2016 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

A not-to-be missed annual juried festival showcasing animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films 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.

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


Grand Prize + Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Visual Effects

Aden  (dir. Gary H Lee, USA/Taiwan)

Second Place

Frost (dir. Jeremy Ball, Canada)

Third Place

Juliet (dir. Marc-Henri Boulier, France)

Audience Favorite

Brain Hack (dir. Joseph White, UK)

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.

2016 Festival Information

Jeremy Ball

A native of British Columbia, Ball travelled to China in 1996 as a student of language before returning in 2004 to pursue a master’s degree in Film Studies at the Beijing Film Academy’s School of Directing. His time at the BFA also saw the beginning of an extended engagement with the Chinese/international co-production industry, where he worked extensively in the art and visual effects departments on a series of major motion pictures.

In 2011, Ball returned to Canada to complete a directing residency at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. His resulting short film, Frost, would go on to become one of the most acclaimed in the Centre’s history, earning nominations for Best Live Action Short from both the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (2012) and the Director’s Guild of Canada (2013).

Marc-Henri Boulier

Marc-Henri Boulier made his first short film, Crab Dance, in 2000. After a brief stint in advertising, he began a career as a video artist and filmmaker involved with schools, colleges, and associations dedicated to cinema and audiovisual organizations. In 2010, he directed All Men Are Called Robert, produced by Anaïs Bertrand, for Insolence Productions, winning 41 awards to date and 137 selections in festivals worldwide. Juliet, Boulier’s newest short film, was also produced by Insolence Productions, and has enjoyed rapid success in festivals.

Stéphanie Cabdevila

After obtaining a master’s degree in entertaining arts at the EMCA (the School of Film Animation), Stéphanie Cabdevila directed her first short film, Bionic Girl, which was broadcast on Canal+ and screened in several festivals. She has also made music videos for various artists and designed layouts for animated shorts and TV series, working in several capacities, including as a writer, composer, and performer of many albums and music scores.

Javier Chillon

Since 2008 Javier Chillon has completed the short films Die Schneider Krankheit, Decapoda Shock (SFFSFF 2012), and his most recent film, They Will All Die in Space.

Nicolas Citton

Nicolas Citton was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film at Simon Fraser University, before attending graduate school at Columbia University in New York. It was here that he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Film, and received the Simon Kinberg Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He is also an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre, The Film Independent Directors' Lab, and The FOX Studios Writers' Initiative.

Yukai Du

Yukai Du is an illustrator and animator from Guangzhou, China. Du graduated from Central Saint Martins College in 2014, and has been working and living in London.

Carl Firth

Carl Firth is a filmmaker from Sydney, Australia. His short fantasy film The Witching Hour has won several awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Flickerfest 2015, and is currently on the festival circuit. He has worked in various roles on features such as Australia, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Paradise Lost, The Great Gatsby, The Wolverine, and Gods of Egypt; and has undertaken a directing attachment on the award-winning television series House Husbands. In 2013 he was a recipient of the AFTRS Creative Fellowship for his short film The Immortal, which is currently in production.

Ryan Gillis

Ryan Gillis is an animation filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Born in Florida to a Cuban mother and an American father, his work is a reflection of the unique mix of cultures and ecosystems that exist in that region.

Alexander Isert

Alexander Isert was born in Germany and studied Animation at the Film University Babelsberg.

Natalia Iyudin

Natalia Iyudin is a New York City-based writer/director, film curator, and editor, as well as a member of Film Fatales, a prestigious collective of American film directors. Her short films, documentaries, and music videos have screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Oberhausen Film Festival, Starz Denver Film Festival, and aired on Direct TV and Current TV. She has collaborated with MTV, PBS, MoMA, National Gallery of Art, San Francisco Film Society, SONY Pictures Classics, and Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Christoph J Kellner

Christoph J Kellner was born in Germany and studied Animation at the Film University Babelsberg.

Gary H Lee

Gary H Lee studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. At the age of 19, he launched his professional career when he was recruited by Lucasfilm to work on Star Wars™ Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars™ Episode III: Revenge of the Sith at the Skywalker Ranch as a cinematic/pre-visualization artist. After Lucasfilm, Lee directed his first live-action project, Hector Corp (SFFSFF 2012 Audience Favorite). The film screened in 56 film festivals around the world, and received 10 awards. During this time, Gary was also involved in the layout department for several major DreamWorks Animation productions such as Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Kung Fu Panda 2.

In 2010, Lee joined Ang Lee’s Life of Pi under Halon Entertainment, and spent a year and a half traveling around the world with the director as a pre-visualization supervisor. Aden is Lee’s latest project.

Jacob Motz

Jacob Motz is a writer and director for narrative of any size, music videos, and commercials. Motz also fills his time producing digital branded content as a producer at Portal A. He's a hybrid, and values both sides of his content skillset in his day-to-day and creative endeavors. He hails originally from the Great Lakes State, has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State in Media Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State in Film Production.

Ferand Peek

Ferand Peek hails from Wellington, New Zealand, where he worked for years as a boom swinger before moving into VFX. He has worked on many feature films, including as a VFX artist on The Hobbit, as well as a raft of commercials and television around New Zealand. Upon release of Mis-Drop, Peek gained representation in Los Angeles at CAA, where he pitched a feature version of the effects-heavy film. He continues to develop this property among other exciting sci-fi films.

Alvaro Ron

Alvaro Ron has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning short films around the world, including The Red Thunder (Finalist at the 26th Producers Guild of America Awards) and Behind the Curtain, starring Emmy Award-winner Peter MacNicol. He has executive produced and directed critically acclaimed TV shows including the Spanish version of Life on Mars. Ron’s producer credits include feature films like Americano and Green Zone. Ron is a graduate of UCLA. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Film Independent (FIND), and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

Dan Samiljan

Dan Samiljan is a filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He is currently writing his short autobiography, which you have just finished reading.

Reed Shusterman

Reed Shusterman is the first in his family in three generations (on his mother’s side) to not have attended college. Instead, he moved straight to Los Angeles and spent years reading scripts for various companies, including NBC. He is the Director of Submissions and Programming for the Burbank International Film Festival, but after years of being the gatekeeper in various forms, Goblin Queen is his first shot at getting through the gate himself.

Alice Waddington

Alice Waddington studied at the Public Basque University, and started her career in photography and fashion film directing for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, NEO2, and Pearls for the Swine. She has worked as an advertising creative, production assistant, and editor at Leo Burnett Iberia and Social Noise. Disco Inferno is her first short film.

Joseph White

Joseph White is a writer/director/animator currently living in New York. He graduated from film school in 2004, and has since been working as a commercials director and visual effects animator. White has directed television and cinema ads for BBC Radio 1, and online campaigns for brands such as Nike, Samsung, Pringles, and HTC. His design and animation work includes TV ads for Coke Zero, Virgin Media, Adidas, and Dior. He also helped create the on-screen graphics for the latest Bond film, Skyfall.

Stephanie Winter

Stephanie Winter is founder and artistic director of the experimental performance and production platform Salon Hybrid. Her main interest is focused in a conceptual and playful approach to the various forms of public and private spheres, the outer and inner worlds, structures of authority, surveillance, system errors, mental disorders, and affects such as private and global memory. In her work she is accompanied by the idea to visit the mind as a location, as a place of performance, to open up and to disintegrate it, in order to put it all together again from another viewpoint. This disintegration is what interests her about the display and the staging of an exhibition, originating from the urge to bring the mind to life. Preferably she works on large-scale film, video, and installation projects, but also devotes her time to painting.

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