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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.

EMP Museum in partnership with SIFF presents the tenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. Filmmakers from around the world submit animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films to this acclaimed festival.

Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy. The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts.

New this year: SFFSFF 2015 will feature special expanded programming In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the festival, including an additional screening of horror-infused shorts, special screenings, and other not-to-be-missed events! Stay tuned for details.

2015 Festival Information

Caldera

Dir.: Evan Viera (USA)

Caldera

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.

Carn

Dir.: Jeff Le Bars (France)

Carn

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.

Cold Turkey

Dir.: Fannar Thor Arnarsson (Iceland)

Cold Turkey

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.

Day 40

Dir.: Sol Friedman (Canada)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Day 40

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.

Destiny

Dir.: Fabien Weibel (France)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Destiny

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.

 

Dji. Death Fails

Dir.: Dmitri Voloshin (Moldova)
Seattle Premiere

Dji. Death Fails

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.

Grave Shivers

Dir.: Brent Sims (USA)

Grave Shivers

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.

Gumdrop

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

Gumdrop

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

How to Make a Nightmare

Dir.: Noah Aust (USA)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

How to Make a Nightmare

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...

Hungry Hickory

Dir.: Damian McCarthy (Ireland)
Seattle Premiere

Hungry Hickory

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.

 

In the Beginning

Dir.: Arthur Metcalf (USA)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

In the Beginning

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

 

Kekasih

Dir.: Diffan Sina Norman (Malaysia)

Kekasih

/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.

 

Lessons Learned

Dir.: Toby Froud (USA)

Lessons Learned

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. 

Little Quentin

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

Little Quentin

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!

Looking Planet

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

The Looking Planet

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.

LUCID

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

LUCID

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.

LUNA

Dir.: Antonio Perez (USA)

LUNA

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.

Making Friends

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

Making Friends

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.

Malaria

Dir.: Edson Shundi Oda (Brazil)

Malaria

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.

The Master's Voice

Dir.: Guilherme Marcondes (France)

The Master’s Voice: caveirão

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.

The Nostalgist

Dir.: Giacomo Cimini (UK)
Seattle Premiere

The Nostalgist

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.

Pandy

Dir.: Matúš Vizár (Slovakia, Czech Republic)

Pandy

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.

Pupa

Dir.: John JH Lee (Canada)
World Premiere

Pupa

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

Sorry About Tomorrow

Dir.: Motke Dapp (USA)

Sorry About Tomorrow

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

Dir.: Mu Sun (USA)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

A Stitch in Time (for $9.99)

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?

Storm Hits Jacket

Dir.: Paul Cabon (France)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Tempête sur anorak (Storm Hits Jacket)

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

Dir.: Bo Mirosseni (USA)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Time Travel Lover

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

Wakening

Dir.: Danis Goulet (Canada)

Wakening

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.

Wanderers

Dir.: Erik Wernquist (Sweden)
North American Premiere

Wanderers

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.

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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