About

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short format films by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.

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 and Pacific Islander communities.

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Seattle Asian American Film Festival is fiscally sponsored of Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that empowers artists through equitable access to vital expertise, opportunities, and business services.

BRIEF HISTORY

From 2003-2007, The Northwest Asian American Film Festival (NWAAFF) directed by Wes Kim showcased works by Asian American filmmakers to Seattle film goers.  With the guidance of Kim, new festival directors Kevin Bang and Vanessa Au revived the program in 2013 and gave the event a new name — Seattle Asian American Film Festival.

 

MEET THE TEAM


Vanessa Au
Executive Director, Co-Founder

Elllison Shieh
Co-Director
Programming Director

 Victoria Ju
Co-Director
Entertainment Producer

Andrew Koh
Technical Director /
Filmmaker Liaison

Em Halladay
Programming Manager
Events Manager

Adrian Alarilla
Programming Manager

Shaun Wha Nieh
Events Manager

Yaoyao Liu
Volunteer Director

Kristina Chu
Public Relations Manager

Mariko Toyoji
Special Projects Manager

Hut Ugalino
In-house Designer

LeiLani Nishime
Grants Manager

Lina Truong
Grants Writer

An Huynh
Staff Photographer

William Ju
Technical Assistant

 

Designers and Consultants


Simson Chantha
Designer
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Amber Manuguid
Designer

Kevin Bang
Advisor

Martin Tran
Advisor