360 Filmmaking: Behind the Scenes of the Festival

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019
$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 Theta cameras to explore this exciting new medium, and start dreaming in 360. Taught by Jonah Kozlowski.

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Friendly Rhythms of the Planet w/ Visiting Filmmaker Tatiana Skorlupkina

* Offered twice, for different age ranges.

January 26
Ages 8-11

In this interactive workshop, students will make an animated short film depicting the rhythms of children and the natural world. Students will learn about rhythms found in the filmmaking process through animating frame by frame in stop motion. They will also get hands-on crafting and coloring figures for the animation. Tatiana Skorlupkina is a musician, artist, composer, director, animator, and screenwriter. Her innovative cinematic works lead viewers into a world come alive, where genres are transformed and interwoven; here, images are music, music is images, and literary works both ‘vibrate and narrate’. Her work has been screened by and won awards at numerous film festivals around the world.

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January 27
Ages 11-14

This second workshop date is an opportunity for students that are a little older to enjoy the same workshop with Tatiana with a higher level of complexity.

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Let’s All Go to the Lobby! Interactive Filmmaking Installation


January 25: 4:00–9:00pm
January 26–27: 11:00am–7:00pm
February 2: 11:00am–7:00pm
February 9: 11:00am–7:00pm


Children of all ages can learn about the life and work of influential filmmaker and animation innovator Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981). Children (ages 1 to 101) can experiment with multiplane stop-motion animation, become a life-size shadow puppet, and learn about shadow puppetry techniques from around the world.



Other CFFS 2019 Workshops

Don’t just watch great films during the festival — make your own! Festival workshops will get you fired up to find out more about the collaborative, magical art of filmmaking. Student films will screen at the festival’s Closing Ceremony on Feb. 9 at 5pm. Classes must be registered for in advance. Questions? Email Elizabeth Shepherd at liz@nwfilmforum.org.






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Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord (Special Event)

Saturday, February 2 – 9:30am

Screenings at 10:30 and 11:00am at Northwest Film Forum – pick your preferred showtime below!

All ages

Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission / $55 per family of four. Please note you must choose a screening time in advance during checkout when purchasing Pancake Breakfast tickets. Includes breakfast, free four-hour parking in the church lot, and a full film program at 10:30 or 11:00 am.

** Takes place at Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption’s social hall, 1804 13th Ave **

Fun for the whole family! Dance along to down-home music by the John Browne Band and enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon; and of course we’ll have gallons of hot coffee on hand for the grown-ups. After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of Seize the Day, a magical program of new animation from 11 countries.

Saturday, February 2 – 10:30am

Saturday, February 2 – 11:00am

** Big thanks to Whole Foods Market for their sponsorship of the Pancake Breakfast! **



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Borders, Boundaries and Home (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 5:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 3:30pm

Ages 13+

** Co-presented with CAIR-WA! 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.

77 min.

Content advisory: This program explores tough issues, and stories that do not always have happy or clear endings. There is one mild swear word in Searching Skies, spoken in frustration by an uncle to his nephew who is showing a lack of compassion.


Short Films in this Program:


(Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 10 min, in Vietnamese & Czech with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A Vietnamese girl grows up in a European town. As she gets used to what it means to be strange and at home at the same time, her family inevitably heads towards a fatal decision. Who will leave and who will stay?

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199 Little Heroes: Miral from Palestine


(Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, Germany, live action, 2018, 14 min, Arabic with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Miral is an exuberant girl who has amazing athletic ability. Her life is beautiful and full, in spite of the walls that surround her.

Caracol Cruzando


(Pamela Chavez, US, animation, 2018, 16 min, Spanish with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

A Costa Rican girl decides if she will bring her pet turtle across the US border.

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Searching Skies


(Vivian Hua, US, live action, 2017, 9 min, English & Arabic)

When a Syrian refugee family is invited to a Christian family’s Christmas dinner, they are caught between opposing viewpoints for and against them, until an unexpected event suddenly occurs.


(Mirjam Marks, The Netherlands, live action, 2018, 15 min, Dutch with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

For five 11-year-old friends, each with different origins (Turkish, Surinamese, Syrian, Chinese and Dutch), living in a working-class Dutch district, cultural and religious differences do not matter.

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Bachir in Wonderland


(Els Duran & Evelien Vehof, The Netherlands, 2018, 15 min, Arabic & Spanish with English subtitles)

Bachir dreams of swimming in the sea, but he lives in a refugee camps in the middle of a desert. Despite having no passport, he is offered the chance of a lifetime: to go to a summer camp in Spain.



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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, there will be a costume contest with special prizes!

From the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki comes a rollicking adventure about a young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant who falls out of the sky and into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island, the site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. But greedy pirates, spies, and the army are also all in hot pursuit! As one of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, and the first to be released officially under the studio’s banner, “Castle in the Sky” quickly established the studio’s reputation for strong heroines, unforgettable storytelling and beautiful artwork. The English-dubbed cast includes the vocal talents of Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Cummings and more.

Please note that this special event is being held at the Egyptian Theater, 805 E. Pine Street




Kayak to Klemtu

Saturday, February 2 – 7:00pm

Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Canada, 2017, 1h 30m
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. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, as well as the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride. From Tla’Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires while their spirits honor the coast as a place for each of us to protect and call home.

Content advisory: Numerous instances of profanity and a graphic depiction of an injury to a boy’s hand. A dead grizzly bear is seen briefly.






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Thursday, January 31 – 7:00pm

Narges Abyar, Iran, 2016, 1h 52m
Ages 14+
(Farsi with English Subtitles)

** 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.

Content advisoryThe film may be suitable for some mature children aged 12 and older. The film includes scenes of sick adults and the character of a loving grandmother who nonetheless beats and curses her grandchildren.





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