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STFFDocs is part of STFFShorts Program and a celebration of short documentary films.

Each year, during STFF, we celebrate the power of the non-fiction narrative capturing the essence of the human experience, where truth unfolds through the lens of talented filmmakers.

This year, STFFDocs selection will be screened on November 19 at SIFF Cinema Uptown.


STFFDocs 2023 Selection

Children of the White Mountain

Yalcin Ciftci | TURKEY | 2023 | 20 min


We are at a village school in Anatolia in a cold and snowy winter. The village school in the cemetery contains many mysteries.






It is about the life of British Emma, ​​who is engaged in animal husbandry and agriculture, in her village in Turkey, and the inspiring 'deep bond' she establishes with nature.


When Emma is a high school student in England, she and her girlfriend run away from school to a wedding. This escapade changes her destiny when she falls in love with Turk Mehmet, whom she saw at the wedding. When Mehmet, an illegal immigrant, is deported, Emma follows him to Turkey.

She lives in Sarılar village with Mehmet and her 8 children. Emma, while adapting to her life, focuses on the struggle of being a foreign woman and a mother in the circle of financial difficulties.



In Due Time

Murat YÜKSEL | TURKEY | 2022 | 15 min



The quartz and feldspar mines located in the southeast of Aydın's Çine district harm public health and ecological structure. Workers employed without job security come down with lung diseases. Approximately six thousand workers work in twenty-five mining companies in the area. On the other hand, the most common disease is silicosis. While health impaired people have been struggling for life in agony for many years, it is stated that at least fifty workers have passed away so far. The director interviewed villagers, workers, health professionals, environmentalists and representatives of the professional chambers; and also imaged the encountered events and ecocide.


Minik, My Mother's Short Story

Mert Inan | TURKEY | 2023 | 8 min



My mother was taken out of school with excitement when she was just in the first grade and was sent to religious courses at the mosque. Forced by family pressure to attend the mosque until the age of 13, my mother later moved to a new neighborhood, where she was able to take external exams thanks to a teacher, and she completed her interrupted story by herself, finally obtaining her elementary school diploma. "Minik, Annemin Kısa Öyküsü" is the story of my mother's childhood, what she experienced, thought, and felt, as she narrates it to me in conversation.


Summer Holiday

Mehtap Samiloglu | TURKEY | 2023 | 15 min



Beritan is 13 years old. He lives with his mother. His father goes to Istanbul to earn money as a construction worker during the summer months. Beritan is the child who wants to support her family and takes cows to graze in exchange for money. Beritan talks about the burden-some conditions in the village and how they spend their summer holidays with his family.
One day, he expresses his desire to become a veterinarian and dedicate himself to animals, to buy back her horse, Kartopu, which he had to sell due to hardship of financial during the pandemic, and to set an example for his friends with his beautiful words.

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The Birth Of Kennedy

Gülben Arıcı | TURKEY | 2022 | 16 min



The spirit of the American President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, resurrects in Mahmut Haklıgör's body. The entire neighborhood sincerely believes that he is Kennedy. Kennedy Mahmut is currently a vegetable transporter and also plays the organ at weddings. The perspective of the director's neighborhood and his colleagues on this reincarnation event and Mahmut Bey's colorful life are the subject of the documentary.The story is told in a natural language and from a participant-observer perspective. The documentary "The Birth of Kennedy" is about Mahmut Bey's journey to becoming a Kennedy and the stance of his people on this journey.

STFFDocs Selection

STFFShorts 2023
Film Screeners

Burak Boyacioglu

Didem Demirkilinc

Duygu Aktas

Gokhan Duymaz

Guven Kara

Irem Gokce Aydin
Nural Sumbultepe

Sarah Anderson

Osman Ibis

Tugrul Cafer


STFFShorts 2023 Grand Jury

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Eren Odabasi

Professor of Global Cinema

Dr. Eren Odabasi is an Associate Professor of Global Cinema in the English Department at Western Washington University. He holds a PhD in Communication & Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MA in Economics from Bogazici University.  As a film critic, he has been writing extensively for Altyazi (, one of the oldest and most widely read film publications in Turkey, since 2008. He was invited to the Talents Program of the Berlin International Film Festival twice and served as a jury member in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013.


Jeff Ferrell

Filmmaker, Musician, Actor & Author

Jeff Ferrell is a Seattle-based filmmaker, musician, actor and author. He has written and directed three feature films, including Holiday Hell starring horror icon Jeffrey Combs, Dead West, which was available on Netflix and in Walmart stores, and Ghostlight. He is currently preparing his fourth feature film, which will be made in 2024.


Safiye Senturk

Producer & Production Designer

Safiye Senturk is a producer and production designer. Her recent film, Fantasy A Gets a Mattress, opened Local Sightings Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival, and Silent City Film Festival, has screened to sold-out audiences at SIFF Film Center, Northwest Film Forum, The Beacon and Grand Illusion Cinema, as well as won Best Narrative Feature at the Seattle Black Film Festival. Apart from Senturk’s work as a filmmaker, she has held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Pratt Institute, and Gagosian Gallery.


Virginia Bogert

Filmmaker, Producer & Curator

Virginia Bogert is the recipient of the 2023 recipient of the Mayor’s Film Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and has directed, written, edited and produced award-winning film and media for three decades. Her company Laughing Dog Pictures focuses on human rights and the Arts. Bogert has served as Director of Film & Media at MoPop producing national and international programs. She founded the Post Alley Film Festival, a woman-centric and eccentric film festival, and is President of Women in Film Seattle. Her many credits include documentaries for PBS:  Pike Place Market: Soul of a City, which garnered six Emmys and a Telly; the award-winning Healing a Soldier's Heart and Fields of Plenty, and created documentaries for National Endowment for the Arts (American Masterworks), and Spoonman for the United Nations, winning another 1st prize Telly. Virginia’s romantic comedy The Delivery, a SIFF Fly Film, won Best Short at Port Townsend Film Festival. Tootie Pie, her dramatic short, premiered at Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), screened at Langston Hughes Black Film Festival, and is broadcast on PBS.

STFFShorts 2023 Awards


New STFFShorts award for 2023!

We are delighted to offer

the Unique Lens Award

as another way to

celebrate filmmakers!


Jeremy Spaunhurst

As a young boy Jeremy’s interest in Photography was sparked by images of tiny water drops colliding and creating crown like sculptures. From then on he was fascinated with photography and its possibilities. After two years of attending a business college Jeremy decided to make photography his career. This step ended up taking him to Santa Barbara where he studied and graduated from Brooks Institute. After running away to Los Angeles for some time he is now located in Seattle and excited to begin working in the great Pacific Northwest area.

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