In small groups of 3-6, students will practice storytelling techniques while learning the basics of working together as a movie crew, writing scripts, directing actors, using accessible filmmaking technology, and digital editing. On the final day, we will world premiere all the finished films at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with family and friends. Finished films will be able to be viewed online or downloaded to share with as many people as you’d like.thanksgiving-camp

SIFF Filmmaking Camp @ LANGSTON
Monday, November 25 – Wednesday, November 27
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
$250 | $225 Members
$300 | $275 Members – includes Extended Care from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM*

Limited Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Email to inquire about a scholarship for your student.

*As a part of our 2019 Camp schedule, SIFF is offering extended care for certain camps from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Extended care will be held onsite at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

SIFF Filmmaking Camps are taught by a professional film educator and a group of filmmaking mentors. Students will get a comprehensive experience creating several short films and learning new storytelling techniques.

All equipment is provided. Students just need to bring a morning snack, a sack lunch, and their creativity for each day of the camp. A light nutritious afternoon snack will be served.

SIFF collaborates with LANGSTON on this and other programs, supporting its mission to strengthen and advance our community through Black arts and culture.
LANGSTON was created in response to both the community and City’s desire to support the historic mission of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. LANGSTON was conceived and designed by community members to serve as the hub for African American arts and culture in Seattle.

Please email SIFF Education if you have any questions about these camps.


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.