Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pickford Film Center

For the third year in a row, CASCADIA is honored to present a day of exceptional films directed by women during Pickford Film Center’s month-long documentary film festival, DOCTOBER, throughout the month of October.

Two Remarkable Women, Two Incredible Stories, Two Exceptional Films

Keep the discussion rolling after the films! Join us after “Letters…” for pizza courtesy of CASCADIA in the mezzanine of Goat Mountain Pizza until 10 PM!

Big Sonia

Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Screening at 3:15 PM

We are proud to sponsor an encore screening of this exceptional film. Having won an Audience Favorite Award at the Cleveland Film Festival, Big Sonia is an inspiring story about a Holocaust survivor who is tiny woman with a huge personality. We see her face one more life challenge when her business receives an eviction notice from a dying shopping mall in Kansas City.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Holocaust survivor and Whatcom County resident Noemi Ban and Director Sandra Alfers of the The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University​.

Thank you to Rachel’s heART creative therapy art camp for their sponsorship.

Get Big Sonia Tickets

Letters from Baghdad

Directed by Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl

Screening at 6:00 PM

Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, Letters from Baghdad tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. Bell shaped the destiny of Iraq after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague T.E.Lawrence (a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia), why has she been written out of the history?
Thank you to Andrea Leebron Clay for sponsoring this film.

Get Letters from Baghdad Tickets


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


Now OPEN for Submissions for 2018

We are now accepting submissions for short films under 30 minutes for our 2018 CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival scheduled for April 12-15, 2018. You’ll find all the details on FilmFreeway.


Successful Festival APRIL 20-23, 2017

CASCADIA presented a multi-day film festival consisting of films, social events, workshops, industry panels, educational events and more. View our Official Selection for 2017 and Festival Schedule presented at Pickford Film Center and Mount Baker Theatre.

We’re thankful to our Official Hotel Sponsor Holiday Inn & Suites–Bellingham AirportSee our FAQ.

Special thanks to Talking to Crows for producing this festival trailer.

What Filmmakers Are Saying

“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.

Pre-Festival Events April 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-sponsored a FREE screening and panel discussion of the film, Unslut: A Documentary Film. Read more….

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….

LIVE Script Studio Session APRIL 23, 2017

script studio cascadia international womens film festival bellingham whatcom mel damski mount baker theatre

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

CASCADIA presented the 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….

Doctober 2015 & 2016

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 and two screenings. 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.



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? We’d love to hear from you. Please provide your contact information and a message about your interest in CASCADIA.


1050 Larrabee Avenue
Suite 104, Box #810
Bellingham, WA 98225


Toll Free: 877.405.3458



Support Us

Support our cause here

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message