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Our annual juried festival
showcasing genre-driven
cinematic art from
around the globe.

MoPOP, in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival, presents the fourteenth-annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.


Now open for youth 24 & under 

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Completion Date
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2014.

Filmmaker age restriction
The filmmaker(s) must be 24 years old or younger by March 15, 2019.

Film Length and Genre
Films must be no longer than 15 minutes* and are selected based on quality and originality. Preference is given to original premieres.

*Films that exceed 15 minutes may still be considered for the festival but will not be eligible for awards.

Selected films must be made available for presentation as high-resolution digital files (2k or 1080p resolution [.mov file encoded using Apple ProRes 422 or equivalent pro codec] or hi-res mpeg-4 file). Accepted films must arrive as high-resolution digital files. Failure to provide the film in the specified format will result in the film being dropped from the festival. To ensure the wide variance of frame rates and resolutions conform properly to our system we convert the high quality files to DCP in house.

Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.

About the Festival

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival brings together industry professionals in the genres of science fiction and fantasy filmmaking to encourage and support new, creative additions to cinema arts. The film festival is co-presented by MoPOP and SIFF. For more detailed information, download the Rules and Regulations (PDF) and Info Sheet (PDF). 


Nov 9, 2018—Youth Call for Entries Opens
Dec 31, 2018—Youth Call for Entries Closes
Jan 18, 2019—Notification of Acceptance
March 2019—Festival (exact date TBA)


A jury comprised of MoPOP’s Youth Advisory Board, MoPOP staff, and SIFF select the youth-directed films screened at SFFSFF 2019 along with the full festival lineup. Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style, and narrative.


Three films will be awarded Grand Prize, Second Place, and Third Place.


The selected films will be screened before SFFSFF in early 2019. An awards ceremony will follow the festival’s conclusion. All participating filmmakers with films in the festival are invited to a post-festival reception with jurors, MoPOP and SIFF supporters, and members of the Seattle film and sci-fi/fantasy communities.

Mission + Objective

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.


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