2nd Annual

Seattle Deaf Film Festival

April 04, 2014 to April 06, 2014

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Deaf Spotlight
PO BOX 20191
Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 585-957-9115

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Deaf Spotlight is a non-profit organization serving the Deaf community, fostering artistic and cultural awareness and experience in a variety of areas including cinema, literature, visual arts and performing arts. We strive to inspire, encourage, and showcase creative works of, by, and for Deaf people in the Pacific Northwest through events that celebrate Deaf culture and American Sign Language.


Deaf Spotlight is excited to host the 2nd Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF) in Seattle, WA from April 4-6, 2014. We believe in cultivating a vibrant community of emerging and experienced Deaf filmmakers, actors, and producers; and welcome any film makers from the Deaf community to participate. The event will take place at Northwest Film Forum. During this three-day festival, you will have opportunities to see various short and feature films by members of your own community! More details are coming soon. Please check our website frequently.


Anna Bracilano; Michael Anthony (Submissions coordinator); Patty Liang (Festival Registrar); Patty Liang (Festival Registrar)


Short and Feature films within the following five genres: Documentary, Drama, Animation, Thriller/Action or Comedy/Musical are accepted for possible consideration. ALL films must be subtitled in English. Please complete the official entry form for each film submitted.

Films will be considered for possible inclusion in SDFF 2014 if it meets the following criteria:

-The film is made by a Deaf filmmaker ("Deaf" includes Deaf-Blind, Children of Deaf Adults (CODA), or Hard of Hearing).

-The film genre must be one of the five specified listed: Documentary, Drama, Animation, Thriller/Action, or Comedy/Musical.

-The length of the film is limited to 30 minutes or less for Short Film and 31 minutes to 2 hours for Feature Film.

-The film must be produced on or after April 1st, 2011. Any films older than the following date will be not considered for the festival.

Please do not submit films with product placements that are not germane to the story, these will be automatically disqualified.

If submitting online, Please select English as the language if the primary language is American English or ASL. Select "OTHER" if in any other language.

If submitting physical media for submission after submitting online, be sure to include the tracking ID provided by the online form with the media so we can find the appropriate submission online.


The film lender declares that she/he has the rights to the film entered and commits to refrain from withdrawing the film from the Festival. The lender further commits to and agrees with the following:

- The number of screenings, days and venue are at the sole discretion of SDFF.

- Acceptance of this film for the Festival does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent or production crew.

- SDFF reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

- DVDs submitted will not be returned, regardless of acceptance into SDFF 2014.

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
Entry fees are not refundable.

Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. These fees may be paid by check, money order, or cashier's check, made payable to Deaf Spotlight.
If your submission has been completed online, the submission fee does not need to be included in the mailing of the submission for selection.

The SDFF Film Selection Committee selects the films for public presentation at the Seattle Deaf Film Festival. If a film is selected for screening, SDFF will notify the entrant by email by end of December 2013.