August 22, 2014

About

Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is a program of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in Seattle, WA.

The Festival is run by a core of committed community volunteers under the direction of Jacqueline Moscou, Langston Hughes’ Artistic Director. The annual event is actually the culmination of a year’s worth of community collateral-building through a series of smaller events designed to provide

audiences with unique cinematic and filmmaking opportunities that result in an annual community-wide film festival held at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

This annual event provides provocative films from independent Black filmmakers and works about the African American experience. The festival features panel discussions, screenplay readings, matinee screenings for middle and high school youth and in-depth chats with filmmakers, industry professionals and local community leaders.

The Festival began in 2004 as a weekend series, and has grown to 9 days of film, workshops, filmmaker events and community celebrations.  Films are selected from entries screened by panels, and curated from current and

vintage offerings worldwide.  The festival takes pride in finding independent film that is by or about Black people from all over the world from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world and in our own back yard.

The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is proud to be a founder of a collective of film festival organizers who work together to build capacity and promote film appreciation in the greater Seattle area. Seattle is a film lover’s paradise with a variety of filmgoing opportunities and festivals including Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, the Northwest Asian Film Festival, the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Science Fiction Film festival, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, the Polish Film Festival, to name a few, and the nation’s largest film festival, the Seattle International Film Festival.