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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For the Planet (Ages 11+ Environmental Short Film Program)

Friday, February 28 – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 1 – 3:30pm

Ages 11+

These live-action and animation films are about the earth, its future, and Gen Z heroes who are willing to fight for it.

77 min.

** Filmmaker Chelsea Keene (“Reflection”) in attendance! **

** Co-presented with Grist and Sustainable Seattle! **

** March 1st screening will include guest speaker Jesse Nichols!**

Jesse Nichols is a video producer for Grist. He makes explainer videos about climate change, science, and urbanism. He graduated from Western Washington University, where he studied visual journalism and ran the student environmental magazine. He also started making videos when he was in 5th grade.

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Small but Mighty (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 11:00am

Ages 2+

It’s around the world adventure time with vibrant characters who are out to laugh, sing, solve puzzles, eat tasty food and spread their wings and fly. Parents: feel free to whisper subtitles to your little ones during this storybook collection, or just sit back and enjoy the enjoy the music of other languages. The colorful stories here are simple to follow!

59 min.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Big Block Singsong: Duck

 
 

(Warren Brown, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, English)

Stand back — it’s a quack attack!


Lemon & Elderflower

 
 

(Ilenia Cotardo, UK, animation, 2017, 3 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two little hummingbird siblings have tiny wings, but they still find a way to fly!

Trailer >


Goldie

(Emily Brundige, US, animation, 2019, 5 min, English) World premiere!

Goldie is a very big girl, but she discovers that her size has its wonderful advantages.


Spring Bear Song

 
 

(Csaba Gellár, Hungary, animation, 2017, 2 min, Hungarian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

In the springtime, a sleepy bear wakes up to the sunshine of springtime.

Trailer >


Flamingo

 
 

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

A feisty little piggy decides to join two beautiful flamingos for a fancy tea party.


Trunky

 
 

(Ekaterina Filippova, Russia, animation, 2017, 7 min, Russian with English subtitles) US premiere!

An little elephant discovers his very long trunk is beautiful and helpful!

Trailer >


The Papernauts

 
 

(Alvaro Ceppi, Chile, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

Three magical beings keep all the stories in the library inside the books!


The Hungry Little Wolf

 
 

(Arnaud Demuynck, France & Belgium, animation, 2017, 9 min, French with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A little wolf learns that he need help from his dad when he goes looking for a meal!


Fluffy Hour: PuiPui & MuuMuu “Always Together”

 
 

(Hiroyuki Mizoguchi, Japan, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

Two fluffy fairies live in the fluffy woods. What will they do today?


Pingu in the City, Episode 5

 
 

(Naomi Iwata, Japan, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) West Coast premiere!

Little Pingu, a famous penguin, has moved to the city in this new Japanese series.


The Bird Wedding

 
 

(Jana Geisler, Germany, animation, 2017, 7 min, German with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

A famous German folk song comes to life in this animated film about a wedding.

Trailer >


Sloth

 
 

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A sloth wants an ice cream cone, but first, he needs a nap.

 


 

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Trésors Cachés (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018  @ 3 PM

All-Ages. 60 min.

Co-presented with Agence consulaire de France à Seattle and Alliance Française de Seattle!

Indulge your love of the French language and vibrant animation in this jewel box filled with animation. These films from France, Belgium and Switzerland are filled with tall tales, vibrant colors, magnificent animals, and words that will sound like music to your ears.

 

 

Short Films in this Program:

The Penguin
Seattle premiere! A penguin thinks his home is too icy, so he takes off for the tropics. Watch the trailer >

(Pascale Hecquet, France/Belgium, animation, 2016, 5:19 min, French, with English subtitles)

A Bit Lost
US premiere! Little Owl has fallen from his nest, but with the help of a furry friend, he can still find his Mummy!

(Helene Ducrocq, France, animation, 2017, 5 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Roundy Belly Wolf
US premiere! A round-bellied wolf is always hungry, until he finds a smart new way to finally fill his stomach.

(Marion Jamault, Belgium, animation, 2016, 3:46 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Unicorn
West Coast premiere! One day, a little king was walking in the forest of his little kingdom and spied an extraordinary creature, white as snow and fast as the wind… Watch the trailer >

(Remi Durin, France/Belgium, animation, 2016, 13 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Wind in the Reeds
West Coast premiere!  Eliette, lives in a country where music has been banned by the king, makes friends with a minstrel who has had his instruments confiscated. Together they lead a rebellion against tyranny. Watch the trailer >

(Nicolas Liguori and Arnaud Demuynck, France/Belgium/Switzerland, animation, 2016, 26 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Aviator
Seattle Premiere! Jacqueline Auriol, a famed French pilot, remembers one of the most exhilarating days of her long life. Watch the trailer >

(Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal, Gaël Chauvet, Jacques Leyreloup and Victor Tolila, France, animation, 2016, 7 min, French, with English subtitles)

Content advisory: the English subtitles of “The Roundy Belly Wolf”  contain one mildly coarse word. “The Aviator” contains a short dream sequence of a plane falling which might be too intense for some sensitive viewers. It is purposefully put last in the program so that those who wish to leave after the film, “The Wind in the Reeds,” may do so.

Fanny’s Journey (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 @ 7 PM

(Lola Doillon, France/Belgium, live action, 2016, 94 min, in French and occasional German, with English subtitles)
For ages 10+

Co-presented with Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Agence consulaire de France à Seattle and Alliance Française de Seattle! Seattle premiere!

Based on a true story, this film is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

Content advisory: War, weapons, danger, Nazis.


 

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Cloudboy (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 7 PM
Sat, Feb 3, 2018 @ 3 PM

(Mekeminne Clinckspoor, Sweden/Netherlands/Belgium/Norway, live action, 2017, 77 min, Dutch, Swedish and Sami with English subtitles)
For ages 9+

West Coast premiere!

Twelve-year-old city boy Niilas has been living with his father for as long as he can remember and barely knows his Swedish mother. This summer, Niilas has to travel to Lapland where his mother and her new family live amongst the Sami, an indigenous reindeer-herding people. Despite a warm welcome, Niilas retreats inwards. The only one who can get through to him is his half-sister Sunnà. The reindeer migration is fully underway and Niilas has to lend a helping hand. When a reindeer goes missing, Niilas joins in the search, and an impressive moose keeps crossing his path at the most unexpected moments. Gradually he discovers his roots, which prove to be stronger than he ever could have imagined.

Content advisory: deals with issues of divorce and attachment, scenes with animals being herded and sequences of slight danger.


 

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