SAFF strives to present a variety of excellent contemporary films that provide insight into the art, complexity and diversity of SWANA and the Arab world. We seek to cultivate an ecosystem that amplifies Arab film and media projects while empowering Arab talent and highlighting emerging voices. We invite filmmakers from around the world to submit their films. Our judges appreciate auteur cinema-films informed by a unique artistic vision.

-We seek films made by Arab and SWANA filmmakers and films relevant to Arab and SWANA communities.
-All films must include English subtitles. Exceptions will be made for films with very little or no spoken dialogue.
-We exhibit films in the following formats: DCP with a frame rate of 24 fps or high resolution Blu-Ray. Depending on the quality, we will also consider films available on DVD. We also accept online files in quality storage clouds.
-Each film requires a new submission form.
-Please include a 150-word film synopsis with your entry. If selected, we will use this synopsis in all promotional materials for the festival.

All submissions require a completed form. Please include all necessary information with the link such as the viewing password, director's and/or distributor's contact information, etc. Upon selection we will need additional publicity and marketing materials for our program catalog and media releases. If you cannot access the form or upload your submission for any reason, please contact us at

Overall Rating
  • I was so thrilled to have my film Clotheslined selected to this festival bu I was blown away by how amazing it was to deal with the organizers. It is wonderful to feel so empowered by such a lovely team who really care about giving us a platform to showcase our work!

    May 2023
  • Wind Cinema

    Great Festival! keep going guys!

    May 2023
  • Abdallah Gad

    Thank you, Seattle Arab Film Festival.
    All the best wishes 🌺

    May 2023
  • Al Rabih Rami

    Great initiative to present the best of Arabic shorts to the Seattle audience! Communication was great, and everything seemed to be organised and well managed. I recommend submitting your work to the Seattle Arabian Nights.

    January 2019