2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 12:00 am – Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 11:59 pm all-day
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

unnamed (10)The 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) will take place February 19th thru the 21st at the Northwest Film Forum located in the vibrant arts and nightlife neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Seattle!  The 50 films on the program include the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans.  Check out the film schedule, descriptions, view trailers and purchase tickets at www.seattleaaff.org

Opening Night Film

“Top Spin”

Set against the backdrop of one of the most under-appreciated sports in America, three teenagers battle their way through the world of competitive ping pong. While facing the unusual challenges in a niche sport, their journey reveals the passion it takes to pursue their Olympic-sized dreams.

Co-Presented by: SCIDpda

Following the screening of TOP SPIN, go down the street to Velocity Dance Center for ourOpening Night Party presented by Macy’s and Western Union!

Your ticket price includes admission to the party, where there will be food, cash bar, a photo booth, and live performances. Show your ticket or hand stamped from TOP SPIN to enter.

Head out the doors of the Northwest Film Forum and turn left. Walk a block and a half down the street just past Pine Street to Velocity Dance Center at 1621 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

If you can’t make it to TOP SPIN but want to attend the party, head straight to Velocity Dance Center at 9:00 pm and get in with a $10 cover charge.You can also purchase your party entry in advance.

All ages welcome.

Director’s Bio

Mina T. Son is a Los Angeles-based Korean American filmmaker whose films have screened at film festivals and museums including the National Gallery of Art, Margaret Mead, Traverse City, Mill Valley, and Cinequest. A two-time Student Academy Award Regional Finalist, Mina has been awarded fellowships and funding from Independent Television Service, Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Film Independent, PBS/CPB Producers Academy, the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, and Center for Cultural Innovation. Mina holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sara Newens is a documentary filmmaker and editor who has worked in film and television for over a decade, including seven years at CBS News in New York City. Her films have screened at numerous festivals, including Sarasota, Traverse City, Starz Denver, Big Sky, and Rooftop Films. She is the recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Award, CINE Golden Eagle Award, and a Student Academy Award Regional Finalist. Currently, she is a San Francisco-based producer/editor for clients that include Facebook, PG&E, Stanford University School of Medicine, and various non-profits. She is a graduate of the M.F.A. Documentary Film Program at Stanford University, and received a B.S. in Mass Communication from Miami University of Ohio.


Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2016

The film festival will take place over three days in February 2016.  More than 700 people attended our first annual festival in 2013.  We had over 1,500 attendees in 2014 and 2015.  We anticipate 1,500 – 2,000 attendees in2016. We also have representatives from over 15 community organizations including JACL, OCA Seattle and the Asian American Journalists Association in attendance.


Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases works by North American Asian filmmakers, as well as films from across the world dealing with Asian people, issues and themes, which are absent from other local festivals. SAAFF is the only film festival in Seattle to provide a space for Asian American voices, perspectives and histories by showcasing independent works that reflect the diversity and richness of the city’s Asian American community.

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