Streaming online February 3–12, 2023


Visit the Seattle Children's Film Festival website for details on in-person screening schedules

A spokesperson describes the film festival as follows:

"...Step into a world of fantasy and fairytale at the 2023 Children’s Film Festival Seattle! Expect fantastical films, wondrous workshops, and spectacular special events. Since 2005, CFFS has provided a joyous and dynamic setting to celebrate the best and brightest in international film programs for children and families!..."


Film Festival Schedule:

Warm and Fuzzy (Ages 2+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at noon &
Feb. 11 at 12:30pm

Follow along as these critters and kids embark on adventures of friendship, family, and learning to be yourself. This colorful collection of animated films will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy!

Literal Sunshine (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 12:30pm

Kids can do anything! In this block, watch kids innocently and mischievously sell rocks, brilliantly code, navigate disabilities and so much more, all with a beaming happiness that lights up the world around them.

Dream Black (Ages 10+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 2pm
Co-presented with LANGSTON

Get swept away by the emotions, adventures, and vibrant dreams of the young Black protagonists in this collection of shorts.

Growing Pains (Ages 12+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 2:30pm &
Feb. 12 at 4:30pm

These thought-provoking, moving, and funny shorts show kids growing up, learning about the world, and having to confront some of life's challenges for the first time.

The Colors of Community (Ages 12+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 4pm
"Pete" director Bret Parker & executive producer Pete Barma in attendance! Co-presented with Three Dollar Bill Cinema

These films celebrate diverse expressions of gender and sexuality and how they can be discovered within and affirmed by strong relationships with family, friends, and communities.

With a Little Help From My Friends (Ages 6+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 4:30pm &
Feb. 12 at noon
Presented by the Like You Podcast

These shorts celebrate friendship in all its forms, spanning ages, species, and circumstances. Friends help you find wonder, overcome challenges, and show you that you're not alone in the world.

Hopeful Harmonies (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 at noon &
Feb. 11 at 2pm

From helpful robots to violin-playing beetles, this collection of shorts will take you on a musical journey that will leave your foot tapping and heart full.

Living Fantasy (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 & 12 at 2pm
Presented by Majestic Adventures

Embrace the power of imagination in these films about kids who travel to other worlds, befriend mythical woodland creatures, and test out their own magic powers. With dazzling visuals, these films inject a hint of whimsy into everyday life.

Hi, I'm Home! (Ages 10+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 at 2:30pm

From boring grannies to griefing brothers, these shorts welcome you in a fuzzy embrace of affection and familial love.

Películas de Español (Ages 12+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 at 4pm
Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival

This eclectic collection of Spanish language films takes you through life's ups and downs, adventures big and small! Meet characters like orphan stars, mischievous musicians, and animal companions.

Everyday Magic (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 at 4:30pm &
Feb. 12 at 2:30pm

These films celebrate how imagination and creativity energize our everyday world, and emphasize the tools and inspirations that help create and animate imaginary worlds.

Friday, Feb. 10 is
brought to you by TeenTix
$5 admission for teens, w/ or w/o their TeenTix pass!

Feb. 10 from 6–7pm
Silkscreen Demo [In-Person Only]

NWFF's own María Zamora demonstrates printmaking with silkscreens in the NWFF lobby! (To save time, screens will be prepared with designs for this demo – we encourage you to take home all you learn and become a zine artist RIGHT AWAY!) Suggested for teens; all ages welcome; no registration required.

Figuring It Out (Ages 14+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 10 at 7pm
Co-presented with TeenTix

From the light-hearted to the hard-hitting, these films explore the ups and downs of teenage life. Teens grapple with stress, mental health, and balancing expectations in these relatable, often quirky films.

Folklore for a Future (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 11 at noon

This block highlights folklore from cultures around the world, and centers storytelling to emphasize how shared creation stories, heritage, and tradition carry through into the lives we live today and bring us into community.

Petites et Grandes Aventures (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 11 at 2:30pm
Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle

Follow along with adventures big and small in this collection of French language films! Meet giant robots, friendly camels, a girl learning to sail, and even a mythical creature trying to track down a human.

Against the Odds (Ages 10+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 11 at 4pm

Come along for an entertaining ride as kids go on adventures, solve mysteries, and pursue their goals, all while making unexpected friends along the way.

The Young Rebels (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 11 at 4:30pm
Co-presented with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)

Why should big-name film directors get all the credit for exploring what a film can do? These young filmmakers throw the rulebook out the window and prove that if you have an idea and a camera, you too can create an entirely unique work of art.

It's Up to Us! (Ages 8+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 12 at 12:30pm

Parents used to teach their children about climate change; now, children are teaching their parents. These short films demonstrate the ways in which today's youth have quite literally taken matters into their own hands to ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.

Watch online any time from Feb. 3–12,
or in-person at the showtimes noted below!

Journey to Yourland (Tvojazem) (Ages 6+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 4 at 6pm
West Coast premiere!

10-year-old Riki runs away from home, following an enigmatic beacon that leads him to the parallel world of "Yourland" in this Slovakian animated feature.

Far Away from Home (Ages 12+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 5 at 6pm
West Coast premiere!

A group of children from Latin America wait in shelters in Tijuana for the resolution of their asylum request in the United States.

Singo (Ages 10+)
In-person screening:
Feb. 11 at 6pm

Fishermen in a small fishing community catch a few horseshoe crabs and bring them to their island. A young girl, Shafa, wants to save the crabs from being killed for their blood, which is extremely valuable. When she steals the crabs to liberate them, she makes her family the target of the community's anger. The islanders want to expel them, and now the principled Shafa must choose between the welfare of her family or the lives of the crabs.

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