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 has hosted an International Film Crawl. We hope to bring it back.

BFF runs ancillary programs throughout the year.

* Hyperlocal Burien 5 - 7 min. Short Film Festival awards the top three films with cash awards.
1st - $5000
2nd - $1000
3rd - $500

Highlight at least one Burien neighborhood logo.
The theme is the Maury Island Incident.
This means any aspect of the incident known as “The Maury Island Incident”

Film makers are not limited to the content in the short film called the Maury Island Incident. Content can be from any book, news story, internet source or article with info on the Maury Island Incident.

Examples sources are the book by Kenneth Arnold called “Coming of the Saucers” or Charlette LeFevere’s book titled “Maury Island UFO Incident. Also, Scott Schaefer of the B-Town Blog and director of “The Maury Island Incident”. has offered clips from the short film to all movie contestants.

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

Overall Rating
  • Very proud to have for the 3rd time a short film I directed on this festival. Thanks for all and on to the fourth!

    October 2021
  • 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!

  • thanks a lot of this festival very nice

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your participation, George!