Friday, February 1 – 7:00pm
Saturday, February 2 – 5:00pm
(Feature from Germany/Kenya, in Swahili, Kikuyu & English, with Eng. subtitles)
* Kenya’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film! *
Sometimes it takes a village to make our dreams come true. Jo, a nine year old, is obsessed with superheroes and dreams of becoming one to overcome her diagnosis of a terminal illness. Unable to force Jo to spend her remaining days in bed, her town community comes together to support her belief in her superpowers. Not all heroes have capes, but Jo sure does, and her powers are more inspiring than any of today’s superhero-based special effects blockbusters.
Saturday, January 26 – 11:30am
This program celebrates beautiful and complex stories of identity and diversity — just like you, the people you will meet in this program are one of kind, finding their way towards their authentic selves, rejecting stereotypes and reaching out to others who respect and affirm their journeys.
Saturday, January 26 – 1:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 10:30am
* Director Julio Benito Cabrera (Danaé) in attendance! *
These tales of growing up include narrative and documentary films about young people from Mexico, Romania, India, Guatemala, China and the US who, despite huge challenges and long odds, look to the future with hope and determination.
Saturday, February 2 – 1:30pm
* Filmmaker Tatiana Skorlupkina (The Dachshund in the Picture Frame) in attendance! *
These evocative animated and live-action films for older kids show how easy it is to tear the fabric between what is real and what could be real, if we only imagined it. See how an artist brings her paintings to life, how a big bad wolf is not so bad, how a girl can turn into a horse, how all things in nature are truly connected, how time can stand still when you realize a grandmother and mother’s love, and how to step inside the mind of another person to change it.
Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm
* Youth filmmakers in attendance and video greetings from Lebanese filmmaker Nour El Hoda Wahid! *
Celebrate how youth, teen and young adult filmmakers in Seattle and around the world are honing their craft, expressing their creativity and dreaming the future! This program features joyous animation, narrative flights of fancy, thoughtful documentaries about important issues, and the award winner of the CFFS Plural+ Prize, given in partnership with PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration.
Sunday, January 27 – 11:30am
Sunday, February 3 – 11:30am
Hold on tight during this program of animated and live-action adventure films that will take you to outer space and back. Meet a plant that must be saved, a pizza delivery girl who is jolted out of the boredom with her job, an astronaut adrift on a faraway planet, kids who patch up monsters, and a mother who will do anything to please her son on her birthday — even if she hates the present he has requested!
Saturday, January 26 – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm
Enjoy these short films that celebrate the magic of movement around the world! See how birds swarm in a beautiful symphony in the sky, marvel at a dancing Yeti that storms Paris, and join a blind man as he grooves to the deep vibrations of music. The program also spotlights two young people who turn the streets and playgrounds of Los Angeles into their dance floor, and gives an in-depth peek into the lives of two, pre-teen dancers who are rising stars in the school of the Royal Danish Ballet.
Sunday, January 27 – 5:30pm
These live-action and animation films, including documentaries and fables, tell stories about the beauty of the earth and its creatures, meant to instill in us all a stronger determination to save our beautiful blue planet and respect all the life and diversity it contains.
Saturday, January 26 – 3:30pm
Here are stories of family bonds around the world, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny, showing the ever-shifting dance that brings us closer to the people who love us most.
Saturday, January 26 – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 1:30pm
* Filmmaker Enrique Delzer (Robbie’s Fears) in attendance! *
These short films are all about fearless kids who learn to stand strong, breathe deep and fly high. Meet a boy who overcomes his fears, a classroom full of kids who practice the powers of meditation, a boy and girl who learn that their friendship is worth fighting for, a student whose teachers make unreasonable demands about the cleanliness of his shoes and a kid who must gather the courage to leave a secret hideout where bullies have been banned.