The South Sound Experimental Film Festival is a celebration of experimental filmmaking by local artists in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to create a community that fosters exploration and development of the creative possibilities of this growing medium. We aim to provide a platform for independent works that might otherwise be overlooked due to factors like identity, limited resources, or qualifications in practice or technique.

Our first festival in 2021, held in partnership with the Northwest Film Forum, was a great success. We are extremely grateful for the amazing support we received from NWFF, and thanks to their ongoing sponsorship, we are excited to present another year of showcasing experimental independent cinema from the PNW.

Through our collaboration with NWFF, we are able to contribute to a vast international network that promotes experimentation, the development of new film techniques, and the exploration of contemporary hybrid forms of filmmaking.

S.S.E.F.F. (South Sound Experimental Film Fest) is actively seeking submissions for its third-year run.

We ask that submissions be from artists local to the Pacific Northwest and are no longer than 30 minutes.

There is no restrictions for format, although films must be able to be digitized and sent in H.264 .mp4 or .mov format for projections.

What are we looking for? BIPOC film-makers, gender nonconforming, trans and nonbinary storytelling, radical documentation pertaining to the Pacific Northwest region, unconventional or hand-crafted film making and films diverse in their narratives and/or techniques.

Submission deadline is October 1st, 2022.

We ask $6.00 per submission. All funds go towards running the festival.

For a fee waiver please email:

Selections will be made by October 31st.

Overall Rating
  • I can't recommend SSEFF enough. It is run by passionate artists that truly care about highlighting local filmmakers and their work. They are also incredibly accommodating if anything comes up and respond right away. It was an honor to be selected among so many talented filmmakers.

    December 2023
  • One of my favorite festival experiences. The organizers are so friendly and genuinely care about the filmmakers that are selected. It felt like a labor of love and I admire that greatly.

    Highly recommend this one!

    January 2023
  • Fantastic little festival that puts care into its curation and indie filmmakers first!

    December 2022