Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

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

The Museum of Pop Culture in partnership with SIFF presents the thirteenth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.


        • 1st place - Strange Beasts
        • 2nd place - M.A.M.O.N.
        • 3rd place - Fulfilament
        • Audience Favorite - Jiminy
        • Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Visual Effects - Strange Beasts


Date: 3/24
Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Cinerama, 2100 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121



2018 Festival Information

Marc Adamson

Following graduation from Arts University at Bournemouth, Marc Adamson worked in the art department for Dredd, as a VFX artist on projects such as Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as indie films like Woman Walks Ahead and Kill Command.

Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor

Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor met while studying at Kingston in the BA Graphic Design course. In the last 12 months they have shot a Super Bowl spot for Comcast, completed their short film Cautionary Tales, and created a film for Nike, which launched on International Women's Day.

Stephen W. Martin

Stephen W. Martin is an award-winning writer and director based in Los Angeles. His short film Dead Hearts has screened at over one hundred fifty film festivals and was awarded Best Short at more than 40 film festivals. It qualified for the 2015 Academy Awards by winning the St. Louis International film festival.

Nora Fingscheidt

Filmmaker Nora Fingscheidt grew up in Germany and Argentina. She has worked for film festivals such as Berlinale and the International Short Film Festival interfilm berlin. Her film SYNCOPE was nominated for the German Short Film Award 2011. She participated in the film-studies exchange program at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Alberto Roldán

Alberto Roldán is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with the Bureau of Ships filmmaking collective. He was a fellow for the 2015 Sundance Latino Screenwriting Project for his screenplay Motherbear. everything & everything & everything, his first short film, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by

Randall McNair

After graduating with a BFA in animation from Brigham Young University, Randall McNair left the world of animation to pursue a career in puppetry. That adventure included this short film, Fizzy & Frank, which was a winner in the Jim Henson Dark Crystal Film Competition.

Adam Stern

Adam has spent many years in film and television primarily as a VFX Supervisor—creating visual effects for dozens of shows with the team at Artifex Studios. Recent work includes Childhood's End, Falling Skies, Minority Report, Continuum, Man in the High Castle, and Almost Human, for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2014.

Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon Evans is an award-winning film-maker from South Wales. She studied animation at the University of Wales Newport. After years of freelance work in commercials, she began a post graduate degree in Directing Animation at The National Film & Television School where she received a prestigious BAFTA scholarship.

Joe Ksander

Joe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied film at the Academy of Art University and the UCLA Film School. He worked as an animator, supervisor, and director at the Academy Award-winning visual effects studios Rhythm & Hues Studios as well as Industrial Light & Magic, Nickelodeon Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a native of Toronto, Canada and a graduate of the Sheridan College Classical Animation program. He began his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation. He has worked as an art director, production designer, and cinematographer at DreamWorks Animation, Arc Productions, and Reel FX Animation Studios.

Kieran Sugrue

Kieran is an Australian animator who is quite fond of ghosts. He started animating in high school and moved on to study at a higher level at RMIT university. Currently he's busy working in studios around Melbourne. His other works include Most Ghost and Super Great Celery Man.

James Allen Smith

James is a filmmaker with a passion for crafting a story. He spent several years as a field producer and principal writer/story editor for the A&E Emmy-nominated television documentary series HOARDERS. In addition to television work, James is currently working as a director, producer, writer, editor, and consultant of film & video.

Arthur Môlard

Arthur Môlard is a 30-year-old French director who studied at the Cinema School 3IS (Paris). Jiminy is his first short-film. Scaramouche, Scaramouche his new short film, will be released in 2018.

Ale Damiani

Ale Damiani is an industrial designer, post-producer, and film director that specializes in visual effects. In 2012, he directed a Sears commercial in Mexico, which won a VFX silver award in the Ciclope Festival. In 2015, he won a Cannes Lions for “Evolution” a piece made for Gandhi Bookstores.

Yoni Salmon

Yoni Salmon is head of the animation department at Minshar School of Art in Tel Aviv. He is a cartoonist, animator, and animation and pop culture essayist. He founded Shulyat Hakosem, an animation blog and co-founded Moonfash, an animation magazine.

Dylan Allen

Dylan Allen is the founder of award-winning production house Amalgamated Picture Co. His short film Epilogue premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was featured on Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, Fast Company, The Atlantic, io9, Film Shortage and NoBudge, where it was the most watched film of 2014.

Sean Miller

Sean Miller’s latest film, The Replacement, was inspired by an interest in technology outpacing society and the idea that we each have many lives we could have chosen. A Columbia College Chicago graduate, he has produced and assistant directed over 40 short films, commercials, and music videos.

Vincent Peone

Vincent Peone is a founding member of CollegeHumor Originals. As staff director, he directed, wrote, shot, produced, or acted in nearly 2,000 videos. In 2016, he won a Webby for his stop motion film, The Sea is Blue.

Magali Barbe

Magali is a French director based in London. She has a visual effects background and has worked as an animator on big budget Hollywood movies as well as commercial projects. Strange Beasts is her first short film. She is currently at work on a new short.

Nick Black

Raised in Wales, Nick is a self-taught, stop motion animator. His work is broadly comedic with an undulating philosophical undertow, drawing influence from animators like Will Vimton and Rob Shaw. He can be found in London, where he is a freelance animator. His passions include bad jokes, philosophy and cheese.

Evan Mann

Evan Mann makes deliciously absurd films packed into bewildering worlds of practical effects, unusual inventions, and intriguing characters. Mann lives in the Wild West with Lady Deborah and their two beautiful female offspring: Banana and Lizard. His mother encouraged him to make films, and so he does.




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