SCUFF is returning for a second year!

FREE TO ATTEND. 5/14. 7PM. The Varsity Theater

The Seattle College and University Film Festival brings together filmmakers from across the Puget Sounds’ college campuses for an evening showcase of locally produced student films. This year’s selections will be screened to a packed house on May 14th – 7PM at the Varsity Theater and judged by a panel of local critics, industry professionals, and filmmakers.

What's SCUFF all about?'
Nearly every college in Seattle offers classes that turn a student into a filmmaker. Student film clubs and production groups are nearly just as prevalent. All across the city, students are shooting, directing, and editing short films. Seattle is an absolutely incredible city for an up and coming student filmmaker.
There's one problem with this however...
Student filmmakers need a screen for their work to be seen!
SCUFF was created in order to connect, support, and provide a unified festival experience for all of Seattle's college filmmakers.

When/Where is SCUFF?
This year’s festival will be at 7PM, May 14th at the Varsity Theater in the University District. 4329 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105.

Is it free to submit?
SCUFF is absolutely free to submit.

What about attend?
SCUFF is free to attend too!

When/how will I be notified if my film is accepted?
Submissions close on May 4th and accepted filmmakers will be informed of their entry status via email on May 8th.

How long can films be?
The recommended maximum submission length for a film is 10 minutes. Due to limited program time, it will be very difficult to accept entries that exceed this length. However, please don’t let this prevent you from submitting your project to SCUFF.

What time of films do you accept?
SCUFF accepts all kinds of films, from experimental to animation to documentary!

Can I submit multiple entries?
Absolutely! However, we ask entries be limited to 3 films per director.

How are submissions judged?
For acceptance into the festival, a short's quality, uniqueness, and time will be considered.

How did SCUFF get started?
The festival began as the centerpiece of Festival Director Will Cadra's senior capstone in the UW's Community, Environment, & Planning program.

Awards Categories:
Best in Festival
Second Prize
Third Prize
Audience Choice Award

Best in Festival & Audience Choice Award winners receive:
-$100 cash
-Automatic acceptance into Northwest Film Forum's Local Sightings Festival Later this --fall (along with 2nd and 3rd place winners).
-A pair of tickets to the 2018 BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival
-An annual membership to iPitch,tv

All accepted selections receive:
_Tickets to the Northwest Film Forum
-Gift Cards from local restaurants, businesses, and more
-A prize bag featuring SCUFF merchandise including buttons and festival poster
-A bi annual membership to

SCUFF accepts short films and video content DIRECTED by current students and recent graduates of Puget Sound area colleges and universities.-
-Video entries of any genre, type, length or style are accepted
-Entries will be judged for acceptance into the festival based on a combination of quality, uniqueness, and time.
-Entries are suggested to be no longer than 10 minutes due to programming constraints.
-The individual submitting the film should be authorized to screen the work, and has considered copyright, trademark and proper crediting.

4 Year Universities:
-Art Institute of Seattle.
-Cornish College of the Arts
-Pacific Lutheran University
-Seattle Film Institute
-Seattle University
-Seattle Pacific University
-University of Washington (Seattle- Tacoma - Bothell)

Community Colleges/Technical Schools
-Cascadia College
-Edmunds Community College
-Everett Community College
-Green River Community College
-North Seattle Community College
-Pierce College
-Olympia Community College
-South Seattle Community College
-Seattle Central Community College
-Shoreline Community College

Don’t see your school on the list and think you should be included? Send an email to

SCUFF is granted the right to screen any film submitted and accepted at the festival.

If possible, please submit via your .edu email address.
If your film is accepted to the festival, your status as a Puget Sound Area college student will need to be verified. This will be done through either
A) Email confirmation via a relevant .edu email address
B) A photo of your student ID. Feel free to crop out any sensitive information.

Overall Rating
  • José Chalit

    Films in festival were clearly high in production quality and budget. However, substance and quality of stories that were featured was subpar but if you have a good film you've been working on for months to look good, this might be for you!

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the feedback Jose. This year, we've added new programmers to make sure our lineup is full of stories for all different tastes and production levels. We don't want anyone to be discouraged from submitting their film free to SCUFF. Hope to see you again at this year's festival!

  • Todd Gardiner

    First year. Has some room to grow, but also for the event to improve in quality of offerings and operation.

    May 2016