2013 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 presented the eighth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on January 19, 2013.

An Encore Screening was presented on Sunday, January 20 at SIFF Cinema Uptown and included the films Luminaris, Lucky Day Forever, Oowiewanna, The Gate, Cats in Space, Cheap Extermination, 88:88, Giant Monster Playset, Tumult, and Small Time.


2013 judges included nationally recognized professionals Sue Corcoran, Robert Horton, Bear McCreary, Charles Mudede, Andrew Allen, Jason Sondhi, and Rider and Shiloh Strong. Read more about the jury.

2013 Festival Films

Grand Prize

Lucky Day film

Dir.: Alek Wasilewski (Poland, 17 min.)
North American Premiere

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.

Audience Favorite

Small Time film

Dir.: Ged Murray (Ireland, 12 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

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.

First Runner-Up

Tumult film

Dir.: Johnny Barrington (UK, 13 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere


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.

Second Runner-Up

Luminaris film

Dir.: Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina, 6 min.)
North American Premiere


In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.

Douglas Trumbull Award for the Best Special Effects

Gate film

Dir.: Matt Westrup (UK, 11 min.)

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.

8888 film

Dir.: Joey Ciccoline (USA, 14 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere


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

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 film

Dir.: Minka Farthing-Kohl (USA, 9 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Cheap Extermination

For Ernst, the perfect disguise was to play himself.

Evelyn film

Dir.: Dale Nicholls (USA, 12 min.)
World Premiere


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.

Foxes film

Dir.: Lorcan Finnegan (Ireland, 16 min.)


A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world—a world of the paranormal or perhaps insanity.

Frankie Rulez film

Dir.: San Charoenchai (USA, 5 min.)

Frankie Rulez!!!

A narcissistic space alien attempts to plant his flag on every planet in the galaxy.

Giant Monster film

Dir.: Greg Pope (USA, 12 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

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.

Oowiewanna Film

Dir.: Bridget Palardy (USA, 14 min.)


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

A Lost and Found film

Dir.: Stefan Leuchtenberg and Martin Wallner (Germany, 15 min.)

A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation

When his father dies unexpectedly, a young man seeking to cope with his grief goes on a powerful emotional journey through time and space.

Motorhome film

Dir.: Thierry Uyttenhoven (Belgium, 7 min.)
North American Premiere


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...

Victor Film

Dir.: Kevin McTurk (USA, 15 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

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.

Post Human Film

Dir.: Cole Drumb (USA, 6 min.)


Set in an adrenalized future of espionage, assassins, and out of control super science, PostHuman follows a genius hacker and his dog as they help an enigmatic young woman to free the remaining test subject of a black ops ESP test lab.

Thumb Snatchers film

Dir.: Brad Schaffer (USA, 7 min.)

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.

You Me and We film

Dir.: Trevin Matcek (USA, 11 min.)
North American Premiere

You, Me + We

You, Me + 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.

The Wheel film

Dir.: John Roberts (USA, 14 min.)
World Premiere

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.

Zing film

Dir.: Kyra Buschor and Cynthia Collins (Germany, 8 min.)


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.

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

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