Workshops, Classes & Hands-On Activities (CFFS 2018)

Don’t just watch great films during the festival — make your own! Festival classes will get you fired up to find out more about the collaborative, magical art of filmmaking. Student films will will screen at the Festival’s Closing Ceremony on Feb. 10 at 5pm. Classes must be registered for in advance. Questions? Email Elizabeth Shepherd at


Drop-in Activity — Dream Fabulous Adventures!

January 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm

January 27-28 and February 3, 12:00pm-5:00pm

All ages


During Children’s Film Festival Seattle, The Northwest Film Forum Lobby will be transformed into a fabulous world where children can actively dream the future. This interactive installation, based on the work of Czech filmmaker Karel Zeman, will be part submarine (with VR periscope!), part film set, part special effects classroom. Created by youth educator Jonah Kozlowski and the NWFF Education and Artist Services team, the installation will focus on experiential learning and filmmaking craft. Children will be able to discover how Zeman made his films using mattes, animation, puppets and inspired production design. A great introduction or post-screening activity after seeing Zeman’s “Invention for Destruction: The Fabulous World of Jules Verne,” on January 26.  Volunteers will be present during selected Festival time slots to guide children through the activities and answer questions.

360 Filmmaking

Saturday Jan 27, 2018

1:30pm – 4:30pm

Ages 11-14

Class size limit: 12

Tuition: $60 (This workshop is SOLD OUT!! Click the Register button to get on the workshop’s waitlist)

In this workshop, students will learn about virtual reality and 360 filmmaking. We will plan, shoot and edit a short 360 film. Students will be able to use the Samsung Gear and Ricoh Theta cameras to explore this exciting new medium, and start dreaming in 360. Taught by Jonah Kozlowski

Mobile Filmmaking

Sunday, Jan 28, 2018

1:30pm – 3:30pm

Ages 8-12

Class size limit: 12

Tuition: $40

Learn how to make films using ipads and smart phones! In this afternoon workshop, kids will learn the basics of movie making magic in a fun and experiment-tastic environment. Working together they will record and combine video, music, and graphics to tell a story, using readily available technology and apps. All equipment provided. Taught by Jonah Kozlowski.


Dream the Future: Studying Digital Animation

Saturday Jan 27, 2018

11:00am – 12:30pm

Ages 14-18

Class size limit: 10

Tuition: FREE! (sign up required)

Animation is everywhere, from the classic Disney fairytale to the quirky Aardman comedy and the dynamic Pixar blockbuster. But how do you make an animated movie? In this talk, you’ll find out how the animation students on the BA (Hons) Animation Production course at the Arts University Bournemouth, UK, learn to do just that. Look at the key aspects of the curriculum and activities that students engage with during their three years on the course, taking them through the process of animation production and culminating in their graduate animation projects. This will be followed by a demonstration of the 2D animation software ToonBoom Harmony, used  in the course. Taught by Anne Terkelson, Production Manager, Arts University Bournemouth. For more info on the school, visit: