CFFS 2023 – Growing Pains (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

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

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!

Visiting Artist

**The Kite Director Matthew Grant Benson will be in attendance for both screenings! Eid Mubarak Director Mahnoor Euceph will be in attendance for the Feb 12th screening!**

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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 thought-provoking, moving, and funny shorts show kids growing up, learning about the world, and having to confront some of life’s challenges for the first time.

Header photo credit: Eid Mubarak, dir. Mahnoor Euceph


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 Winner

Seattle premiere!

Vahid enters a bicycle race with the new bike his dad bought for him. However, when another boy reports a similar bike missing, Vahid worries that his bike might be stolen.

(Ali Keyvan, Iran, 2021, 15 min, in Persian with English subtitles)

The Pillar of Strength

Seattle premiere! CW: Blood, violence

In a Dayaks tribe on Borneo Island, a young boy goes on an adventure with his father and learns about his traditions.

(Ayie Ibrahim, Malaysia, 2021, 8 min, nonverbal)

The Sea (La Mer)

PNW premiere! CW: Near-drowning

Gerard is 12-year-old boy who lives close to the seaside. Every day he swims far from the coast, until one day he learns how dangerous and mysterious the sea can be.

(Elena Surina , France, 2022, 12 min, in French with English subtitles)

The Kite

West Coast premiere!

In the 1930s, Robert, a young boy, wants nothing more than a brand-new kite.

(Matthew Grant Benson, US, 10 min, in English)

SWOP: Dentist

WA state premiere!

In this imaginative short, two boys, Sef and Wesley, swap heads so that Sef can get out of a dentist appointment. However, when Wesley receives a present from Sef’s parents, conflict arises between the two.

(Job, Joris & Marieke, Netherlands, 2022, 10 min, in Dutch with English subtitles)

Eid Mubarak

World premiere! CW: Animal slaughter

A privileged six-year-old Pakistani girl embarks on a mission to save her beloved pet goat from being eaten on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Azha, only to learn the meaning of sacrifice.

(Mahnoor Euceph, US, 2022, 16 min, in Urdu with English subtitles)


West Coast premiere!

A boy is saddened to move and leave behind his animal friends, including a porpoise he’s begun to bond with.

(Daniel Kim, Benjamin Kim, US, 2022, 12 min, in English)

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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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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