It’s that time of year again, time for EMP’s annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. The fest goes down on Saturday, January 19, at Seattle’s iconic Cinerama Theater.

Now entering its eighth year, SFFSFF is a great chance for young filmmakers to have their work seen and critiqued by a panel of industry veterans. The 2013 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).

The program is split into two sessions, each featuring ten short films. An awards ceremony will be held after the second session, where a number of jury prizes will be handed out. There is also an audience award in play, so be sure to show up and vote for your favorite.

An encore presentation will be held the next day, Sunday, January 20, at SIFF Cinema Uptown. Check out their website for tickets and information.

Here are the full programs.

Session One, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 4:00pm


When rendered powerless by an outside force, a young woman must find a way to fight back.


Charlie is an old-school technician at one of the last independent suicide firms. He and his apprentice visit a former child-star named Evelyn, a charming recluse with a dark secret.

Frankie Rulez!!

A narcissistic space alien attempts to claim a series of planets through the dogged use of flags.

Giant Monster Playset

A young boy receives a mysterious package. Upon opening it, he innocently plays with its toy monster contents. Simultaneously a gigantic beast appears, bent on the destruction of the boy’s small town. His older brother discovers their connection and realizes that only he can stop it.

The Narrative of Victor Karloch

Victor Karloch receives a journal from a colleague involved in a salvage operation for missing sea freighters in the North Sea. In this journal, Karloch’s friend describes his descent into the abysmal deep with the use of a diving bell, and his encounters with the ghosts of a lost Templar Knights’ ship.


While doing laundry, a misfit seven-year-old girl tumbles into an alluring other-world where she must decide the fate of her birthmark.

Small Time

Mankind now has the godlike power of time travel. Unfortunately it’s been discovered by a cocky, young student. When his college professor takes credit for the idea, both men begin using the invention for a small time rivalry.

The Wheel

This whimsical, visually imaginative tale concerns a dutiful young man, fated to maintain a large wheel that balances the entire world, and a rebellious sister determined to mischievously tempt that fate.


Day in, day out, Mr. Grimm is busy with his job as The Reaper, harvesting people’s lives. One day, his monotonous existence is interrupted by the doorbell. It’s a little girl. She wants her cat back. Little does she know that she’s the next life on Mr. Grimm’s list.

Session Two, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:30pm

Cats In Space

Space, the final frontier. A feline starship embarks on a mission to boldly go where no cat has gone before.

Cheap Extermination

For Ernst, the perfect disguise was to play himself.


Isolated and alone in a barren suburb, Ellen begins to photograph the foxes that rummage through her garbage, until their spectral shrieking lures her into a twilit, feral world.

The Gate

Set five years in the future, The Gate tells the story of the effects of consuming unregulated illegal drugs. Certain redundant gene sequences in human DNA become activated for the first time, leading to rapid mutation and the evolvement of new human creatures.

A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation

Following the death of his father, a young man copes with his grief by journeying through time and space.

Lucky Day Forever

Prole 514 dreams about winning the Great Lottery. The lottery winner is transformed and allowed admission into the elite White society, where everyone is beautiful, young, and happy. One day, 514’s wish comes true.

Motor Home

In the middle of a scorching hot summer, Yann drives along the Belgian seashore in his motorhome. When he stops to have a rest, Marie, who was sleeping in the passenger seat, goes out to take a couple of pictures. Suddenly, time turns upside down and everything goes haywire.


A genius hacker and his dog help an enigmatic young woman free the remaining test subjects from a sinister laboratory.

Thumb Snatchers From the Moon Cocoon

A short tempered Texas sheriff uses his cowboy logic to recklessly defeat a race of condescending, cocoon dwelling critters.


A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. He is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.

You, Me and We

You, Me and We is a group therapy session for human clones coping with social anxiety. Topics include: self-awareness, anger management, and what to do when you bump into other versions of yourself.

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