INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Seattle, Washington - USA
May 2 to 10, 2014
In the Spotlight today is the 10th Annual Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF), uncovering films that don't just push the boundaries of cinematic storytelling, they shatter audience expectations. By seeking out films with challenging or unsettling content, STIFF has cultivated a reputation for championing just the sort of material that's perfect for the off-beat film fan. The result is a festival that looks, feels, and celebrates in ways all its own.
Runtime doesn't influence the STIFF selection and programming process, as the festival is guided by a filmmaker-first philosophy that allows every story the space and time it deserves. Whether promoting a mind-bending documentary or a narrative short with a comical bend, STIFF recognizes that independent filmmaking doesn't have to be a solitary enterprise. In fact, the festival embodies the notion that filmmaking and marketing cannot be achieved without an engaged community of like-minded artists.
Last year's STIFF boasted over 100 brain-tingling, eye-popping, heart-stopping works culled from independent voices with plenty to say. Just as important, the festival celebrated in raucous style, jamming along to alternative music, after-hours parties, and lavish galas for distribution of the coveted "STIFFY" Award. Guest passes are offered to all filmmakers who submit to STIFF, not just to those whose work is selected.
November 1, 2013 - Regular Deadline
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
STIFF is dedicated to the exhibition of independent, underground, experimental, and low budget films. The festival endeavors to provide cultural exchange and educational opportunities by providing an exciting place for networking between local filmmakers, visiting filmmakers, and the public.
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
STIFF doles out more than $3,000 USD in cash and prizes and welcomes a wide and varied array of content. The festival features a Student Short Film competition, a Web Series competition, even a category that programs an entire night of shorts too gross, too violent, or too overtly sexual for general consumption. There's even a special Saturday morning program dedicated exclusively to cartoons.
A unique celebration of art, culture, vision, and intoxicating depravity, STIFF has everything anyone could want from a film festival -- and maybe even a little bit more. Submit your film today!