2016 Children’s Film Festival: Call For Submissions

directed by Simon Weber (Switzerland, 2013)

Image from film "Sounds of Nature," directed by Simon Weber (Switzerland, 2013)

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 11th annual festival! Eligible films are those suitable for children ages 13 and under and completed between 2013 – 2015. All entries whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Please read our read the information and regulations, then complete the form available here.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2015
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Congratulations To Our 2015 Festival Prize Winners

Photo by Margaret Schuler.It’s a wrap! After 12 days of movie watching, animating, pancake-and-bacon eating, film reviewing, language learning, and dancing in pajamas, the 2015 Children’s Film Festival Seattle has come to a close.

Congratulations to prize winners at Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2015, announced on February 7, 2015 at our closing ceremony. Our Features Jury summed it up best in their jury statement: “These films evoked joy and a childlike wonder to all those who saw them no matter their age, and they hold a special place in the hearts of the jury.”

AUDIENCE FAVORITE
selected by audience vote

Best Feature Film
Lola on the Pea (Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014)

Best Short Film
Sounds of Nature (Simon Weber, Switzerland, live action, 2013, 7:45 min)

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

Best Animated Short
A Tie!
Bitseller (Juanma Sanchez, Spain, animation, 2013) and
The Numberlys (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA, animation, 2013)

Best  Live Action Short
The Girl and the Gondola (Abbe Robinson, Italy/UK, 2013)

FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S JURY (FEATURES)

Best Live Action Film
Lola on the Pea (Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014)

Best Animated Film
Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure (Gioia Smid, the Netherlands, 2014)

Best Documentary
Havana Curveball ((Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider, USA, 2014)

Made in the Northwest Prize
Shana: The Wolf’s Music ((Nino Jacusso, Canada/Switzerland,  2014)

Global Zoom Prize
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
Sally’s Way (Joanne Gail Johnson, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014)

Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast
The Outlaw League (Jean Beaudry, Canada, 2014)

FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S JURY (SHORTS)

Best Animated Short
Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 2013)

Best Live Action Short
The Boy Who Thought He Was Alright the Way He Was ((Tami Ravid, Netherlands, 2014)

Global Zoom Prize
for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding and cooperation
A Place in the Middle (Dean Hamer, USA, 2014)

Best Documentary
New (Eefje Blankevoort, Netherlands, 2014, live action, 19 min)

Special Jury Prize for a Film about Friendship and Embracing Differences
The Dam Keeper (Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, USA, 2013)

Made in the Northwest Prize
The Voice of Snoqualmie Falls (SuperFly 2014 – Group 1, Longhouse Media, USA, 2014)

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 10 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 175 international children’s films from 58 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 2015 run in Seattle has come to a close, we’re looking forward to sending our films around the world!

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Welcome to Children’s Film Festival 2015!

Image from the film "Shana: The Wolf's Music."

It’s a kid’s film festival: over the past decade, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families.

We can’t wait to see you for the 10th birthday party of the festival on January 22, 2015! This year we’ll show you more than 175 films from 58 countries around the world.

Northwest Film Forum’s 12-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema for children, featuring live performances, animation, features, shorts and hands-on education workshops, all crafted with care for the next generation of movie lovers.


Special thanks to John Keatley and Hammerquist Studios for their work on this year’s festival trailer!

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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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