Salise Hughes is a Seattle based visual artist who began making films in 2005. Her second film Tidal Wave won The Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film in the 2006 Ann Arbor Film Festival. She has since screened her films in many international venues including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Seattle International Film Festival, Antimatter in Victoria, B. C., Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque, and Other Cinema in San Francisco. In 2010 she was invited to screen her films as an installation in the galleries of The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, part of their Women with Vision series. In the same year she won the Grand Prix of the Press at Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema for her film Nothing to Fear but Nothing Itself. After her award Collectif Jeune Cinema began distributing her films in France. In 2012 her film The Swimmer was included in the List of Important Cinematic Works Award at the Alternative Film/ Video Festival in Belgrade. This award led to a residency in 2013 where she made her film Yugoslavian Home Movies. In 2014 Yugoslavian Home Movies won Best Experimental Film at the Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film. Also in 2014 an installation of her film How to Draw Clouds was included in Out There #1 Maastricht, a series of month long multimedia installations presented by Viewmaster Projects in The Neitherlands.

Other projects include membership in Seattle Experimental Animation Team (SEAT), a group interested in presenting animation in non traditional forms and venues from 2010-1914. Some of these projects included installations in public parks for Susan Robb’s The Long Walk, 2011, and a gallery installation of zoetropes, SEAT and Spin at 4Culture in 2014. Also in 2014 she founded an experimental screening series, EXcinema in Seattle from 2014-2019. Included in these screenings were a series of feature length exquisite corpses she organized that included an international cast of notable filmmakers. These included The Spaces Between Cities, 2015 and The Spaces Between Countries: Mexico and USA, 2018.