The Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington in Seattle promotes and sustains the study of Southeast Asia and encourages understanding of Southeast Asia in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. We pursue this mission by offering degree programs, language study, and undergraduate and graduate-level coursework in various disciplines that focus on Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asia Center’s interdisciplinary academic programs include an MA in Southeast Asian Studies and a BA in Asia Studies with a Southeast Asia Concentration. The Center also supports PhD and professional degrees involving area concentrations and research in Southeast Asia.

The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival is part of our mission to actively organize Southeast Asia-related programs. We aim to feature films that explore Southeast Asia in its diversity, emphasizing underrepresented communities and youth-produced visions of the past, present, and future.

Awards & Prizes

We regret that we cannot offer monetary awards nor funding for travel to the Festival, but we can provide Official Film Selection Laurels, Official Category Awards Laurels, and Audience Award Laurels

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit. The Southeast Asia Center Film Festival (“SEACFF”) will consider for inclusion in the Festival all eligible films that have been submitted by the deadline and that are about the Southeast Asian experience.
We will prioritize short films 1-45 minutes long, but will also consider full-length films. Narrative, documentary, and experimental films are welcome and there is no limitation on the number of different film submissions you may make.

All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of SEACFF, and are final and non-reviewable. SEACFF is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the selection or non-selection of any submitted Film or the process by which Films are or have been selected.

SEACFF will notify by December 31, 2017 all applicants who have been selected to participate in the Festival. All applicants who are not selected to participate in the Festival will be contacted by email on or around January 12th, 2018. SEACFF will contact applicants using the contact information provided in the FilmFreeway registration form. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide correct and functional contact information. SEACFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact applicants using the contact information provided.

If your Film is selected for inclusion in the Festival, you (the Submitting Party) will receive further instructions from SEACFF and will be required to sign an Exhibition Agreement warranting that you have the full right, power and authority to submit the film to SEACFF for screening, to grant all of the rights enumerated in the FilmFreeway registration form, that there is no obligation which would in any way impair, restrict or impede exhibition of the film at the Festival, and that the film complies with all laws regarding copyright, intellectual property rights, trademark, or similar protections, and all laws regarding personal privacy, slander, defamation, or any other privacy right. The Exhibition Agreement may contain additional terms. Please note that by submitting your film, being accepted, and assenting to the terms within the Exhibition Agreement, you are confirming that SEACFF can screen your film, regardless of another festival’s acceptance.