Children’s Film Festival Seattle

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 and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects international children’s films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities.

What we stand for: Racial equity and diversity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.

Produced by Northwest Film Forum, this cinematic extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, featuring live performances, animation, features, shorts and hands-on education workshops, all crafted with care for the next generation of movie lovers.

Most festival events are held at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Opening Night, on January 24, is held at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E Pine Street). The Pancake Breakfast, on February 2nd, is held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption (1804 13th Avenue).


Northwest Film Forum

Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences.

We screen more than 200 independently made and classic films annually offer a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and support filmmakers at all stages of their careers. Learn more at www.nwfilmforum.org.

A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization.




Our office, cinemas, and education facilities are located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, on 12th Avenue between Pike and Pine Street.

Driving Directions from I-5 Southbound
Take the Stewart St. Exit (Exit 166) towards Stewart St/Denny Way. Merge onto Eastlake Ave E. Take a slight right onto Stewart Street. Take a hard left onto Denny Way. Continue straight on Denny up the hill (remain in the right lane to avoid a mandatory left turn). Turn right at 12th Ave. The Film Forum is located on the right-hand side of the street in between Pike and Pine, past the East Precinct Police Station.

Driving Directions from I-5 Northbound
Take exit 164A for Dearborn St toward James St/Madison St. Follow signs for I-5N. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for James St. Turn right at James St. Turn left at 12th Ave. Northwest Film Forum will be on your left, just after you cross Pike Street.

Via Public Transit
NWFF is located a short walk from the Capitol Hill light rail station, and within 1/2 mile of many buses including the # 10, 11, 43, 49 routes. Click here to plan your bus trip.


  • Parking in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is notoriously difficult! Walking, biking, and public transportation are the best ways to reach us.
  • An affordable pay parking lot is available 3 blocks from the Film Forum, at the Greek Orthodox Church at 13th and Howell (please note: this lot may be closed for special events).
  • We also recommend Seattle Central College’s Harvard Garage at 1609 Harvard Avenue (at E. Pine Street), which is open and available 24/7.
  • Street parking is available Mon–Sat after 8pm and all day on Sundays. Please use this downloadable map as a guide for parking restrictions.
  • Free parking is available seven nights a week after 9pm at the Richmark Printers lot on 11th and Pine Street, just east of Cal Anderson Park. Parking is not guaranteed.



The entrance, cinemas and restrooms of Northwest Film Forum are fully wheelchair accessible; please email our House Manager Louie Romo at louie@nwfilmforum.org with any questions about access.




Admission to most festival programs is $7 for Film Forum members, $9 for children under 12 and seniors, and $12 general admission. There is also special pricing for Opening Night and the Pancake Breakfast. Festival passes are also available. Tickets may be purchased online at childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org, in person at the Film Forum box office, or by phone at 1-800-838-3006, which opens 30 minutes before the first daily show time. Advance ticket purchase is highly encouraged, as many shows sell out in advance.