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SUBJECT: Call for Films for the 11th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

1/21/2014  10:00:00 AM

Call for Films for the 11th Annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Film submission deadline: Friday, February 21 Film festival: April 26 – May 3

SEATTLE — The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) announced open submissions for the annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (LHAAFF) festival today, which is celebrating its 11th anniversary. The festival, which will run from April 26 to May 3, is now accepting independent film entries via Without a Box for consideration for the festival. Learn more at

Call for Films
Deadline: Friday, February 21. Enter online via Without a Box:

Entry fee: $25 USD

Genres/subject areas: Films in the following categories will be accepted: narrative, documentary, children/youth, youth-made movies, LGBTQ, experimental, and animation. Filmmakers do not have to be Black, but films should include significant, relevant content involving Black people. The festival is seeking diverse, multifaceted stories and positive images. No fundraising or training films will be considered. Films originating in languages other than English must have English subtitles. Films are reviewed by a jury process; selected films will be offered a $50 stipend for screening.

Beginning as a weekend series, LHAAFF has expanded over the past decade to include eight days of film, workshops, filmmaker events and community celebrations renowned for presenting positive, provocative and penetrating independent films created by emerging and established filmmakers. Films are selected by panel and will include contemporary and vintage offerings, as well as local and international filmmakers. The festival will feature panel discussions, readings, and audience 'talk-backs' with filmmakers, industry professionals and community leaders. Matinee screenings will be offered for middle and high school youth.

The LHAAFF is a founding member of AFFRM, the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement ( The organization celebrates fresh voices in Black filmmaking. Anchored by the passion and prowess of founding film festivals, AFFRM empowers black independent filmmakers with collaborative, simultaneous theatrical distribution in multiple markets.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Instittue (LHPAI) celebrates, nurtures, presents, and preserves African American and Diaspora performing arts, cultural wealth and iconic legacies. Named for the prolific African American artist Langston Hughes, LHPAI represents the pluralism of local, national and global Black people, in the media platforms of film, dance, theatre and music.

Office of Arts & Culture | Making art work. We envision a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. We are supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

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