Seattle International Film Festival

Seattle, Washington, USA


  • The festival takes place since 1976 and is known for its wide-ranging programming, which includes the latest in European, Asian and Third World Cinema as well as the premieres of American Independent and major studio releases.
  • The festival also features a Secret Festival and an annual poster auction.
  • Is one of only seven film festivals in North America chosen to qualify films for consideration in the Independent Spirit Awards (as of 2003).


Alpha Cine Filmmaker Award

American Independent Award
  • The award is the predecessor to the "New American Cinema Award".

American Independent Special Jury Prize

Asian Trade Winds Award

Asian Trade Winds Award - Honorable Mention

Asian Trade Winds Special Jury Prize

Atom Films Short Film Award

Atom Films Short Film Award - Honorable Mention

Audience Award

Best Short Animation

Career Achievement in Acting Award

China Stars Best New Talent

Clark Legacy Award

Documentary Award

Documentary Competition Award

Documentary Competition Award - Special Mention

Documentary Special Jury Award

Emerging Masters Showcase Award

Films4Families Youth Jury Award

Films4Families Youth Special Jury Award

Futurewave Prodigy Camp Scholarship

Futurewave Shorts Audience Award

Futurewave Wavemaker Award

Futurewave Youth Jury Award

Futurewave Youth Special Jury Award

Golden Space Needle Award

Grand Jury Prize

Grand Jury Prize - Special Mention

Heineken Red Star Award

Ibero American Competition

Kids Flick Award
  • In addition to being recognized at the festival, the finalists' entries will be shown on AT&T Cable Services' community television channels throughout the Northwest and will be considered for national broadcast on HBO Family's "30 by 30: Kid Flicks".

New American Cinema Award
  • The award is the successor to the "American Independent Award".

New American Cinema Award - Honorable Mention

New American Cinema Competition

New American Cinema Special Jury Prize

New Director's Showcase - Honorable Mention

New Director's Showcase Award

New Director's Showcase Special Jury Prize

New Directors Competition

New Directors Competition - Special Jury Mention

Reel NW Award

Seattle Filmmakers Award

Seattle Web Festival Award

Short Film Award

Short Film Award - Honorable Mention

Short Film Competition Award

Short Film Competition Award - Special Mention

Short Film Competition Special Jury Award

Short Film Jury Award

Short Filmmaker Award

Special Jury Prize

Washington State Screenplay Competition

Wavemaker Award for Excellence in Youth Filmmaking

Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award

Historical Timeline

  • For the first time ever the award is decided on by a FIPRESCI jury.

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