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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Seize the Day (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 10:30am
Saturday, February 2 – 11:00am
Saturday, February 16 – 11:00am

(Feb. 9 screening has been rescheduled to Feb. 16 due to inclement weather)

Ages 5+

Some days seem made for saying “hip-hip-hooray,” but others times can bring more challenges and hills to climb. These animated films are filled with stories of breakthroughs and learning to appreciate how our friends and families can make the world go around in the most magical way.

68 min.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Cycle

(Sophie Olga de Jong & Sytske Kok, The Netherlands, animation, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

As a small girl’s grandfather teaches her how to ride a bike, she discovers that real adventures begin where the road ends.


Honesty

(JC Little, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Somebody gets themselves in a pickle when they steal some flowers to woo a new friend.

Trailer >


6:1

(Sergei Ryabov, Russia, animation, 2018, 3 min, Russian, with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

An inseparable girl and cat are on a long journey, playing checkers. The girl keeps winning, until the cat gets a lucky break.


My Granny

(Giselle Pérez, Guatemala & Canada, animation, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

Tasty family fun happens when a little girl and her grandmother try to make a typical Guatemalan dish.


Little Twinkle Smile

(Ivana Guljasevic Kuman, Croatia, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) US premiere!

A sweet witch spends a month perfecting her cackle to show off to all her monster friends.


Belly Flop

(Jeremy Collins, South Africa, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Persistence pays off when a brave girl who is learning to dive is unperturbed when another swimmer steals the spotlight.


Bango Vassil

(Milen Vitanov & Vera Trajanova, Germany & Bulgaria, animation, 2016, 9 min, Bulgarian with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Two kids overcome prejudice on an unexpected New Year’s Eve journey on the shoulders of a giant.


Detective Avery Ebsen

(Michael Farnon, UK, animation, 2018, 4 min, English) US premiere!

A young detective, specializing in the recovery of lost toys, doesn’t always have the best of luck in bringing lost treasures back to their owners. But she knows what she does makes a difference.


If You Fall

(Tisha Deb Pillai, Canada, animation, 2018, 6 min, English)

Lila, age 8, learns that she can ride a bike, and her parents can overcome their challenges too.

Trailer >


Robot and the Whale

(Jonas Forsman, Sweden, animation, 6 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two robots can do anything except get wet. So how will they save a beautiful whale?


Pigtail and Mr. Sleeplessness

(Edmunds Janson, Latvia, animation, 2017, 25 min, English) Seattle premiere!

To win back her parents’ attention, a 6-year-old girl and her imaginary friend come up with a clever plan to send her baby brother and grandma to the moon.

Trailer >


Don’t want to miss a single thing? Can’t blame you! Consider a Festival Pass —

High Flyers (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 11 AM
Sat, Feb 10, 2018 @ 11 AM

Ages 2+. 70 min.

Spread your wings and soar through the air! In these sweet and funny films, you’ll meet a brave baby owl, take an around-the-world trip with a lost little dolly, and accompany a feisty little girl when she decides to move to the zoo. This program is filled with roly-poly adventures, vibrant colors, and happy endings!

 

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Short Films in this Program:

Big Block Singsong Turkey Turkey
US Premiere! A determined turkey belts out an anthem about believing in yourself.
(Warren Brown, Canada, animation, 2017, 2 min, English)

The Little Bird and the Caterpillar
West Coast premiere! A little bird has plenty of peace and quiet high up in its tree, at least until a uninvited guest shows up! Watch the trailer >
(Lena von Döhren, Switzerland, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal)

The Pocket Man
Seattle premiere! A little man lives in an old suitcase, until one day he finds a better spot — inside the pocket of a new friend! Watch the trailer >
(Ana Chubinidze, France/Switzerland/Georgia, animation 2016, 7 min, nonverbal)

Odd One Out
International premiere! A baby penguin travels to a new dimension to find others like himself.
(Foong Jean Lee, UK, animation, 2017, 2:25 min, nonverbal)

In Flight
West Coast premiere! A little gnome from the forest and a magpie both like the same shiny object.
(Britanny Lefevre, France, animation, 2016, 3 min, nonverbal)

Patchwork Dog
US premiere! Patchwork Dog has a problem: he has fleas! Will the Patchwork Pals find a way to help him?
(Angela Steffen, Germany, animation, 2017, 4 min, English)

Mr. Night Has a Day Off
When Mr. Night comes along, he paints the town in dark colors!
(Ignas Meilunas, Lithuania, animation, 2016, 2 min, nonverbal)

I Want to Live in the Zoo
North American premiere! Sasha doesn’t like the rules at home, so she decides to move to the zoo.
(Evgenia Golubeva, Russia, animation, 2017, 6 min, English)

The Pits
Seattle premiere! In the big wide world, what can you do to find a friend who really fits you?
(Mike Hayhurst, USA, live action, 2016, 3:11 min, nonverbal)

 

George and Paul: Sleepwalking
US premiere! Two best friends have a wild night when one of them begins to sleepwalk.
(Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk, The Netherlands, animation, 2017, 5 min, Dutch with English subtitles)

A Hole
A little girl, delighted and intrigued by a hole, offers it all kinds of presents and treats.
(Maribel Suárez, Mexico, animation, 2016, 4 min, nonverbal)

The Reflection in Me
Seattle premiere! A girl glances in a mirror, and sees a friend peering back at her.
(Marc Colagiovanni, USA, animation, 2017, 3:43 min, English)

Koniguri-Kun: Music Box
North American premiere! Konigiri-kun eats a super-sour pickled plum to wake himself up, and then grabs his music box to show to his friends.
(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal)

Fluffy Hour: PuiPui & MuuMuu
North American premiere! PuiPui and MuuMuu are fluffy fairies who live in the fluffy forest, where everything is fluffy, even the flowers and trees.
(Mizoguchi Hiroyuki, Japan, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal)

Koyaa: Flying Workbook
US premiere! Koyaa needs a smart idea to catch up with his flying notebook!
(Kolja Saksida, Slovenia and Croatia, animation, 2017, 3 min, nonverbal)

Ant
World premiere! A line of ants learns to march to a different, and much more fun, drummer.
(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2017, 3:36 min, nonverbal)

Doll’s Letters
North American premiere! When a little girl’s doll goes missing, a kindly postman invents an incredible story.
(Natalia Grofpel, Russia, animation, 2016, 6:40 min, nonverbal)