Seattle Muslim Youth Workshop

Saturday, March 7
@ Northwest Film Forum
(1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122)
11:00am to 5:00pm

Age range: high school students

Capacity: 12–15 students
Cost: Free, application based, no experience required

Join CAIR Washington and Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) for an all-day, immersive filmmaking workshop for Muslim high school students! In this workshop, you will explore the art of capturing your narrative through the versatile medium of filmmaking. Working with local filmmaker and poet Hanan Hassan, you’ll learn how to mix media into film, record creatively using DSLR or phone cameras, and edit using Adobe Premiere. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a finished film that will be published on NWFF’s website AND screened at its annual Children’s Film Festival!

Join this FREE workshop to develop your story and discover how to combine genres and filmmaking techniques to tell stories. No prior experience needed — beginners welcome!

Please apply here!


Hanan Hassan (she/her/hers) is a poet, organizer, and interdisciplinary creative residing in Seattle by way of Richardson, Texas. She is currently an Assistant Education Programmer at the Northwest Film Forum. Her work is rooted in her experiences and upbringing as Somali diaspora. Hanan’s film work has earned recognition in 3+ festivals and her poetry was recently featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Hargeisa Literary Magazine , a publication of the Republic of Somaliland. In her free time she enjoys creating art, cooking and brainstorming comedy skits. She is currently working on a poetry documentary through the PNW Afro X Research Fellowship and is compiling her first poetry book Desert Flower Bloom.

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Skate Filmmaking Workshop (Ages 10-14)

Sunday, March 1
@ Stumptown Coffee
(1115 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122)
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Age range: 10-14
Teens 15+ who are interested in attending can email about volunteering at the workshop.

Capacity: 12–15 students
Cost: $45 General; $35 Members
**Scholarships available: email **

**Skate Like a Girl will be present to share info about skating opportunities for youth!**

This workshop will cover all the bases about skateboard filmmaking including camera setups, operation, and editing. You’ll learn about the history, pros/cons of cameras, resources, & distribution. Students will be allowed to demo camera gear and techniques with the instructor. Leave with the knowledge and inspiration to make a great skate film.

For maximum safety, instructors (not students) will be doing all the skating during filming, but students are encouraged to bring their own recording devices. Camcorders and iPads will also be provided for practice, and students will learn how fun and easy it is to make amazing skate films with phones or other cameras they have access to.

* NOTE FOR PARENTS: You are welcome to sign your child in and return at the end for pickup. There will also be a comfy space adjacent to the workshop for family members to wait and watch the fun.

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Direct Cameraless Animation Workshop (All Ages)

Sunday, March 8
@ Rainier Arts Center
2:00pm to 5:00pm

DROP-IN HOURS! Please come and go as you please throughout this time period.

Location: Off-Site at Rainier Arts Center
(3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118)

Age range: All Ages; parents/guardians are welcome to attend with children at no additional cost. Youth under 12 must be accompanied.
Capacity: 12–16 students
$15, $30, or $45 sliding scale tuition. Those who can afford to pay at higher price point are encouraged to do so, to create more accessibility for those who might not.

** Scholarships available: email **

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Lift-off (Ages 9+ Short Film Program)

Saturday, March 7 – 11:30am
On-Site at Northwest Film Forum
(1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122)

Sunday, March 8 – 1:00pm
Off-Site at Rainier Arts Center
(3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118)

NOTE: For the March 8th screening of Lift-Off, audiences can purchase tickets for the SCREENING *ONLY*, or join us at 11:30am for BOTH THE BREAKFAST SMORGASBOARD AND SCREENING.

Ages 9+

These stories of adventure will take you to outer space and back, with films showing what it is like to be out on your own, in a world of wild adventure and imagination, making decisions and, ultimately, finding your way back home again.

78 min.

** On Sunday, March 8, join Children’s Film Festival Seattle off-site at Rainier Arts Center (3515 S. Alaska St.) for a full day of colorful Closing Day festivities! **

Celebrating the festival’s globally-minded programs in one of Seattle’s most diverse neighborhoods, the morning will kick off with your choice of “Om Nom Nom” or “Lift-off” – two programs that combine breakfast and a film screening – and then continue throughout the day with films for all ages, intergenerational hands-on workshops, and an awards ceremony!

Finally, the entire festival closes out with a live performance by youth from the School of Spectrum Dance Theater, who will choreograph a routine exclusively in response to the evening’s feature film, Moving Stories! Moving Stories follows youth from around the world to showcase the transformative power and universal language of dance.

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