Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest West Coast film festival dedicated to children. The programming isn’t just family-friendly, though. It’s international, even universal, with charming stories and narratives addressing many rich, important subjects.
The festival features over 170 films from over 50 countries, along with live performances, pancake breakfasts, and hands-on workshops. You can see the full festival schedule on the website. Most events happen at Northwest Film Forum in Capitol Hill, but some (like the opening night screening of Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky) happen at nearby venues.
Here are a few that have caught our attention.
This program tells stories by Indigenous filmmakers throughout North America, including beautifully animated tales, charming traditional tales, and powerful and stirring documentaries.
The program includes the West Coast premiere of The Mountain of SGaana, which illustrates the ancient Haida tale of Naa-Naa-Simgat, a master sea hunter, and his beloved, Kuuga Kuns.
Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival.
From Children’s Film Festival Seattle: “Lila, a character in a children’s story book, suddenly falls out of her paper world and ends up trapped in a place she doesn’t belong. And so begins this great adventure, where Lila discovers that the only person who can save her is Ramon, her best friend. But first, she must convince him to start reading again, and believing in fantasy”
Feast your eyes and indulge your senses in a glorious banquet of international animation. Filled with creations made with stop motion, rotoscope, paint, pen-and-ink and paper, this program will take you on journey filled with wonder.
This showcase features nine short films from international artists and directors. The styles vary wildly, from the colorful and crisp Volcano Island to the lush, fuzzy Hedgehog’s Home, to the melancholy Negative Space.
West Coast Premiere: Nicht Ohne Uns (Not Without Us), Saturday, Feb 3 at 5 PM
From Children’s Film Festival Seattle: “Fourteen countries, sixteen children, five continents, one voice—however different their living environment, however different their personalities may be, the fears, hopes and dreams of the children in this documentary film will wake you, shake you and give you hope for the future. Regardless of whether they are growing up in peaceful societies or directly exposed to child labor, prostitution, war and violence, all these children long for peace, happiness, friendship and love. They are united in their rejection and fear of war and violence. And every single one of these children is worried about nature and the destruction of their direct and indirect habitat. Go global, and find hope for the future in the lives of real children all over the globe.”