Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
A not-to-be missed annual juried festival showcasing animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films from around the globe.
A not-to-be missed annual juried festival showcasing animated and live-action science fiction, fantasy, and horror-tinged short films from around the globe.
EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the tenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. This celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists for a showcase of illuminating and unconventional films.
This year, in honor of SFFSFF’s tenth anniversary, we are excited to present new and expanded programming to the festival, including a live score to John Carpenter’s classic film Escape from New York, featuring minimal-wave band Roladex; a midnight screening of “SFFSFF: The Dark Side,” showing the best horror-tinged shorts; and a very special SFFSFF retrospective.
Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror cinematic arts.
2015 Award Winners
Best of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Film Winners
Grand Prize - Caldera (Dir.: Evan Viera, USA, 11 min.)
First Runner-Up - In the Beginning (Dir.: Arthur Metcalf, USA, 3 min.)
Second Runner-Up - Little Quentin (Dir.: Albert 't Hooft and Paco Vink, Netherlands, 9 min.)
Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Visual Effects - Gumdrop (Dir.: Kerry Conran and Stephen Lawes, USA, 8 min.)
Audience Favorite - In the Beginning (Dir.: Arthur Metcalf, USA, 3 min.)
Grand Prize - Carn (Dir.: Jeff Le Bars, France, 5 min.)
First Runner-Up - Kekasih (Dir.: Diffan Sina Norman, Malaysia, 9 min.)
Audience Favorite - Malaria (Dir.: Edson Shundi Oda, Brazil, 5 min.)
About the Festival
Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival brings together industry professionals in both filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The film festival is co-presented by EMP Museum and SIFF. For more detailed information, download the Rules + Regulations (PDF) and Info Sheet (PDF).
Date + Location
- Escape from New York Live Score by Roladex. 2/6. 7:00pm. SIFF Cinema Uptown.
- SFFSFF: The Dark Side. 2/6. Midnight. SIFF Cinema Egyptian.
- SFFSFF: The Best in Science-Fiction and Fantasy Short Films. 2/7. 12:30pm. Cinerama.
- SFFSFF: Encore. 2/8. 12:30pm. SIFF Cinema Uptown.
- SFFSFF: Retrospective. 2/8. 3:00pm. SIFF Cinema Uptown.
A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, and literary industry professionals, genre experts, and critics will review the top selected films in competition during the festival to determine the winners.
Films presented in the science fiction and fantasy film screening sessions are eligible for Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects, and Audience Favorite.
Films presented in the horror film screening session are eligible for Grand Prize, Second Place, and Audience Favorite.
Mission + Objective
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the art of science fiction, fantasy, and horror cinema. Its mission is to provide a venue for filmmakers to share visionary, boundless, idea-driven cinematic art by creating a forum for creative artistry in these genres, and to recognize the most outstanding short films produced.
Contact EMP Museum at FilmFest@EMPmuseum.org.