The Seattle Film Festival, an qualifying awards event, is about the independent filmmaker. We are small enough so that your film does not get lost in our submissions or schedule. But we are large enough to offer a beautiful screening venue to display and showcase your films and get media coverage.

The festival was co-founded by George Williams and Jason Anderson in 2013 with a focus on short films and documentary shorts. We grew over the next few years by word of mouth running annually through 2016.
It was to our surprise in 2019, when a collective of local filmmakers who had been involved in our festival in previous years inspired us to relaunch the festival and this time with the addition of narrative feature films, documentary features, web series, music videos and various other categories.
While working with local filmmakers, we found they preferred a larger choice of categories to submit to at the Seattle Film Festival to fit the growing number of submissions and a better chance to receive a meaningful award. We have expanded the Seattle Film Festival to not only present your films in a historic Seattle movie theater in front of a live audience and jury but also, with the new addition of a concurrently running online festival, are able to give a large number of films International exposure.

We had 12 jurors which consists of veteran filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and actors.
The Seattle Film Festival also offers Q & A sessions and film industry networking opportunities.

We are part of a solid network of other film festivals so submitting your movies to us may open up many more opportunities for you.
In addition, numerous indie film critics, reviewers and industry insiders have attended our festival.

***Due to the global pandemic all movie theaters in Seattle are currently still subject to limited indoor gatherings until further notice, therefore showings of the films selected at this year's festival may be virtual. ***

E-certificates and with some awards physical trophies are awarded free. Physical trophies may also be ordered in all categories.

Our award categories are:

Grand Jury Award Best Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Director Documentary Feature Film
Best Director Feature Film
Best Actress in a Feature Film
Best Actor in a Feature Film
Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film
Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film
Seattle Film Festival Outstanding Performance Award
Best Cinematography Short Film
Best Cinematography Feature Film
Best Original Song
Seattle Film Festival Filmmaker Award

In addition, we have also added new awards to keep up with our growing number of submissions.


You may submit your movie for consideration in multiple categories.
To do this, you must fill out and submit the form each time you submit to another category, stating the category you wish to submit to.
The submission fee is due for each category you submit to.
We do not accept any films finished earlier than 2018.

All submissions will be judged for the categories they are submitted for.
However, our jury may decide that your film should be considered for alternative categories that it was not submitted for.

​You must own the rights to your film, including the music and have permission of release from everyone appearing in your film.

Non-English language films will be accepted but must have English subtitles. 

Our 2020 Seattle Film Festival does not screen films online- it is a live festival.
Please note that, by submitting your film you agree to the following:
The Seattle Film Festival may use parts of your film for promotional purposes.
These may include trailers, scenes, still photographs etc.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We categorically do NOT accept X-Rated  or extremist propaganda material.


All films will be screened by film industry professionals.
The semi-finalists will be personally reviewed by our festival directors.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Detrick

    Wonderful film festival! Great communication and staff. Honored to be an award winner. Thanks for advancing the art of film!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matthew, Moonshot is a great documentary!

  • Marvin Glover

    George and the team did a wonderful job. The communication was clear and they were great to work with.

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Marvin, thank you and congratulations on The Weight of Perfection!

  • Brian Katona

    An excellent festival and wonderful experience! Great to see so many talented film makers!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Brian and kudos to your soundtrack for The Long Hair!

  • My favourite American film festival

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kenny! We loved Paldemic and hope to see more of your projects soon!

  • Outstanding, well run festival with an excellent selection of films and film-makers. It was an honor to participate and win an award for Nanakorobi (Seven Falls). Inspiring and very motivating!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you and Congratulations Glenna also on the Seattle Filmmaker Award!