February 25, 2019



Ian Miller, 360-417-6460 or

MaryAnn Wagner, 206-616-6353 or


Calling All Filmmakers: Entries Sought for the Olympic Peninsula’s 6th annual River & Ocean Film Festival

Submit short films by March 18 for April 20 screening at the Rainforest Arts Center in Forks

Forks, WA – The River & Ocean Film Festival, hosted in conjunction with Forks RainFest and the Washington Coast Clean-up, celebrates the natural and human dimensions of the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. Short films from the peninsula and beyond will showcase this region’s richness and beauty as well as some of the challenges facing the aquatic and human communities.

Filmmakers everywhere are invited to submit relevant short films. View last year’s selected films on the event website.

“The ‘West End’ of the Olympic Peninsula is a dramatic landscape filled with astonishing people and stories,” says Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant coastal hazards specialist and coordinator of the film festival. “Film can invite us to experience new places and narratives that we otherwise would never come to know. This is what this film festival is all about ­– allowing people to experience the natural beauty of this part of the world and the stories of the people that love it and live on it.”

Entries can be submitted in electronic or DVD formats. Running time must be under 20 minutes, including credits; stand-alone segments of longer works are welcome. Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 18, 2019.

Please include:

  • The entry’s title, director and producer
  • A brief (maximum 250 words) description of the entry, its running time and its relevance to the natural or human dimensions of the watersheds or marine ecosystems of the west end of the Olympic Peninsula
  • The year it was produced

The festival organizing committee will review all entries as they arrive and make selections on a rolling basis.

To arrange submission, please send an email to Ian Miller at

Festival screenings will start at 7:00 p.m April 20, 2019 at the Rainforest and Arts Center in Forks, WA.  The event is sponsored by the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee, the City of Forks, Washington Sea Grant, North Pacific Coast Lead Entity, Rainforest Council for the Arts, Pacific Coast Salmon Coalition, West Olympic Council for the Arts, and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.


Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine research, outreach and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.