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21-Apr-2014 2:41am PDT  


Seattle International Film Festival

40 Annual May 15, 2014 to June 08, 2014

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SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206-464-5830
Fax: 206-264-7919

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film
Feature Film: a narrative film 31+ minutes in length
Short Film
Short Film: a narrative, animated or experimental film 30 minutes or less in length.
Documentary Feature Film
Documentary Feature Film: a documentary film 31+ minutes in length.
Documentary Short Film
Documentary Short Film: a documentary film less than 30 minutes in length.
FutureWave films are films made by youth aged 18 or younger at time of submission. They must be under 10 minutes in length. Applicants must submit proof of age with their submission (picture school ID, driving license, ID card). The received-by deadline for this category is March 4, 2014.

SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover
extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.

The Seattle International Film Festival is presented each year from mid-May to mid-June. It is the largest film festival in the United States, presenting more than 400 features, documentaries and short films to an audience of over 150,000 each year. SIFF is consistently ranked as one of the top festivals in North America, and is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for short films.

SIFF started out as an event aimed squarely at Seattle filmgoers, renowned for their strong support for independent cinema and their sophisticated, maverick tastes. Through the years, Seattle audiences have proven themselves to be remarkably astute judges of a film's theatrical strength in the American marketplace. This, in turn, has made SIFF a great testing ground for new films. Our emphasis on keeping the Festival an event aimed first and foremost at filmgoers, provides the films themselves with the kind of genuine audience response that has attracted the participation of so many filmmakers and film distributors.

Beth Barrett (Director of Programming) ; Carl Spence (Artistic Director)

Golden Space Needle Awards
Seattle International Film Festival audiences cast their votes in the categories of Best Film, Documentary Feature, Director, Actor, Actress, and Short Film. Among past winners of this expression of SIFF filmgoers esteem are films and talents, who went on to win Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, as well as a large number of critical and theatrical hits.

New Directors Showcase Award
One of the most important and eagerly anticipated SIFF showcases each year contains a selection of international directors who are clearly emerging as major talents. SIFF programmers choose a dozen films from around the world to be spotlighted for special attention and competition. Each of the films must be a debut or second feature by the selected director, and each is chosen on the basis of its original conception, striking style and overall excellence. The jury for the New Directors Showcase is composed of film industry professionals and journalists. This award carries a cash prize of $2500 US dollars.

Documentary Competition
These 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. This award carries a cash prize of $2500 dollars US.

Films are selected on an invite only basis from eligible entries by the programming committee.

Short Film Competition
SIFF is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in all three short film categories. Culled from the more than 3000 submissions a year, approximately 120 shorts are selected to play during ShortsFest weekend or before feature film presentations. This is a popular and exciting section of the film festival 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 $1,000 each will be awarded, in the categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentary, as well as prizes of goods and services worth over $3,000 for the Golden Space Needle Best Short Film Audience Award winner.

Definitions of Categories and Terms

o Feature Length Film: a narrative, animated or experimental film 31+ minutes in length.
o Short Film: a narrative, animated or experimental film 30 minutes or less in length.
o Documentary Feature Film: a documentary film 31+ minutes in length.
o Documentary Short Film: a documentary film less than 30 minutes in length.
o FutureWave films are films made by youth aged 18 or younger at time of submission. They MUST be under 10 minutes in length. Applicants must submit proof of age with their submission (picture school ID, driving license, ID card). Submissions received without proof of age will not be considered. The received-by deadline for this category is March 1, 2014.
o Print Source: the company or representative that will be providing the film print to the festival (this is not the film lab).
o World Sales Company: the company or representative that is in charge of selling the film rights worldwide.

Eligibility Regulations

Completion Date:
Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2013.

Selected films must be made available for Festival presentation in DCP, 35mm or HDCAM.

Foreign language films must be made available with the original language soundtrack and English subtitles.

Prior Screenings:
Entries may not publicly screen in the greater Seattle area or be broadcast (televised) anywhere in the U.S. before June 30, 2014. Theatrical runs following presentation in SIFF may be excepted from this. Films may appear outside the greater Seattle area at other film festivals or on websites prior to SIFF screenings.

Prior Submission:
Films previously submitted to SIFF will only be considered if they reapply as a new submission, including all applicable entry fees.

Submission Regulations

All film submissions must be shipped prepaid and packed in proper containers to arrive at the SIFF offices no later than their respective deadlines.

All films must be submitted on DVD, either NTSC or PAL.

Accompanying Materials:
The following materials must be included with the DVD, or provided via Withoutabox. Entry materials will not be returned. Incomplete entries will not be considered.
o Official Entry submitted through Withoutabox
o Entry Fee: We will accept payment by Check, Money Order, Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Make checks payable in US funds to: Seattle International Film Festival.
o Entry Fee Waiver: The submission fee is waived for films that have 50% or more of the film footage shot in Washington State. No other waivers or exceptions will be granted. Please do not ask.

Submission Labeling & Shipping:
All submissions must be labeled with the film title, running time and contact information (including name, address and phone number) and WAB tracking number. International shipments must be accompanied by a commercial invoice (containing the film title, run time, format (color or b&w), value of shipment and sender's name and address). Screeners and shipping documents should be marked: Without commercial value, for cultural purposes only.

Receipt Acknowledgment:
To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your entry, you must enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope or postcard with your submission.

Films selected for screening in all categories will be notified on or about April 30, 2014.

o If a film is invited to participate, the film must be shipped prepaid, insured and packed in proper containers. SIFF will be responsible for return shipping charges. SIFF will not pay international shipping on US films.
o SIFF does not assume any liability for damage to prints due to improper containers or otherwise. All films in our possession will be insured against damage or loss while participating in the festival.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true; I am duly authorized to submit this film to Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF); I hold SIFF harmless from damages to or loss of the film print en route due to improper containers or otherwise; The film is not subject to nor is threatened by any litigation; I acknowledge that ALL submission materials become the property of SIFF; and that I accept all of the submission regulations stated within the FAQ and on the entry form.