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The Northwest Film Center is honored to present the Best of the 45th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, a carefully selected cross-section of filmmaking from the Northwest region. The works included on this program were chosen to represent the quality, range, voice, and vitality of filmmaking in the region. The mission of the tour is to get unique and independent films made by regional filmmakers to audiences who might not otherwise have a chance to see the fantastic work being made by their NW peers. 

Films in this Program

From Parts Unknown

Directed by Michael Workman

Ten years after starting an underground professional wrestling league in the backyards of Spokane, Washington, Jesse “Madman” Manson must make

Two Balloons

Directed by Mark Smith

Two lemurs who live in floating airships attempt to make contact with one another.


Directed by Andrew Garcia, Nate Garcia

Two quarrelling brothers set out on an adventure in their neighborhood and discover what it means to be a hero.


Directed by Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker

An exploration of our timeless relationship with the natural world as a young farmer entangles herself among the flowers, shot

How To Say Goodbye

Directed by Christy NaMee Eriksen, Ryan Cortes Perez

A poem about grief, gratitude, and friendship dedicated to Eriksen’s lifelong close friend who passed away from cancer last year.


Directed by Yassmina Karajah

The journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find a public pool in their new city on a

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.