2019 Festival FAQ

How do I get tickets?

  • Tickets can be purchased online here! Simply navigate to the film you’re interested in, click buy tickets, and check out! You can print your tickets at home and bring them with you or show your ticket on your mobile device.
  • Buy a full festival pass online at here. The pass gives you priority access to all films as well as access to the Opening Night Party, VIP Rooms, and VIP Party.
  • Tickets can be purchased in person during festival hours at guest services in the theater lobby. 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?

Opening Night Film (ORIGIN STORY) and Party (all ages) – $25

Opening Night Party Only (all ages) – $20

General Admission – $13

Students & Seniors with ID – $11

Full-Festival Pass – $90

There will also be four FREE screenings held at Northwest Film Forum.
Limited seating available on a first come, first seated basis.

  • Friday, 2/22 @ 6:00 p.m.: TECHNOLOGIC (shorts program)
  • Saturday, 2/23 @ 11:00 a.m.: FAMILY PORTRAITS (shorts program)
  • Saturday, 2/23 @ 6:30 p.m.: IN THE LAND OF LOST ANGELS (Feature Film)
  • Sunday, 2/24 @ 6:30 p.m.: MINDFORK (Shorts Program)

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 theater lobby 10 minutes before showtime. This is highly recommended as space oftentimes will become available.

Where is the festival?

This year’s festival will be held across several locations in the Capitol Hill and Central District neighborhoods.

Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle
Film screenings, Thursday – Sunday, February 21 – 24

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave, Seattle
Film screenings, Friday – Sunday, February 22 – 24

Washington Hall

153 14th Ave, Seattle
Opening Night Party, Thursday, February 21

Rhein Haus

912 12th Ave, Seattle

Closing Night Party, Sunday, February 24

How do I get to the festival?

Broadway Performance Hall

Public Transport

  • The Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station (140 Broadway East)
  • First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar (Broadway & E Pine St)
  • Metro Bus Routes: 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 43, 49, 60, 84

From I-5 Southbound

Take Exit 166 toward Stewart St./Denny Way. Merge onto Eastlake Ave E. Take a slight right onto Stewart St. Take a hard left onto Denny Way. Turn right onto Melrose Ave. Turn left onto Pine St. Broadway Performance Hall will be on your left, just after Harvard Ave.

From I-5 Northbound

Take Exit 166 to merge onto Olive Way.  Turn right onto Melrose Ave. Turn left onto Pine St. Broadway Performance Hall will be on your left, just after Harvard Ave.

Northwest Film Forum

Public Transport

  • The Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station (140 Broadway East)
  • First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar (Broadway & E Pine St)
  • Metro Bus Routes: 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 43, 49, 60, 84

From I-5 Southbound

Take Exit 166 toward 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 side of the street past Pine St., past the East Precinct Police Station.

From I-5 Northbound

Take Exit 164A for Dearborn St. toward James St./Madison St. Keep right, follow signs for Madison St./Convent Pl. Merge onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto Madison. Turn left on 12th Ave. The Northwest Film Forum will be on your left past Pike St.


Washington Hall is located in the Central District.

Public Transport

  • First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar (14th Ave S & S Washington St)
  • Metro Bus Routes: 3, 9, 27, 36

From I-5 Southbound

Take Exit 165A toward James St. Use the right lane to merge onto 6th Ave. Turn left onto Yesler Way. Turn left onto 14th Ave S. Washington Hall will be on your left after E Fir St.

From I-5 Northbound

Take Exit 164A for Dearborn St. toward James St./Madison St. Keep right and follow signs to S Dearborn St. Turn right on S Dearborn St. Turn left onto Rainier Ave S. Take a slight right on 14th Ave S. Washington Hall will be on your left after E Fir St.

Rhein Haus is located in Capitol Hill.

Public Transport

  • The Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Station (140 Broadway East)
  • First Hill line of the Seattle Streetcar (Broadway & E Pike St)
  • Metro Bus Routes: 2, 9, 11, 12, 43, 49, 60

From I-5 Southbound

Take Exit 165 A toward James St. Use left lane to merge onto 6th Ave. Turn left on James St. Turn left on 12th Ave.

From I-5 Northbound

Take exit 164A for Dearborn St. Keep left to continue toward 7th Ave. Follow signs for I-5 North. Keep right, follow signs for Madison St / Convention Pl. Merge onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto Madison St. Turn right onto 12th Ave.

Where can I park?

Broadway Performance Hall, Northwest Film Forum and Rhein Haus

  • Seattle Central College’s Harvard Garage at 1609 Harvard Avenue (at E. Pine Street) is open and available 24/7.
  • Free parking is available 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.
  • Street parking is metered from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday, and free all day on Sundays.

Are the films in English?

Most films are in English. There are 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 most screenings. Filmmakers oftentimes make themselves available for discussion in the lobby, and many will be in attendance at the Closing Night Party which is free for all to attend.

Can I go to the Opening Night Party if I can’t make it to the Opening Night Film, ORIGIN STORY?

Yes! If you can’t make it to ORIGIN STORY but want to attend the party, doors for the party at Washington Hall will open at 9:00 pm. You can purchase tickets for just the party at the door or here!

Are the theaters ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible?

Yes, all theaters are ADA accessible.

Are there discounts at neighboring businesses for festival attendees?

Yes, see us at guest services for the list of businesses offering discounts, or check 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
  • Photo area
  • Community resource table with information about Seattle-area Asian American organizations

And don’t forget the all ages Closing Night Party at Rhein Haus that is free for all to attend!

Is there food available at the theaters?

Food is not allowed in Broadway Performance Hall. At Northwest Film Forum, there is a concession stand and beer is available for purchase. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the theaters.

How can I contact SAAFF?

Find us on social media!


Email questions to info@seattleaaff.org, message us on Facebook or @reply us on Twitter. Also visit us at guest services in the lobby of the theaters during festival hours.