San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce

Friday Harbor, Washington
San Juan Island

October Featured Member of the Month: ​Friday Harbor Film Festival

​The Friday Harbor Film Festival was cofounded in 2013 by Lynn Danaher and Karen Palmer.  They realized early in the process they had very compatible skill sets, so Lynn took the role of Director having organized multiple events from rock ‘n’ roll concerts to symposiums and Karen with 30 years at Sundance, took on the role of Producer.  Their shared belief in the importance of documentary storytelling has served the FHFF well, by becoming one of favorites of documentary filmmakers, themselves.  Featuring the filmmakers for Q & A at every screening creates a high level of personal engagement with the audience.  The FHFF gives voice to dedicated filmmakers who make enormous sacrifices to share an important story.  Each film is required to have a call to action and/or a message of hope.
Lynn and Karen have worked tirelessly as 100% volunteers since the beginning even personally funding shortfalls.  The FHFF has grown into a year around event, screening films thru out the winter Jan- June and hosting special screening year around. They hope to expand support and funding to hire additional staff as the demands have moved beyond just volunteers.  Lynn and Karen both feel very proud of this exceptional event and how it has enhanced Friday Harbor as a shoulder season destination.
By expanding the FHFF to honor the important contributions of individuals, with the Andrew V McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award and the Local hero Award has brought an extra level of creditability to the event.  This year we are expanding our honors with the Laszlo Pal (former Board Member) Emerging Filmmaker Award, to acknowledge a promising young filmmaker!
FRIDAY HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL - San Juan Island, Washington
"Stories of the Pacific Rim & Beyond" entertain-inspire-enlighten
Oct. 26 - 27- 28​
​​Or you can make tax-deductible charitable contributions for the Fireworks Fund via the San Juan Island Community Foundation by mailing a check to SJICF, PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 and place a note in the memo line 4th of July Fireworks Fund.

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