Short Films Competition
While these films may be onscreen for mere moments, they make lasting impressions. Limited in length but never in creativity, short films have their very own energy, far removed from the financial constraints of a feature film and often the rules of cinema itself. Whether they embody the start of an idea or the crystallization of one, shorts are one of the most consistently intriguing cinematic forms, a fascinating world unto themselves.
Every short film in the Seattle International Film Festival is eligible for both the Golden Space Needle Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. Our Shorts Competition jurors will choose winners in the Live-Action, Animation, and Documentary categories. Each Grand Jury Prize winner will receive $500; winners also qualify to enter their respective Short Film category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season without a theatrical run.
April 8 - 18, 2021
Taken together, these experimental films from female filmmakers exhibit technical mastery, narrative tomfoolery, animated intricacy, and emotional honesty.