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.

Each year, SIFF is proud to present a collection of short films we believe best represent the limitless imaginative possibilities of the form. While these films may be onscreen for mere moments, they make lasting impressions.

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 Narrative, Animation, and Documentary categories. Each Grand Jury Prize winner will receive $2,500; winners may also qualify to enter their respective Short Film category of the Academy Awards® for the concurrent season without the theatrical run.

Narrative Shorts Jurors: Opal Bennett and Meghan Oretsky.
Documentary and Animation Shorts Jurors: Inga Diev, Abby Dylan, and Missy Laney.

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Adventures in the Unknown

2018 | 90 minutes

Seven short films that explore what happens when people step off of the traditional path and enter uncharted territory.

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ALT Shorts

2018 | 78 minutes

A grab bag of experimental expressions and rhythmic abstractions, of found footage flickers and unresolved images, with a little humor too.

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Animation4Adults

2018 | 81 minutes

This year’s animation package plunges you into secret worlds, teeming with ancient rituals, Nazi hunters, and a certain father’s secret stash.

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Fly Filmmaking Challenge

USA | 2018 | 42 minutes

Six filmmakers across Washington State were challenged to create a short documentary about an artist and their lens of creativity.

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FutureWave Shorts

2018 | 88 minutes

These international shorts from filmmakers 18 and under are glorious evidence that storytelling is already strong in the future.

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Global Frames

2018 | 90 minutes

Get a new perspective with some of the best international shorts from around the world.

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Keep It in the Family

2018 | 100 minutes

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.

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Legends of the PNW

2018 | 89 minutes

Ten shorts from across Washington State shine a light on the diverse stories, historical and fanciful, that provide the foundation of our society.

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Post-Gay Everyday

2018 | 78 minutes

Five snapshots about life, love, and sex… They just happen to be gay life, gay love, and gay sex.

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ShortsFest Closing Night 2018

2018 | 93 minutes

SIFF's annual shorts celebration finishes off with a dynamic program examining the joy and complexity found in the best short films.

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ShortsFest Opening Night 2018

2018 | 83 minutes

It is our great pleasure to open our ShortsFest weekend with this collection of superb short films from around the world.

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Terror Internationale

2018 | 97 minutes

The language of fear is universal.

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The Family Picture Show

2018 | 83 minutes

Bring the whole family out for a playful set of short films curated for the young and the young at heart.

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Through Her Indigenous Eyes

2018 | 81 minutes

These cutting-edge films herald new voices to the diversifying dialogue on Indigenous issues.

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Who Runs the World

2018 | 91 minutes

Women have it on lock. The feminist anthem shorts program 2018 has been waiting for - welcome.

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WTF?!

2018 | 89 minutes

Come feast your eyes on this cornucopia of weird delights.

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