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Films and filmmakers 
from the PACIFIC NORTHWEST

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SEP 28-29th
2024

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ABOUT

ABOUT LSFF

LAKE STEVENS FILM FESTIVAL  invites Pacific Northwest films & filmmakers to a three-day screening and networking event. LSFF exists to cultivate an appreciation for the arts within Lake Stevens, connect creatives to wider industry circles and showcase diverse viewpoints from both established and emerging creators.

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for Student Films, Narrative and Documentaries Shorts through Aug 1st.

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"It's a delightful small town with a beautiful scenery and kind people. I can't wait to go back and see how this fest grows. Wonderful experience all the way around."
SARAH RODENBAUGH, FILMMAKER

2023 JURY AWARD WINNERS 

A jury of active industry professionals selected three first place winners for each category: Student Film, Documentary Short and Narrative Short, each receiving $500.

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BEST STUDENT FILM

The Ghost

Ava Espiritu

 

With a flip of the horror genre and an appreciation for a good pun, Ava Espiritu deftly spins a coming-of-age story into a hilarious coming-of-death story. Enemies turn into best friends who then twist into enemies again — but then back to friends again, maybe? By THE GHOST’s conclusion we were left with a bittersweet ending, but also a lot of laughs and great excitement for Espiritu's bright future in filmmaking.

- Jury Member Bao Tran

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BEST NARRATIVE FILM

Hangman

Megan Brotherton and Sarah Rodenbaugh

 

Hangman is a shattering portryal of grief at the loss of a life partner by suicide. Never an easy subject to handle, the film adopts a risky gallows humor to powerful effect, masterfully shifting in tone from somber to side-splitting, snarky to heart-wrenching, without ever dropping into histrionic cliche. We especially commend writer and lead actor Sarah Rodenbaugh for her deeply personal performance— it's hard to imagine anyone else quite pulling it off. Bravo.

- Jury Member Caitlin Craggs

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BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Blue Room

Merete Mueller

In a media landscape riddled with lurid details of prison life, Blue Room refocused our attention on a quietly devastating aspect of American incarceration: deprived relations to nature. The jury was very impressed by Blue Room’s curious gaze and incisive editing. Faces longing for beauty, and two prisons' attempts to re-foster natural connection, stayed with us long after the film ended. The final shot of Blue Room drew us to re-appreciate the stunning sights of the Pacific Northwest––while brilliantly highlighting how we, too, so often experience the glory of nature through mediated distance.

- Jury Member Nathan D. Roberts

LSFF AT-A GLANCE  

SATURDAY SEP 28th

LifePoint Church

Community Access Day! Free to attend thanks to our generous sponsors

9:30AM DOORS OPEN

9:45 CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE ANIMATED KIDS PROGRAM (1HR)

11-12 PNW STUDENT SHORT FILM SHOWCASE

 LUNCH BREAK - Food truck vouchers for first 50 to RSVP for event! More details soon. 

1-2:45 "BEYOND" DOC FEATURE FILM SCREENING in partnership with BECU and Sherwood Community Services.  Filmmaker panel discussion following.  

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3-4:30 MASTERCLASS: "Making a Scene"

Join LSFF Artistic Director Emily Timmer and Producer/Writer Dr. Nathan Roberts for a look at what makes a scene come alive. Great for film buffs as well as aspiring filmmakers. 

SUNDAY SEP 29th

LSHS Performing Arts Center

Narrative and Documentary Short Film Blocks will play throughout the day with a feature screening, masterclass and awards presentation. Day Passes start at $25. 

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SPONSORS

Lake Stevens Film Festival is not possible without generous support from community partners. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, view our 2024 Sponsorship Packet. 

PRODUCING SPONSORS

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SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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Executive Director Laura Bettelheim is a filmmaker as well as a SAG-AFTRA actor and Lake Stevens native. She completed film school in San Francisco and then moved to New York City where she and her husband lived for six years before returning to her hometown of Lake Stevens in April 2020. While a student at Lake Stevens High School, she helped organize the school's first "Viking Film Festival." Now, in the city where she first fell in love with film, she is developing a local film community and expanding opportunities for greater engagement with the arts.

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Artistic Director Emily Timmer grew up amongst evergreens in Tacoma, Washington. After a decade of travel through Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa - directing documentaries - she now writes and directs films in Southern California. Emily holds a Masters in Film Production from Chapman University. Her award-winning short films have traveled the festival circuit, and she is a Consulting Director on a forthcoming feature documentary about Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Alongside her filmmaking, Emily serves as a Coach for Koreatown Run Club in Los Angeles, and a Mentor for the ProductVS Fellowship by Run Tech Club. She remains curious - very - and can be found on long runs, still a lover of evergreens.

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Director of Operations Joy Ratzel has been involved with the Lake Stevens Film Festival since its first year. Joy’s involvement stemmed from wanting to support a friend’s goals and deepen the local community’s access to quality forms of art. Arts advocacy has always been a passion of hers. Currently, Joy is on the Snohomish County Arts Commission, the Secretary of the Craft Future Foundation board, Operations Manager for a local fine art and whole sale ceramics company, and the front desk lady at the local YMCA. She enjoys gardening with her family, cooking, hiking, learning new skills, and the arts. Her favorite movie genre is Psychological Drama & Horror. 

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