CFFS 2023 – Películas de Español (Ages 12+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 5 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

Rattle (Cascabeles) Director and Producer Jhina Hernández Ospina & Tatiana Pinzón Salavarrieta 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!

⚠️ 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.


**Co-presented with Seattle Latino Film Festival**

This eclectic collection of Spanish language films takes you through life’s ups and downs, adventures big and small! Meet characters like orphan stars, mischievous musicians, and animal companions.

Header photo credit: Cleo and Nina, dir. Manrique Cortés Castro


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:

Star Orphanage (Orfanato de Estrellas)

PNW premiere!

Reporters and cameramen arrive at the doors of the Galileo Galilei Orphanage to film the extraordinary children that old Apolo Sandoval has been in charge of for decades.

(Boli Nolasco, Mexico, 2022, 4 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

With a Wool Ball (Con un ovillo de lana)

West Coast premiere!

An Argentinian girl spends the winter in her hut. She invites her animal friends in to drink mate together, tell stories and sing songs.

(Belén Ricardes, Argentina, 2022, 5 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Mist (Niebla)

West Coast premiere! CW: Animal death

Nicolas is a kid who has moved with his parents to the suburbs near to an ancient, foggy forest. His perception of his new environment starts to change when he begins to have mysterious encounters with native animals.

(Leonardo Romero Zarza, Colombia, 2020, 10 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

An Invisible Apprentice (Una aprendiz invisible)

West Coast premiere! CW: Family illness

Inés is a 12-year-old girl that starts taking roller skating classes, encouraged by her parents, who are trying to keep her away from home as they wrestle with her sister’s illness.

(Emilia Herbs, Argentina, 2022, 12 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Rattle (Cascabeles)

World premiere!

Emma is a 7-year-old girl who loves soccer. Everyone thinks she’s tough and sporty, but she has an important secret: she is afraid of the dark.

(Jhina Hernandez Ospina, Colombia, 2022, 8 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

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)

The Torrential Melody (La Melodía Torrencial)

West Coast premiere! CW: Some scary images and themes of death

A town suffering a long drought entrusts its destiny to a wandering musician who has the power to bring rain with his accordion’s music.

(José Luis Saturno, Mexico, 2022, 7 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Cleo & Nina

US premiere!

Sara is 5 years old and loves the stories of her grandmother, Nina. Due to the pandemic, they have not seen each other in a long time, but over the phone, Nina tells Sara the story of Cleo, her childhood pet pig.

(Manrique Cortés Castro, Costa Rica, 2021, 2 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

The Dance (El baile)

West Coast premiere!

Andrés has a huge hole in his shoe. Normally, this wouldn’t be much of a problem, but the end-of-year school dance is less than a day away, and his crush Mariana wants to go with him. Andres has just one afternoon to repair his shoe or find a new pair – if he wants to impress her, he has to be dashing!

(Pedro Pablo Vega Reyes, Colombia, 2021, 15 min, in 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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1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

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