How to fest

How to Fest 2017

Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water Street

Click HERE for map.
Thursday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Concierge At Hospitality, you can:
• Purchase additional passes
• Pick up a program
• Get info and updates
• Buy merchandise
• Grab a cup of complimentary coffee
• Locate Lost & Found

Concierge Service is for benefactors who have purchased a Concierge or Patron Pass. These passes guarantee seating in films and are reserved by the Concierge team at the Hospitality Will Call Center, Thurs.-Sun. You can set up your entire schedule for the weekend, or stop in to see the Concierge team at any time. When you receive your pass, the concierge will give you a phone number to call for on-going assistance.


One Pass $40, one film at any theatre, includes PTFF membership and discounts (see below).

Six-Pack Pass $100, gives you access to 6 films, shareable with others.

Festival Pass $220, unlimited films, not shareable or transferable, includes the tasty Opening Night Dinner on Taylor Street.

Become a PTFF Patron:
Concierge $650 ($450 tax deductible donation)
, unlimited films with personalized Concierge service (seating is guaranteed if reserved with Concierge), exclusive parties with filmmakers, includes the tasty Opening Night Dinner on Taylor Street.

Patron $1500 ($1300 tax deductible donation), unlimited films with personalized Concierge service (seating is guaranteed if reserved with Concierge), exclusive parties with filmmakers, includes the tasty Opening Night Dinner on Taylor Street and PTFF schwag.

All passes include a one-year PTFF membership card. Members receive our monthly e-mail newsletter, invitations to year-round events, access to our library of independent films (with over 1000 titles) as well as discounts from our business partners: Pane d’Amore, Rose Theatre,  and more!

Click HERE to purchase your pass.


time passes

New! Tickets Released 40 minutes before Showtime

Step 1 Select your films. Lines form early for the most popular films. Some theatres are small.

Step 2 40 minutes before show time: Line up to get your numbered ticket. First-in-line, first-served basis with a valid pass. Your ticket guarantees you a seat. Doors open just 10 minutes later, 30 minutes before show time. You must have a ticket to enter.

Tip: Subtract 40 minutes from screen time to get your ticket. For example:
9:00 show –> tickets released 8:20
9:15 show –> tickets released 8:35
9:30 show –> tickets released 8:50

Latecomers: If you’re a passholder arriving after the doors open, see the theatre manager (wearing a black PTFF baseball hat) for a numbered ticket. If the house is sold out, you will have time to select a different film.

Rush Tickets - $15 (cash only)
Rush tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis, to non-passholders waiting in the rush ticket-line. When a theatre doesn't fill up, tickets are sold 10 minutes before showtime until the lights go down. Cash only.

Introducing our new Reel Time Seats at
See how fast the theatre is filling up and if you’ll get a seat.

To ensure you see the films of your choice as you navigate the festival, simply go to using any smartphone or tablet. Our new Reel Time Seats site tells you which theater and film has open seats so you’ll always know if you can get into your preferred film screening.

Visit and all theatres currently screening will pop into view.


Ask a volunteer in a red hat or a theatre manager wearing a black baseball hat to assist you.


Click HERE for map.

All theatres are wheelchair accessible. Seating begins 30 minutes before showtime.

Key City Public Theatre 66 seats
419 Washington Street
Six films screened daily, free of charge. Location of the Peter Simpson Free Cinema, in honor of Peter Simpson, a founder and past Executive Director of PTFF.

Films start here 30 minutes after the hour.

Northwest Maritime Center 200 seats
431 Water Street, Floor 2, Elevator.
Patrons standing in line see stellar views of the Bay, Admiralty Inlet, Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Limited concessions, Velocity Coffee open on ground floor.

Films start here 15 minutes after the hour.

American Legion Theatre 250 seats
209 Monroe Street
Limited concessions available. Headliner events held here.

Films start here 30 minutes after the hour.

Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre Free to the public.
Taylor becomes an Outdoor Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Festivities begin at 7:15 pm. Showtime at dusk. Straw bales are available for seating, but it’s best to bring your own chairs and blankets. Family friendly movie. (No dogs allowed). We pass a donation bucket. Giv ewhat you can!

Rose Theatre 158 seats 235 Taylor Street
Historic, lovingly-restored former vaudeville theatre. Concessions, coffee, beer, wine, and ciders are available in the theatre lobby.

Films start here 15 minutes after the hour.

Rosebud Theatre 79 seats
235 Taylor Street
Historic, lovingly-restored former vaudeville theatre. Concessions, coffee, beer, wine, and ciders are available in the theatre lobby.

Films start here 15 minutes after the hour.

The Starlight Room 45 seats
237 Taylor Street, Floor 3, Elevator.
Ages 21+ only. Appetizers, entrees, popcorn, and alcoholic beverages available.

Films start here on the hour.

Cotton Building Theatre 100 seats
607 Water Street next to The Festival Bar on the Dock.

Films start here on the hour.


• Recording devices are strictly prohibited.
• Seat-saving is not allowed. Check program timing and Reel Time Seats Site!
• Run times do not include Q&A sessions or introductions.
• Children younger than 6 are permitted only at the Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre. Films are not rated. Parental discretion is advised.
• All theatres are wheelchair accessible.


Placeholder imageTHE MAGIC LANTERN BEER & WINE GARDEN (In front of the Rose Theatre on Taylor Street, under the big white tent). Serving Port Townsend Brewing Co. beer, and Chateau Ste. Michelle white and red wines. Beverages to be consumed in designated area, seating on straw bales. Great place to watch the Outdoor Movie! Hours: Fri. 6 pm–9 pm, Sat. and Sun., Noon–9 pm. All proceeds benefit PTFF.

AREA 51: THE FESTIVAL BAR ON THE DOCK (Pope Marine Park Building, 603 Water Street). Sip a PTFF signature cocktail made with Bainbridge Organic Distillers spirits, Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, or other beverages with those who share your love of Indie films. Seating inside or out. Hours: Thurs. through Sun, 1 pm–7 pm. Happy Hour at 6 pm every day.

Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 am, Area 51 becomes a venue for the Filmmakers’ Panel discussions. Minors are welcome during discussions. Free coffee, courtesy of Sunrise Coffee Company, LTD. Thanks to our sponsors Bainbridge Organic Distillers, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and Port Townsend Main Street. All proceeds support our mission to inform and inspire with film!


Jim EwingOpen to the public. Watch clips from the films in competition at the Rose Theatre, Sunday at 6:15 p.m. Jury awards are presented for Best Films in five categories. We will also reveal the winners of your Audience Choice Awards, Spirit of PTFF and The Big Cheese Award presented by Mount Townsend Creamery.

“The Jim Ewing Young Director Award” presented graciously by Barbara Ewing for the first time in 2016 went to Sasha Gordon for her film, It Had To Be You.

“Because of Jim’s love of the creative process and how much he encouraged others to be their creative best, it seems profoundly fitting”, said Barbara, “that I give $1,000 to a young filmmaker on his behalf each year.”

Jim was one of the founders of the Port Townsend Film Festival. “He was a visionary, board member and supported the Festival’s mission to connect filmmakers with audiences for 15 years,” said PTFF executive director, Janette Force.

The 2017 award will be presented at the Awards Presentation on Sunday, 6:30 pm at the Rose Theatre.


Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre will not operate in high winds, but light rain showers will not stop the show!


FireflyGive your kids a treat while you watch films.

The Firefly Academy offers a film camp for kids during the festival weekend. Drop children over the age of 2½ at the convenient downtown location, 842 Washington St., Suite 104.
Activities include Lego animation, claymation, artsand crafts.
$10/hour first child, $5/houradditional. Or save with a Film CampPass: Unlimited hours over Film Festivalweekend, $120.

Hours: Friday 4-10 pm,Saturday 9 am-10 pm, and by requeston Sunday.

For more information, visit or call 360-379-1129.




Come up to the office after November 1st, many films screened this weekend will be in our Library for members to check out.


Port Townsend Film Festival
211 Taylor Street,
Suite 401A Port Townsend, WA 98368


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