Formerly the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, the festival is a major season program of LANGSTON, the non-profit organization housed in the historic Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. For several years, the festival team weighed changing the festival name to better represent the festival and the community. This year, with the help of community and audience input, the festival name change was complete.
“The Black community in the Seattle area is bursting with creation, activism, invention, and
talent. It’s important the identity of the festival represent the city and the extended Seattle
Black community that inspires us, beyond our roots in the Langston Hughes facility,” said
festival Director, Andrea Stuart-Lehalle.
Festival Curator, Zola Mumford, has been with the festival since its inception. “This festival has
always taken a global approach to programming, showing films that represent the great variety
within the Black diasporic experience. This is reflected in the name change.”
Films are selected from entries screened by panels and curated from current and vintage offerings worldwide. The festival takes pride in finding independent film that is by or about Black people from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own backyard.