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Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

Our annual juried festival showcasing genre-driven cinematic art 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 eleventh 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.

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.

2016 Festival Information

Session 1

Aden

Dir.: Gary H Lee (USA/Taiwan, 10 min.)

Aden

A powerful multi-national corporation, Aden, must deploy an agent in order to stop a creature forged from one’s imagination.

Frost

Dir.: Jeremy Ball (Canada, 14 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Frost

A young arctic hunter crosses a sacred boundary and comes face to face with a predator she may not be able to survive.

Witching Hour

Dir.: Carl Firth (Australia, 9 min.)
Seattle Premiere

The Witching Hour

When the clock strikes midnight, a strange and mysterious world comes into existence. A few unfortunate people get swept up in its mayhem, and must try to survive the night. Written to “Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns, The Witching Hour is a visual music film in the tradition of Fantasia.

The Red Thunder

Dir.: Alvaro Ron (USA, 6 min.)

The Red Thunder

A nerdy teenager steals her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with the boy she loves. Little does she know, the vehicle hides a secret that will change her life forever...

The Future Perfect

Dir.: Nicolas Citton (Canada, 12 min.)
Seattle Premiere

The Future Perfect

Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot un-learn.

The Goblin Queen

Dir.: Reed Shusterman (USA, 12 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Goblin Queen

An overbearing mother struggles to parent her daughter, who keeps disappearing to rule a magical land. But when a dangerous creature from another world follows her home, mom must confront the reality of who her daughter has become.

Palm Rot

Dir.: Ryan Gillis (USA, 8 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Palm Rot

Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate onto his airboat. That’s just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret.

Tristes Déserts (A Robot’s Tale)

Dir.: Stephanie Winter (Austria, 8 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Tristes Déserts (A Robot’s Tale)

Inspired by M.A. Charpentier’s lyrical song, “Tristes Déserts,” this baroque-intergalactic musical short film tells the story of a lonely robot in a battle between good and evil.

The Garden

Dir.: Natalia Iyudin (USA, 14 min.)
World Premiere

The Garden

In 2089 humans are an out-of-date concept, and the only way to survive is to integrate into A.I. constructs. Luc—a rebellious ballerina—would rather die than conform. But when she meets an odd robot named Azul, the idea of integrating into a better version of herself suddenly seems tempting.

Bionic Girl

Dir.: Stéphanie Cabdevila (France, 14 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Bionic Girl

Afraid to face the outside world, a scientist creates her own android clone to replace her.


Session 2

Mis-Drop

Dir.: Ferand Peek (New Zealand, 4 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Mis-Drop

Three hundred years in the future, a forensic accountant reviews the video stream from one mercenary’s drop-pod, which has been damaged during the initial stages of a colonial invasion.

Employee of the Day

Dir.: Alexander Isert and Christoph J Kellner (Germany, 15 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Employee of the Day

In a world of mass consumption, overstimulation, and performance pressure, three people follow their daily routine. Two of them work on an assembly line. Two of them share a secret. Two of them are part of the show. Only one can become Employee of the Day.

Juliet

Dir.: Marc-Henri Boulier (France, 12 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Juliet

In the near future, the SEED Company launches JULIET1, the first generation of synthetic pleasure beings, with great fanfare. But as technology evolves and new styles come and go, it becomes more and more difficult for mankind to find their own place…

Way Out

Dir.: Yukai Du (Spain, 3 min.)
Seattle Premiere

Way Out

Inspired by the book Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, Way Out is a reflection of modern life in the digital age.

The Brain Hack

Dir.: Joseph White (UK, 19 min.)
Seattle Premiere

The Brain Hack

Two students create a short-cut to induce hallucinogenic visions of God, and find themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect.

The No Look Dunk

Dir.: Dan Samiljan (USA, 4 min.)
Seattle Premiere

The No Look Dunk

This short film finally reveals what takes some people so long in the bathroom.

Disco Inferno

Dir.: Alice Waddington (Spain, 12 min.)

Disco Inferno

A weary minion from hell is on a mission to rescue her boss. But the Devil is just not willing to return to her daily routine...

They Will All Die in Space

Dir.: Javier Chillon (Spain, 15 min.)
Seattle Premiere

They Will All Die in Space

The starship Tantalus drifts through space.

Doubles

Dir.: Jacob Motz (USA, 20 min.)

Doubles

When two universes collide and create exact duplicates of people on a single version of Earth, a hopeless romantic finds himself able to win the heart of his dream girl’s double.

 

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

Cinerama  ArtsfundNorwescon

 

Official Hotel Partner:

Hotel Max