The CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival (CASCADIA for short) is a 501© (3) nonprofit based in Bellingham, Washington. It was founded in 2015, following a successful collaboration with Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival to present eight documentary films directed by women at “Doctober,” a month-long event held every October at the Pickford Film Center in downtown Bellingham, WA. Five women filmmakers and the FeFF artistic director participated in a Directors’ Panel, hosted by Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts. The event was well-attended by the local film community, students, and members of the public.
CASCADIA sponsored a new program of documentary films and workshops at the Pickford’s 2016 “Doctober” film festival. Included were an evening kick-off party and two days of films and networking events.
Following that success, CASCADIA debuted its own independent film festival April 20-23, 2017 with a curated program of 24 films from around the world produced and directed by women. CASCADIA also hosted educational events to assist aspiring and working directors. Board Members and volunteers are working to grow CASCADIA’s donor base and fundraising efforts to cover the costs of the additional educational programs and a 2018 festival.
In addition to showcasing the work of female directors and producers, CASCADIA seeks to:
- Educate audiences and the community by partnering with local businesses, Western Washington University, and arts organizations to sponsor forums, workshops, special film showings, and related events, in addition to year-round education programs for filmmakers.
- Promote Bellingham, Whatcom County and the region as a destination for filmmakers and for film enthusiasts to enjoy the area’s many amenities while attending the festival.