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Creature Teachers

Jan 28 - Feb 01

What can we learn from the animals we love? Jump into these short animated films and find yourself transformed into deer, crocodiles, and herons, oh my! Harmonize with pigs, dance with wolves, bake with octopi and watch TV with a crocodile. Along the way, you’ll learn how to be a true friend and embrace your adventures!

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Destination

Jan 28 - Feb 11

Join kids in eight different countries as they play with their friends, go to school, make clever schemes, and explore. This program of live action shorts from around the world features funny, shy, and creative kids just like you.

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Pure Imagination

Jan 28 - Feb 05

Ever wondered how a forest full of talking trees and fish would look? What if tiny musical bands filled our lives with marvelous melodies? Put on your favorite imagination cap, and join in on this journey through magical worlds filled with love and adventure.

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True to Yourself

Jan 28 - Feb 01

This extraordinary collection of live action films focuses on integrity and doing the right thing. What does it mean to be true to yourself? How do you put that ideal into practice in everyday life? Meet a father and son who find a lost wallet, a gender non-conforming teen facing their traditional Muslim family, a girl who thinks out loud about self-expression, and a boy whose soccer coach asks him to lie. These finely-scripted films will leave you with fodder for a great conversation on the trip home.

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Nelly's Adventure

Seattle premiere!

Director in attendance!

Presented with Portland German Film Festival/ Zeitgeist Northwest

Jan 28

(Dominik Wessely, Germany, live action, 2016, 97 min, in German and Romanian with English subtitles)

Thirteen-year-old Nelly’s holiday in Romania takes a very dramatic turn when she accidentally discovers her family’s secret plan to relocate there.

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Friends Are Forever

Jan 28 - Feb 01

Is there anything better than having a friend by your side? Good friends add color, music and memories to our lives. In this collection of mostly animated shorts, friends also come in all shapes and sizes, from a fierce little lion with a surprisingly soft heart, to a small, shy girl gaining strength from her grandmother and teacher.

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My Parrot Mom

West coast premiere!

Jan 28

(Martin Musarra, Argentina, live action, 2016, 80 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Juana, an eleven-year-old girl, is part of a very special family whose members have the incredible ability to turn themselves into animals. Set on the coast of Argentina and imbued with magical Latin-American realism, this movie invites us to reflect on who we are.

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Family Time

Jan 28 - Feb 04

Families make the world go ‘round! In these animated and live action shorts, we learn that very different kinds of families can share the same bond of love. Find the sun, learn a new song, dance with cats, drink from a tall, cool glass of color, and rediscover what your own family means to you.

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Indigenous Showcase at Children's Film Festival Seattle

Presented with Longhouse Media.

Jan 28 - Feb 04

This wide-ranging program tells the stories of Indigenous people throughout North America, including beautifully animated traditional tales, stirring experimental films by young Native filmmakers, an inspiring documentary about a Yup’ik village that comes together for basketball, and the unique history of Yavapai doctor and activist Carlos Montezuma.

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No Bullies Allowed

Jan 28 - Feb 04

These kids use their smarts and their compassion to defeat bullying in creative ways. From buzzing robot drones to daisy chains to introspection and friendship, the heroes in this program find opportunities to stand up for themselves and others, and in so doing teach us about how to make the world a kinder and more just place.

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Shine On

Jan 29 - Feb 11

What makes you shine? The characters in these sweet and funny films have special things that make them glow and grow. Join them as they play with words, make new friends, tend a garden, and dig themselves out of holes and take journeys to near and far. If you close your eyes and make a wish, you might even be able to join them on a trip to the moon!

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Wild Child

Jan 29 - Feb 01

Let your creativity run wild! In this collection of imaginative films, experience a meerkat rescue mission, get captured by your own toy, explore a dangerous universe in a taxi, and befriend a giant, gentle beast. Open your eyes to the wild adventures the world has to offer.

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Jill and Joy's Winter

North American premiere!

Jan 29

(Sami Keski-Vähälä, Finland, live action, 2015, 77 min, in Finnish with English subtitles)

One December evening, a small car, barely the size of a shoebox, pulls up in front of Jill and Joy's house, and a teensy-weensy family gets out. The McTiny family, having just lost their home, move in with Jill and Joy but soon find out that not all big people have good intentions towards them.

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Monsters Are *Reel*

Jan 29

These shorts show kids confronting their fears. The “monsters” in these films can be as ordinary as an iPhone, trying to stay awake in class, your own reflection, or as extraordinary as a malevolent spirit stalking the high-rise residences of Dubai. Get ready for some chills!

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Fortune Favors the Brave

Seattle premiere! Screenwriter Katrin Milhahn in attendance!

Presented with Portland German Film Festival / Zeitgeist Northwest

Jan 29

(Norbert Lechner, Germany, live action, 2016, 97 min, in German and Vietnamese with English subtitles)

Vietnamese sisters Lihn and Tien (ages 11 and 9, respectively) must keep a dangerous secret — their mother has had to return to Vietnam, and the girls are on their own in Germany.

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Story World

Jan 29 - Feb 04

Prepare to be fascinated and inspired. With a mixture of both carefully drawn images and stop-motion critters, these animated films present various ideas about our world as characters explore their own worlds. Watch as these colorful stories unfold in front of you, and open up your eyes and heart to beautiful stories about aspects of love and adventure both light and dark.

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Gotta Be Me

Jan 29 - Feb 01

The characters in these films are learning to dive deeper and fly higher. Meet a girl who shifts her shape, a boy who feels music instead of hears it, someone who longs to spend his life by the sea, and even some animated creatures who are also one-of-a-kind, just like you!

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Save the Earth

Jan 29 - Feb 01

The earth is our only home, so let’s take care of it! In this program, you’ll travel through forests and the cosmos, animated dreamscapes, funny animal adventures, and stories about scientists, just to end up back at home, ready to change our environmental future.

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Fountain of Youth

Jan 29

Let these genius youth filmmakers inspire you! Take an art walk in Capitol Hill, solve a mystery to save orcas in an aquarium, and go on an impossible voyage to the moon in these short films made by young individuals just like you.

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Mussa

Jan 29

(Anat Goren, Israel, live action, 2015, 60 min, in Hebrew, Arabic, English, and Amharic, with English subtitles)

This documentary tells the story of 12-year-old Mussa, an African refugee living in Tel Aviv, who won't speak for reasons that no one understands. Mussa's Israeli classmates are his best friends, but he chooses to communicate with them only through gestures.

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In Football We Trust

Presented with Longhouse Media as part of Indigenous Showcase.

Feb 01

(Tony Vainuku & Erika Cohn, US/American Samoa, 2015, 82 min, in English)

Shot over four years with unprecedented access, this new take on the American immigrant story transports viewers deep inside the tightly-knit Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Football We Trust is a stirring snapshot of the rise of the Pacific Islander presence in the NFL.

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The Boy Who Lived Before

Director and cast members in attendance!

Feb 02

(Stephen Anunson, US, live action, 2016, 66 min, in English)

Meet Cody, who has memories of a previous life. These memories present themselves in the forms of visions, dreams, and daily routines. In an attempt to understand where he comes from, Cody delves into the online world, eventually attracting the interest of a budding film crew looking for outrageous stories.

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The Prison in Twelve Landscapes

Seattle premiere!

Feb 02 - Feb 03

(Brett Story, Canada / US, 2016, 87 min)

Filmmaker and geographer Brett Story explores the ecology of incarceration, traveling the States to excavate unseen aspects of how prisons are imbedded in our social, natural, political, and economic landscape. The film’s strategy of employing negative space (no prison is ever on screen) highlights the effects that the prison industry has on remote environments, and how the lives of unseen populations are implicated in our own.

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Heidi

Seattle premiere!

Feb 03 - Feb 04

(Alain Gsponer, Germany/Switzerland, live action, 2015, 105 min, in German and Swiss-German with English subtitles)

In this dazzling new film version of the beloved children's book, the adventuresome five-year-old orphan who lives in the Swiss Alps finds her life turned upside down when she must take care of a sick child, Klara. This refreshing rendition of the classic portrays true friendship and devotion.

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Dreaming of a Better World

Feb 04 - Feb 11

This program of thought-provoking films will make young activists want to go out and change the world. These films feature brave young people who persevere against all odds and clarify the social context for their struggles. You’ll meet a boy who dreams of being the Robin Hood of Senegal, an American girl who protests the racist policies that have imprisoned her brother, and a young Syrian refugee who just misses his mom and dad.

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Mr. Frog

US premiere!

Feb 04

(Anna van der Heide, The Netherlands, live action, 2016, 99 min, in Dutch with English subtitles)

Sita adores her schoolteacher Mr. Frans, who sometimes changes into a frog. But the animal world is not without danger, and Sita soon finds herself in the position of being his protector.

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Boxing for Freedom

West coast premiere!

Feb 04

(Juan Antonio Moreno and Silvia Venegas, Spain, live action, 2015, 74 min, in Dari with English subtitles)

This documentary tells the story of a Safaf, a teenage girl growing up in wartime and facing intense gender discrimination, who deeply feels it is her destiny to become Afghanistan’s best boxer. Safaf and her sister joined the newly created women's boxing team after being refugees in Iran and returning to their own country.

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Molly Monster

Seattle premiere!

Feb 05

(Ted Sieger, Michael Ekblad & Matthias Bruhn, Germany/Switzerland/Sweden, animated, 2016, 70 min, in English)

Molly Monster is the little only-monster of Popo and Etna Monster. She spends her days in familiar surroundings playing with her best friend Edison, a clockwork toy with a life of his own. But when Mama gives birth to an egg, Molly sets out on a journey to find her new place in the family.

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Open Screenings at the Film Forum

Feb 09 - Feb 06

* FEB. 6th OPEN SCREENING CANCELED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER *

Are you a local filmmaker looking to share your work? Seeking feedback on your film? Want to see what other people are currently working on? Come join us for our monthly opening screening! Hang out with new and established filmmakers and experience films being made right here in our community.

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Quinceañera

Free event!

Feb 08

(Richard Glitzer & Wash Westmoreland, US, 2006, 90 min)

A young Latina teenager in LA’s Echo Park gets pregnant and is kicked out of her home before her 15th birthday, forced to move in with her great grand uncle and her cousin, who has been kicked out of his house for coming out as gay. Under the roof of a small backyard cottage, each faces their own challenges and finds support in one another. Quinceañera tackles issues of affordability, gentrification, and tenants’ rights that are major challenges for Seattle today.

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I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

Caleb Powell, David Shields, & Charles Mudede in conversation Feb. 15!

Feb 08 - Feb 15

(James Franco, US, 2016, 87 min)

David Shields and his writing collaborator and fellow-combatant, Caleb Powell, decide to put their friendship on the line by spending four days together in a cabin in the Cascades. The men barely make it down the driveway before an argument breaks out. As the weekend continues, something altogether more surprising happens — genuine and real communication.

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Daughters of the Dust

25th anniversary digital restoration!
Introduction by Erika Massaquoi on Feb. 10;
Introduction by Tariqa Waters on Feb. 23

Feb 09 - Feb 23

(Julie Dash, US, 1991, 112 min)

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, Daughters of the Dust was met with wild critical acclaim when it initially opened in 1991.

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This Is the Way I Like It 2

Seattle premiere!

Feb 09 - Feb 11

(Ignacio Agüero, Chile, 2016, 86 min)

During the height of Chile’s dictatorship, Ignacio Agüero made a short film in which he questions his colleagues about the meaning of their work. Thirty years on, post-Pinochet, the Chilean film scene is enjoying international success and Agüero resumes his inquiry about the future of Chile’s cinema.

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Documenting J20: Protest and Resistance in the streets of DC

Director Georg Koszulinski in attendance!

A discussion will follow the screening.

Feb 10

Seattle-based documentary filmmaker Georg Koszulinski will present a rough cut of his feature documentary, America is Waiting, which chronicles the events that transpired in Washington, DC, on the day of Donald T. Trump's inauguration.

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At Eye Level

US premiere! Presented with Portland German Film Festival / Zeitgeist Northwest.

Feb 11

(Evi Goldbrunner & Joachim Dollhopf, Germany, live action, 2016, 98 min, in German with English subtitles)

Eleven-year-old Michi lives in a children's home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids and dreaming of the day he will find his dad. But then he meets Tom – who happens to be a dwarf — and his fantasies turn into complex reality.

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Jeffrey

Seattle premiere!

Feb 11

(Yanillys Perez, Dominican Republic, live action, 2016, 78 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Jeffrey, who christens himself “La Pesadilla” (“The Nightmare”) dreams of escaping his street work (cleaning the windshields of cars at red lights) to become a reggaeton singer, following in the footsteps of one of his older brothers.

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CFFS 2017 Closing Ceremony

Feb 11

We close out the 2017 festival by screening films made during the past week in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Children’s Jury Prizes, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.

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MA

Seattle premiere! Filmmaker in attendance!

Feb 11 - Feb 12

(Celia Rowlson-Hall, US, 2015, 80 min)

A wordless retelling of the Mother Mary story rendered purely through physical and emotional movement, MA unfurls across a Southwest road trip. Tropes abound and are then distorted; wood-paneled motels with cerulean pools; endless stretches of hot, dusty roads; foreboding cowboys and mysterious travel companions.

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Historic Seattle presents Shot on Location: Architectural Landmarks on Film

A talk with film critic Robert Horton!

Feb 12

In this talk illustrated with generous film clips, Seattle Weekly film critic Robert Horton looks at how the movies have employed some of our most iconic buildings and monuments as story elements as well as ciphers for mood, character, and meaning.

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Special pre-screening of Superhero, Kore Ionz’s new music video

Free event!

Feb 13

Join Northwest Film Forum and Kore Ionz for a special pre-screening of the new Superhero music video before it goes public on Valentine’s Day!

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Veracity Shorts Program

Feb 16

This shorts program spans, both geographically and thematically, vast territory through succinct means, touching upon Civil War in Colombia; the power of a song on the island of Réunion; an experimental anthropology of Lampedusa; a nature film set in occupied territory, and a tribute to first-person filmmaking by Syrian teenage girls living in refugee camps in Jordan.

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Torrey Pines

Live score!

Feb 16

(Clyde Petersen, US, 2016)

Torrey Pines is an autobiographical stop-motion animated film accompanied by a live musical score by the band Your Heart Breaks. Raised by a schizophrenic mother, Clyde Petersen's life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events.

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The Son of Joseph

Seattle premiere!

Feb 17 - Feb 19

(Eugène Green, France, 2016, 115 min)

A nativity story reboot that gently skewers French cultural pretensions, The Son of Joseph follows a young man who lives with his mother and has never known his father, and heads off to look for him. In Paris, he meets a cynical and Machiavellian man who works as a literary publisher, but eventually finds warmth from a benevolent stranger.

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Moving History Returns: Saving Our Magnetic Media

MIPoPS presents an archival screening night.

Happy hour at 7pm!

Feb 17

Moving History is back with new selections of rare archival material from Seattle-area heritage organizations, including the Sally Sykes Group dance troupe, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Schools, and the Wing Luke Museum, as well as previous participants King County Archives, Seattle Municipal Archives and the UW Libraries Special Collections.

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The 2017 South Asian International Documentary Festival

Northwest Film Forum welcomes the 2017 South Asian International Documentary Festival! All screenings are FREE.

Feb 18 - Feb 19

As the only South Asian Documentary festival in the Northwest, SAID offers films on a wide range of subjects that represent a diverse array of South Asian communities. The festival aims to provide quality documentaries that speak directly to the issues relevant to South Asia and its diaspora.

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Trends in Latin American Experimental Animation

Curator in attendance!

Feb 20

Curated by Lina X. Aguirre y Cecilia Traslaviña

Moebius animación, a curatorial project dedicated to Latin American experimental animation, presents a selection of 16 recent short films from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico by independent filmmakers and artists. This compilation is the result of their effort to map out the artistic field of experimental animation and its intense dynamic during the last decade.

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The Shadow Council

Feb 22

The Shadow Council is a panel discussion show / people’s legislative body / satirical current events forum hosted by Brett Hamil (of The Seattle Process). The audience will submit and vote on legislation and resolutions, which will be presented to elected officials. There'll be public comment, live music, civic-minded hilarity and hard-hitting debate.

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UNCODE at the Forum

Come celebrate Black History Month with a special screening of UNCODE!

Feb 23

On February 23, UNCODE joins the Northwest Film Forum for the debut of a new collection of films to celebrate Black History, Present, and Future. Come support Black art and filmmaking and meet the UNCODE creators.

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Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Northwest Film Forum welcomes the 5th annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival!

Feb 23 - Feb 26

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) showcases feature-length and short-format films by and about Asian Americans across North America, with an emphasis on filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest.

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SAAFF: Better Luck Tomorrow

15th anniversary screening!

This film is part of Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF). Tickets are sold through SAAFF, not Film Forum.

Feb 25

(Justin Lin, US, 2002, 101 min)

An accomplished high school student, Ben seems to excel at almost everything except winning over his dream girl, Stephanie. When he begins an unlikely friendship with trouble-seeking tough guy Daric, Ben becomes involved in petty crime that gets increasingly dangerous, with his various illegal ventures extending to include Stephanie and her wealthy beau, Steve. Can these restless teens curb their criminal activities before it’s too late?

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