2017 SJFF Sumbissions are Closed
2018 SJFF Submissions Open May 1
Submit a film through Withoutabox* (online submission platform). For additional questions about submission please
As part of a community arts outreach effort, if you are a "verified" local Seattle or Washington-state resident filmmaker, email us at
to discuss direct submission or obtaining a fee waiver code to input during your WAB submission process. (Please note that once submission fees have been paid they may not be refunded even if your film subsequently qualifies as a student or local film). Please clearly mark your submission on the packaging that the film is from a local filmmaker.
Formats for Film Submissions
Please submit a minimum of 2 DVD screeners (preferably region 0 or region 1 NTSC DVDs) or a secure online screener. If your DVD screener is only available in PAL/SECAM, please mark it clearly as "PAL," and we will do our best to accommodate consideration. Notification by February 1, 2018.
Formats for Festival Exhibition
- Digital Cinema Package (DCP)
- We do not screen films on DVD, and ideally not in PAL formats
Fees and Fee Waivers
All unsolicited submissions MUST come through Withoutabox.com.
Submission fees range from $10 - $30 (for short/student films to feature-length submissions) with discounts for WAB users and students, and in some cases, such as student shorts under 10 min., waived completely.
Before you submit your film, please learn more
about our festival and organizational mission, as it guides our curatorial consideration.
SJFF is a program of Stroum JCC, a 501C3 non-profit organization. While we recognize the funding challenges that filmmakers face, film submission revenue is part of the festival's operating budget. We do offer student and local filmmakers reduced or waived fees. Unfortunately, beyond that, we are unable to.Fee waivers are rarely granted. Student filmmakers must be currently enrolled or recently graduated, or their submission a student project, and you will be asked to submit references or documentation for verification.
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