Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2020 [Online]


Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF) is one of the biggest Deaf film festivals in the world. SDFF features long and short films that span all genres to showcase the Deaf and hard of hearing experience. All films will be captioned for accessibility.

We believe in cultivating a vibrant community of emerging and experienced Deaf filmmakers, actors, and producers. Join us to see various short and feature films by members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community!

Guest speakers + Q&As

The weekend of Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2020 includes three livestreams and one pre-recorded panel. All will be available on Deaf Spotlight’s Facebook page and YouTube page.

Jul. 10 at 5pm PDT | Carlo Caldana Interview + Opening Remarks

After Festival Director Michael Anthony’s opening remarks, we’ll have a special interview with Carlo Caldana, director of Go to Hell and Turn Left. Carlo will be interviewed by Deaf artist Guthrie Nutter. More info >

Jul. 11 at 5pm PDT | BIPOC & Womxn Perspectives in Deaf Filmmaking

Deaf Spotlight Executive Director Patty Liang will be joined by Deaf actors Michelle A. Banks, Maleni Chaitoo, and Dickie Hearts for a livestream discussion. Free and open to the public – just head to Deaf Spotlight’s Facebook or YouTube channel to watch! More info >

Jul. 12 at 5pm PDT | Closing Remarks + Meet the Committee

Festival Director Michael Anthony will announce which films were awarded the Best of the Festival and will introduce you to the SDFF committee in this livestream. More info >

Available from Jul. 10 at 8am PDT onward | International Deaf Films

A conversation between Michael Anthony, the Director of SDFF, and Eri Makihara, the Director of Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival (東京国際ろう映画祭). They discuss Eri’s experience traveling to different Deaf film festivals around the world, including SDFF! More info >

2020 Festival Passes

Adult Weekend Pass ($95 + fee)

This pass provides full access to all films and programs from July 10-12, Pacific Time.

Student/Senior Citizen (65+) Weekend Pass ($70 + fee)

This pass provides full access to all films and programs from July 10-12, Pacific Time.

Festival spotlight: "Compensation" by Zeinabu irene Davis!

About the film:

Throughout the festival, Davis’ film Compensation will be screened free of charge in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We encourage viewers to please donate to BLM or related advocacy groups. You can find suggestions for Seattle-based organizations here.

RSVP here to receive a password to view Compensation! If you do not receive an e-mail, please contact to follow up.


(Zeinabu irene Davis, US, 1999, 93 min)

Inspired by a 1906 poem from African American writer Paul Laurence Dunbar, this unique drama shows the relationship between a Deaf woman and a hearing man in two parallel love stories, taking place in both the early 1900s and 1990s Chicago. Their stories explore aspects of Black culture and Black Deaf culture. Starring Michelle Angela Banks, an award-winning, pioneering Black Deaf actress.

Full Film Lineup Below:

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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