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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 presented the ninth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on January 11, 2014.

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. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.

Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit to this acclaimed festival. Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

2014 Festival Information

Grand Prize

Sleepworking

Dir.: Gavin Williams (UK, 15 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Sleepworking

When Alice Page begins sleepworking she suffers disturbing side effects. Suspecting that sleepworkers aren't working in offices or factories as advertised, she embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover what occurs when they’re unconscious. Sleepworking is a satirical thriller with a hallucinogenic edge that deals with the ultimate workplace exploitation.

Audience Favorite

RGB OKC

Dir.: Emily Carmichael (USA, 10 min.)

RPG OKC

Two video game characters meet, talk, and fall in love via the dating website OKCupid.

Special Jury Prize

Louder Please

Dir.: Lena Tsodykovskaya (USA, 6 min.)

Louder, please

Michael is the smartest student in class, but he believes that people can read his mind...

Special Jury Prize

Night Giant

Dir.: Aaron Beckum (Canada, 11 min.)

Night Giant

Night Giant is a suspenseful deadpan comedy set in a black and white twilight zone world. After being haunted by a Night Giant in the streets of Echo Park, a young man contacts a Giant Hunter to help him destroy his problem.

Douglas Trumbull Award for the Best Special Effects

Voice Over

Dir.: Martín Rosete (Spain, 10 min.)

Voice Over

I will not tell you whose voice over leads us through three extremes situations that are actually the same… Will you survive?

Beyond

Dir.: Andrew Morris and Rob Silva (UK, 2 min.)
North American Premiere

The Beyond

James has always been on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary, constantly searching for proof that extraterrestrials exist. Spurred on by sightings at a nearby heath, he sets out to expose the truth. What he finds there is beyond anything he could have expected. We are not alone.

Bless You

Dir.: Philip Watts (Australia, 1 min.)

Bless You

An architect in the skies gets bored with his creation and decides to spice things up a bit.

Decelerators

Dir.: Mark Slutsky (Canada, 5 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

The Decelerators

When a group of friends invent a machine to slow down time, the results aren't quite what they expected.

Drain

Dir.: Nik Perleros (USA, 12 min.)
World Premiere

Drain

Drain tells the story of many people whose lives are affected in different ways by an underground, black market trade. What's being sold—and what's being purchased—is all realized in the twist ending of this dark thriller with big implications.

Emit

Dir.: J S Mayank (USA, 11 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Emit

Time flows backwards. An old man looks forward to meeting his wife as she’s unearthed from the ground, taken to the morgue, and readied for coming alive, while his seven-year-old granddaughter contemplates her looming mortality. A Twilight Zone-esque, sci-fi drama, Emit questions our beliefs on life, death, mortality, and time.

Honeymoon Suite

Dir.: Zao Wang (USA, 14 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Honeymoon Suite

A hotel in Beijing, China forgets to feed its monstrous guest from America. But one brave Chinese woman from the staff stands out to tame the beast... Little does she know that this guest is not at all what he appears to be.

Magic Salmon

Dir.: Andrew Struthers (Canada, 6 min.)
North American Premiere

The Magic Salmon

To get his fishing boat back Dave must catch the magic salmon that lives under the Hotel dock, using an ancient diving suit that Jack got in trade.

Mirage

Dir.: Iker Maidagan and Dana Terrace (USA, 9 min.)

Mirage

A young Inuit boy reaches waters no one has ever reached before while trying to fish in the Arctic wilderness.

North Bay

Dir.: Adam Grabarnick (USA, 15 min.)
US Premiere

North Bay

An exiled scientist collides with the proof he's been after for nearly two decades.

Robota

Dir.: David Braun and Victor Sala (USA, Spain, Czech Republic, 7 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Robota

#robot #woman #room
#isolation #technology
#pills #entertainment #food #happiness
#spy #curiosity #spiral #tale #relationship
#past #present #future
#machine #desires
#Ona #dreams

Red Summer

Dir.: Vanessa McMeekin (USA, 15 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

Red Summer

Something in the world has gone wrong. Red Summer follows the story of a boy kept in the dark as the end of the world approaches. As his neighborhood crumbles around him, Daniel witnesses the last shreds of humanity disappear and is left with difficult questions and choices.

Shift

Dir.: Juan Carlos Zaldívar (USA, 5 min.)

Shift

A film poem inspired by our search for identity, and the beauty of transforming loss, Shift features a character born from a tree who has their face stolen by a wild dog. They wander the landscape, reflect on the environment, and search for home, until their vision returns in an unsuspecting turn of events.

Spacetime Fabric Softener

Dir.: Professor Soap (human name Ryan Mauskopf) (USA, 4 min.)

Spacetime Fabric Softener

After navigating an asteroid field, a cosmonaut discovers a mysterious yellow vortex and decides to investigate.

Star-Crossed

Dir.: Katie Aldworth (USA, 9 min.)

Star-Crossed

Young love isn't bound by gravity, but for Scout and Gideon finding each other will be harder than crossing the galaxies between them.

Willowshade

Dir.: Paige Lian Copsey (UK, 15 min.)
North American Premiere

Willowshade

An ageing alchemist must re-evaluate his life of solitude after receiving a surprise visit from an old friend who not only brings goodwill but also trouble.

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

Cinerama  ArtsfundNorwescon47North

 

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