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16th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle Goes Virtual to Celebrate “Love & Light”

The pay-what-you-can festivals takes place February 18-28, 2021.  

Online Film Screenings & Interactive Workshops

Presented by Northwest Film Forum

 

 

For the 16th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS), Northwest Film Forum goes completely virtual to honor the theme of "Love & Light" amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

With sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can ticketing and a finely curated slate of films available on-demand, CFFS 2021 will be accessible to youth, families, and film lovers of any age, residing in any country. 

To inspire empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world, this year's festival will feature four feature films and 16 short film programs representing 36 countries, with live-action and animated films delineated by age-appropriate viewing brackets. In total, there are 133 films in the festival this year. 

Interactive hands-on workshops conducted via Zoom will center storytelling, animation, and experimental filmmaking using washi tape and 16mm film. Hands-on bonus activities, video greetings from filmmakers and an awards process facilitated by youth juries will encourage intergenerational dialogue around timely themes, as well as contribute to a dynamic festival environment, even in virtual space.

Since 2005, CFFS has used film as a tool for championing racial equity, diversity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in visual storytelling for young people. Crafted with care and concern for the urgent issues of the moment, the festival stands out for its ability to showcase the best and brightest in international cinema, while always upholding its values and commitment to creating intimate, community-minded viewing experiences.

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Festival passes for short film programs are available; otherwise, shorts programs are pay-what-you-can, $0–25 sliding scale.  Full festival schedule and ticket links will be posted by January 26th via childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org

For virtual film screenings and field trips, educators should contact CFFS Festival Director Elizabeth Shepherd and Executive Director Vivian Hua for more information at liz@nwfilmforum.org and vivian@nwfilmforum.org.

Parents and educators looking to nominate youth ages 8 to 14 for our two youth juries can reach out to Education Manager Jonah Kozlowski at jonah@nwfilmforum.org.

 

ABOUT NORTHWEST FILM FORUM

Northwest Film Forum's mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops (including summer camps and year-round programs for young people) and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization. nwfilmforum.org

 

ABOUT CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE

The 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle is a cinematic extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest in international films for children, including animation, feature-length films, short films, and hands-on workshops. Since 2005, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-16. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects children’s films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings and field trips in Seattle, and a subsequent festival tour of up to 25 U.S. venues. childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org

 

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