CFFS 2023 – The Young Rebels (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

Watch in person: Feb. 11 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!

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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!

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🆓 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 National Film Festival for Talented Youth**

Why should big-name film directors get all the credit for exploring what a film can do? These young filmmakers throw the rulebook out the window and prove that if you have an idea and a camera, you too can create an entirely unique work of art.

Header photo credit: The Colours of Humanity, dir. Zainab Sarwar


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 Special Guest

World premiere!

A family gets their home ready for a special guest.

(Scarlett Fisher, Australia, 2022, 5 min, in English)

The Adventures of Little Crab (Rakovo putovanje)

West Coast premiere!

Little Crab embarks on a funny and unpredictable adventure.

(Društvo Slon School, Slovenia, 2021, 2 min, in Croatian with English subtitles)

1700 lbs.

West Coast premiere! CW: Grief/Death

A quiet, moving meditation on grief and the ways in which the loss of a loved one can manifest in other parts of a young person’s life.

(Solomon Goluboff-Schragger, Amelia Maxham, Cate Slaughter, Zaharra Colla & Turner O’Neal, US, 2022, 7 min, in English)

Mr. Beginning (G. Začetek)

West Coast premiere!

An amusingly absurd story about a man named Mr. Beginning, and – well – how he found his End.

(Jelena Dragutinović, Janja Kosi, Slovenia, 2021, 1 min, in Slovenian with English subtitles)

A-Yong's Lockdown Day

North American premiere! CW: Overt references to COVID-19

A-Yong is stuck at home because of the threat of COVID-19, and he is sooo bored. Who knows when he can see his friends again? Then one day, a mysterious new friend appears and takes A-Yong on a wild ride.

(Yueh-Lin Chiang, Taiwan, 2022, 9 min, in Chinese with English subtitles)


West Coast premiere!

When she is unable to stand her father’s snoring any longer, a precocious 10-year-old girl makes a hilarious and genre-defying documentary about how the snoring affects her life.

(Sara Abedi, Iran, 2022, 7 min, in Persian with English subtitles)

Hope for the Future

PNW premiere!

In this documentary short, we see firsthand how young people are learning about their environment and taking steps to protect the wildlife around them. Their conservation efforts are not only educational, but also inspiring!

The Colours of Humanity

North American premiere!

This short explores how immigration can be an overwhelming experience, but through the power of acceptance, can transform into a culturally rich experience for everyone. No matter what filters the world applies to us, we are all human.

(Zainab Sarwar, United Arab Emirates, 2022, 2 min, in English)

Metamorphosis of the Old House (老屋变形记)

World premiere!

An old house in a magic forest is about to collapse. However, a cat named Luban living in the house refuses to move out. The old house and Luban have a standoff for days until both parties start to talk about their difficulties to each other.

(Charlotte Zhang (张靖晨), Elsa Chi (迟逸蓝), Elsa Tan (谭如岑), China, 2022, 5 min, in English & Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles)

How To

US premiere!

What begins as a simple task of nailing a picture frame to the wall becomes a Sisyphean exercise.

(Manos Ladas, Greece, 2022, 5 min, nonverbal)

Adventure in Other Seas

North American premiere!

Timy, a little fish from the North Sea, decides to run away from home and look for adventure in the Coral Sea. Once there, he has to adapt quickly if he wants to learn what really makes him happy.

(Diego López & Daniel Anaya, Spain, 2022, 5 min, in Spanish with English subtitles)

Here Comes the Sun

West Coast premiere!

A boy with an extreme aversion to sunlight battles more than just the sun while running an errand.

(Brooks Middleton & Reece Harris, US, 2022, 4 min, in English)

Butterfly Playground

Seattle premiere!

Based on a true story, three young friends navigate life in a sweet way after the loss of their friend.

(Bryn Wright, US, 2022, 2 min, in English)


World premiere! CW: Blood

You can take the boy out of the country, but… Young Avery will never forget the special relationship he had with a tree back home.

(Nico Maurie Greenberg, US, 2022, 11 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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