Special Events (CFFS 2017)


January 26, 2017


Ages 12+

68 min

Children’s Film Festival Seattle is proud to be one of more than 50 partners of PLURAL+ — a youth-produced video festival that encourages young people to make films about migration, diversity and social inclusion, and to share their creative vision with the world. The films here, all made by filmmakers 25 years and younger, are the most recent prizewinners at PLURAL+ 2016 festival.

In these searing and heartfelt shorts, you’ll meet Middle-Eastern refugees who express the trauma of leaving home, young women from Ghana who describe their daily reality, and African-American and Indigenous young people who rise up to assert their rights. These films will shake you, awaken you, enlighten you and also give you hope that young people are fighting, all over the world, for dignity and a better tomorrow.

Curated by CFFS PLURAL+ youth jury member, Isaac Hughes, age 17.

Full program listed here.

No one turned away for lack of funds.


January 27, 2017


All ages

Join this year’s youth jurors, visiting filmmakers and other festival VIPs for an all-star festival launch party! Our youngest audiences members are encouraged to come in their PJs and dance the night away in Cinema 2 to a DJed selection of music from some of Seattle’s best kindie stars, including Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey. Meanwhile, in the lobby and Cinema 1, we’ll get a preview of what this year’s festival has to offer and have a popcorn-judging contest (is Northwest Film Forum’s popcorn really better than what you can get at other theaters in town? We’ll find out!) This is a great and fun chance to hobnob with visiting filmmakers, youth jurors and other festival VIPs. Cupcakes +other special goodies from Katsu Burger for all!



February 04, 2017


(Screenings at 10:30am and 11:00am)

All ages

Takes place on Saturday, February 4th at Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption’s beautiful social hall,

located at 1804 13th Avenue.

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Includes breakfast, free all-day parking, and a full film program!

Dance along to down-home music by the John Browne Band!

Our all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon is fun for the whole family! And of course we’ll have gallons of hot coffee on hand for the grown-ups. After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of Friends are Forever, a magical program of new animated and live action shorts from six countries.

Please note this event is not held at the Northwest Film Forum, but at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption’s beautiful social hall, located at 1804 13th Avenue. Parking in the church lot is included with your ticket.

Notes for parents: The film program is best for ages 6+, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Special ticket pricing: $15 general admission/ $55 per family of four. Please note you must choose a screening time in advance when purchasing Pancake Breakfast tickets.


February 11, 2017


Ages 8+

75 min

We close out the 2017 festival by screening films made during the past week 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.