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46th Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle, United States, May 14 to June 7, 2020

Call for entries

(Features, shorts, Episodic, all genres)


The Seattle International Film Festival is currently accepting entries for its 2020 edition.

Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the Festival.

  • Competitive: Yes
    Entry fees: Yes


  • All submitted films must be completed after January 1, 2019;
  • Films must be a Washington State premiere. World, North American and US premieres are given priority;
  • Films (in all categories) that have been broadcast or on VOD in the US prior to the Festival dates are not eligible for consideration.
  • Short films that have screened online are eligible for consideration, though may not publicly screen in Washington State prior to June 30, 2020.


One of the largest and most highly attended film festivals in the United States, with 250 feature and documentary films and 150 short films, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) has an audience of over 155,000.

The festival programs several competitions and awards cash prizes. SIFF Official Competition celebrates some of the year’s most accomplished films. Both the New Directors Competition, which features a selection debut or second features, and the Documentary Film Competition, present films without US distribution at the time of selection.

The Short Film Competition selects 150 films and awards three cash prizes of $2,500 each in the categories of Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. SIFF is an Academy Award® qualifier in all three short film categories.

SIFF also invite films in its numerous non-competitive sections, notably:  Alternate Cinema, World Cinema, Culinary Cinema, Documentary Films, Episodic Content (webisodes and serial storytelling), Face the Music (music documentaries).


Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection for a feature film at this festival as part of its Success Index and may provide financial support through the International Festival Participation Program.


Promotion and Communications
Telefilm Canada, Montréal
1 800 567-0890