Is the festival all online this year?

The 9th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival will take place (almost) entirely online March 4-14, 2021. Most films will be available on-demand for the duration of the festival, while a few select features will be offered for a limited time only. We have 9 feature-length films and over 100 short films for a total of 24 programs. All programs will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with directors or a live panel discussion.

Most films are available to watch throughout the United States. A few films are geoblocked to allow access only to viewers in Washington state, the Pacific Northwest or the US West Coast states. Please check each film program on our virtual catalog for viewing windows and geographic restrictions. 

What is Eventive?

Eventive Virtual Festival is an online streaming platform that hosts all of our films. We encourage you to visit Eventive for Attendees for technical FAQs and video guides. They also have technical support available 9am to 9pm 7 days a weeks to answer your questions through Live Chat. In order to purchase tickets or passes to watch our virtual screenings and livestream events, you will need to create an Eventive account.

How do I get tickets?

  • All tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/saaff2021. 
  • Browse the virtual catalog and pre-order your tickets. When the film(s) become available to watch on March 4 (unless otherwise stated), you’ll be sent an email notification to start watching your films online. 
  • Buy a Full Festival Pass or a Shorts Pass online at bit.ly/saaffpass
  • We also have a Festival 6-Pack deal that gets you six general tickets for the price of five! These tickets are valid for all online film programs with general admission, including special presentations, features, and shorts. Free and pay-what-you-can programs should be purchased separately.
  • Both festival passes and the Festival 6-Pack cannot redeem tickets to the The Paper Tigers Drive-In screening.

Please Note: All ticket and pass sales are available online only. No refunds or exchanges. Service fees apply to all online orders. Films are not rated for content and viewer discretion is advised.

How much are tickets?

  • General Admission: $10
  • Discounted Tickets: $8
        For those who self-identify as a(n) student, senior, artist, disabled, and/or un(der)waged person
  • Household: $20
    If you’re watching with your friends and/or family, you can support us by purchasing the household ticket.
  • Festival 6-Pack: $50
    Six tickets for the price of five, good for all online film programs.
    After purchasing your ticket pack, you will be able to select your films in the virtual catalog.
  • Shorts Pass: $80
    Access to all 15 shorts programs at the festival, including our opening night spotlight and closing night shorts program.
  • Full Festival Pass$120
       Access to all online programs at the festival. 

There will also be one FREE screening and three pay-what-you-can programs. Limited tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis for our free program. 

Free Program:

Pay-What-You-Can Programs:

How do I use my festival pass?

Once you’ve bought a pass to the festival, make sure you are logged in on the Eventive platform with the same email address used to purchase your pass. Head over to the virtual catalog and click on the film program you want to watch. All festival passes are only allotted 1 ticket per program. If the program is available, you will see an “Unlock Now” button. Select the general ticket and you have now redeemed a ticket to that film program and can start watching!

Some film programs have limited viewing windows, in which you can either choose to “pre-order now” to reserve a ticket to the film program or wait until it becomes available to unlock it. We advise audience members to browse through the catalog and reserve a ticket to all film programs of interest ahead of time, as some screenings are limited and can sell out. Once you’ve reserved tickets to multiple programs, you can also find them in  “My Tickets”.

How long do I have to view the films?

Most films are available for viewing March 4-14 (12:01am PST opening day to 11:59pm PST closing night) across the United States unless they are geoblocked. Once you start watching a program, you have 48 hours to finish or re-watch the program (even if you click on the link on the last official day March 14), unless otherwise stated. Select films will have limited viewing availability.

For example, if you start watching the Southeast Asian Showcase shorts program on Saturday, March 6 at 7pm, you can watch and re-watch any of the shorts prior to Monday, March 8 at 7pm. If you tried to re-watch the program on Friday, March 12, it will not be accessible again.

Can online screenings sell out?

They may. Similar to in-cinema screenings, there are capacity limits established by film distributors and producers that we are obliged to adhere to, so get your tickets or pass early!

Are the films in English? 

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

How do I vote for the Audience Choice Awards?

After each film plays, you will see an option below to rate the film from 1 to 5 (5 being the best).

Voting will close at 11:59pm PST on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

When will the award winners be announced?

We will announce the Festival and Jury Awards on Sunday, March 14, 2021, and the Audience Choice Awards on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Will there be any films that I can watch in theaters?

Although we will not have any films playing in theaters, there will be a limited drive-in screening of THE PAPER TIGERS to celebrate their Pacific Northwest Premiere on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:00pm at the Burien Drive-In (610 SW 153rd Street, Burien, WA 98166).

How do I interact with SAAFF and filmmakers?

  • Join us on March 4 for our Opening Night livestream concert.
  • You’ll also be able to submit questions online via Google Form prior to our live panel discussions on March 11 at 1:00pm (Grief Like No Other) and March 14 at 6:00pm (Closing Night: Collective Memory, Community Spaces).
  • Throughout the festival, feel free to use the hashtag #SAAFF2021 and tag us at @SeattleAAFF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share your festival-from-home experiences.

During the festival, how can I contact SAAFF?

If you run into ticketing issues, please email us at tickets@seattleaaff.org.

For technical support, please visit https://watch.eventive.org/help for FAQs and site support available 9am to 9pm 7 days a week through Live Chat.

Email general questions to info@seattleaaff.org, or message us on Facebook or Instagram.