FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 8, 2020

Since 2005, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-14. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects children’s films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 20-25 U.S. cities.

Most festival events are held at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, with the exception of Closing Day at Rainier Arts Center!


  • A cat-tastic opening night program of feline-centric animation from eight countries, with lobby fun, special treats and more.
  • Q and A’s with filmmakers from around the world.
  • Fabulous feature films from South Africa, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and the USA.
  • Indigenous Showcase screening, presented in collaboration with Longhouse Media.
  • Emphasis on the planet with environmental shorts programs for older and younger kids, plus the feature documentary Microscopic Madness.
  • Rainbow Roar — a shorts program devoted to celebrating LGBTQ kids.
  • Two showcases of youth-made films in Nascent Creations and 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.
  • Interactive installation in the lobby and filmmaking workshops give kids a chance to get hands-on.