The 2021 edition of Seattle International Film Festival started on April 8th and ended on 18th. This was the 47th edition of the festival, which is Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying and Academy Awards Qualifying.

SIFF’s Academy Award Qualifying prizes are Best Short Live Action, Best Short Animation, Best Short Documentary.

As usual, we are only listing the short film winners, which were announced on this page on SIFF’s website.

Audience Awards

Best Short Film
My Neighbor, Miguel by Danny Navarro (USA)

Juried Awards

FutureWave Shorts Wavemaker Award
Ambivalent by Kayla Li (USA)

Futurewave Shorts Audience Award
A Really Dark Comedy by Manasi Ughadmathe (USA)

Short Film Live Action Grand Jury Prize
Bruiser by Miles Warren (USA)

Short Film Live Action Special Jury Prize for Direction
Breaking Ground by Inès Girihirwe (Rwanda)

Short Film Live Action Special Jury Prize for Sound Design & Cinematography
The Pond, At Night by Olivia Bordreau (Canada)

Short Film Live Action Special Jury Prize for Performance
Safa Tarifi for Are You Still There? by Rayka Zehtabchi, Sam Davis (USA)

Short Film Documentary Grand Jury Prize
Souvenir Souvenir by Bastien Dubois (France)

Short Film Documentary Special Jury Prize for Direction
Breaches by Maria Elorza, Koldo Almandoz (Spain)

Short Film Animation Grand Jury Prize
Crowded by Nathania Rubin (Netherlands)

Short Film Animation Special Jury Prize for Achievement in Puppetry
The Haunted Swordsman by Kevin McTurk (USA)