Closing Night Awards Ceremony 2020

Saturday, March 8 – 5:00pm

Ages 8+

** Free event! RSVP here **

We close out the 2020 festival by screening films made in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Children’s Jury prizes, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.

** 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.


Om Nom Nom (All Ages Shorts Program)

Sunday, March 8 – 10:30AM

All ages

This program of animated and live-action is all about food, friends and family! You’ll meet hungry bears who forget to wash the dishes, a soup-slurping grandma who forgets her manners, sushi rolls that spring to life, a boy who dives deep into a frosty soda and friends who are happiest when they learn to stop comparing apples and oranges. The program ends with “Outgrown,” a film that takes us on a wild adventure and then back home where we belong.

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! **

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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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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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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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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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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