Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival
400 9th Avenue North
WA 98109
Seattle, United States

Tel: 206.464.5830

2018, Finished
Thu 17th May to Sun 10th Jun

Festival Overview

SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animations for the 35th Seattle International Film Festival. With screenings of more than 200 features and 150 shorts over 25 days, SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States. Attracting audiences exceeding 140,000, SIFF is a great way to get your film noticed.

The FutureWave Youth Film Shorts competition is a juried competition for youth filmmakers 18 years of age and younger at the time of
submission. The entry fee is $20, which is waived for Washington State filmmakers, and the final submission deadline is March 1, 2009. For
more information about this program or to download a FutureWave entry form, please visit or email


Every year, we give out the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards for Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, Best
Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Short Film, and the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award (an audience award
given to the film by a woman director that receives the most votes in our Golden Space Needle balloting). In addition, we
sponsor seven internationally juried awards in the below categories, awarding $15,000 in cash prizes:
documentary Film competition
Twelve exceptional non-fiction films will be judged by an international panel of jurors who will choose the documentary they feel
best illuminates and captures the human spirit, pursues the search for truth, and feeds our insatiable hunger to learn. A cash
prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner of this competition.
New directors showcase
The New Directors Showcase features a selection of 12 directors who are clearly emerging as major talents. SIFF programmers
choose films from around the world, a debut or second feature by the selected director, each chosen on the basis of its original
conception, striking style and overall excellence. The films must also be without US distribution. A cash prize of $5,000 will be
awarded to the winner of this competition.
Culled from the more than 2000 submissions each year, approximately 120 shorts are selected to play before features or in one of
our shorts programs. This is a popular and exciting section of SIFF that has launched the careers of many writers and directors. All
shorts selected for the Festival are eligible for this prize. Three cash prizes of $1,500 each will be awarded in the categories of Live
Action, Animation, and Documentary; as well as a Macintosh Computer System, courtesy of IrisInk and The Mac Store and $1,000
of film stock from the Eastman Kodak Company for the Golden Space Needle Best Short Film Audience Award winner.
Our youth film competition, open to filmmakers 18 years or younger. The WaveMaker Award is $500.

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We only accept submissions on DVD, though some exceptions can be made.


If your film is 30 minutes or less, the fees are:
Received by December 1, 2008: $35
Received by January 1, 2009: $50
Received by February 1, 2009: $70
If your film is 31 minutes or more, the fees are:
Received by December 1, 2008: $50
Received by January 5, 2009: $75
Received by February 2, 2009: $100

We do waive the entry fee for films with 50% or more of the film footage shot in Washington State

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