CFFS 2023 – Everyday Magic (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 5 at 4:30pm & Feb. 12 at 2:30pm

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!

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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!

⚠️ 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.


These films celebrate how imagination and creativity energize our everyday world, with an emphasis on the tools and inspirations that help create and animate imaginary worlds.

Header photo credit: And Then…, dir. Tanja Nuijten, Leo Graf & Raphael Stalder


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:

The Journey Set Free (Le Voyage délivré)

North American premiere!

Expanding beyond the walls of his living room, a little boy’s imagination soars on an incredible journey, with a huge seabird as his guide.

(Martin Bonnin, France, 2022, 3 min, in French with English subtitles)

I'm Not Afraid! (Ich habe keine Angst!)

WA State premiere!

During a game of hide and seek, Vanja leaves the bright living room and enters a dimly lit courtyard with far too many dark corners, weird shadows and strange noises. In self-defense, Vanja must become a dangerous tiger!

(Marita Mayer, Norway, 2022, 7 min, in German & Norwegian with English subtitles)


WA State premiere!

A stop-motion animated film about ten-year-old Kevin, who dreams of becoming a pilot so that he and his sister Jaimy can escape from their tyrannical father.

(Leon Golterman, Netherlands, 2021, 2 min, nonverbal)

And then... (Und dänn...)

West Coast premiere!

Three children make up the story of a whale jumping out of a mountain lake and taking a ride on a hot-air balloon.

(Tanja Nuijten, Leo Graf, Raphael Stalder, Switzerland, 2022, 3 min, in Swiss German with English subtitles)

Flour & Mush

Seattle premiere!

An encounter between a sack of flour and a broken tree trunk celebrates the ordinary and the unexpected in everyday life.

(Emily Wong, Hong Kong, 2022, 12 min, nonverbal)

Operation Frankenstein (Operación Frankenstein)

West Coast premiere! CW: Mischievous children participate in dangerous unsupervised activities (sticking things in electrical outlets, going out on their own)

Three siblings find a broken mannequin in the dumpster and decide to rebuild it using whatever they can find. After that, they try to animate it like Dr. Frankenstein did with his monster.

(José María Fernández de Vega, Spain, 2022, 11 min, in English with English subtitles)


West Coast premiere! CW: Younger viewers might find some images scary.

META playfully, creatively tackles topics such as change, cycles, connection, and interaction. The film aims to show that everything is made up of many parts and personalities which, in the end, are all connected.

(Antje Heyn, Germany, 2022, 4 min, nonverbal)

Joep in the Tomato Soup (Joep in de tomatensoep)

A hungry Joep, in his efforts to scoop the last of the soup from the bottom of a large pot, loses his balance and falls in headfirst. Inside the pot, he finds himself in a whole new universe!

(Robin Tijdeman, Netherlands, 2022, 5 min, in Dutch with English subtitles)

City Penguin (Stadtpinguin)

Confined to their hot apartment, two sisters fantasize about the possible adventures of their lost toy penguin in the outside world.

(Florinda Frisardi, Austria, 2020, 10 min, in German & Italian with English subtitles)


West Coast premiere!

Animator Rachel Reid talks about how to be an animator and encourages others to follow their dream.

(Toko Shiiki, US, 2022, 3 min, in English)

How I Got My Wrinkles (L'Effet de mes rides)

PNW premiere! CW: Flashing lights, weaponry, gunshot sounds, brief mention of death

Claude, a multi-faceted artist who is passionate about animation, decides to make “his own” film at last, before he turns 70. He embarks on this adventure with Gaston, his 7-year-old grandson, who shares Claude’s love of drawing and moving images, and is perpetually curious and active.

(Claude Delafosse, France, 2022, 12 min, in French 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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