Festival APRIL 20-23, 2017

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CASCADIA will present a multi-day film festival consisting of films, social events, workshops, industry panels, educational events and more.

View our Official Selection for 2017 now for trailers, photos, and more.

Mark your calendar with the Festival Schedule and get your tickets from Pickford Film Center and Mount Baker Theatre now!

Our Official Hotel Sponsor for the festival is Holiday Inn & Suites–Bellingham Airport. Call for reservations at 855-310-0406. Use reference booking code: CIW and check out this user-friendly link for our groupFine dining can be had inside the hotel at the restaurant northwater.  

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Bellingham-based video production company Talking to Crows created this trailer for the 24 inspiring films directed by women that we’ll showcase during our CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival April 20-23, 2017. See more details below.

Pre-Festival Event APRIL 19, 2017

Unslut documentary project CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival WWU Western Washington universityWesern Washington University’s (WWU) new CASCADIA Women’s Film Club, in partnership with WWU’s Women, Sexuality, and Gender Studies Program, are co-sponsoring a FREE screening and panel discussion of the film, Unslut: A Documentary Film. Read more….

LIVE Script Studio Session APRIL 23, 2017

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A special CASCADIA/Bellingham Film LIVE Script Studio Session will be presented during the festival in partnership with Bellingham Film, a local organization that fosters community among area filmmakers.

CASCADIA will present a 3-hour event where portions of developing scripts are read by actors. Industry professionals will offer pro-writer feedback based on their vast experience. Read More….

Pre-Festival Event APRIL 11, 2017

virtual reallity VR panel cascadia International womens film festival bellingham whatcomIn parntership with Bellingham Film, CASCADIA presented a three-hour pre-festival educational industry panel discussion, workshop, and mixer. 

“Virtual Reality Expert Panel Discussion and Bellingham Film Mixer: The Emerging Technology of Immersive Technology.” Read more….

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Doctober 2015 & 2016

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In 2015, our team collaborated with Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival to present 8 women-directed documentary films at Doctober, a documentary film festival at the Pickford Film Center. We sponsored a kick-off party to meet the filmmakers, held a filmmakers’ panel with Western Washington University and hosted Q & A sessions with each filmmaker.
In October 2016, CASCADIA debuted with a multi-event film festival, including a one-day showcase, including two screenings presented as part of the Pickford Film Center’s Doctober film festival. The program included an evening kick-off party, a day of films, a directors’ reception and a day of networking events. VIEW FULL DETAILS HERE!


“At Doctober (2015) I screened my film, “Swallowed Whole” and then had a very lively Q&A and discussion. After hearing all the gorey details about how the film was made and what it was about (breaking my back), the audience requested that we screen it AGAIN. I have never had that happen! It was great.”
Heidi Kumao, Filmmaker and Artist, Associate Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
“I particularly enjoyed taking part in the Panel Discussion on ‘Women and the Celluloid Ceiling’ which I believe was extremely informative and stimulating for young people starting off in the film industry.”
Ariadna Ochrymovych, Director & Producer, Black Sea Media Inc.



Welcome to CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival.
Our Mission is:


The scenic Pacific Northwest City of Bellingham in Washington State lies halfway between the film meccas of Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C. CASCADIA is an ideal festival destination, perfectly situated for filmmakers and film enthusiasts near and far.

photography by Cheryl Crooks


CASCADIA is comprised of a diverse group of people with a love of film, and a commitment to opportunity and diversity in art and all walks of life.  We are organized as a board of directors, two advisory boards, an Executive Director, Programming Director and lots of volunteers.

We share a vision of building an international event showcasing the work of women directors, and what they believe are the extraordinary opportunities for filmmakers to work in Bellingham, Whatcom County and the surrounding area.  


Are you a filmmaker? Interested in becoming a sponsor or having your ad in our festival program? Would you like to volunteer or attend a film? We’d love to hear from you. Please provide your contact information and a message about your interest in CASCADIA. You can sign up now to volunteer during one of our 2017 festival screenings. Its simple.

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