The annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) is a major season program of LANGSTON, showing provocative films and works about the Black experience from independent filmmakers.

For sixteen years, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival has been bringing stories and experiences by and about black people to the big screen in the heart of Seattle's historically black neighborhood. Housed at the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, the festival features film screenings, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders.

As Seattle grows as a seat of activism, progressive ideology, innovation and technology, the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a hub for filmmakers and audiences to exchange ideas with Black film as a catalyst for discussion.

The event is the culmination of a year’s worth of community-building through a series of smaller events that provide audiences with unique cinematic and filmmaking opportunities, resulting in the community-wide film festival. The festival focuses on established names and emerging talent in Black media and creating ways for audiences to connect with filmmakers and filmmaking through interactions in and outside the theater.

Films are selected from entries screened by panels and curated from current and vintage offerings. The festival takes pride in finding independent film celebrating black brilliance, from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own backyard.

Prizes to be awarded at the 2019 festival include*:
- Best Feature Film
- Best Short Film
- Best Direction
- Student/Youth Filmmaker Award
- Local Hero Award

*Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the jury

- Eligible films must be by or about Black people (African Americans or African Diaspora). While our goal is to celebrate and lift the work of Black filmmakers, we will consider film that features Black people as a predominant focus of the work.
- While the LHAAFF emphasizes premieres and new works, we will consider all works including vintage and archival.
- Screened films must be submitted as a digital file (.mov, .avi or .mp4, Apple Pro Res or .h264 formats).
- Films must have a stereo sound.
- Films receiving a theatrical or festival screening in King County, WA or adjacent WA counties prior to, or within one month prior to the LHAAFF Festival dates will not be considered for the Festival. Exceptions will be made under special circumstances. Please contact our office if you agree to any other screenings directly before or after the LHAAFF, other than those listed on your application.
- Works in progress may be submitted as long as a digital file will be available for screening during the Festival.
- All accepted entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2018.
- Previously submitted works are eligible for re-submission.

- All works must be submitted via ONLINE SCREENER through the FilmFreeway platform only. No other formats will be accepted.
- There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions and the required submission fee is paid for each.
- Filmmakers will be notified via email of submission status by March 1, 2018.

You must have your electronic press kit materials available for submission to LHAAFF no later than March 15, 2018, if accepted as an official selection. An Electronic Press Kit (EPK) will include high-resolution production stills, key art, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits.
If these items are not submitted by March 15, 2017, LHAAFF reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

- Your submission will not be considered until the submission fee is paid in full via credit/debit card or other methods accepted by No exceptions.
- Submission fees will not be returned and are non-refundable.

By submitting the work, I state that I am authorized to submit this film/video to the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF or "the Festival") for consideration and have read, understand and agree to all entry requirements. I hereby release the Festival from all liability resulting from its exhibition of my film/video. The LHAAFF reserves the right to remove a film from the festival program for any reason or for no reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. I agree that if the LHAAFF accepts my film for exhibition at the Festival, I will comply with these terms and conditions.

Submission of an entry gives the LHAAFF permission to use excerpts of the accepted work, including trailers, visuals and audio, photos, graphics/art or any information provided in promotional documents and activities related to the festival.

Although every possible care will be taken with tapes, films, drives and files while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original or master prints, tapes, files or drives. Please keep the LHAAFF notified of any address/phone number changes.

Overall Rating
  • Carl Harrison

    Thoroughly impressed by the Langston Hughes African American Film festival. Thankful for the opportunity to share my work in Seattle. Had the time of my life!

    May 2018
  • Ronney Dotel

    Very Good Experiences! thank you!

    May 2018
  • ms stone

    Truly enjoy this film festival. The curators really show love and appreciation to the filmmakers who showcase here.

    April 2018
  • Joshua Wick

    This is a very special community based film festival. The venue is amazing and the staff is quite friendly and accommodating. And Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in America. The seafood alone makes it worth the trip.

    The festival team could use some mentoring in organization and communication, which was often lacking. Partnership with other local arts organizations and vendors would definitely enhance the experience as well. But overall a great place to share your work and well worth the submission fee.

    April 2018
  • Nnegest Likke

    Great people, great crowd, great organizers, amazing city! Beautiful community festival.

    May 2017