30th Annual

Olympia Film Festival

November 08, 2013 to November 17, 2013

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Attn: Helen Thornton
416 Washington Street SE #208
Olympia WA 98501
Phone: 360-754-6670 ext. 12
Fax: 360-943-9100

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World Passport Series
The Passport series offers film from around the world, often subtitled, retaining all the rhythms and beauty of each film's original language.
New American Cinema
Though the pop-spotlight seems to favor foreign auteurs and Hollywood mavericks we hold a special place in our hearts for those cinematic creations that spring from our own USA.
CineX (Experimental)
Cine-X celebrates the work of those who defy industry conventions and ignore commercial expectations.
We are looking for the best documentaries from around the globe. Topics can range from the serious to the absurd.
General Submissions
The General Submission category is for anything and everything under the sun that doesn't fit into any of the other categories.


Film is a vital part of our culture- sometime window, sometimes mirror; sometimes clear, simple and stark; sometimes subtle, complex and mysterious.

As a medium of art and entertainment, film has roots in both the past present, and the insights of contemporary audience.

We are cinephiles from the South Puget Sound area, interested in expanding our engagement with film and in developing our insights into filmmaking and filmmakers. We have therefore joined together, forming the Olympia Film Society, to extend and share our understanding and enjoyment of the cinematic arts. Our mission is to enhance film appreciation within the community by promoting alternative films and by aiding and encouraging the development of allied arts.

Our Goals are:
* To enrich the cultural resources of the South Puget Sound area by broadening access to film;
* To encourage a deeper understanding of the film medium among ourselves and in the broader community;
* To facilitate diverse avenues of engagement with filmmakers and filmmaking, reflecting the diverse interests of the membership;
* To maintain high standards of participatory decision-making and fiscal accountability in keeping with the cooperative n our association, and our status as a nonprofit cultural and educational corporation;
* To promote the spirit of an active volunteer society among the membership; and
* To unite and educate by enlisting the power of film and the allied arts to illuminate the intricacies of diverse cultures, the natural world and the human condition.


Marked by steady growth in members, volunteers, and regular film screenings, the 32-year history of the Olympia Film Society (OFS) describes our ascent from a handful of film lovers chipping in to rent films once a month to an organization with over 2000 members. OFS now shows independent, international and classic film year-round, offers special live performances, and produces a nationally recognized film festival.


Audrey Henley (Facility and Operations Director); Helen Thornton (Festival Programmer); Helen Thornton (Festival Programmer); Thom Mayes (Festival Director)


We consider all submitted films for the festival. We accept a wide variety of festival screening formats. Films submitted to the World Passport Series or New American Cinema must have been completed after January 1, 2012; films submitted to CineX (experimental) must have been completed after January 1, 2012 and be no longer than 10 minutes. Films submitted to the General Submissions category do not have had to have been made after any certain date. Please contact the festival programmer (Helen Thornton) at helen@olympiafilmsociety.org with any questions.


You attest to and understand that you are responsible for copyright compliance. By accepting these terms, you acknowledge that the Olympia Film Festival, its agents or, trustees, cannot be held responsible for damage or loss resulting from public exhibition or return mail or any other unforeseen circumstances.

If confirmed for the festival, the filmmaker will provide press and other promotional materials. The person submitting is an official representative from the film.

Olympia Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Olympia Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.