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.

MoPOP in partnership with SIFF will present the 12th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival on January 28, 2017.

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.

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2017 Festival Information

Session 1

Dir. Zeek Earl & Chris Caldwell (2015, USA, 4 min.)
World Premiere

SEAHAWKS VS. MONSTERS

Inspired by the epic play and big personalities of the Seattle Seahawks, Seahawks vs. Monsters channels vintage Japanese Kaiju films but with a PNW lean. When the city of Seattle falls under attack by giant mutated beasts, who better to save the day than the Hawks?

Dir. Kevork Aslanyan (2015, Bulgaria/Germany, 22 min.)

GETTING FAT IN A HEALTHY WAY

In a world where gravity is weak and skinny people fly into the sky, Constantine has never left the apartment he shares with his father, Atanas. But one day the beautiful stewardess who has moved into the building will change Constantine's life forever.

Dir. Kevin McTurk (2015, dir. Kevin McTurk, USA, 14 min.)

MILL AT CALDER'S END

In the remote village of Calder's End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, his childhood home, intent on breaking a generations old family curse. Grimshaw's journey takes him deep below the decaying mill into mysterious, forgotten catacombs where he must confront the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family.

Dir. Milivette Gonzalez, Tabia Lees, & Valerie Sattazahn (2015, USA, 4 min.)

STELLAR MOVES–THE STORY OF PLUTO

Set in the intergalactic 1980s, Pluto watches his favorite TV show, Stellar Moves; it features a team of dancers famously known as "The Planets." A competition is announced. Perform your wildest moves to become a member of the team. Pluto must train his hardest and face his greatest fears to fulfill his life­long dream of becoming a Planet.

Dir. Ian Hubert (2012, Netherlands, 12 min.)

TEARS OF STEEL

A group of warriors and scientists gather at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.

Dir. Arthur Metcalf (2015, USA, 5 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

FILTHY BUT FINE

A tough night in a tough city.

Dir. David Bousquet (2016, USA, 12 min.)

LOOKOUTS

On their final trial as village lookouts, a troop of young scouts are ambushed by the very creature they were hunting. After a violent battle, the lone survivor, Pehn, escapes into the shadows of the Eyrewood, a mysterious and deadly forest that is home to all manner of wild creatures. The most horrifying of all is the Basilisk, a winged titan with the power to turn its prey into stone. This is the beast the troop of lookouts had been seeking, and now it hunts for Pehn. With guidance from the stories told by his mother and words of warning passed down from his mentor, Pehn struggles to find the courage he’ll need to confront his fate and defeat the horrifying creature that pursues him.

Dir. Jac Clinch (2016, UK, 8:47 min.)
North American Premiere

THE ALAN DIMENSION

Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind... and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to “the next step in cognitive evolution.”

Dir. Olson Kundig (2016, USA, 5 min.)

WELCOME TO THE 5TH FACADE

The sudden death of a middle-aged architect leads to many decades of cryogenic “sleep.” Once resuscitated decades later, he returns to a radically altered version of Seattle, the city where he had once lived and worked.

Dir. Julia Pott (2016, USA, 8 min.)

SUMMER CAMP ISLAND

Oscar has to accept that his totally normal sleepover with Hedgehog isn’t going to be totally normal.

Dir. John Mattiuzzi & Joshua Planz (2015, USA, 5 min.)

ZEROGON

A lonely creature, on a lonely planet, abducted into the false allure of a computer generated world.

Session 2

Dir. Samuel Jorgensen (2015, Australia, 8:41 min.)

SINGULARITY

In the midst of a war between humans and sentient androids, a Delta Force team must battle a dangerous enemy to rescue the US President.

Dir. Mark Slutsky (2015, Canada, 5 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

NEVER HAPPENED

When a pair of colleagues have an affair while on a business trip, they decide it might be for the best if it all just never happened.

Dir. Ishan Shukla (2015, India, 13:31 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

SCHIRKOA

In the city of Bag-heads, a senate member faces a tough choice between a political career, brothels, and love for a mysterious woman. A choice that will transform his life and the city in unimaginable ways.

Dir. Joseph Nanni (2016, Canada, 2:27 min.)

H.P. LOVECRAFT INSURANCE

You can't control the gibbering madness that lies waiting on the edge of our reality, but for a small monthly premium you can ensure that you don't pay for it when things go eldritch.

Dir. Bridget Savage Cole (2015, USA, 10 min.)
World Premiere

SWELL

SWELL is a smartphone app that changes your mood through sound. When a young couple try to control each other’s settings, they find their relationship threatened by an unintended cacophony of emotions.

Dir. Steve Desmond (2015, USA, 12:26 min.)
Seattle Premiere

MONSTERS

Jenn lives in an underground bunker with her family, protected from the monsters that now ravage the world. This is the day that she goes outside…

Dir. James Dastoli (2015, USA, 2:30 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

THE SEAFARER AND THE MOONLIGHT

An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep.

Dir. David Coyle (2014, Australia, 10 min.)

ENFILADE

How do you escape a loop?

Dir. Owen Dennis (2016, USA, 8 min.)

INFINITY TRAIN

Tulip must learn to set her personal interests aside to make her way through a mysterious train and help the king of all corgis save his people.

Dir. Matthias Sahil (2015, Germany/Switzerland, 13 min.)

HOUSE ARREST

Hausarrest tells the story of Max, who was sentenced to six months of house arrest. An electronic ankle bracelet called Percy helps him through his new daily life. One day, Max is shocked to discover how far Percy is willing to go to assist him in his needs.

Dir. Ingrid Masarnau Amorós, Sonia Cendón Quireza, Sara Esteban Riera, Arnau Gòdia Montesinos, & Martí Montañola Vilet (2016, Spain, 7 min.)
Pacific Northwest Premiere

ROGER

Roger plays the leading role in a stop motion animation series. He suffers an accident on set that leaves him out of the series. All is lost for him, until something unexpected will change his fate.

Dir. Daniel Moshel (2016, Austria, 5 min.)

METUBE 2–AUGUST SINGS CARMINA BURANA

After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!

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