How to fest

How to Fest 2017 coming shortly

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. – noon

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 Director 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.


Step 1 Select your films. Keep in mind that for popular films, lines may form early and some theatres have limited capacity.

Step 2 60 minutes before showtime:
Watch seat availability using the Reel Time Seats site. From your smart phone or device, go to Numbered tickets are distributed to each person with a valid pass. These are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and guarantee a seat.

Step 3 Doors open 30 minutes before showtime:
Line up with your pass and numbered ticket in hand. You may get into the line according to your ticket number, or join at the back.

Latecomers: If you’re a passholder arriving after the 30-minute deadline without a numbered ticket, see the theater manager (PTFF baseball hat) for availability. If the house is sold out, you will have time to get to a different theatre.

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 Key City Public Theatre hosts the PeterSimpson Free Cinema (419 WashingtonStreet) 66 seats. See the film listings inthe program as Key City Free. Four filmsscreened daily, free of charge. Line up atthe door for your ticket! Offered in honorof Peter Simpson, a founder and pastExecutive Director of PTFF.

Northwest Maritime Center (431 WaterStreet, Floor 2) 200 seats. Elevator.Patrons standing in line see a stellar viewof Port Townsend Bay, Admiralty Inlet,Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Limitedconcessions available. Velocity Coffeeopen on ground floor.

American Legion Theatre (209 MonroeStreet) 250 seats. Limited concessionsavailable. Headliner events held here.

Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre Free to the public. Taylorbecomes an Outdoor Theatre on Friday,Saturday and Sunday nights. Festivitiesbegin at 7:15 pm. Showtime at dusk.Straw bales are available for seating, butit’s best to bring your own chairs andblankets. Family friendly movie. (No dogsallowed). We pass a donation bucket. Givewhat you can!

Rose Theatre and Rosebud Cinema235Taylor Street) 158 seats and 79 seats,respectively. Historic, lovingly restoredformer vaudeville theatre. Concessions,coffee, beer, wine and ciders are availablein the theatre lobby.

The Starlight Room (237 Taylor Street,Floor 3) 45 seats. Elevator. Ages 21+ only.Food, popcorn, concessions and alcoholicbeverages available.

Cotton Building Theatre (607 Water Street) 100 seats. Near to the historic Pope Marine Park and next to Area 51:The Festival Bar on the Dock.


• Recording devices of any kind are strictly prohibited.
• Seat-saving is not allowed.
• Children younger than six are permitted only at the Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre.
     Parental discretion is advised. Most of the films are not rated.
• Check program timing! Runtimes do not include Q&A sessions or introductions.


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” will be presented for the first time this year.

“Jim had a deep interest in all things creative throughout his life,” said his wife, Barbara. “He was a musician, a cartoonist, an electronics and computer wizard, a software developer for his consulting business and a documentary film maker. He embodied the concept that ‘art changes lives.’ ”

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 of its 17 years,” said PTFF executive director, Janette Force.

In the years before his death in 2014, he encouraged, befriended and worked closely with two young filmmakers, Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm (The Red Machine, Ghandi at the Bat).

“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.”


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, $100. Hours: Friday 4-10 pm,Saturday 9 am-10 pm, and by requeston Sunday. For more information, visit or call 360-379-1129.


PTeRider, a new five-seat, all-electric taxi service, offers Festival patrons freedom from parking woes. Park in the free Park ‘n’ Ride behind Safeway and catch a ride to the National Historic District for $5, one way. No charge to ride between theatres. Look for two dedicated taxi stands, marked on the map. Call or text for a ride, 360-774-3803, or simply hail the service from the taxi stand.


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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One week only! Please complete by October 2, 2016.