Seattle, WA (November 15, 2019)- Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit
their film to the 17th annual Seattle Black Film Festival. 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.”
The call for submissions is open until January 5th, 2020, but local filmmakers and students are
encouraged to take advantage of free early-bird submission. For complete submission criteria,
A panel of international judges made up of film enthusiasts, community members, and film
professionals will spend the winter reviewing the films and the official selection will be
announced in early March 2020.
Audiences will help determine the winners of the following awards during the 2020 festival:
● Best Feature Film
● Best Short Film
● Best Direction
● Student/Youth Filmmaker Award
● Local Hero Award
April 23-26, 2020, LANGSTON’S Seattle Black Film Festival will bring together filmmakers,
community members and creative leaders for a four-day celebration of Black brilliance at the
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s Central District.