Children's Film Festival

January 26 - February 11, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of going on an around-the-world trip with your family? Then save the dates for Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017, January 26 - February 11, at Northwest Film Forum.

​Our next edition of Children’s Film Festival Seattle will feature more than 188 films from 50+ countries. Kids can hear the music of dozens of different languages in the festival, and feast their eyes on gorgeous animation, crisp live action and features films that run the gamut from laugh-out-loud funny to unforgettably poignant.

Now more than ever, it’s a great time to remind our kids that Planet Earth is home to many different and beautiful cultures and ways of life. Our festival films also show that we share much in common with people who live in vastly different circumstances than we do. We all have the same longings — to laugh, to love, to belong and find the deeper meaning of our lives. An international children’s film festival is a perfect place to discover common ground, to build empathy and celebrate our shared humanity.

​Our festival offers something for everyone ages 2-14, from gentle animation for our youngest viewers to meaty docs and narrative films about important issues for older kids. School groups are joyously welcome — please let us know at [email protected] if you are an educator interested in bringing a field trip group to the festival.

Guest filmmakers from around the world will be on hand to enlighten audiences about how their films were made, and young audience members will also get a chance to step behind the camera to make their own films at festival workshops.

​As always, kids will be in charge at this year’s festival. We’ve reached a wonderful milestone with this, our 12th Children’s Film Festival Seattle — our youth jury will be led by a group of amazing teenaged graduates of the jury program, which began in 2007. We can’t wait to see the smiles on our new young juror’s faces when they meet their leaders — motivated, high-energy, worldly teens who have grown up watching international films at Northwest Film Forum.

To find out more about the children's jury, contact [email protected].

​Our festival motto is simple: See the World, Feed Your Mind. From the beginning, we’ve believed that kids can only change the world if they’ve seen the world. We hope this festival opens their eyes.

Learn more at the official CFFS 2017 website!



Best of the Fest DVDs

Get ready for Children's Film Festival 2014 with a look back at cinema magic from our past festivals!  

Kidflix Global and Northwest Film Forum present Around the World with Children's Film Festival 2012, just in time for the holidays. This program of live action and animated shorts is a passport to a world of imagination for all ages.  You'll meet magical characters, laugh at funny stories and learn how friendship makes the planet go 'round. Includes films from England, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Russia, Australia and the United States.

DVDs are available for $25 (includes shipping within the United States, add $5 for international shipping). 

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Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd. Total running time: 66 minutes.

DVD Program

Mungge – Not Again!
Two marmots and a hedgehog must try to rescuetheir sleepwalking friend.
In Swiss German with English subtitles. (Dir. Irmgard Walthert, Adrian Flückiger and Claudia Röthlin,Switzerland, animated, 6:20 min)

Little Red Plane 
A boy and his cat hop in a knitted red plane to deliver packages all over the world and beyond. (Dir. Charlotte Blacker, England, animated, 3:39 min)

Love Bug
A nine-year-old, bug-loving boy must work up the courage to ask a like-minded little girl out on a date. Winner of the Children’s Jury Prize for Best Live Action Short. (Dir. Kat Candler, USA, 6 min)

A sweet film about feelings, and the way that friends can help each other. In German with English subtitles. (Dir. Kai Pannen, Germany, animated, 6:14 min) 

The Driving Accident
A minor mess becomes a big one when a little boy attempts to clean up a mishap. Winner of the Children’s Jury Northwest Prize. (Dir. Rio Fitch, Canada, 5 min)

Adventures of Owen
A boy harnesses the power of his imagination to soar above his everyday problems. (Dir. David Cadiz, Canada, 13 min)

A boy practicing the cello is transported to a magical place. (Dir. Tatiana Kurnaeva, Russia, animated, 6 min)

King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O
A sweet old folk song, set to a song by Laura Veirs with eyepopping animation by Britta Johnson. (Dir. Britta Johnson, USA; animated; 3:04 min)

Minnie Loves Junior
The story of a girl’s admiration for a boy, and how she proves to him how valuable her friendship can be. (Dir. Andy and Matt Mullins, Australia, 13:40 min)