March 20, 2016 EMP Museum and SIFF team up to present Seattle with an encore presentation of the eleventh annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. The winners were chosen one day prior at the official festival. The sold out event on March 19th showed 19 selected films. These films were Aden, Frost, Juliet, The Brain Hack, Bionic Girl, Disco Inferno, Doubles, Employee of the Day, The Future Perfect, The Garden, The Goblin Queen, Mis-Drop, The No Look Dunk, Palm Rot, The Red Thunder, They Will All Die in Space, Tristes Déserts (A Robot’s Tale), Way Out and Witching Hour.
An extremely relevant panel of judges chose Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. Coming in first place winning the Grand Prize as well as the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects, was a film called “Aden” directed by Gary H Lee. In this short film, an agent who works for a powerful multi-national corporation, Aden, works hard to stop a creature forged from one’s imagination. The second place winner was “Frost” directed by Jeremy Ball. This was a story of an arctic hunter who crosses a sacred boundary and comes face to face with a predator she may not be able to survive. Coming in third place was “Juliet” directed by Marc-Henri Boulier. This 12 minute film was about increasingly synthetic pleasure beings developed by a company named SEED. “The Brain Hack” was chosen as the audience favorite. This was a suspenseful film about two students who create a short-cut to induce hallucinogenic visions of God, and find themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect.
The encore screening, held at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, showed 10 of the 19 short films. The large sized theater was packed with short film, scifi and fantasy lovers. The audience received a welcome and introduction from two individuals who helped make the event possible (One representative from the EMP Museum and one representative from SIFF). Following the welcome and introduction was a brief history of the event. They also shared the winners of the festival and gave information on the films to be shown at the encore presentation. Once they were done, the lights were dimmed and the show started. SIFF Cinema offered beverages as well as snacks to much on while enjoying the screenings. With most people snacking on popcorn and sipping soda, the films played in the order we were told they would. Everything from gasps, to chuckles and even extremely loud laughing was heard during different parts of the films. Once the last film was over, the audience slowly dispersed.
This was a great event! It would have been even more awesome if the audience received a goodbye, thank you and/or dismissal from someone representing the event.