Watch FHFF award winners’ On-Demand through Nov. 5

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Film Festival

Friday Harbor Film Festival Is thrilled to present the Audience Choice Award for the Best Overall Feature Film to Patrick and the Whale, directed by Mark Fletcher. This documentary, along with many other award-winning features and short films, is available to watch now through Sunday, Nov. 5 at

The other Audience Choice Awards went to:

Best Overall Short Film: The Last Act, directed by Amy Benson

Best Explorers & Adventures Feature: Patrol, directed by Brad Allgood and Camilo De Castro

Best Things to Consider Feature: Covenant of the Salmon People, directed by Shane Anderson

Best Tales From the Heart Feature: Mama Bears, directed by Daresha Kyi

This year’s Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Orca researcher Deborah A. Giles, Ph.D. at the opening night gala honoring filmmakers.

The 2023 Local Hero Award was given to filmmaker Amy Herdy at the Awards night. Heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of the Friday Harbor Film Festival 2023! The exceptional talents and stories showcased at the annual awards ceremony were truly inspiring.​

Most of the feature films and all of the short films shown this past weekend at the In-Theatre Festival are now available online as part of the On-Demand Festival. Watch the entire Young Filmmakers Showcase FREE on the festival website. The Awards Ceremony is available to watch FREE at

To enjoy the On-Demand films go to There are details about how to use In-Theatre Passes to enjoy the On-Demand Festival from anywhere in the world. For those who need to purchase tickets, there is a link on the home page.

After watching each film, it is essential to vote because FHFF will award On-Demand Audience Choice Awards on Nov. 8. Score ‘A’ for exceptional through ‘F’ for needs improvement. Voting ends Nov. 5.

Don’t miss the line-up of interesting and inspiring documentaries now ready to watch through Sunday, Nov. 5 at!