Dream the Future!

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The Northwest Film Forum will be hosting the 2018 Children’s Film Festival Seattle, the largest and most respected festival of its kind west of the Mississippi!

From opening night on January 25 to the awards ceremony on February 10, 2018, the family-friendly extravaganza will celebrate the best and brightest in international cinema that is appropriate for kids aged 2-14, and will include 168 films from 55 nations, spanning the globe from North to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The festival includes animation and live-action shorts, features, and hands-on film-making workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to a wide range of age groups.

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“We want children to come to the festival not only to be entertained by funny and fantastic films, but also to discover common ground, to build empathy and envision their places in the wider world,” said Festival director Elizabeth Shepherd. “Now, more than ever, we see the potential of Seattle youth to become compassionate and proactive global citizens, and we are certain that the films included in our programs will energize and motivate them to make the world a better place.”

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Opening night begins on January 25, 2018 and will include:

  • A gala presentation of Hayao Miyazaki’s classic 1986 film, “Castle in the Sky
  • Free kids hands-on digital animation, 360 and mobile video workshops
  • An immersive educational installation set-up in the Northwest Film Forum lobby including a VR periscope!
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Some other festival highlights include:

  • Hands-on workshops for kids in 360 filmmaking and mobile filmmaking
  • A talk and software demonstration to introduce older teenagers to the digital animation program
  • A slew of 17 amazing programs of short animated and live action films, with thematic content telegraphed in the program titles, including “Dream Chasers” “Planet Wise” and “Indigenous Showcase
  • The inspiring documentary, “Purple Dreams” (USA), takes audiences behind the curtain to meet the talented and determined cast members of the country’s first high school production of the Broadway musical, “The Color Purple
  • Another powerful documentary, “Not Without Us” (Germany), goes global, showing what life is really like for 16 children in 14 countries, on five continents
  • Movie filmmakers attending some of the screenings

Admission to most public programs is $7 for Film Forum members, $9 for children under 12 and seniors, and $12 general admission. Click here for the full festival schedule and to purchase tickets!

Opening Night – January 25, 2018
Egyptian Theatre
805 E Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

Movie Screenings – January 26 – February 10, 2018
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122


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