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 2016 or later. The non-refundable fee for entry is $10.00 and films must be submitted for review digitally on or FilmFreeway's platform.

Currently held at Broadway Performance Hall and Northwest Film Forum in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, our 6th annual festival is scheduled for February 22-25, 2018!

Rules & Terms

1. A separate entry and entry fee is required for each film submission. However, previous submitters to SAAFF can have their fee waived. For the waiver code, please email us 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 December 23rd, 2017.
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 2016.
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. 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.
15. 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 us 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.

10 Reviews

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    Rakesh Baruah

    A wonderful festival with an incredible team behind it. We were thrilled to be included.

    May 2017
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    Rupeshi Shah

    My short film RADHA was accepted to the 2017 festival. SAAFF truly treats their filmmakers right, I got the VIP experience attending this festival. Their staff worked very hard in marketing, accommodations, programming, etc - everything had a lot of effort put into it. It was a wonderful platform for my film and I'm very thankful to now be a part of the SAAFF family! I highly recommend anyone with a relevant theme apply to this festival. It's truly worth it.

    April 2017
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    Faroukh Virani

    I've attended SAAFF twice, and had a blast and met amazing people each time. The community and hospitality here is the best. SAAFF is an excellent festival to see new API works and make new friends. The audience here is engaged and incredibly supportive. Will return!

    April 2017
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    Patrick Green

    Was thrilled to have my short film TAG selected by SAFF. The correspondence was great prior to the festival. You can really tells this film festival is a labor of love for their hard-working staff. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend, but from what I saw across their social media pages it was a great time with an amazing line-up of movies and festival-related activities. I can't wait to submit my next project to SAAF and will definitely make it a point of coming up next time.

    March 2017
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    Matthew Tichenor

    Most excellent! Thank you so much for having us. Look forward to our next opportunity to visit SAAFF

    March 2017