KCLS Reel Fest Film Premiere and Awards Show

KCLS Reel Fest

A film contest with cash prizes

Due to the Seattle-King County Public Health recommendations to avoid bringing large groups of people together during this time, KCLS is postponing the Reel Fest Film Premiere and Award Show that was scheduled for March 20.

We will reschedule sometime later this spring or summer.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at reelfest@kcls.org.

We Asked, You Answered!

Last fall, we asked KCLS patrons to show us what the library means to them in a two-minute film. We received an impressive outpouring of heartfelt library stories, and now it’s time to roll out the red carpet for KCLS Reel Fest, the Film Premiere and Awards Show! Free and open to all!

Meet the Keynote Speaker and Judges

Emcee and Keynote Speaker:

Ahamefule J. Oluo

Ahamefule J. Oluo is a Seattle-based musician, composer and comedian. Oluo co-founded the Stranger Genius Award-winning hard-jazz quartet Industrial Revelation, and is also leader of the jazz-punk trio The Honorable Chief. His locally debuted 2012 pop opera “Now I’m Fine” received universal acclaim, and was performed off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York and beyond. “Fine” was recently made into the film, "Thin Skin" which he co-wrote with his wife, writer Lindy West, and colleague, Charles Mudede.



SassyBlack is a multifaceted creative force with a focus in the performing and literary arts. Hailing from Seattle, this Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” and “hologram funk” explores sound through deep compositions.


Laura Jean Cronin is an award-winning filmmaker, and an accomplished artist and educator. She’s a writer, director and producer at Pound Pictures, and is the lead producer at Reel Grrls Pro, which helps girls and young women succeed as leaders through media production. She was also a producer on the Emmy® award-winning PBS show, “Biz Kids” for six seasons.


Warren Etheredge is a Storyfinder™, successful producer, published author, staged playwright, veteran festival programmer and much sought-after public speaker. He is one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool in Seattle, and has hosted multiple television series including “The High Bar,” his Emmy®-nominated show devoted to “raising the bar.”


Paula Lamas is an award-winning news anchor at Noticias Univision Seattle, host and producer of the KOMO News movie segment “Popcorn Time with Paula,” and director of the bilingual podcast, “Power Moment.” She has also served as a juror for the Seattle Latino Film Festival.

Dr. Richard J. Meyer

Dr. Richard J. Meyer spent most of his career overseeing public television stations and teaching film. He also wrote three books about Chinese silent film stars, has produced and directed several films, and serves as a SIFF board member.


Youth (ages 17 and younger)

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $700
3rd Place $500


Adult (ages 18 and older)

1st Place $1,000
2nd Place $700
3rd Place $500

Prizes generously provided by a donation to the KCLS Foundation.


Judging Criteria

1. Creativity: How creative did they get with their film?

2. Impact: How powerful was their message?

3. Originality: How distinctive was the film?

4. Relevance: How well did the film answer the question: What does the library mean to you?

Frequently Asked Questions

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