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Shana: The Wolf's Music

Meet the star, Sunshine O’Donovan and other lead members of the cast at the Jan. 31 screening! This screening will also include a pre-show performance by Red Eagle Soaring.

Seattle premiere!

Co-presented with Longhouse Media!

Jan 28 - Jan 31

96 min

Shana is a Canadian First Nations girl who is a gifted violinist. But she has problems no young person should have to face: her mother has died, and her father is struggling with his own demons. Only Shana’s new teacher seems to care about her, and at first, Shana pushes her away. But she meets another, more mystical being to accompany her on her journey: a wild wolf who helps her reconnect with her ancestors, make peace with her circumstances, and use her talents to express her passions.

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Wave of Wonder

Jan 29 - Jan 31

65 min

This collection of films is meant to wash over you in a wave of exquisite, painterly animation. Dive down deep into stories that will take you to strange planets, the frozen tundra, dense forests and inside the workings of a marionette theater. These films are meant to remind you that life is a journey, that sometimes hard choices have to be made and that dreams really can come true.

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Party Animals

Jan 25 - Jan 30

62 min

A gloriously animated extravaganza of animal stories, featuring bugs, butterflies, bunnies, owls, kitties, zebra and birds of several different feathers! These stories of friendship and fun are especially recommended for our youngest festival-goers and their parents!

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Earth Sky and Sea

Jan 25 - Jan 30

76 min

These films make use of environmental themes in unexpected and provocative ways. You will meet a lightbulb who is jealous of the sun, a parrot who takes you on an excursion to the home of wild animals, a little octopus who moonlights as a lounge singer, bees who have parties and a brave boy who gathers firewood alone. Along the way, you’ll learn about the world’s oceans, our water and energy supply and threats to animals and insects.

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Abracadabra

Includes live performance on January 24!

Jan 24 - Jan 30

65 min

The world is full of magic in the most surprising places. Discover a seashell that can shrink buildings and pick up boats, a ring that tells you the truth about anything you see, a comb that will make your hair grow like wild vines, and a toy car that finds its way home to its original owner.

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Finding My Way

Jan 30 - Feb 01

63 min

These live action films tell the stories of kids who are learning how to spread their wings. Along the way, they have adventures, test their courage and make decisions they have to stick with. Join them, and you’ll wander a city’s unfamiliar streets, leap past your birthday, turn a hospital room into luxurious digs and even help the moon get back to the sky.

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High Tech Hijinks

Jan 30 - Jan 31

63 min

An animated roundup for kids who love gadgets, gizmos, robots and other marvelous inventions. Dive inside a computer’s brain, roam a junkyard looking for robot parts, soar above a city made of circuit boards and find out what your phone and tablet are up to after you fall asleep!

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Kid Powered

Jan 24 - Jan 30

78 min

Challenges can bring out the best in us. The kids in these live action films face uphill battles that are long and steep, and they shine in the face of adversity. Meet a warrior child who must embrace her unique identity, a boy who becomes a superhero to his friend, a son who must stand up for his father, and a girl who faces loneliness and danger in order to get an education.

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Indigenous Experience

Co-presented with Longhouse Media!

Jan 30 - Jan 31

67 min

Explore the joys and challenges of Native youth in this collection of award-winning documentaries and animated films. Soar with an eagle boy in Norway, meet a deaf boy who listens to his inner voice, band together with a pack of dogs, dance a forest back to life and outwit the wily Amautalik!

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Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord

Includes breakfast, free parking (9am-2pm) and a one-hour film program! 
Please note: you must choose a screening time (10:30am or 11am) when purchasing Pancake Breakfast tickets

Jan 31

Our all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon is fun for the whole family!  And of course we’ll have gallons of hot coffee on hand for the grown-ups.  After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of Fantastic Journeys, a magical program of new animated and live action shorts from 8 countries. 

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Fantastic Journeys

January 24, Saturday, at 11am — special screening at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Seattle. Tickets $5 kids, $7 adults available at door only, no pre-sales.

Jan 24 - Feb 07

80 min

Journeys take us to new places, whether in the outside world or within ourselves. On these animated flights of fancy, you’ll scale the Alps, push the sun and the moon back into alignment and jump into a whole ocean of lemonade.

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Sally's Way

World premiere, with filmmakers in attendance!

Jan 31

87 min

Sally, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by HIV/AIDS, needs to use her ingenuity to help her ailing grandmother, who is the only family she has left. Set in the lush Caribbean, the film has a universal message of how to thrive despite the odds, and face the challenges of displacement and loss with positivity and creativity.

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Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache

Filmmaker and voice talent for three main roles will be in attendance!

Free stickers for every audience members, with drawings for other great prizes!

Jan 30 - Jan 31

83:30 min

Come see the epic adventures of a poorly drawn animated cat, Bubble Bubble Meows, as he goes on a quest to cure his friend, a string bean who has a bellyache caused by meteor consumption. Along the way, BBM and Stringbean encounter Paul, a hyper-caffeinated feline, a lollipop-licking snow pea, three robots who resemble marshmallows, and a pile of cottage cheese named Mr. Knowitall.

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Lola on the Pea

West Coast premiere, with filmmaker in attendance!

Jan 31

90 min

Nine-year-old Lola lives on a charming old houseboat with her mother. But life isn’t exactly going swimmingly for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. But one day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. 

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Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure

West Coast premiere!

Feb 01

70 min

Two cats, Pim and Pom, are best friends who live together with “The Lady.” But one day, the lady’s nieces come to visit, and they take the cats to the park for a picnic. However, what they really want to do is keep Pim and Pom for themselves, and they’ve come up with a plan to “cat-nap” them!

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Blade Runner

Free screening + panel discussion!

Feb 02

(Ridley Scott, United States, 1982/2007, 35mm, 117 min)

Join us for a free, 35mm screening of Blade Runner (2007, The Final Cut) this February! This event is paired with a panel discussion featuring local producers and crew talking about the business of film adaptation and film production in Seattle, using the example of Amazon Studios’ recent Seattle filming of the Philip K. Dick novel The Man In The High Castle.

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Special Events

Free events

Scour our calendar for regular free and extra-affordable events for Seattle film lovers. Have you checked out Framing Pictures? We have the best film critic chat in town. 

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Series

Children's Film Festival Seattle

See the world and feed your mind at the ninth annual Children's Film Festival Seattle, the largest film festival on the West Coast for kids and their families. The fun starts on January 23!

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Programs

Music Movies

The Film Forum has some of the strongest music film programming in the country - come enjoy live music performance, music documentaries, soundscapes + multimedia and everything in between.

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