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2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Festival Info


How do I get tickets?

  1. Buy tickets here on our website.
  2. In person, during festival hours at guest services in the lobby of the Northwest Film Forum, at least 30 minutes before the screening starts. Many sessions will sell out online so tickets are not guaranteed to be available for purchase on-site. We recommend buying tickets online in advance.

How much are tickets?

With the exception of opening night, screenings cost $11. Students and seniors with ID pay $8. A full-festival pass is $75.

Tickets for our Opening Night Feature, Top Spin, and our Opening Night Party on February 19 are $18 for general admission. Students and seniors pay $15. For more information about opening night, go to

There will also be five FREE screenings:

  • February 19 (4:00 p.m.): A Look Back: Retrospective of Asian American Cinema
  • February 20: (2:30 p.m.) East By Northwest: Local Shorts Program
  • February 21: (12:00 p.m.) For Here or To Go? (Sponsored by Western Union)
  • February 21: (11:30 a.m.) Who You Calling Shorts?: Dramatic Shorts Program
  • February 21: (5:30 p.m.) Ohana Means…: Family Oriented Shorts Program

Seating for the free screenings is limited, and will be on a first come, first served basis.

What if the screening I want to attend is sold out?

If advance tickets are no longer available, you can line up for rush tickets that will be released at guest services in the lobby of the Northwest Film Forum 15 minutes before show time.

Are the films in English?

Most films are in English. There will be subtitles for non-English segments in the films.

How do I interact with SAAFF and filmmakers?

We will have panel discussions and Q&As with filmmakers after many screenings. At the Opening Night Party, the audience can meet the filmmakers and the SAAFF team.

Can I go to the Opening Night Party if I can’t make it to the opening feature, Top Spin?

Yes! If you can’t make it to Top Spin but want to attend the party, head straight to Velocity Dance Center at 9:00 p.m. and get in with a $10 cover charge at the door. If you did attend Top Spin, be sure to have your ticket stub ready or hand stamped at guest services to get in to the party.

How do I get to the Northwest Film Forum?

The Northwest Film Forum is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle on 12th Avenue between Pike & Pine. It is located within 1/2 mile of bus routes #2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 43, 49, 60, and 84.

Driving Directions:

From I-5 Southbound

Take the Stewart St. Exit (Exit 166) towards Stewart St./Denny Way. Merge onto Eastlake Ave E. Take a slight right onto Stewart St. Take a hard left onto Denny Way. Continue straight on Denny up the hill (remain in the right lane to avoid a mandatory left turn). Turn right at 12th Ave. The Northwest Film Forum is located on the right-hand side of the street in between Pike and Pine, past the East Precinct Police Station.

From I-5 Northbound

Take exit 164A for Dearborn St. toward James St./Madison St. Follow signs for I-5N. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for James St. Turn right at James St. Turn left at 12th Ave.  Northwest Film Forum will be on your left, just after you cross Pike Street.

There is no theater parking lot, but street parking is available.

Where can I park around the Northwest Film Forum?

Free street parking is available Monday-Saturday after 8:00 p.m. and all day on Sundays.

Free parking is available seven nights a week after 9:00 p.m., at the Richmark Printers lot on 11th and Pine, just east of Cal Anderson Park. Parking is not guaranteed.

An affordable pay parking lot is available 3 blocks from the Northwest Film Forum at the Greek Orthodox Church at 13th and Howell.

Seattle Central College’s Harvard Garage at 1609 Harvard Avenue (at E. Pine Street) is also open and available 24/7.

Is the Northwest Film Forum ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible?

Yes, both theaters at the Northwest Film Forum are ADA accessible.

Are there discounts at neighboring businesses for festival attendees?

Yes, see here.

Aside from screening films, what else is going on at SAAFF?

We’ll have the lobby open for the duration of the festival, where you’ll find:

  • Guest services
  • Merchandise sales
  • Photo area
  • Community resource table with info about Seattle-area Asian American organizations

Is there food available at the theater?

Concessions and beer will be available.  Many restaurants are also within walking distance of the theater.

How can I reach you?

Talk to us on social media:

  • (hashtag #SAAFF2016)
  • YouTube/seattleaaff

Email questions to, message us on Facebook, or @reply us on Twitter. Also, visit us at guest services in the lobby of the Northwest Film Form during festival hours.