2015 Festival: Call for Submissions

Image from the film "Canela," directed by Jordi Mariscal (Mexico, 2012).

See the World, Feed Your Mind. Northwest Film Forum’s Children’s Film Festival Seattle is the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families.

Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 130 international children’s films from 32+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities.

We are now accepting films for the 10th annual festival! Eligible films are those suitable for children ages 13 and under and completed between 2012 – 2014. All entries whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Please read our complete information and regulations, available for download here.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2014
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Congratulations to our 2014 Festival Prize Winners!

It’s a wrap! After 11 days of movie-watching, animating, pancake-and-bacon eating, film reviewing, Super Bowl schedule-shuffling, language learning and dancing in pajamas, the 2014 Children’s Film Festival Seattle has come to a close. Thanks for being with us for a festival full of small people and big characters.

Congratulations to our 2014 Festival prize winners—read the full list below!

During the festival each year, Seattle children ages 10 – 14 form a youth jury; their responsibilities include reviewing a full slate of films in competition and awarding official festival prizes.

In addition to an on-site children’s jury, in 2014 Northwest Film Forum and Seattle Children’s Hospital also hosted the second annual satellite jury delegation, comprised of eight young hospital patients, who viewed their own competition slate of short films.

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Children’s Film Festival Seattle
2014 Jury Prizes

Features

Best Feature Film: The Zigzag Kid (Vincent Bal, The Netherlands)

Global Zoom Prize (for the feature that best promotes intercultural understanding): Foreign Letters (Ela Their, USA)

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Story and Character Development: Ricky: Three’s a Crowd (Kai Stefan Pieck, Germany)

Shorts

Best Animated Short Film: Rabbit and Deer (Peter Vacz, Hungary)

Second Prize for an Animated Film: The Secret of the Ice Flower (Jacob Ley, Denmark)

Best Live Action Short Film: I’m Going to Mum’s (Lauren Jackson, Australia)

Second Prize for a Live Action Short Film: The Other Side (Khen Shalem, Israel)

Best Short Documentary: The Little Dog Savior (Huang Hung-Ju, Taiwan)

Second Prize for a Short Documentary: AMAR (All Great Achievements Require Time) (Andrew Hinton, India)

Global Zoom Prize (for the short film that best promotes intercultural understanding): You Don’t Need Eyes to See (Yuan Tian, China)

Northwest Prize (for the best film from our region): Edible Rocks (Stefan Gruber, Seattle)

Special Jury Prize for a Child Actor in a Short Film: Pedram Parastar in Anouar and the Moon (The Netherlands)

Seattle Children’s Hospital Jury Prizes

Best Animated Short: Rabbit and Deer (Peter Vacz, Hungary)

Best Live Action Short: While You Weren’t Looking (Jeremy Mackie, Seattle)

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Welcome to Festival 2014!

Over the past nine years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to young people and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 120 international children’s films from 35+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities.

All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity just for kids. Northwest Film Forum curates the best of these films and presents them to Seattle families from January 23 – February 8, 2014. By showcasing innovative, inspiring and fun films from around the globe, we promote delight, discussion and even debate while sparking interest in different languages and ways of life. Through workshops, pre-and post-film discussions and encounters with filmmakers, we encourage our young audience members to sharpen their critical skills and leave with a better understanding of film as one of the greatest means of storytelling ever created.

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Interception! The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2, and we know you don’t want to miss the big game OR big screen excitement.

Perfect spiral: We’re regrouping for our festival finale, and moving our Sunday afternoon (February 2) films to Saturday, February 8!

Join us for a third weekend of great movies from around the globe, and check our online listings for details on what films are screening when.

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Festival trailer by unclebob.tv

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2013 Festival Winners!

It’s a wrap! After 11 days of movie watching, animating, pancake-and-bacon eating, film reviewing, language learning, and dancing in pajamas, the 2013 Children’s Film Festival Seattle has come to a close. We’ve had a blast welcoming kids and families to Northwest Film Forum this year and making joyful neurons!

Congratulations to prize winners at Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2013, announced last night at our closing ceremony:

AUDIENCE FAVORITE
selected by audience vote
Bottle, directed by Kirsten Lepore, USA

SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL JURY PRIZES
selected by a panel of patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Best Live Action Film
B-Boy, directed by Lisa Cohen, USA

Best Animated Film
Tuurngait, directed by Paul-Emile Boucher, Demy Dupont, Benjamin Fluw, Michael Riciott and Alexandre Toufaili, France

FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S JURY (FEATURES)

The Global Zoom Prize, Feature
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
Gattu, directed by Rajan Khosa, India

Special Jury Prize for Make-up and Costumes
Alfie, the Little Werewolf, directed by Joram Lürsen, The Netherlands

Best Feature Film
Zarafa, directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, France/Belgium

FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S JURY (SHORTS)

The Northwest Prize
for a film from our region
The Bench, directed by Hank Isaac, Everett, Washington

Best Live Action Short Film
In a Heartbeat, directed by Karolina Lewicka, Iceland

Best Animated Short Film
Harbor Tale, directed by Yuichi Ito, Japan

Jury’s Favorite Short Picture
Luminaris, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina

The Global Zoom Prize, Short
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
Calling Quilombola, directed by David Reeks, Brazil

Congratulations to all, and to all the other filmmakers who brought joy to our audiences at this year’s festival!

Need more spectacular animation and thrilling live action? Not to worry! Additional school screenings are continuing over several more weeks – please visit our For Groups page for more information on how to schedule a visit.

Over the past 8 years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 120 international children’s films from 35+ countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15-20 U.S. cities. Now that our 2013 run in Seattle has come to a close, we’re looking forward to sending our films around the world!

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