Friday Harbor House. 

On Sunday there will be Young Filmmakers Project film screenings in the afternoon inside the San Juan Room of Friday Harbor House  

Closing the Festival Sunday evening will be the The Local Hero Award and the Audience Choice Awards program in the Whittier Theatre, including screening of the film voted best overall by Festival attendees.

Find out more about the Festival HERE

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Click on the "buy buttons" below to buy tickets.
PLEASE NOTE - Tickets and wristbands are good throughout the full three days with the exception of the Gala tickets WHICH MUST BE BOUGHT SEPARATELY 
All film punch cards ARE festival seating and are allowed to sit once ALL access seating is complete.

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 - Good For All Three Days and as many films one wants to see (includes Filmmakers Gala and PRIORITY seating 10 minutes before film) $175

Buy Opening Night Filmmakers Gala Ticket (includes food and drink) $75