The BUFO Film Festival Potluck event – which was canceled due to COVID – has been re-scheduled for this Saturday, May 20, 2023 at the historic Forest Ledge mansion in Seahurst.

This event will start at 4 p.m., and is intended to help possible filmmakers with their entries into the upcoming Burien UFO Film Festival.

It will also include a screening of the award-winning short film “The Maury Island Incident” and chat about ideas for the Aug. 4, 2023 event while eating good food, drinking good wine, all in a relaxed setting.

Please RSVP

To RSVP, please email Shelli Park at or call John White at 206-485-7030.

Film Contest Rules

  • Deadline to enter is July 15, 2023 at midnight.
  • Film length limited to 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Highlight at least one of the 18 Burien neighborhoods by showing their crest or logo.  
  • Theme is The Maury Island Incident. This means filmmakers must include any aspect of the historic 1947 UFO sighting known as “The Maury Island Incident.”
  • Filmmakers are not limited to the content in the short film called “The Maury Island Incident.” Content can be from any book, news story, internet source or article with info on the Maury Island Incident.
  • Example sources, besides Burien/Des Moines filmed “The Maury Island Incident”,  written by Steve Edmiston, are the book by Kenneth Arnold called “Coming of the Saucers” or Charlette LeFevere’s book titled “Maury Island UFO Incident.” There is a new, updated version of the book called “Coming of the Saucers” republished by Shanelle Schanz, Kenneth Arnold’s granddaughter. It’s called “The Coming of the Saucers” republished by Shanelle Schanz. Only on Amazon.
  • Also, Scott Schaefer of The B-Town Blog and Director/Producer of “The Maury Island Incident” film has offered clips from the short film to all movie contestants. Once entered, entrants will be provided a link and passcode to download the full film to use clips from as they see fit.


  • First Prize: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd place: $500

More Info/Contact

For more info, please contact Shelli Park at or call John White at 206-485-7030.

Forest Ledge Info

Forest Ledge is located at 14645 25th SW, but do not Google the address or you will get lost- just find “Eagle Landing Park” – as the home shares the same driveway:

If you have any questions, please contact Shelli Park at or call John White at 206-485-7030.

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