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47th Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle, United States, April 8 to 18, 2021

Call for entries

(Features, shorts, Episodic, all genres)


The Seattle International Film Festival is currently accepting entries for its 2021 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;
  • For 2021 premiers will not be required, and films that have been screened online as part of other Virtual Festivals in the US will be considered. Preference will be given to films that have not yet been presented in the Pacific Northwest, either in person at a cinema, or as part of a Virtual Festival;
  • Films (in all categories) that have been broadcast or on VOD in the US prior to the Festival dates are not eligible for consideration.


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).


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890