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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, immediate Past President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Academy or the Oscars) will be our special honored guest at this year’s CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, April 12-15 in Bellingham, WA. Boone Isaacs will be part of our program on Friday, April 13, 2018 in the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room.

Her address will be free and open to the public via reserved tickets. The program will be preceded by a ticketed Happy Hour Reception in the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher. Tickets will be available soon via Brown Paper Tickets. You can read more in the press release and on our blog. We’ll share updates here, on our blog, and on social media as the event nears so check back soon.

We are proud to announce our 2018 Official Selection. You may now view trailers and synopses of each of the 26 confirmed films that will appear at our festival April 12-15, 2018. Join our mailing list in the contact form below to be among the first to see the festival schedule and know exactly when tickets will go on sale.

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Letters from Baghdad

Join us on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8, as we present an encore screening of Letters from Baghdad that SOLD OUT at Doctober 2017! Pickford Film Center tickets will go on sale soon so buy them early!

CASCADIA will be in the lobby before and after the film to share more about the upcoming festival. We will also have a brief discussion following the film. More details to come!

More about the film by Zeva Oehlbaum & Sabina Krayenbuhl:

Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day, shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum. Why has she been written out of history?

Thank you to Barbara vz Howard for sponsoring this encore presentation!



Call for Short Film Script Submissions Through Feb. 28

ATTENTION WRITERS! CASCADIA is seeking short film SCRIPTS for our LIVE Script Studio Session on Sunday, April 15 as a part of our CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, April 12 – 15. Scripts must be electronically submitted by Feb. 28 to be considered. Submit through our website or email to You can read more about last year’s event on our blog to get an idea of where we’re headed.

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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


Our Directors have come from far and wide, professional and  beginner storytellers and we are so excited to share with you their thoughts on CASCADIA. The exceptional films they created is just the beginning and we are so happy they shared their films with us. 

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Check out our blog for all the details on past events as well as behind-the-scenes updates on all that we’re working on. You’ll be fascinated by our educational events, fundraisers and festival. We’re honored to offer these opportunities to the regional, national and international filmmaking and film-viewing community.


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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.  


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