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 community.

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.

Due to current events, we will update our platform, venue, and festival dates for our 9th annual festival in 2021 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 20, 2021.
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 2018.
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
  • Magali An Berthon

    I was not able to make it to the festival but communication and organization were on point. I really appreciated the general vibe of the festival, the care given to filmmakers and the thoughtful programming. I recommend!

    March 2020
  • James Shih

    Honored to have the world premiere of my short film "Ahma & Alan" at SAAFF 2020. Such a welcoming and professional festival team. It was my first time at SAAFF and my group and I were pleasantly impressed by how well the events were organized, the clear communication, and the awesome people. Also, technically, my film was displayed without any issues, shout out to Will for that!

    March 2020
  • Brayden Yoder

    The festival experience does not get better than what SAAFF has to offer! Seattle's diverse and bustling downtown provided the perfect backdrop for the kind of celebration of cinema and culture that makes us proud of our heritage and industry. The dedicated staff of volunteers brought the energy each day in and night out, while the awesome programming selection afforded the kind of new and intimate perspectives on the Asian-American experience we all crave to see on screen. SAAFF made us visiting filmmakers all feel welcome and part of the team, and was everything a film festival should be - do not miss out!!!

    March 2020
  • I was honored to be part of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival as part of the female filmmaker showcase with my short film DIVE BAR. The four days we spent in Seattle went by so fast because it was such an enjoyable experience. I'm so glad my team had the time and space to meet and talk to other filmmakers at the brunch and after parties. Thank you so much to the SAAFF volunteers & staff who worked hard to make our Festival experience a memorable one! The work you do is truly appreciated.

    March 2020
  • Champ Ensminger

    There couldn't have been a better festival to kickoff our run. SAAFF provided the best communication and filmmaker services, as well as workshops and parties, while highlighting one of the most vibrant Asian American communities in the country. As a filmmaker and attendee, I felt very well taken care of. Thanks SAAFF!

    March 2020