If you’re looking for something meaningful to do with your children this winter- look no further than Seattle’s Children’s Film Festival. Running now through February 9th, the festival features 146 films from 39 countries - with something for viewers of every age.
This year’s theme is “Be the Dream.” More than your average movie festival, the Children’s Film Festival is designed to inspire empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world. According to the festival website, “the Children’s Film Festival stands for racial equity and diversity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.”
Featured films are carefully chosen to teach meaningful lessons, expand horizons to learn about new cultures, and to address issues that are facing children today. One such example is the “quartet of feature films” including Liyana (Switzerland), Supa Modo (Kenya), Chuskit (India), and One Girl (United Kingdom, Romania, Finland & Italy) which all celebrate strong girls and their resilience in the face of adversity. Kayak to Klemtu, a Canadian feature, is the story of fourteen-year-old Ella as she kayaks the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest to testify against a proposed pipeline that bring oil tankers to the waters of her homeland.
The festival features short films, special events including an opening night sing-along to The Muppet Movie, and a pancake breakfast and short film smorgasbord. The free closing ceremony on Feb. 9th will feature an awards show and screenings of the short films children have made in festival workshops. Get all of the details along with ticket prices here.
● This year’s festival will feature 133 total short films, 54 live action short films, 79 animated short films, and 14 feature films.
● Not sure what would be appropriate for your kids? The festival allows you to search films by age - and provides detailed information on profanity and film content that may be inappropriate for some viewers.
● Budding filmmakers? A number of workshops are offered, including puppet-making, behind the scenes of the festival, and stop-motion animation workshops.
● Admission to most programs is $12 general admission with discounts for Film Forum members, as well as children under 12 and seniors. Passes are available for the entire festival - get details here. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or at the Film Forum box office 30 minutes prior to the first daily show time.
● Buying tickets ahead of time is recommended, as many shows sell out.
● The festival is put on by Northwest Film Forum, a non-profit film and arts center that presents hundreds of films along with community events, public discussions, educational workshops and artists services to our community throughout the year. Learn more at www.nwfilmforum.org.