EMP Museum (EMP), in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), announces the launch of the twelfth annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival.

Wildly popular, the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival has sold out the renowned Seattle Cinerama for the last eight years in a row, packing the house with enthusiastic fans from the region’s sci-fi, fantasy, and film communities. Selected films are presented on Cinerama’s massive 70-foot screen, and the theater features a new state-of-the-art sound system and digital projection.

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival films make waves around the world. Featured films have received national distribution and sparked the interest of a vast network of film fans. Plus, all films screen for a jury of luminaries in the fields of science fiction and fantasy film, television, and literature. The festival marks the start of these films successes: previous Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival films have been nominated for Academy Awards, picked up for feature distribution, featured in museum exhibitions, presented at festivals around the world, and received international awards and accolades. 
 
SUBMISSIONS
From July 1 through September 30, 2016 the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will accept short film submissions that meet the following requirements:
  • Up to 15 minutes in length*
  • Produced after 2012
  • Animated or live-action
  • Science fiction or fantasy (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia, sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure)
Submissions will be accepted according to the rules and regulations, and judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative. We welcome submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder.   


* Films that exceed 15 minutes may still be considered for the festival, but will not be eligible for awards.
 
JURY
A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics will review qualifying submissions to determine the winners of the Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. Festival films will also be eligible for the Audience Favorite award. 

IMPORTANT DATES
July 1, 2016 - Call for Entries opens
July 31, 2016 - Early submission deadline ($20)
Aug 31, 2016 - Regular submission deadline ($30)
Sept 30, 2016 - Late submission deadline ($40)
Oct 10, 2016 - Extension of late submission deadline ($50)
Oct 31, 2016 - Notification of acceptance 
Nov 30, 2016 - Film prints due 
Early 2017 - Festival (exact date TBA) 
 

MISSION & OBJECTIVE 
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.
 
 
Visit empmuseum.org/filmfestival for more information.
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Please read the general guidelines carefully, and take note of the instructions in the right column of the submission form.

For complete rules and regulations, visit www.empmuseum.org/filmfestival.

SUBMISSIONS
From July 1 through September 30, 2016 the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will accept short film submissions that meet the following requirements:
  • Up to 15 minutes in length*
  • Produced after 2012
  • Animated or live-action
  • Science fiction or fantasy (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia, sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure)
Submissions will be accepted according to the rules and regulations, and judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative. We welcome submissions that step outside the boundaries of reality and inspire a sense of wonder.    
  
* Films that exceed 15 minutes may still be considered for the festival, but will not be eligible for awards.

JURY
A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics will review qualifying submissions to determine the winners of the Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. Festival films will also be eligible for the Audience Favorite award. 

IMPORTANT DATES
July 1, 2016 - Call for Entries opens
July 31, 2016 - Early submission deadline ($20)
Aug 31, 2016 - Regular submission deadline ($30)
Sept 30, 2016 - Late submission deadline ($40)
Oct 10, 2016 - Extension of late submission deadline ($50)
Oct 31, 2016 - Notification of acceptance 
Nov 30, 2016 - Film prints due 
Early 2017 - Festival (exact date TBA) 
  
MISSION & OBJECTIVE 
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.   
  
PRESENTATION 
Selected films must be made available for Festival presentation as high resolution digital files (2k or 1080p resolution [.mov file encoded using Apple ProRes 422 or equivalent pro codec] or hi-res mpeg-4 file). Failure to provide the film in the format indicated may result in the film being dropped from the festival. No exceptions will be permitted. Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.  

REQUIRED SUBMISSION MATERIALS 
• Entry fee paid via Submittable. Entry fees are not refundable. 
• Password protected link to online screener (Vimeo or YouTube) or one digital copy of the film, no larger than 500 MB, and in any of the following formats: .avi, mov .mpg*
• Film description and synopsis (50-200 words) 
Incomplete entries will not be considered. 
*If you’re unable to provide a digital screener, please mail two DVD copies of the film, clearly marked with title, director and contact phone/e-mail. DVDs must be submitted in plastic safe cases and formatted in MPEG video for Region 1/North America. Please test your consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of players. DVD+RW and DVD-RW are NOT acceptable. DVDs will not be returned. Mail DVDs to: EMP Museum / ATTN: Film Festival / 120 6th Ave N #100 / Seattle, WA 98109   

* TERMS AND CONDITIONS * 
Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. By signing your name below, you authorize that you have read and understood and hereby agree to the general festival rules.   
  
Visit empmuseum.org/filmfestival for more information.