CFFS 2023 – The Colors of Community (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 4 at 4pm

Watch online: Feb. 3–12, 2023

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

**Pete Director Bret Parker & Writer/Executive Producer Pete Barma 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.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

🆓 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!


**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.

Header photo credit: All I Ever Wanted, dir. Erin Lau


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:


CW: Child crying

A young child tells their mother “I’m not a girl” for the first time.

(Aurora Brachman, US, 2020, 6 min, in English)


What is the most important thing on the last day of school before summer break? Well, if you’re Mia, Natalie and Jabari you frantically search for a date for Ms. Cheryl, the most beloved bus driver of all time! As they race against time before their stop, these eight year-olds burst into action to try to match her up with the people that have made the biggest impact in their lives.

(Zoey Martinson, US, 2021, 10 min, in English)

Shower Boys

PNW premiere!

After a confrontation with their coach, twelve-year-old Viggo and Noel go home determined to prove their manliness to each other. Their innocent competition is interrupted by Noel’s father, whose confusion forces the question of what a male friendship is allowed to be.

(Christian Zetterberg, Sweden, 2021, 9 min, in Swedish with English subtitles)


Seattle premiere! CW: Transphobic bullying but ends on a hopeful note.

Pete is an animated short film based on a true story about gender identity, little league baseball, the people who inspire change by trying to be themselves, and the superheroes who allow that change to happen.

(Bret Parker, US, 2022, 6 min, in English)

Pitoc e icinakosian

Gerry and their big brother Jos show us that there is more to being different than bullying, discrimination and harassment.

(Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé, Gerry Ottawa, Canada, 2020, 6 min, in English, French & Atikamekw with English subtitles)

Into Light

CW: Mentions of transphobic bullying, child suicide, misgendering

When a child reveals who they truly are on the inside, how does a parent set aside their own expectations to help them become their most authentic self? Sheona McDonald’s documentary captures a season of change as a mother and child navigate the complexities of gender identity together.

(Sheona McDonald, Canada, 2021, 19 min, in English)

Fitting In

West Coast premiere!

Fitting In draws a parallel between fitting into shoes and fitting into society, encouraging us to embrace our unique personalities.

(Mark Leschinsky, US, 2022, 4 min, in English)

Girlsboysmix (Meisjesjongensmix)

Seattle premiere!

Why is it so important to be a boy or a girl? Wen Long naturally and candidly explains that she was born intersex. The nine-year-old wears both boys’ and girls’ clothes and plays with toys intended for both genders. The trouble is, others don’t know what to think of this.

(Lara Aerts, Netherlands, 2020, 7 min, in Dutch with English subtitles)

All I Ever Wanted

PNW premiere! CW: Mild swearing (the S word)

Rom-com obsessed teen Christine has always longed for the picture-perfect romance. But could it be that her ideal Prince Charming might actually be a Princess Charming instead?

(Erin Lau, US, 2021, 15 min, in English & Vietnamese with English subtitles)

Festival Directory

⚠️ 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.

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 through films, workshops, field trips, and filmmaker discussions.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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