Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives, and histories by screening independent films that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American communities.

SAAFF features works by or about North Americans of Asian descent, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. We accept films of any length and genre that were completed in 2019 or later. The non-refundable fee for regular deadline entry is $10.00 (late deadline is $15.00) and films must be submitted for review digitally on or FilmFreeway's platform.

Our 10th festival will be held February 23 - March 6, 2022. Due to current events, we will update our platform and venue information at a later date.

1. A separate entry and entry fee is required for each film submission. However, previous submitters to SAAFF can have a discount code. For the discount code, please email our Filmmaker Liaison Andrew Koh at for verification.
2. We accept films of all premiere statuses, including films that already have distribution and/or are available for streaming online.
3. All non-English language films must have English subtitles or no dialogue.
4. All submissions must be digital (link to Vimeo). Please do not send DVDs. No exceptions.
5. Vimeo must be set to allow downloads of the film. Access to the film must not expire until at least March 14, 2022.
6. After selection, notification letters and further correspondence will take place via email only.
7. Images from the film's website or social media properties may be used by SAAFF for publicity purposes for this year's festival as well as future events.
8. All selected films may be excerpted (up to 2 minutes) for publicity purposes for this year's festival as well as future events.
9. SAAFF does not pay exhibition fees.
10. Films must have a completion date of no earlier than 2019.
11. Do not submit works in progress.
12. Entry fees will not be refunded.
13. All press kits, publicity info, photos, etc. will be retained as part of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival's library.
14. Acceptance into the festival also releases the film for press review.
15. It is the responsibility of the filmmaker or submission contact to ensure that all requirements are met. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry, with no refunded fee, if submission rules are not followed.
16. The festival retains the right to disqualify an entry with no refunded fee if the contact person for a selected film fails to respond to email correspondence from the festival.

All selections will be announced in November. Please no phone calls. If you have questions, please contact our Programming Director Ellison Shieh at

I, the submitter, acknowledge and agree as follows: I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements. All the statements in this document are true. In consideration for the opportunity to be selected into the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, I release and discharge Seattle Asian American Film Festival, its employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, licensees, successors and assigns from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of or relating to my submission hereunder. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Seattle Asian American Film Festival from any claims that arise as a result of this submission or screening of my film (should it be selected) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted materials en route to the festival.

I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival. This film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation. I understand, as the authorized representative, any prizes will be awarded to the director(s) of the winning films.

Overall Rating
  • Anthony Newen

    SAAFF is just a wholesome film festival. The people to run the festival are very welcome and I became quick friends with them. They curate very god films, and so getting my film shown with SAAFF, I feel in very good creative company. I honestly can't say enough good things about SAAFF, I love this film festival and the people who are behind it. Thank you!

    April 2021
  • Shahbaz Ahmed Khan

    I was on set for most of the festival and wasn't able to participate as much as I would've liked, but I enjoyed being able to watch the films I did and loved the care package!

    March 2021
  • Andy Wong

    This film festival is incredibly fun. The SAFF team really know how to put on a good party even during COVID. There communication is on point, so is their curation. Theyve built a strong community amongst other asian film festivals around the US, and its a great place meet other programmers and festival directors as well. Id highly recommend this festival for any asian filmmakers looking for an incredible film festival experience who are looking to further their festival run within the asian american FF circuit.

    March 2021
  • Jules S

    Very honored to have the premiere of my short film "Mulgogi" at SAAFF 2021. Truly one of the best festival experiences ever. The Staff was Excellent! Their communication was on point. There online platforms to their social media. Love SAAFF!

    March 2021
  • Mika Yatsuhashi

    Amazing festival. I wish it had been able to be in person, but the festival team did a great job of making the most of a virtual festival. I really appreciated their efforts to connect to each individual filmmaker and film. Thanks SAAFF!! :)

    March 2021