CFFS 2024 – Best Buds (Ages 6+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 10 at 11am

Watch online: Feb. 2–10, 2024

In-person tickets >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Virtual tickets >

$5 – $25 Sliding Scale

Festival passes >

$90 – $190 Sliding Scale

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available!

Visiting Artist

**Filmmakers of LUKi and the Lights will be in attendance!**

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

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🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A number of seats will be held at each show for members of the community for whom ticket cost is an obstacle. If you’d like to attend free of charge, please email María and Paul (, to let them know which program and showtime you’re interested in!

⚠️ COVID-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes! These short films showcase different best buds, from a cowboy and his horse to a pair of socks. Follow along as these pals travel near and far, and support each other through life’s up and downs.

Header photo credit: Cowboy Kevin, dir. Anna Lund Konnerup


FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.

Films in this program:

Cowboy Kevin

Cowboy Kevin and his trusty horse have almost reached the destination of his secret admirer, and Kevin is eager to finally meet her. He’ll discover that love is not always what you expect. West Coast premiere!

(Anna Lund Konnerup, Denmark, 2022, 7 min, in English)

Stan & Sven: A Plan to Help Stan

Stan & Sven tells the story of two best friends, a robot and a fun-loving alien. Sven is on a mission to cheer up Stan, but soon realizes that turning Stan’s frown upside down is going to be harder than he thought. Pacific Northwest premiere!

(Amber Stacey, Australia, 2022, 3 min, in English)

Little Puskás and Friends - Bitter Chocolate (Puskás Öcsi és barátai - Keserű csoki)

Öcsi makes a bet with his friends to see if he can kick the football all the way to the fence. When he accidentally kicks the ball over the fence, breaking the window of Mr. Rudi’s butcher shop, will he end up in trouble? US premiere!

(Csaba Gellár, Hungary, 2023, 8 min, in English)

Flea Finds A Friend?

Flea is a spirited but lonely child struggling to survive in Paleolithic times. She catches a lucky break when she discovers fire. But will she use this power for good or evil? Seattle premiere!

(Ceci Harader, US, 2022, 4 min, in English)

Alpha Generation

Rebeca, an avid bookworm, tries to convince her neighbor and best friend, Marcelo, to read a book. West Coast premiere!

(Débora Resendes & Luri Moreno, Brazil, 2023, 11 min, nonverbal)


A Yeti father has to face his fear and prejudice against humans when his son befriends a human girl from the village. North American premiere!

(Najam Subba, United Kingdom, 2023, 4 min, nonverbal)

Spin Cycle (Schleudergang)

In the spin cycle of the washing machine, a pair of socks are lost! How terrible, the socks think at first, until they really notice their fellow garments for the first time. These new acquaintances put the socks’ friendship to the test in this film about trying new things. North American premiere!

(Gurli Bachmann, Germany, 2022, 7 min, nonverbal)

Trailer >


In this quirky, stop-motion adventure, an anxious stone watches as its floating island home begins falling apart. As the other nature spirits decide to leave, throwing themselves into the unknown, the stone must decide whether to take the leap with them.

(Max Peterse & Eileen Boeijkens, Netherlands, 2023, 2 min, nonverbal)

Snuggle Up (스너글 업)

Three monster friends work together to try and comfort a sad and scared child huddled beneath a blanket. North American premiere!

(Subin Jang, Korea, 2022, 3 min, nonverbal)

** This film will be available for in-person viewing only. **

LUKi and the Lights

LUKi, a charming and upbeat robot known for living life to the fullest, confronts a life-altering ALS diagnosis. With every smile he shares and every memory he cherishes, LUKi shows us what it means to truly live, in this testament to the resilience of the human (and robotic) spirit. World premiere! CW: Illness, death.

(Toby Cochran, US & Netherlands, 2022, 9 min, nonverbal)


Rainboy isn’t a common gardener. He plants raindrops and grows clouds. When he accidentally injures the prideful sun, he must team up with the clouds to brighten the sun’s spirits again. WA State premiere!

(Barbara Brunner, Switzerland, 2023, 5 min, nonverbal)

Bike Lane Ends

An anxious 8-year-old must rescue her adventurous BFF from an alternate dimension at the end of a bike lane. West Coast premiere!

(Noah Glenn, US, 2023, 8 min, in English)

Trailer >

Festival Directory

3... 2... 1... BLAST OFF with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2024!

2024 festival artwork by Kid Lerner.

A galaxy of great films and activities await Seattle families! Come enjoy awe-inspiring and spectacular shorts, glittering features, and out-of-this-world workshops at Northwest Film Forum.

We send this call across the known universe: To join a dazzling voyage of discovery from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. The festival will be available to youth, families, and film lovers of any age, both in-person and online.


⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

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1515 12th Ave,

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