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CFFS 2019, Workshops

360 Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes of the Festival

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 1:30pm $65 Tuition $50 For Members Ages 11-14 In this workshop, students will learn about virtual reality and 360 filmmaking. They will plan, shoot and edit a short 360 film, getting exclusive access to go behind the scenes of the festival. Students will be able to use Samsung Gear and Ricoh […]

CFFS 2019, Workshops

Workshops & Classes (CFFS 2019)

Let’s All Go to the Lobby! Interactive Filmmaking Installation — Puppet Making with Clyde Petersen — Friendly Rhythms of the Planet w/ Visiting Filmmaker Tatiana Skorlupkina — 360 Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes of the Festival

CFFS 2019, Short Films

Borders, Boundaries and Home (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 3:30pm
Ages 13+
* Filmmaker (and Executive Director) Vivian Hua (Searching Skies) in attendance! *

All children have the right to a home, but for the young people in some of these narrative and documentary films, political and religious issues threaten their futures. The films are made by filmmakers in response to worldwide migration issues, and also include a documentary from a dream city, where origins and cultural differences do not matter to a tight-knit group of boys.

CFFS 2018, Features

Opening Night: Castle in the Sky (CFFS 2018)

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 @ 7 PM (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, animation, 1986, 124 min, in English) For ages 6+ Gala Opening Night, sponsored by The Boeing Company and co-presented with Seattle International Film Festival, at the Egyptian Theatre Doors open at 6:30pm for red carpet photos! Come as your favorite character from a Miyazaki film, […]

CFFS 2019, Features

Kayak to Klemtu

Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Canada, in English)
Ages 12+
* Co-presented with Longhouse Media as part of Northwest Film Forum’s ongoing Indigenous Showcase series! *

Fourteen-year-old Ella is determined to travel by kayak the length of the Inside Passage along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic traveling through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges of the trip, but the greatest challenge of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her.

CFFS 2019, Features


Thursday, January 31 – 7:00pm
(Feature from Iran, in Farsi with Eng. subtitles)
Ages 14+
* Seattle premiere! *

The first-ever official Iranian entry by a female filmmaker for Best Foreign Film of the Academy Awards, this sweeping film tells the story of a girl, Behar, who lives a life spun from folklore and stories with her head in a book. But growing up in Yazd in the ’70s and ’80s, she’s at the center of a country in turmoil: The Shah is overthrown, Ayatollah Khomeini rises to power, and the first shots are fired in a bitter and protracted war with Iraq. Over the span of years, Bahar finds daydreaming in her own fantasy world is the only way she can make sense of the pain and suffering warring humans inflict on one another.