** NOTE: In response to the public health hazard posed by coronavirus, CFFS Closing Weekend events were postponed. Northwest Film Forum screenings now take place entirely online. Stay safe and stay tuned, though: Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020 will roll out the digital red carpet for web-based screenings from May 13–17! Thank you for your understanding. **

Children’s Film Festival Seattle

Children’s Film Festival Seattle is cinematic extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest in international films for children, including animation, feature length films, short films and hands-on workshops. CFFS provides a joyous and dynamic setting that cultivates intergenerational relationships and inspires younger generations to participate as agents of change in their local and global communities.

CFFS forges connectivity between people through visual storytelling that is centered on the experience of childhood. We prioritize stories that have been underrepresented in the mainstream media, which inspire empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world.

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 will take place at Northwest Film Forum, which is located at 1515 12th Ave between Pike and Pine in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Our Closing Day celebration (Sunday, March 8th) will take place at Rainier Arts Center, which is located at 3515 S Alaska St, in the Columbia City neighborhood.

Northwest Film Forum

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

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, $10 for children under 12 and seniors, and $13 general admission. Festival passes are also available.

Special pricing is available for Opening Night and the Closing Day celebration.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org, in person at the Northwest 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.