2016 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.

This celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists for a showcase of illuminating and unconventional films.


Grand Prize + Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Visual Effects

Aden  (dir. Gary H Lee, USA/Taiwan)

Second Place

Frost (dir. Jeremy Ball, Canada)

Third Place

Juliet (dir. Marc-Henri Boulier, France)

Audience Favorite

Brain Hack (dir. Joseph White, UK)

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

David Chen

David Chen is a local filmmaker and broadcaster. His podcasts include “The /Filmcast,” “A Cast of Kings,” and “The Tobolowsky Files,” which have been Featured Podcasts in iTunes TV & Film Podcasts sections. His video work has been featured/mentioned in online publications such as Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Slate, Vulture, Indiewire, and Vimeo Staff Picks. His 2014 film, The Primary Instinct, made its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas is a Canadian born actor best known for his portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol in TV’s critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica.

With almost 100 Film and TV shows on his resume and several more TV shows and a couple of films upcoming Aaron continues to work hard in his native Vancouver, Canada as well as abroad.

When not on set Aaron spends a great deal of his down time working with organizations and fans to raise money for the several charities that are near and dear to his heart.

Also, Aaron has been known to enjoy a really nice pint.

Toby Froud

Countless movie fans remember Toby Froud for his role as the baby “Toby” who is wished away by Jennifer Connelly, his half-sister “Sarah,” in director Jim Henson’s 1986 feature film Labyrinth. As the son of the film’s conceptual designer and puppet builder, Froud has spent a lifetime steeped in a world of goblins, faeries, trolls, puppet theatre, and magic-making.

In 2006, Froud graduated Wimbledon School of Art, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Arts and Special Effects. He continued as a freelance artist, creating work for theatre, film, video, and television. Froud has worked on projects that include the first installment of The Chronicles of Narnia, King Kong, and Cowboys & Aliens.

Since 2010, Froud has been with Laika Entertainment, producer of the award-winning animated feature film Coraline. Froud was hired as puppet fabricator for the film ParaNorman, became a sculptor on Laika’s The Boxtrolls as well as their upcoming film, Kubo and the Two Strings.

Froud continues to create creatures, puppets, and effects for film, as well as directing his own award winning short film, Lessons Learned.

Shelly Mazzanoble

Shelly Mazzanoble is the author of Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress and Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Dungeons & Dragons. When she’s not casting magic missile or co-hosting the Official D&D Podcast, she’s writing about her toddler who thankfully hasn’t added the word “litigation” to his vocabulary yet. Her work has most recently appeared on Scary Mommy, Blunt Moms, and In the Powder Room. Find more on Twitter, Facebook, or her blog.

Zola Mumford

Zola Mumford is a reference and instruction librarian in the Seattle College District. She earned her MLIS degree from the University of Washington Information School and a certificate in Distance Learning Design and Development from the UW Extension program. Her professional background includes arts and media production, historical research, and preservation work in university and private film and art archives.

Mumford was curator of the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival at Seattle’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute from 2003-2015. In 2014, she curated and presented a program of short science fiction films featuring Black characters at EMP Museum, and is a board member of Clarion West, a science fiction writing workshop.

She is also a member of the American Library Association; the Washington State Library Association, the Association of College and Research Librarians; and an alumna of 2012 Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups (MIECL). She was recently appointed to the Washington State Adult Education Advisory Council, a council of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. 

Tracy Rector

Tracy Rector is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Longhouse Media. She has worked from the ground level in organizing their success in tandem with her passion for filmmaking. Her films have had national broadcast and distribution with Independent Lens, National PBS, National Geographic, and on the world festival circuit.  She is a recent Tribeca Institute Grantee, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in social justice. She currently sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.

Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Fresh out of school, Rodgers signed on as the costume designer for George Lucas’ American Graffiti and subsequently teamed up with him on Star Wars™ Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She has worked in the industry for over forty years with a wide range of directors including Francis Ford Copolla, Ron Howard, Tim Burton, and Steven Spielberg.

In her career, she is proud to have worked on films big and small, both “important” and unabashedly “popcorn entertainment.” From the madcap zaniness of her Tim Burton collaborations (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice) and George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick, Andrew Davis with The Fugitive and Holes, and RENT with Chris Columbus to more serious fare like Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple, which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.

Rodgers has made San Francisco her home for the better part of four decades. She has been a proud, union card-carrying member of the Costume Directors Guild since 1982.

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