CFFS 2023 – It's Up to Us! (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 12 at 12:30pm

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.


Parents used to teach their children about climate change; now, children are teaching their parents. These short films demonstrate the ways in which today’s youth have quite literally taken matters into their own hands to ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.

Header photo credit: We Are Water Protectors, dir. Galen Fott


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:

We Are Water Protectors

West Coast premiere!

A young Indigenous girl defends Earth’s most sacred resource from the threat of evil consumers.

(Galen Fott, US, 2021, 7 min, in English)

Spirit of the Forest

West Coast premiere!

A young girl learns to respect the land after stumbling into a sacred grove with ancient secrets.

(Nandini Rao, Nirupa Rao, Kalp Sanghvi, India, 2022, 7 min, in English & Kannada with English subtitles)

Derisory Sun (Soleil dérisoire)

North American premiere!

A species of sunflower people overthrow oppressive forces to create a free, prosperous society.

(Marie-Sarah Ouwe Missi Oukem, France, 2022, 3 min, in French with English subtitles)

Bo and Trash

US premiere!

A brave canine chemist named Bo devises a solution to the overwhelming amount of garbage choking our planet. His devotion to fellow animals is repaid in kind when he must face an unfriendly foe.

(Tatiana Skorlupkina, Spain, 2022, 11 min, in English)


In the near future, one young girl demonstrates the power of individual action by helping to rid her city of pollution.

(Brian Wilcox, US, 2021, 10 min, in English)

Julieta and the Turtle in the Plastic Soup (Julieta & de schildpadden in de plastic soep)

Fighting pollution can feel overwhelming, but all it takes is one person to inspire a community to make a change. 14-year-old Julieta of Curaçao spends her free time rescuing sea turtles and cleaning waste out of the ocean in this documentary short.

(Mirjam Marks, Netherlands, 2020, 15 min, in Dutch, English & French with English subtitles)

Mosquito Fish

Seattle premiere!

If you’ve never heard of mosquito fish, this charming short will tell you everything you need to know about them and the positive environmental impact they have.

(Bryn Wright, US, 2021, 2 min, in English)


PNW premiere! CW: Some gunfire

An intriguing mixture of legend and fantasy introduces us to a young indigenous Embera Katío girl who follows a mysterious glowing toad into dangerous territory. Together with her grandfather, she confronts a hydroelectric power plant which threatens her village and brings a new hope to the people who live there.

(Andrés Rafael Castillo, Diego Alejandro Castillo, Colombia, 2022, 15 min, in Embera Katío & Spanish 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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