SIFF 2014 Call for Entries

Seattle International Film Festival is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 40th annual Festival.

One of the largest and most highly attended film festivals in the United States, with 250 feature/documentary films and 150 short films SIFF has an audience of over 155,000 annually, and is consistently cited as one of the best "audience festivals" in the world. Seattle's love for film (Seattleites see more movies per capita than any other city in the nation) makes the city the most appropriate setting for new films to be seen, tested, and celebrated by everyone - film fan and filmmaker alike.

The Festival has evolved into a highly anticipated event and is looked upon as a leader in Seattle's ever-growing vibrant arts and film community, with the opening of the SIFF Film Center and SIFF Cinema Uptown in 2012. While bringing the best in national and international film and talent to Seattle, SIFF has also remained dedicated to fostering and showcasing the creative genius of those working and creating locally. SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in all Short Film categories.

SIFF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Seattle International Film Festival 2014 - May 15 - June 8, 2014

This year, in addition to our Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, SIFF is proud to offer $8,000 in cash prizes in the following juried categories:


$2,500 New Directors Competition (International 1st and 2nd time directors)
$2,500 Documentary Competition
$1,000 Short Film: Live Action
$1,000 Short Film: Animation

$1,000 Short Film: Documentary

These internationally juried awards are given for excellence in filmmaking, form and content. Additional prizes of goods and services will also be awarded.

Submission Deadlines

Earlybird Submission Deadline October 7, 2013
Regular Submission Deadline November 4, 2013

Final Submission Deadline January 3, 2014
EXTENSION: Online (only) Submission Deadline February 3, 2014

FutureWave Shorts (youth ages 18 and under) Submission Deadline March 3, 2014 | download submission form

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"There is something magical about a film festival, and Seattle is one of the best in the country. The selections and special events couldn't be more eclectic and smart and there is warmth for those of us who visit as guests of the festival that is hard to beat."-- David Poland, MovieCity News