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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.

  • Friday, 7:00pm

    Escape from New York Live Score by Roladex

    Watch Snake Plissken infiltrate the maximum security prison that is New York City in this 1981 John Carpenter classic while feasting your ears on minimal-wave experts Roladex as they perform Escape from New York’s iconic score.

    Event Venue

    SIFF Cinema Uptown

  • Friday, midnight

    SFFSFF: The Dark Side

    Revel in the dark, the dangerous, the mysterious, and the taboo with this midnight showing of horror-tinged and macabre shorts. Awards ceremony to follow screening. Note: this event takes place Friday evening.

    Event Venue

    SIFF Cinema Egyptian

    Malaria

    Malaria

    Dir.: Edson Shundi Oda (Brazil, 5 min.)

    Caroline Mendonça has malaria. She will die soon, and nobody can do anything to stop it. In a last-ditch effort, her father hires a young mercenary to kill Death.

    Hungry Hickory

    Hungry Hickory

    Dir.: Damian McCarthy (Ireland, 7 min.)
    Seattle Premiere

    While staying in an old guest room, a woman becomes increasingly uneasy at the appearance of a small door at the end of her bed. But it is not the mysterious door that she should be worried about. It is who—or what—waits behind the door, and how hungry it is.

    Carn

    Carn

    Dir.: Jeff Le Bars (France, 5 min.)

    A little boy is lost in a snow storm—close to dying from cold and exhaustion—when he encounters a wounded female wolf who offers him a choice between life and death. But such an offer doesn't come free.

    LUNA

    LUNA

    Dir.: Antonio Perez (USA, 12 min.)

    A cold-blooded serial killer invades a family’s quiet home in a remote desolate town. The sole survivor of his latest crime is a young girl who does everything she can to escape before the mysterious stranger finds her.

    Pupa

    Pupa

    Dir.: John JH Lee (Canada, 4 min.)
    World Premiere

    A boy who is about to begin puberty views all grownups as hideous monsters. He fears that he will turn into one of them.

    Grave Shivers

    Grave Shivers

    Dir.: Brent Sims (USA, 15 min.)

    A dark legend tells of a mysterious book with no identifiable author. All that is known of its magical pages is that it contains stories of horror, wonder, and dread. By other-worldly assistance, one man has located it—and now dares to open its pages and release it back on to the world.

    Kekasih

    Kekasih

    Dir.: Diffan Sina Norman (Malaysia, 9 min.)

    /ke·KA·seeh/
    noun: lover; plural noun: lovers
    In an effort to preserve the life of his late wife, Mansor extracts her remains—only to discover her presence forever illuminated in the divine. Through a few accidents and experiments, his form is forever changed, along with her manifestation.

    How to Make a Nightmare

    How to Make a Nightmare

    Dir.: Noah Aust (USA, 9 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    Where do nightmares come from? In How to Make a Nightmare they’re cooked up in strange underground laboratories. Making nightmares is an ugly job, and sometimes things go too far...

    Cold Turkey

    Cold Turkey

    Dir.: Fannar Thor Arnarsson (Iceland, 14 min.)

    Adam, a troubled high-school aged boy, tries to get rid of the most dangerous addiction of them all—cannibalism—but this change is not an easy one.

    Dji. Death Fails

    Dji. Death Fails

    Dir.: Dmitri Voloshin (Moldova, 4 min.)
    Seattle Premiere

    Dji is an unusual manifestation of Death, who does not seem terribly good at his job and suffers from bad luck. All he has to do is take the soul of a dying trucker, but that seems to be easier said than done.

  • Saturday, 12:30pm-5:00pm

    SFFSFF: The Best in Science-Fiction and Fantasy Short Films

    Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the classic Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival you’ve come to know and love, and enjoy the artistic and imaginative achievements of this lineup of other-worldly films. Intermission between viewing sessions. Awards ceremony to follow screening.

    Event Venue

    Cinerama

    Package 1

    In the Beginning

    In the Beginning

    Dir.: Arthur Metcalf (USA, 3 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    There can be no doubt that a little girl had a hand in the Creation. Her fingerprints are everywhere.

    Storm Hits Jacket

    Tempête sur anorak (Storm Hits Jacket)

    Dir.: Paul Cabon (France, 13 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    Two young scientists have an invention that is on the verge of the future. Thieves decide a storm is the perfect opportunity to steal it. Espionage, chaos, romance, fighting, dancing, and cow storms ensue.

    Time Travel Lover

    Time Travel Lover

    Dir.: Bo Mirosseni (USA, 10 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    Frustrated with his past decisions, a man travels back to warn his past self not to make the same mistakes.

    Destiny

    Destiny

    Dir.: Fabien Weibel (France, 5 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    A man who is obsessed with clocks goes about his perfectly synchronized morning routine before stepping out and getting hit by a bus. He wakes up instantly to find himself back in bed, with the potential to save himself, or, fail and continue this same loop.

    Wanderers

    Wanderers

    Dir.: Erik Wernquist (Sweden, 4 min.)
    North American Premiere

    A vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, with glimpses of the fantastic worlds that neighbor us, and how it might appear to us if we were there.

    Looking Planet

    The Looking Planet

    Dir.: Eric Law Anderson (USA, 17 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corps of Engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression.

    Lessons Learned

    Lessons Learned

    Dir.: Toby Froud (USA, 16 min.)

    A boy is surprised by an intriguing gift on his annual birthday visit to his grandfather. When curiosity gets the best of him, the boy falls into an adventure of other-worldly experiences not intended for him.

    The Nostalgist

    The Nostalgist

    Dir.: Giacomo Cimini (UK, 18 min.)
    Seattle Premiere

    In the futuristic city of Vanille, a properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears can make the world look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father's device begins to fail. Desperate to find a replacement, the man ventures outside.

    Making Friends

    Making Friends

    Dir.: Kyle C. Mumford (USA, 7 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    A lonely old man yearns for an opponent in a game of chess, so he builds himself a robotic friend in his disheveled workshop. However, his new robotic friend does not play so nice.

    Package 2

    Little Quentin

    Little Quentin

    Dir.: Albert 't Hooft and Paco Vink (Netherlands, 9 min.)

    Oswald Bunny gets help from his friends Jack, Charlie the Clown, and Mr. Wilco the Astronaut to cover up a terrible crime. Oswald will not escape his punishment, nor will his companions. Murder is no child’s play!

    Pandy

    Pandy

    Dir.: Matúš Vizár (Slovakia, Czech Republic; 11 min.)

    The world is moving ever so fast, and humans are claiming more and more space without considering the consequences. Pandas puts the concepts of commercialism and pure voyeuristic entertainment side-by-side with notions of animal preservation.

    The Master's Voice

    The Master’s Voice: caveirão

    Dir.: Guilherme Marcondes (France, 10 min.)

    Every night at 3:33am all clocks stop, and for a moment time is frozen. During what is only a fraction of a second to mortal eyes, a second, magical night emerges where the spirits of the city come out to play.

    Sorry About Tomorrow

    Sorry About Tomorrow

    Dir.: Motke Dapp (USA, 8 min.)

    Meet Baldwin. Haunted by the actions of his past and hunted by men from the future, Baldwin tries going back in time to stop a cycle of tragic events.

    A Stich in Time

    A Stitch in Time (for $9.99)

    Dir.: Mu Sun (USA, 12 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    Laura Fein stumbles upon Stitch in Time Travel Agency, which boasts time travel for under ten dollars. Greeted with piles of archaic computer equipment, she's hesitant as to whether or not it actually works. But Laura gives it a chance to find out a burning question: does her co-worker like her back?

    LUCID

    LUCID

    Dir.: Adam Azmy and Stephen Trumble (UK, 7 min.)
    North American Premiere

    A man becomes aware of himself and his surroundings, as space and time shift intuitively around him, leading him into a serene and lonely maze.

    Wakening

    Wakening

    Dir.: Danis Goulet (Canada, 9 min.)

    An ancient aboriginal myth told as a post-apocalyptic story reveals Weesakechak, a lone Cree wanderer, who searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

    Day 40

    Day 40

    Dir.: Sol Friedman (Canada, 6 min.)
    Pacific Northwest Premiere

    In this animated retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, various unholy activities fill the great ship as the animals discover the darker side of their nature.

    Caldera

    Caldera

    Dir.: Evan Viera (USA, 11 min.)

    Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, Caldera glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a realm of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.

    Gumdrop

    Gumdrop

    Dir.: Kerry Conran and Stephen Lawes (USA, 8 min.)
    World Premiere

    Gumdrop is an aspiring actress with an active imagination. Gumdrop also happens to be a robot...

  • Sunday, 12:30pm

    SFFSFF: Encore

    Weren’t able to see all of this year’s films at Cinerama? Join us at the Uptown for a special encore screening of select films!

    Event Venue

    SIFF Cinema Uptown

  • Sunday, 3:00pm

    SFFSFF: 10 Year Retrospective

    Over the past decade, the groundbreaking films featured in SFFSFF have challenged us to take on alien perspectives, introduced us to new worlds, and encouraged us to believe there’s no limit to what the imagination can achieve. Come watch the best and most memorable films from across the years!

    Event Venue

    SIFF Cinema Uptown

EMP would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival:

Cinerama  ArtsfundNorwescon

 

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