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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.

SFFSFF is now collecting submissions for the 2021 film festival. All films submitted to the festival must have been completed no earlier than January 2016 and should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.* Films will be accepted from August 29th to December 31st 2020.

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


Important Dates

August 29 - October 31| $20 Submission Fee
November 1 - November 30 | $25 Submission Fee
December 1 - December 31 | $35 Submission Fee
January 2021 - Notification of Acceptance
January 2021: Film print due
Spring 2021: SFFSFF (Exact date TBA)


Are you a young filmmaker itching to get your work watched? Submit to SFFSFF Youth Track! Youth 22 and under are encouraged to submit their science fiction and fantasy short films. The top films will be screened in a SFFSFF Youth Track virtual showcase, and the winner, chosen by our esteemed Youth Advisory Board, will have their film screened in the non-Youth Track festival where they’ll participate in a Q+A session, rub elbows with industry professionals, and receive a free masterclass of their choosing.

Rules and Terms: 

Completion Date:
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2016.

Film Length:
Films must be no longer than 15 minutes.
*Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality, and 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.
Acceptable mediums and genres

Animated or live-action:
Science fiction or fantasy (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia, sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure)

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

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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