Established in 2015, Burien Film Festival is a three-day annual short film festival in Burien, Washington. The film festival was founded to celebrate local and international short film arts, and to shine a spotlight on Burien.

Burien Film Festival hosts an International Film Crawl. Four venues featuring the best international short films curated by arts writer T.S. Flock, writer for, and co-founder of, Vanguard Seattle.

BFF runs ancillary programs throughout the year.

International Short Film Festival - 30 of the best films will be shown in our International Film Crawl curated by T.S. Flock, arts writer for Vanguard Seattle. Five venues screen five curated film collections. Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Lighting, Best Sound, Best Screenplay will be awarded (laurel).

Hyperlocal Burien 4 - 7 min. Short Film Festival awards the top three films with cash awards.
1st - $500
2nd - $250
3rd - $100 .

International Short Film Contest - Must be 15 minutes maximum.

Hyperlocal Burien 5 - 7 Min. Short Film Contest - 4 - 7 minutes maximum. Entry must follow the stated guidelines for content to qualify.

Overall Rating
  • Evan Kubena

    Super happy to be a part of a local festival and win first place! Thanks so much BFF :)

    October 2020
  • Brendan Hickey

    I believe we won best comedy here and It's always amazing to screen work at a local festival. Can;t wait to submit in the future.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Brendan! We can't wait to see another film from you!

  • Javid Farahani

    I’m honored to be announced that my short film “Under the Blade” got accepted in such a good festival.

    Thank you very much
    Javid Farahani
    The producer and director of the short film “Under the Blade”

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for submitting your film, Javid!

  • Giorgi Tkemaladze

    thanks a lot of this festival very nice

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your participation, George!

  • There is no proper communication. I still don't know the details of the screening.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hello Nandan. I apologize for not getting you the details for the screening. We are a growing festival and the oversight was not intentional. We do everything we can to make sure the filmmakers are taken care of. Thank you for submitting your film.