CFFS 2023 – Living Fantasy (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

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

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.


**Presented by Majestic Adventures**

Embrace the power of imagination in these films about kids who travel to other worlds, befriend mythical woodland creatures, and test out their own magic powers. With dazzling visuals, these films inject a hint of whimsy into everyday life.

Header photo credit: Giant and the Seed, dir. Sara Shabani


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:

Dream Again

West Coast premiere!

Jemima, an avid reader with an active imagination, embarks on a quest into the woods to prove to her parents that the fairies she discovered are real.

(Gaden Sousa, Australia, 2021, 12 min, in English)


West Coast premiere!

Bored and frustrated by her overbearing father, Midge decides to ditch the trail she’s hiking on and wander into the woods on her own adventure. There, she makes a magical discovery!

(Clara Schildhauer, Reyes Fernández, United Kingdom, 2021, 4 min, nonverbal)

Giant and the Seed

North American premiere!

Impelled by curiosity, a little seed stumbles out of its idyllic habitat and into the domain of a giant, where it encounters danger and desperation.

(Sara Shabani, Germany, 2022, 10 min, nonverbal)

The Moonseeker

North American premiere!

A man grieving the loss of his daughter has taken a creature captive whose magical powers allow him to see her again.

(Diana Blázquez Martín, Katherine Galley, United Kingdom, 2022, 4 min, nonverbal)

The Last Cloudweaver

PNW premiere!

High above the clouds, a dragon is teaching his granddaughter the last vestiges of his craft — Cloud Weaving. A magical art form, it takes time and patience to learn, and although Skye’s ambitions are soaring, her skills still need practice.

(Anna-Ester Volozh, United Kingdom, 2022, 4 min, nonverbal)

Dying to Defrost

For centuries, this poor vampire has been freezing to her bones. She’s had it with the cold, and is gonna do whatever it takes to feel the warmth on her skin, or it’ll be the death of her… again!

(Heather Ann Abeyasekera, Singapore, 2022, 4 min, in English)

Bertie the Brilliant

A young boy takes on chores and small jobs around his neighborhood to raise money for a ticket to a magic show; but when his grandmother loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.

(Gabriela Garcia Medina, US, 2022, 25 min, in English & 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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