SEATTLE -- May 31, 2016 -- The Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States, announced today this year's ShortsFest Jury Award winners. ShortsFest Weekend, SIFF's celebration of the short form, takes place every year over Memorial Day Weekend at SIFF Cinema Uptown. This year's Festival (May 19 - June 12) features 153 short films, including 25 World, 14 North American, and 12 US premieres.
Carl Spence, SIFF's Chief Curator and Artistic Director, says, "As an Academy Award®-qualifying festival, SIFF stands on the cutting edge of the short form, honoring masters of short filmmaking and bringing to light big-time feature filmmakers of tomorrow as they take their first steps. ShortsFest Weekend is a highlight for many SIFF-goers as we showcase the best and brightest among short films from around the world each year."
Adds Beth Barrett, Director of Programming, "The incredible versatility of the short film format is reflected in the inspiring diversity of this year's selection of films. Each year, an amazing array of talented filmmakers come together during ShortsFest Weekend. We are proud to offer a forum for networking and collaboration, as well as to honor and celebrate the outstanding work of this year's exceptional winners."
ShortsFest jurors chose winners in Live Action, Animation, and Documentary categories. All ShortsFest films shown at the Festival are also eligible for Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. Each ShortsFest Grand Jury winner will receive $2,500, and is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award® in its respective Short Film category (Live Action, Animated, or Documentary).
ShortsFest is sponsored by Withoutabox, Classical KING FM, IMDb Pro, Christopher Newell, Cornish College of the Arts, Shoreline Community College, Women In Film/Seattle, and Solo Bar.