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

A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers, and film critics will review qualifying submissions. A jury, including science fiction notables and award-winning film professionals, will view the top selected films in competition during the festival to determine the winners.


Terry Brooks

A writer since the age of ten, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. He has written more than thirty bestselling novels, as well as movie adaptations of Hook and Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace and a memoir on his writing life titled Sometimes the Magic Works. He has sold more than fifty million copies of his books domestically and is published worldwide. Season one of The Shannara Chronicles TV series aired in January 2016 and season two in 2017. The author lives with his wife Judine in the Pacific Northwest.


Nancy Chang

Nancy Chang is the executive director of Reel Grrls (, a non-profit that supports young people and encourages them to explore, critique, and author media through a feminist lens. She believes that media is an important tool for everyone to learn to use in order for more voices to share their stories and build empathy. Nancy is thrilled to be part of the SFFSFF as a juror, where she can finally put all of her years of watching scifi/fantasy towards a greater purpose.


Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby created the role of Lt. Tasha Yar on one of the most popular TV series ever, "STAR TREK, THE NEXT GENERATION." She later returned to play Tasha's daughter "Sela," a role she helped create. Denise co-starred alongside Fisher Stevens and Jennifer Tilly in the Fox series, "KEY WEST," and has played recurring roles on the acclaimed series, "NYPD BLUE," "THE X-FILES," "MAD MEN," and "LOIS AND CLARK: THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN." She has guest starred in numerous TV series, most recently, "DEXTER," "SCANDAL," "CASTLE" and the recurring role of Mary in "THE WALKING DEAD." Denise played Captain Susan Sallinger on the acclaimed series "SOUTHLAND" on TNT. She is currently recurring in the role of Deb on the series "RAY DONOVAN" for SHOWTIME starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight, and "THE MAGICIANS" for SyFy. She co-starred in Stephen King's classic film, "PET SEMATARY." Denise made her film debut in Walter Hills' hit "48 Hours" and went on to work with Blake Edwards in "THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN", and "SKIN DEEP" with the late John Ritter. She teamed up with Quentin Tarentino in "JACKIE BROWN," and Mimi Leder in "DEEP IMPACT." Denise has worked in Indies films such as the Sundance Film Festival Winner "MIRACLE MILE" directed by Steve De Jarnette and "THE RED SHOE DIARIES" directed by Zalman King. Denise received an Ovation nomination for Best Actress for her performance in "LAST SUMMER AT BLUEFISH COVE" directed by Dorothy Lyman. She has done numerous plays, most notably the role of Tamara de Lempicka in the acclaimed play "TAMARA". Richard Dreyfuss made his theatrical directing debut with Denise in "STOPS ALONG THE WAY." Her most recent stage work includes two critically acclaimed plays directed by legendary acting teacher, Larry Moss, "EPITAPH FOR GEORGE DILLON" by John Osborne which opened in New York City and "BEGGARS IN THE HOUSE OF PLENTY," by John Patrick Shanley at Theater/Theatre in L.A. Denise was recently seen in "ORPHEUS DESCENDING" by Tennessee Williams, directed by Lou Pepe at Theatre/Theater, alongside actor Gale Harrold. The production was critically acclaimed, nominated for the 2010 L.A. Drama Desk Award for "Best Revival" and has been singled out in many "Best Of 2010" lists. She was last seen in the award-winning premiere of "HOUSE OF GOLD" directed by Gates McFadden at EST: LOS ANGELES, where she is a company member. Denise has worn a different hat as Producer and Host of the feature documentary "TREKKIES" released by Paramount Pictures. The film reteams her with director Roger Nygard who directed her in the Indie comedy "HIGH STRUNG", written by comedian Steve Oedekerk. They have also worked together on the sequel, "TREKKIES 2" currently out on Paramount Home Video. Denise currently resides in Pacific Palisades with her husband, writer Ken Sylk, and their son, Augie.


Steve Desmond

Born in Chicago, Steve is a graduate of USC Film School, a member of the Writers Guild of America, and a working filmmaker living in Los Angeles. His most recent short film Monsters won the Audience Award at the 2017 Seattle Science-Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. It has gone on to screen in 100 film festivals worldwide, winning 40 awards including Best Short Film at the Comic-Con International Film Festival, along with being named a Vimeo Staff Pick. Monsters also serves as a proof of concept for Steve's feature screenplay Twisted Avenue, which he is attached to direct. Steve's most recent feature screenplay Orb was voted for inclusion on the prestigious Blacklist, honoring the best screenplays of the year that have not yet gone into production, and was voted # 1 on the Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year. He is currently co-writing a sci-fi pilot for IM Global Television based on an Image Comics graphic novel, adapting a horror novel for FilmNation, and adapting a Hugo Award winning sci-fi short story. Over the years, he's worked on film and television projects with Gran Via Productions, Davis Entertainment, and Imagine Entertainment, among others. Steve is represented by APA and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. For more info on his projects, visit


Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas has almost 100 film and television credits to his career but he's most known for his role as Chief Galen Tyrol on Syfy's critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica. Most recently Aaron can be found in BBC America's Dirk Gently as the insane body swapper Gordon Rimmer. Aaron enjoys a good pint so if you see him in the bar feel free to join him for one and talk TV, Film, Sports, Food or almost anything else.


I-Wei Feng

These are the voyages of the starship I-Wei Feng. Feng is a 22-year biotechnology veteran working to radically change the course of medicine. Her career spans genomics, proteomics and, currently, cancer immunotherapy. When she is not curing cancer, Feng is the president of GeekGirlCon, a nonprofit organization working to empower women, girls, and underrepresented communities to pursue their passions: science-fiction, fantasy, comics, literature, gaming, science and technology, or anything else! GeekGirlCon holds an annual convention in Seattle where geeks congregate to discuss their fandoms and better inclusion and equality in pop culture and STEM, as well as network, have fun, and build the next generation of strong, powerful geeks.


Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald is an award-winning writer/director/producer who has worked in film, television and comic books for more than 30 years. He has worked as a story consultant for several Hollywood film studios and recently for new Cirque du Soleil production. His book on story construction, Invisible Ink, is required reading at Pixar Animation Studio as well as several film studies programs. McDonald teaches for TheFilmSchool Seattle and the Red Badge Project, which teaches veterans suffering from PTSD how to tell their stories. He is currently at work on a pair of graphic novels for Macmillan.



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