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.

Short Films in this Program:



(ILLOGIC, France, animation, 2019, 1:48 min, sung in Italian)

Deep in the forest, a squirrel conductor wields the baton in a grand nocturnal opera.

A Chick’s Adventure


(Christoph Brehme & Loïc Bruyère, Italy & France, animation, 2018, 2:16 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

Bit by bit, a baby chick breaks free of her eggshell, meeting many incredible creatures along the way. When she’s finished, she rushes back to tell her mama all about her journey!

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(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 3:37 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

When an elephant is a little sad and grumpy, his trunk knows the way to cheer him up.

I Have a Little Cactus


(Meike Fehre, Germany, animation, 2019, 3:55 min, English)

A strange birthday present turns out to be something worth singing about!

Pickle Plum Parade


(Eri Sasaki, Japan, animation, 2019, 3:48 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

A little girl sets out to discover her town and finds a wonderland in pink and yellow hues.



(Ayako Kishi, Japan, animation, 2019, 5:22 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A boy finds a way to bring his dreams of food, friends and flight to life.

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Kippkopp in the Snow


(Szilvia Fabók & Tama Mikori, Hungary, animation, 2019, 7:08 min, Hungarian with Engish subtitles)

A little chestnut boy has a great adventure when he sets out in the snow to help his friends: the birds.

Snail the Painter


(Manuela Vladić-Maštruko, Croatia, animation, 7:38 min, nonverbal)

See how fast and musical a “snail’s pace” can be as a group of graceful gastropods move through fields of color.

Koyaa: Elusive Paper


(Kolja Saksida, Slovenia, animation, 2:45 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

Koyaa needs to get creative when his art project keeps flying away.

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Little Thinks


(Step C., China, animation, 2019, 5:12 min, English) Seattle premiere!

Discover a gentle, soothing world, where sad can turn to happy if you look at things from all their angles.

Little Grey Wolfy — Summer Party


(Natalia Malykhina, Norway, animation, 2019, 6:33 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

Teamwork and friendship make the best birthday cake ever for a little wolf on his special day.

The Rainbow Giant


(Guo Jun-ming, Taiwan, animation, 2018, 6 min, Mandarin with English subtitles)

A girl journeys into a world of vibrant color, finding tasty treats to make her mother feel better.

Sam’s Dream


(Nolwenn Roberts, France, animation, 2018, 7:19 min, nonverbal)

It takes time and some help from friends for a little mouse to make his dream of flying come true.

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Mister Paper Goes Out For a Walk


(Ben Tesseur & Steven De Beul, Belgium, animation, 2017, 8:28 min, a little Dutch with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

When Mr. Paper goes for a walk, he brings some newspapers and some scissors along, in case he needs anything along the way.

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Lullabies in Motion


(Shaun Drew, USA, animation, 2019, 5:37 min, sung in French and English) Seattle premiere!

Wind down with beautiful lullabies and beautiful animation that helps tell the stories of how these songs were written.

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