The 14th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, set to light up the Emerald City from January 24 to February 9, 2019 will encourage young audiences members to “Be the Dream” as they find inspiration in more than 150 films from 40+ countries. From a gala opening night at SIFF Cinema Egyptian to dozens of screenings of at Northwest Film Forum, the festival aims to provide the best international cinema for young people ages 2 to 14, while promoting the ideals of equity, inclusivity, empathy and global awareness. Hands-on workshops, filmmaker meet-and-greets, and interactive fun in the lobby are all part of the fun of CFFS — the largest and most respected festival of its kind on the West Coast!
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019 WILL INCLUDE:
- A sing-a-long screening of the 1979 classic,
“The Muppet Movie” on opening night.
- An exciting quintet of feature films including “Liyana” (Swaziland), “Supa Modo” (Kenya) “Chuskit” (India), “One Girl” (United Kingdom, Romania, Finland and Italy) and “Kayak to Klemtu” (Canada) that all celebrate the resilience of strong girls.
- Other features will include Tito and the Birds (Brazil), Wendy: Best Friends Forever (Germany), “Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory” (Switzerland) and “My Giraffe” (The Netherlands)
- More than a dozen short film programs arranged around thematic content ranging from gentle animation for the festival’s youngest viewers to challenging films exploring global issues for middle schoolers. Programs will include an all Spanish-language program, an Indigenous Showcase presented in collaboration with Seattle’s Longhouse Media, and a program of all Japanese-language shorts presented in association with Tokyo’s KINEKO International Children’s Film Festival.
- A 10-year anniversary screening of the world’s oldest surviving animated feature film, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” made in 1926 by Lotte Reiniger and first presented with a vibrant new score by Seattle musicians Miles & Karina in 2009, at Northwest Film, and an interactive installation in the lobby based on Reiniger’s silhouette animation magic.
- Opportunities for educators and homeschool groups to book special screenings on weekdays throughout March 1.
ABOUT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM
An independent film and arts nonprofit located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org.