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 documentaries. 2020 was our most successful year date as we had twice as many submissions than in 2019. In his second year as Executive Director, David Harrington opened up more categories to submit to at the Seattle Film Festival to fit the growing number of submissions. Therefore the filmmaker with a limited budget has a better chance to receive real prestige and win meaningful awards. This is a legitimate festival, not just an awards show; we actually display and premier your films in a historic Seattle movie theater in front of a live audience and jury. We had 12 jurors in 2020 which consisted of veteran filmmakers, screenwriters, producers and actors.
The Seattle Film Festival also offers Q & A sessions, real networking opportunities with other independent filmmakers as well as press coverage.
We are part of a solid network of other film festivals so submitting your movies to us will open up many more opportunities for you.
Numerous indie film critics, reviewers and industry insiders have been attending and contributing to our festival.
In 2021 and beyond we are looking to expand our festival with exciting new categories and awards.

***Due to the global 2020 pandemic all movie theaters in Seattle are currently closed until further notice.
Therefore a selection of 2020 Winners will be added to our schedule in 2021, making this year's film festival twice as large. ***

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
  • Bang on !!!!
    Perfect timing
    Perfect communication
    Perfect information
    I am sure all this happens because of a perfect team so huge round of applause for the team who inspite of the pandemic gave us an amazing show.
    They didn't sleep at all on the D Day

    Special mention to Jason....well done seattle film festival. More power to you

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hemwant you made an amazing film! And you are recognized for your special achievement in filmmaking with (LOMAD) The Fox.

  • Craig Lew

    Awesome event. Thank you for nominating Destiny Station for Best Animated Short. Cheers.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Craig! We loved your "Destiny Station: Realm 16" and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

  • Christina Zorich

    Thank you for including us this year in the 2020 Festival. We had a great experience.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christina! Your excellent documentary about the humanitarian anti-trafficking project was very powerful! We praise your dedication and research which shows in your film.

  • Steve Prevesk

    I wrote a thriller “Dead Write” and set it in Seattle without ever having visited the city. Through my research over the years I feel I got to know the Seattle area so I decided to submit to my first ever screenplay contest in Seattle. The feedback I received on the script was phenomenal and I ended up as a finalist. However, even if that hadn’t happened it was a great experience and I would highly recommend it. I would love to go next year to experience the festival since we can’t do it this year. Thank you for all you diligent work under difficult circumstances and best of luck in future events.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Steve,
    Your high action scenes were well done in a very clever story.
    Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  • Ruben Pla

    These guys were great! George was a true pleasure to deal with and always answered any questions we had...and thank you for the documentary award you gave our film, THE HORROR CROWD!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ruben - Loved "The Horror Crowd" documentary, great job directing!