Calling all sci-fi and fantasy filmmakers. Submissions are now open for the 2013 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. Now entering its eighth year, SFFSFF will screen 20 short films at the iconic Cinerama Theater in downtown Seattle. The festival will take place in early 2013, and the final deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012.

Films can be live action or animated, but must fall within one of two categories. First is science fiction, defined as futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia. Second is fantasy—sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure. Horror films will not be considered. In order to qualify, films must have been completed after January 2008, and can run no longer than fifteen minutes.

SFFSFF is a great opportunity for young filmmakers to have their work seen by an award-winning group of writers, filmmakers, and industry insiders. The carefully selected jury includes Andrew Allen (The Thomas Biele Cipher), Sue Corcorhan (Gory, Gory, Hallelujah), Robert Horton (KUOW), Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Gallactica), Charles Mudede (The Stranger, Police Beat), Bill Plympton (Guard Dog, Push Comes to Shove), Jason Sondhi (Short of the Week), and Rider and Shiloh Strong (Cabin Fever, The Dungeon Master).

Awards include Grand Prize, second and third place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for the best special effects. Festival attendees can also vote for the winner of the Audience Favorite Award.


Final Deadline: September 15, 2012

Entry Fee: $50

Submissions: All submissions are processed through Without a Box:

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