Sunday, September 11, 2011

EMP Welcomes Jon Landau to 2012 SFFSFF Jury

EMP Museum Announces Jury Members for the 2012 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
Jon Landau, Simon Cartwright, Paul Constant, Jessica Cope, Dave Goldberg, Ilona Rossman Ho, and Adam Sekuler Among this Year’s Jurors

SEATTLE— EMP Museum announced members of the jury awarding prizes for the seventh-annual 2012 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF).  A hand-selected jury comprised of science fiction professionals in film, television, and literature will award a Grand Prize, Second Place, and Third Place, as well as the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects.  SFFSFF viewers will cast their vote to determine the winner of the Audience Favorite Award. In February 2012, SFFSFF will screen 20 short films at Seattle’s historic Cinerama Theater. The late submission deadline is September 15, 2011.

Simon Cartwright
Simon studied at the Edinburgh College of Art, where he specialized in traditional animation. Since making the stop-motion short film The Astronomer's Sun in 2010, Simon has been focused on developing his writing for screen. Simon also continues to produce visual work which includes storyboarding, concept art, and character design.

Paul Constant
Paul Constant is the books editor for The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative weekly publication. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the UTNE Reader, The Chicago Reader, and The Progressive.

Jessica Cope
Jessica Cope is a stop-motion animator/puppet maker who started her career in the animation industry by co-writing and co-directing a film called The Astronomer's Sun for Channel 4. Since then, she has worked for Mackinnon and Saunders on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie and now works in the Puppet Department at 3 Mills Studios in London where Frankenweenie is being filmed. Jessica also continues to develop her own work through writing and illustration.

Dave Goldberg
Dave Goldberg is an associate professor of Physics at Drexel University, and co-author of A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty (Wiley). He also writes a bi-weekly "Ask a Physicist" column for, and is very interested in the intersection between science and science-fiction. He lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia.

Jon Landau
Academy Award ® and two-time Golden Globe ® winning producer Jon Landau holds the unique distinction of having produced the two highest-grossing movies of all-time, Avatar and Titanic. Throughout the early 90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of feature film production at Twentieth Century Fox where he supervised production of all major motion pictures, including the action-packed Die Hard 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Power Rangers, Aliens 3, and Last of the Mohicans. Landau is the 2010 recipient of the University of Southern California’s Mary Pickford Award recognizing alumni contributions to the cinematic arts.

Ilona Rossman Ho
Ilona Rossman Ho is an independent filmmaker and owner of the indie film company Canine Productions, LLC. In 2010 she won an Emmy for her short film Kites Over Washington and was a finalist for the 2010 IFP Spotlight Award. Active in the film community, Ilona is on the Board of Directors for Women in Film Seattle and Reel Grrls. Currently she is in post-production on an art documentary about the 2011 Fremont Solstice parade and pre-production on the short comedy, Outside Experts.

Adam Sekuler
Adam Sekuler is the Program Director at Northwest Film Forum, where he's organized touring programs of retrospectives and premiere feature films throughout North America. His own films have screened at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the world. His short film Pathe Ballet won a prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

EMP, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), encourages the submission of original science fiction and fantasy short films. The festival will accept animated or live-action submissions in science fiction (futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia), and fantasy (sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, and mythic adventure). The festival will not accept horror submissions. In order to qualify, submitted films must have been completed after January 2007, and must not exceed fifteen-minutes. 

Deadlines & Fees:  September 15, 2011 (late) $50

Submissions:  All submissions are processed through Without a Box  

For additional rules and regulations, visit


About the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival encourages an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema, and publicly recognizes the most outstanding short films produced within these genres.

ABOUT EMP | Museum of Music + Sci-Fi + Pop Culture
A non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture, EMP combines interpretative exhibitions with state of the art technology and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages an unparalleled interactive experience.  EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot building designed by Frank O. Gehry. This spectacular structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set against the backdrop of the famed Seattle Center.

Winter Hours: September 6, 2011 – May 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free


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