8/19/2014 | Seattle International Film Festival
Rachel Eggers | 206.315.0683 |

SEATTLE -- August 19, 2014 -- The 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival (May 14 - June 7, 2015) is now accepting submissions of features, documentaries, short films, and animation.

The largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, SIFF presents over 250 features/documentary films and 150 short films to an audience of more than 155,000 every year. The Festival is consistently cited as one of the best "audience festivals" in the world, and 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 - fan and filmmaker alike.

SIFF is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a Qualifying Festival in all short film categories. Films submitted to the Seattle International Film Festival are reviewed by a team of more than 20 film programmers. The Festival has significant sections devoted to documentaries (60 in 2014), world cinema (83 countries represented in 2014), American cinema (48 features and 34 documentaries in 2014) along with all other genres including animation, experimental, late-night, and more. The Festival also has an annual spotlight on African cinema, presenting a significant selection of films from across the African continent and diaspora. 

In 2015, in addition to our Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, SIFF is proud to offer $10,000 in cash prizes in the following juried categories:

  • $2,500 New Directors Competition (International 1st and 2nd time directors)
  • $2,500 New American Cinema Competition 
  • $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

  • Early Bird: October 6, 2014
  • Regular: November 3, 2014
  • Final: January 5, 2015
  • FutureWave Shorts (youth ages 18 and under): March 2, 2015

For more info and to submit via Withoutabox, please go here.

For questions related to submissions, please email

About SIFF

Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on four screens at the SIFF Film Center and the historic SIFF Cinema Uptown, reaching more than 120,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.