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MoPOP in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) presents

The Sixteenth Annual

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

— MARCH 20-21, 2021 —

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

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.

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF) is an annual film festival hosted by MoPOP and SIFF celebrating new and innovative additions to the science fiction and fantasy cinematic arts. Now in its sixteenth year, SFFSFF proudly accepts animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films from around the world, which are then judged by nationally-recognized film critics prior to the festival in early 2021.

This wildly popular festival has sold out for the last 10 years in a row, packing the house with enthusiastic fans from the region’s sci-fi, fantasy, and film communities. Films from SFFSFF have also received international distribution and sparked the interest of a vast network of film fans, including Academy Awards nominations, features in museum exhibitions, and more.

About the Festival

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival brings together industry professionals in both filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The film festival is co-presented by MoPOP and SIFF.

Date + Location

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival 2020 is moving online and will take place on August 29 and August 30, after being postponed from March 28-29 to August 1-2 due to COVID-19. MoPOP and SIFF are working on solidifying all the details for the virtual program and will be reaching out to ticket holders very soon. More to come!


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


Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects, and Audience Favorite.


Eight (8) short films will screen in the first session followed by nine (9) short films in the second session. 

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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