Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

SFFSFF

August 29 - 30, 2020

The Museum of Pop Culture in partnership with SIFF presents the 15th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF). This celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, and artists for a showcase of illuminating and unconventional films. Admitted films are judged by a nationally recognized jury comprised of luminaries in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The festival brings together industry professionals and genre experts to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror cinematic arts.

NEW DATES & VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

For the health and safety of staff and SFFSFF attendees, SFFSFF screenings will now be completely virtual. The screenings will be held August 29-30 on Vimeo. 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 | 2:00PM - LIVESTREAM EVENT

See all the short films during this livestream event, with exclusive live Q&A's with the filmmakers and live panels with some of our Jurors.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 | 2:00 PM - ENCORE

This encore screening will consist of prerecorded screenings of all the films and Q&A's.

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Did you purchase a ticket earlier this year for the previously scheduled March dates? Your ticket will automatically be converted into a virtual ticket for the day you purchased the ticket for. You will be emailed the screening link on the event day. Questions? Contact boxoffice@siff.net.


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Films will be screened in two packages.

A Timely Reminder For Time Parter Partners

A Timely Reminder For Time Parter Partners

d. Jamie Gower | 1 min

Time travel is a tough job. And filling out your timecard is the toughest part. Especially if you're a part-time Time Parter at Time Parter Partners.

Alpha Squadron

Alpha Squadron

d. Michael Litwak | USA | 11 min

A fighter pilot struggles to keep his group of friends together.

Black Champagne

Black Champagne

d. Jeremiah Williams | USA | 6 min

Priestess Queen Suraya and Priest King Jamari are the leaders of the magical Nemanyo civilization and derive their powers from an ancient lotus flower that was brought to earth from their ancestors thousands of years ago. Envious of their sacred power and magic, the Nemanyo fall under siege by the Czar of Chezidak and his horde of militants. Left for dead, Suraya and Jamari rise from their war-torn sunken city to reclaim their power and set their beloved people free.

El Emotional Intelligence

El Emotional Intelligence

d. Dennis Sungmin Kim | 9 min

A story of an AI unit who is anything but artificial.

Eli

Eli

d. Nate Milton | USA | 11 min

A 15 -year-old musician believes he has an extra-terrestrial implant in his ear. This is a true story based on the filmmaker's experiences within the realms of High Strangeness, Magical Thinking and Manic Delusion.

Flotando

Flotando

d. Frankie De Leonardis | 8 min

A Russian astronaut awakes on an ISS space module after an accident. His attention is caught by outside knockings. Someone has come to welcome him, although it might all be just his imagination, or maybe not.

In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

d. Maegan Houang | USA | 11 min

"In Full Bloom" tells the story of Cecile, an older Vietnamese-American hoarder, whose life is upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.

Kim

Kim

d. Madeline Landry | USA | 6 min

"Kim" is a stop-motion animated mock-umentary about a friendly, outgoing, people-eating siren. The film explores the titular character Kim's daily life and her begrudging interactions with the older fisherman Phil. Through these characters, the film also touches on environmental issues and the effects of these issues on the lives of those around us.

Moon Drops

d. Yoram Ever-Hadani | 16 min

A factory worker assembles an enigmatic machine that produces liquid drops from the moonlight.

Nature Planet: Staffer Duel

Nature Planet: Staffer Duel

d. Michael Sime | USA | 2 min

A herd of Continental Seated Staffers fighting to survive in a harsh environment. As the aging leader begins to show signs of weakness, younger staff members pine for his position. But who is strong enough to topple this experienced king?

Rocket Roaches

d. Mick Mahler | Germany | 11 min

After the earths surface has become uninhabitable the remaining humans connected themselves to a virtual reality. To the delight of the cockroaches who have flourished ever since. When they build a rocket to fly to the moon and leave the destroyed earth behind, they accidentally wake up one of the last humans from his virtual dreams...

Side B

Side B

d. Vanessa Williams | USA | 9 min

A YouTuber returns home for Spring break where her videos begin to take a strange turn.

Summon a Fiend

Summon a Fiend

d. Eleanor Cho | 15 min

Hazel is a lonely little girl who struggles to make friends. One day, while in the library with her father, she wanders into a deserted room where she finds a mystical spell book. Within the magical tome, Hazel discovers a spell that she believes will allow her to summon a friend, but, she accidentally misreads it and summons a ferocious demon named Dantalion. The fiend must help Hazel to find a real companion before he slinks back to the underworld.

The Original

The Original

d. Michelle Garza Cervera | 13 min

Alana is a woman struggling to keep her relationship alive as her partner suffers with a debilitating illness. A new medical procedure offers the answer to their prayers, but not without forcing her to make one last sacrifice.

This Time Away

This Time Away

d. Magali Barbe | 14 min

Nigel is an elderly man living as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had... until an unexpected visitor arrives and disrupts his lonely routine.

Tragic Magic

Tragic Magic

d. Geoffrey Clark | 11 min

An elderly wizard and his impatient apprentice's day is disrupted when Death arrives. Will their combined magic skills be enough to defeat him?

We Got A Monkey's Paw

We Got A Monkey's Paw

d. Aaron Pagniano | 9 min

Things get hairy when Zack convinces Jakki to spend the day making wishes on a Monkey's Paw. Soon the two find themselves doing backflips trying to undo the cataclysmic series of events they've set off. Ghost brides, demon boxes, dead-y bears, oh my! This paw is definitely in the wrong hands.

Hourglass Escapes Giveaway

Our friends at Hourglass Escapes will be giving away two tickets to two winners during both Saturday and Sunday events! Hourglass Escapes presents their award-winning remote avatar escape rooms. Tales of the Ghostly Galleon starring Cecil Baldwin of Welcome to Night Vale and The Officially Licensed Evil Dead 2TM Remote escape rated best in the US and gold key winner by Escape Authority, best of 2020 from Escape the Roomers and top marks from The Room Escape Artists and many more.

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