Closing Day: Breakfast Smörgåsbord & Short Film Programs

SUNDAY, MARCH 8

9:30am
Breakfast (Early Segment)
10:30am Screening of Om Nom Nom, a food-focused all-ages short film program


~ OR ~

11:30am
Breakfast (Late Segment)
1pm Screening of the Lift-Off short film program


NOTE: When you purchase your tickets, you will pick between these two different installments of breakfast and shorts!

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

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Team Marco (All Ages)

Saturday, February 29 – 3:00pm

(Julio Vincent Gambuto, USA, live-action, 2019, 92 min, English)
All ages; best for ages 6+

** Director Julio Vincent Gambuto, Executive Producer Andrew Scrivani, and actor Anthony Patellis, who plays Nonno in the film, in attendance! **

Screen time alert! Marco, 11, is obsessed with his electronics — his iPad, his Xbox, his VR headset – and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies and his grandfather moves in, Marco’s life is turned upside-down and he’s forced … to go play outside. “Nonno” (Grandpa) introduces him to bocce — the world’s oldest game — and to the neighborhood crew of old Italian men who play daily at the local court. With sport, laughter and love, Marco finds a connection with people in real life and rounds up a team of neighborhood kids to take on his grandfather and his pals.

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Opening Night: The Cat’s Meow (Ages 6+ Short Film Program)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7PM Film Program
5:30PM Happy Hour

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 – 11AM

Ages 6–8, and cat lovers of all ages

** Presented in partnership with NEKO Cat Cafe **

This feline-focused (and allergy-free!) animation program is filled with cuddly cats and their adorable antics. Kitties truly make the world go ‘round in this celebration of glorious stop-motion, painted, hand-drawn and CG animation from ten cat-loving countries.

67 min.

Content advisory: The Quintet of the Sunset,” a stop-motion film made with great humor and skill, tackles the subject of mortality in a tenderhearted way.

** Filmmaker María Teresa Salcedo Montero in attendance (Wild Lea)! Her presence is made possible by Proimagenes Colombia and Universidad Manuela Beltrán.**


5:30 Happy Hour:

Kids and families are invited to mingle and munch in the lobby leading up to the screening; we’ll be crafting our own cat puppets to play with and snacking on treats from our neighbors at Rhein Haus Restaurant.

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Sun Circle: Films from Japan 思い出の日々 (All Ages Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 3:30pm

All ages

These eight animated films, filled with Japanese traditional colors, tell stories of summer days filled with noisy cicada songs, lucky charms, bento boxes and twins. Curated by CFFS intern Marina Amagai.

50 min.

蝉の五月蠅い夏、縁起物、キャラ弁、禅の心や双子ちゃん等様々な日本を感じられる7つのフィルムを集めたプログラムです。
上映時間:50分
日本に興味がある全ての人々におススメです。
**全ての映画は英語字幕付きもしくは、セリフなしでお楽しみいただけます。

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Wild and Free (Ages 8+ Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 1:00pm
Saturday, March 7 – 1:30pm

Ages 8+

In these live-action shorts from Europe, South America, India and the USA, you’ll meet kids who navigate all kinds of magical twists and turns in their lives. Time travel with two friends, meet a bike-riding girl who isn’t everything she appears to be and discover how friendships can build a bridge to understanding.

82 min.

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Icing on the Cake (Ages 2+ Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 11:00
On-Site at Northwest Film Forum
(1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122)

Sunday, March 8 – 3:00pm
Off-Site at Rainier Arts Center
(3515 S Alaska St., Seattle, WA 98118)

Ages 2+

These gentle, colorful animated films — filled with curious animals and adventurous kids — are all about singing, growing up, flying high and celebrating the magic of life, in all its lovely rainbow colors.

74 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! **

** The March 8th screening will be sliding scale: $5-$15. Those who can afford to pay at higher price point are encouraged to do so, to create more accessibility for those who might not. **

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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