Post Alley Film Festival is a day-long screening event of woman centric and eccentric short films celebrating established and emerging, creative filmmakers. The festival provides a venue for the woman's voice in film with thought provoking works that entertain and challenge. PAFF screens short films by women and men. It is unique in the Pacific NW. Moviegoers don't want to leave their seats but there are multiple breaks throughout the day, Q&As, fun raffles, prizes, a silent auction, and a reception at the end of the entertaining, fun-filled day. PAFF is sponsored by Women in Film Seattle WIF Seattle is a professional organization that provides resources and opportunities for women filmmakers and promotes the interlacing of our filmmaker community. WIF Seattle is dedicated to promoting respect of women on and off set and screen.

Audience Award - cash prize $250 and laurels, Hello Company
Curators Pick - cash prize $250 and laurels - sponsor, Laughing Dog Pictures, Virginia Bogert
Best Director - cash prize $250 and laurels - sponsor, Von Piglet Productions
Emerging Filmmaker - cash prize $250 and laurels
Best Comedy - cash prize $250 and laurels - sponsor, Canine Productions
Best Editing - cash prize $250 and laurels, plus 3 months Adobe CC - sponsor, Hello
Outstanding Statement - cash prize $250 and laurels - sponsors, Ron Leamon and Gerard Parr
Other Jury Awards in variable categories + laurels. Future prizes TBD

Welcome to the Post Alley (shorts) Film Festival! PAFF is a day of woman centric and eccentric short films celebrating established and emerging filmmakers with strong creative voices. PAFF is co-sponsored by Women in Film Seattle whose mission is to provide connection, education, equity and support for female filmmakers and the interlacing of a strong, educated, creative, filmmaking community. WIF Seattle promotes respect for women on and off set and screen.
WIF Seattle is a member of international WIFTI, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for women in the film, television, video, digital, and screen-based media industries.

Festival venue: The SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington.

Eligibility: PAFF accepts only short films (narrative, documentary, animated, experimental, student) completed by October of the previous festival year. PAFF may accept and welcomes earlier produced films if, in the sole discretion of PAFF, the film is of outstanding quality or importance. Such films have typically won numerous festival awards and/or have obtained archival status. Note: PAFF has screened films that are more than 10 years older than the current festival date if they deserve, in the curator’s discretion, to be theater screened, despite being available in the public sector or online. (Note: by film we mean: film, video, digital, photographic media.)

Women directors are encouraged. Woman-oriented subject matter and films are imperative. PAFF screens films in which women have played important creative roles. PAFF will screen films by male directors.

• Industrial/corporate films, music videos, commercials, PSAs, and pornographic material are not accepted.
• All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
• All films must be in English or subtitled in English.

Length: 1-19 minutes

Submission fees/deadlines:
Early Deadline: General entry fee: $15.00 - Women in Film members fee: $10.00
Official Deadline: (postmarked) General entry fee: $20.00 – Women in Film members fee: $10.00
Late Deadline: General entry fee: $25.00 – Women in Film members fee: $15.00
Absolute deadline: General entry fee: $30.00 and a note from your mother. WIF members: $25.00

• One submission per entry fee only please.
• Print supplier is solely responsible for the cost of submission and shipment.
• Please supply return pre-paid envelope if you wish your entry returned.
• Women in Film members. Contact festival director for WIF submission code

Payment: If not using FilmFreeway, pay via PayPal on or make checks payable to: Women in Film Seattle (note on your check: PAFF) and send with your application to: Post Alley Film Festival Att Virginia Bogert 1506 35th Avenue, Seattle, WA , 98122, USA.

Submission screeners: Movies can be submitted for viewing via FilmFreeway or on NTSC professional DVD Zone 0 preview screeners, or uploaded on VIMEO and the link (Quicktime, mov.) sent to the PAFF Curator

Note: If you provide a link and your film is accepted, PAFF requires a usable link to promote future festivals. f you send DVDs, submission screeners will not be returned. Please test your two DVD preview screeners for imperfections before submitting.

Final festival screening specs: Films can be projected in DVD, Blu-Ray, HD, Digital Beta, Betacam SP, 16mm, 35mm, and Full resolution QuickTime file (pro-res 422) - preferred. You may also submit your final festival screener on a returnable thumb drive. (Please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope).
If selected, please supply the highest quality format to screen your film. We want it to look as good as you meant your film to be.
Note: The times and dates of screenings of films are at the discretion of PAFF.
Also, please state what format your film has been mastered on and on what format you will send your final screened version.

Delivery: Final Masters, send to: Curator Virginia Bogert – contact addresses below.

Notification: Check Post Alley Film Festival facebook page for dates of notifications and FilmFreeway.

• Fill out the application form of the PAFF website!
• Filmmakers who have been invited to screen at the festival must still fill out an application form and send it to Virginia Bogert, Curator PAFF.
• Send links to or two (2) preview DVDs if not submitting via FilmFreeway. DVDs will not be returned.
• Filmmakers wanting return of their submissions if on tape or film must submit a pre-stamped self-addressed envelope. The materials will be returned after the festival.
• Foreign language films must have English subtitles.
• To be considered, PAFF must receive:
A completed entry form submitted via email and/or by mail with DVD screener, hard copy signed if not submitting via FilmFreeway.
• Two (2) DVDs, NTSC format of your film/video or a viable link to your film.
• The required entry fee.

Mailing address:
Virginia Bogert, Curator Post Alley Film Festival (PAFF)
1506 35th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

If you have questions about eligibility, deadlines, possible fee waivers, shipping, or anything else that you can’t Google or Bing, or on PAFF’s FAQ, contact Curator/Festival Director: 206 380-1236
"My goal as Post Alley Film Festival curator is to program with care and intelligence exceptional work by women filmmakers, provide a venue for female-centric movies, and at the same time, present a balanced lens that includes films by and about women and men." –Virginia Bogert, PAFF Curator, WIF Seattle President Emerita | Community Liaison

Overall Rating
  • L. Gabriel Gonda

    This festival is local to me so I may be a bit biased, but even among local festivals (Seattle has a bunch) it's one of the best. The level of programming is excellent. I'm not gonna lie, it feels good to have your film play alongside other films of such high quality. Highly recommended.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Gabriel; it is always a joy to have you screen at (twice!) and attend PAFF, we so appreciate your talent and your collaboration with women creators: Samara Lermon, Elizabeth Heffron, and Ladora Sella. Your synergy creates beautiful films. Thank you!

  • We are always ecstatic when we see our clients get selected here - a brilliant focused remit and exceptionally well crafted programmes. We love everything the festival is doing and always consider it when we have films that are strong enough and suit. Onwards and upwards Post Alley Film Festival!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We appreciate the work you do which shows in the caliber of films we receive. We at PAFF work hard to program the best international shorts. Our audience values what we do, as they do the art of filmmaking; particularly the crafting of a short, which requires a special talent. Cheers to you Festival Forum.

  • Tyler A Chase

    The Post Alley Film Festival is a high end festival with discriminating taste. It chooses the best quality work and only a few films are screened. To be a finalist with this festival was a great honor for our short documentary, Sweet Soul in Exile.

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your gracious review Tyler. I do hope you stay in touch with me. It was a pleasure connecting with you.
    All my best, Virginia

  • Denise Meyers

    I wasn't able to attend the festival in person, but that has nothing to do with what I thought of the festival itself. Some friends attended in my place and told me it was everything they expected and more. Virginia Bogert is an amazing festival coordinator and was helpful, encouraging, kind and supportive in every possible way. I recommend this festival very highly. What an awesome celebration of women in filmmaking!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Denise, Thank you so much for submitting your film; it was great to have a terrific Noir Film in the Tough Babes section. I was also happy to have so much contact with you via email and glad your friends made the trip from Canada to attend our festival. I hope you continue writing great scripts!
    And again, your generosity is so greatly appreciated, PAFF thanks you.
    My best to you,

  • Wonderful festival! Great communication from start to finish. I had the chance to attend the festival. Virginia and her programmers curated a solid and entertaining program. High-quality films from around the globe with diverse stories and voices. Fantastic, smart and kind audience. Theater was very full which is not always the case when you travel to festivals. We were lucky enough to win the audience award which rounded out our festival experience nicely. Five stars all the way. I highly recommend you add Post Alley to your list of festivals. Thank you PAFF! Had a blast!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    What a treat to have you present Mary-Lyn. Having filmmakers from afar attending adds to the special nature of our festival; and having the opportunity to talk about your film Debris and the crisis of child refugees is so timely and pressing. Aside from that, PAFF peeps, Women in Film Seattle, and film goers enjoyed having the opportunity to meet you.
    As I mentioned, I loved your other film as well. let's talk some more.
    All best,