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Each year at Children’s Film Festival Seattle, we invite educators, schools and other groups to join us for special weekday screenings. These are excellent field trip opportunities that come complete with post-screening discussions and journal pages that kids can take back to the classroom.

In 2015, our short film programs offer a wide range of themes that are designed to appeal to pre-K through middle school students. Click on the “Choose a Program” link to see our program offerings for 2015.

We are always happy to welcome children to our cozy cinemas at 1515 12th Avenue (between Pike and Pine) on Capitol Hill, for a chance to see films as they were meant to be seen: in community, on the big screen. This year, we are also pleased to offer two special screenings for groups at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, located at 3515 S. Alaska Street, in the vibrant Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more are only $5 per person.  Some scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.  Payment in full is due on the day of the field trip. All field trips must be arranged in advance.




Available Dates and Programs at Rainier Valley

(62 min)
Pre-K to 2nd grade
A gloriously animated extravaganza of 11 animal stories, featuring bugs, butterflies, bunnies, owls, kitties, zebras and even birds of several different feathers! Scroll down for a complete program description.

(67 min)
Grades 3 to 5
Have you ever felt a bolt out of the blue, a moment when your mind opens up and you see new possibilities? That’s what happens to the kids in these short animated and live action films. You’ll meet a girl who slips into a new dimension, a boy whose mind plays tricks on him, a child determined to trap a sunbeam, and a boy who simply can’t sit still! Scroll down for a complete program description.

How to Book
Email your request, with number of students attending, to Liz Shepherd, or call 206.829.7862 for more information. Requests will be arranged on a first come, first-served basis, so book early!


Available Programs at Northwest Film Forum

Click here to see all 11 of our short film programs. Select the one that is best for your group.

Available Dates

Choose the date and time of your field trip from the list below of available dates and times:

10am, Monday January 26 and Wednesday January 28

11am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 1:30pm, Friday January 30 (no school day for Seattle Public School District)
Party Animals at 11am, Earth Sky Sea at 11:30am, Abracadabra at 1pm and Finding My Way at 1:30pm.
Please note: program choices for this day are limited to the pre-scheduled programs above and are also open to the public, so book early to ensure your seats.

10am, Monday-Friday, February 2 – 6

10am, Monday-Wednesday, February 9 – 11

10am, Monday-Friday, February 16 – 20
(note: no Seattle public school February 16 and 17)

10am, Monday-Friday, February 24 – 28

How to Book
Email your request to Liz Shepherd or call 206.829.7862 for more information.  Requests will be arranged on a first come, first-served basis, so book early!



65 min. For grades 1 through 3.

The world is full of magic in the most surprising places. Discover a seashell that can shrink buildings and pick up boats, a ring that tells you the truth about anything you see, a comb that will make your hair grow like wild vines, and a toy car that finds its way home to its original owner.

Themes: Creativity, problem solving, animation.

Notes for educators: One film in English/Urdu has English subtitles. There is joyous play with a small water pistol in one film (Moritz),  a very brief glimpse of a bare bottom in another (Kalle Kran).

A Shell (Maya Tiberman, Israel, live action and special effects, 2013, 7:20 min); Cartoon Away (Augusto Bicalho Roque, Brazil, animation, 2013, 3:40 min); Eddie (Allison Coon-Come, Canada, live action and animation, 2014, 4:01 min); Kalle Kran (Johan Hagelbäck, Sweden, animation, 2014, 6 min); Trampoline (Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, animation, 2013, 2:29 min); Mr. Toti and Magic Comb (G. Handzlik and J. Baran, Poland, animation, 2014, 8 min); Film Muffler: Thinking of the Moon (Miho Yata, Japan, animation, 2014, 3:11); Moritz (Stefanie Maier, Germany, live action, 2014, 5:59 min); One Man, Eight Cameras (Naren Wilks, England, live action, 2014, 2:24 min); Secret Decoder Ring (Eli Brown, USA, live action, 2013, 4 min); Amai the Bird of Light (Fauzia Minallah, Pakistan, animation, 2012, 3:43 min)

>> Watch trailers for Cartoon Away and Secret Decoder Ring!

Be Different
62 min. For grades 3-6.

In what can seem like a cookie-cutter world, it’s great to take a look in the mirror and smile at the wonderfully unique, one-of-a-kind person that is you. These are films that celebrate that kids come in all shapes and sizes, and that it’s really cool to just be who you are.

Themes: Individuality, gender differences, overcoming difficulties.

Notes for educators: Four films in French, Norwegian, Dutch and Arabic have English subtitles.

Notebook Babies: Someone Who Gets You (Tony Dusko, USA, 2014, animation, 1:08 min); Anatole’s Little Saucepan (Eric Montchaud, France, 2014, animation, 5:47 min); Bendik & the Monster (Frank Mosvold, Norway, 2014, animation, 10 min); Nothing Lazy (Daniela Lizano, Costa Rica, 2010, animation, 2:30 min); Paper Adventures (Viviana Vargas, Costa Rica, 2014, animation, 1:53 min); Dance Class (Camilo Cogua, Colombia, 2013, animation, 3:51 min); Don’t Be Curly (Veronyka Jelinek, 2012, Czech Republic, animation, 6:23 min); The Window (Camille Müller, 2012, Switzerland, animation, 4:45 min); The Boy Who Thought He Was Alright the Way He Was (Tami Ravid, 2014, Netherlands, live action, 25 min)

>> Watch trailers for Anatole’s Little Saucepan, Bendik & the Monster and The Window.

Earth Sky and Sea
76 min. For grades 4 through middle school.

These films make use of environmental themes in unexpected and provocative ways. You will meet a lightbulb who is jealous of the sun, a parrot who takes you on an excursion to the home of wild animals, a little octopus who moonlights as a lounge singer, bees who have parties and a brave boy who gathers firewood alone. Along the way, you’ll learn about the world’s oceans, our water and energy supply and threats to animals and insects.
Themes: sustainability, climate change, energy and water conservation, sea life, wild animal protection.

Notes to educators:  Four films in Spanish, Swiss/Italian dialect, Japanese and Esperanto have English subtitles. One film (The Colors for Leo) contains some scary moments, though it has a happy ending. Another (Vigia) has a mild expletive—grandpas are hard to censor!

Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, animation, 2013, 5:51 min); Shadow Reef (Elke Specker, USA, live action, 2014, 4:56 min); Lighta (Andrej Gregorčok, Slovakia, animation, 2012, 10:37 min); The Colors for Leo (Zarah Knebel, Spain, live action and animation, 2014, 14 min); Vigia (Marcel Barelli, Switzerland/France, animation, 2013, 7:45 min); Ain’t No Fish (Tom Gasek and Miki Cash, USA/UK, animation, 2013, 3:40 min); Part of the Cycle (Tess Martin, USA, animation, 2013, 8 min); Firewood, Kanta, & Grandpa (Takeshi Yashiro, Japan, animation, 2012, 16:07 min); Hope? (Simone Giampaolo, UK, animation, 2013, 4:22 min)

>> Watch trailers for The Colors of Leo, Shadow Reef, Ain’t No Fish, Hope?, Lighta, Vigia and Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant.

Fabulous Fables
63 min. For grades 4 through middle school.

This all-animated collection of folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America will take you to places deep inside the heart of the human experience, and delve into mysteries beyond comprehension. If you like tales that stand tall, this is the program for you!

Themes: European folk and fairy tales, Native American, African and Asian  legends, animation.

Note to educators: Three films in Mongolian, Polish and French have English subtitles. This program is suggested for ages 8+ largely because several films are subtitled. There are also a few mildly scary moments in a few of the films, as the heroes and heroines of the stories battle goblins, witches, bullies and the like.

On the Origin of the Earth (Joanna Polak and Daria Kopiec, Poland, 2014, 2:29 min); Wolf Dog Tales (Bernadine Santisteven, USA, 2012, 6:40 min); Hiawatha (Katherine Clark, USA, 2014, 6:01 min); Integrity (Olanrewaju Oluwafemi and Rashidat Ayoola Oluwafemi, Nigeria, 2013, 5 min); The Magic Time (Kine Aune, Norway, 2013, 9:16 min); Si Lunchai (Hannes Rall, Germany/Singapore, 2014, 8:35 min); Tears of Inge (Alisi Telengut, Canada, 2013, 4:21 min); The Secret of the Tree (Moeen Samadi, Iran, 2013, 4:19 min); About a Man and His Devil Partner (Joanna Polak and Daria Kopiec, Poland, 2014, 3:37 min); Jorinde and Joringel (Rebecca Akoun, France/Austria, 2014, 12 min)

>> Watch trailers for Wolf Dog Tales, The Magic Time, Tears of Inge and Si Lunchai.

Fantastic Journeys
80 min. For grades 1 to 4.

Journeys take us to new places, whether in the outside world or within ourselves. On these animated flights of fancy, you’ll scale the Alps, push the sun and the moon back into alignment, and jump into a whole ocean of lemonade.

Themes: Adventure and fantasy, imagination, friendship.

Notes for educators: One film in French has English subtitles. In one film (Little Matryoshka), chess pieces engage in a sword fight, without injury, and the combatants soon become friends.

The Midnight Tourist (Koray Kocaturk, USA, 2014, 5 min); Wombo (Daniel Acht, Germany, 2013, 8:02 min); The Gallant Captain (Katrina Mathers and Graeme Base, Australia, 2013, 8:08 min); Lemonade Tale (Vallo Toomla, Estonia, 2013, 9 min); Little Matryoshka (Serin Inan and Tolga Yildiz, Turkey, 2014, 8:16 min); The Lonely Scarecrow (Alen Ghazarian, Iran, 2013, 3 min); A Tin Can (Tatiana Kiseleva, Russia, 2013, 5:41 min); Marooned Maroo (Takehiro Nishikawa, USA, 2013, 6:17); Father Frismas (Youri Tcherenkov, France, 2012, 26 min).

>> Watch trailers for The Gallant Captain and Father Frismas.

Finding My Way
63 min. For grades 4-7.

These live action films tell the stories of kids who are learning how to spread their wings. Along the way, they have adventures, test their courage, and make decisions they have to stick with. Join them, and you’ll wander a city’s unfamiliar streets, leap past your birthday, turn a hospital room into luxurious digs, and even help the moon get back to the sky!

Themes: Overcoming difficulties, growing up, friendship, decision making.

Notes for educators: Two films in Italian and Korean have English subtitles. One film (The Girl and the Gondola) has a single instance of mild coarse language. In another film (Sprout), a child accidentally takes a few sips of rice wine. In another (Only Gilt) a boy tells a lie, and has to live with the consequences.

Cancer Unit Cribs (Ibrahim El-Salaam, USA, 2014, 4:18 min); Little Moon Lost (Jennifer Treuting, USA, 2011, 5:41 min); The Dive (Delphine Le Courtois, France, 2013, 9:51 min); The Girl and the Gondola (Abbe Robinson, Italy/UK, 2013, 11:42 min); Only Gilt (Lara Del Arte, Australia, 2014, 11 min); Sprout (Ga-eun Yoon, Korea, 2013, 20 min).

>> Watch trailers for The Dive, Little Moon Lost and Sprout.

Free Your Mind
67 min. For grades 2 to 5.

Have you ever felt a bolt out of the blue, a moment when your mind opens up and you see new possibilities? That’s what happens to the kids in these shorts. You’ll meet a girl who slips into a new dimension, a boy whose mind plays tricks on him, a child determined to trap a sunbeam, and a boy who simply can’t sit still.

Themes: Imagination, creativity, animation, overcoming difficulties.

Note to educators: Three films in French, Dutch sign language and Danish have English subtitles. One film (Balloons) shows a girl’s buoyant response to an instance of bullying.  Another film (Doron Coron) has some brief bathroom humor and a bittersweet ending. And in a festival first, another film (Koyaa — Flower) features a hungry carnivorous plant!

1-0 (Saman Hosseinpuor, Kurdistan/Iran, live action, 2014, 1 min); Land (Masanobu Hiraoka, Japan, animation, 2013, 3:30 min); Imagination (Catheryne Chepik, Ukraine, live action and animation, 2013, 9:12 min); The Little Blonde Boy with a White Sheep (Eloi Henriod, France, 2013, animation, 8:57 min); LOOK! (Udo Prinsen, Netherlands, 2014, animation and live action, 4:46 min); The New Species (Kateřina Karhánková, Czech Republic, animation, 2013, 6:18 min); Koyaa — Flower (Kolja Saksida, Slovenia/Croatia/Poland, animation, 2013, 3:35 min); Illusion (Yoon sun Bae and Vanessa Lee, USA, animation, 2:06 min); Doron Coron (Yuichi Ito, Japan, animation, 2012, 2 min); Tale of a String (Karsten Kiilerich, Denmark, animation, 2013, 6:18); Balloons (Sitora Takanaev, USA, live action, 2014, 5:02 min); The Light and the Little Girl (Guy Pooles, USA/UK, live action, 2014, 6:36 min); Sounds of Nature (Simon Weber, Switzerland, live action, 2013, 7:45 min).

>> Watch trailers for Koyaa, The Light and the Little Girl and Balloons.

Indigenous Experience
56 min. For grades 4 to middle school.

Explore the joys and challenges of Native youth in this collection of award-winning documentaries and animated films. Soar with an eagle boy in Norway, meet a deaf boy who listens to his inner voice, band together with a pack of dogs, dance a forest back to life, and outwit the wily Amautalik!

Themes: Native American legends, overcoming difficulties, adjusting to a new culture.

Traditional Healing (Raymond Caplin, Canada, animation, 2014, 2:24 min); The Amautalik (Neil Christopher, Canada, animation, 2014, 6:49 min); The Orphan and the Polar Bear (Neil Christopher, Canada, animation, 2013, 8:47 min); Erik and the Mystery Pack (Erik Papatie, Canada, live action, 2014, 7 min); The Hearing (Russell Ratt-Brascoupe, Canada, live action, 2014, 4:14 min); Eagle Boy (Gry Elisabeth Mortensen, Norway, live action, 2013, 26 min).

>> Watch trailers for The Amautalik and The Orphan and the Polar Bear.

Party Animals
62 min. For grades pre-K to 2nd grade.

A gloriously animated extravaganza of animal stories, featuring bugs, butterflies, bunnies, owls, kitties, zebra, and birds of several different feathers! These stories of friendship and fun are especially recommended for our youngest festival-goers and their parents!

Themes: Friendship, love of animals, foreign languages, celebrating differences.

Notes for educators: Three films in Russian, Japanese, French and Mandarin have English subtitles.

Big Bug and Little Pipsqueak (Shestopalov Dmitry, Belarus, 2014, 4:22 min); Cherish Garden (Miho Yata, Japan, 2011, 4 min); Animal Friends: A Bird Day (Eva Lindström, Sweden, 2013, 12 min); Fred & Anabel (Grit Wisskirchen and Nadja Rademacher, 2014, Germany, 8 min); Carrot Jam (Anne Viel, France/Belgium, 2014, 5:20 min); BZz (Luca Fattore, Denmark, 2014, 1:26 min); Flapper and Friends: Spring Concert (Krzysztof Brzozowski, Poland, 2013, 10 min); The Collection of Peanuts (Agnès Lecreux, Ben Tesseur, and Steven De Beul, France/Belgium/ Switzerland, 6 min); Lambs (Gottfried Mentor, Germany, 2013, 4:12 min); Where’s the Fish (Enson Huang, Taiwan, 2014, 3:21 min); Zebra (Julia Ocker, Germany, 2013, 2:45 min).

>> Watch trailers for Animal Friends and Flapper and Friends.

See the World, Change the World
56 min. For grades 5 to middle school.

Take off on a whirlwind trip to places most Seattle kids never get a chance to see. With these films, you’ll stop a rooster fight in Venezuela, climb a mountain in eastern Turkey, ride a bus in Iraq, and experience a whole new country for the first time.

Themes: Animals rights, overcoming difficulties, world cultures, immigration.

Notes to educators: Films in Spanish, Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic, Dutch and Ugandan have English subtitles. One film, War Canister, deals with stealing, though for a moral cause.

Galus Galus (Clarissa Duque, Venezuela, 2013, animation, 11:44 min); Agri and the Mountain (Hasan Serin, Turkey, 2013, live action, 14 min); War Canister (Yahya Al-Allaq, Iraq/UK, 2013, live action, 11 min); New (Eefje Blankevoort, Netherlands, 2014, live action, 19 min)

>> Watch trailers for Agri and the Mountain, Galus Galus and New.

Snuggle Time
54 min. For grades pre-K to 2.

Sometimes we just want to snuggle up with our favorite blanket and stuffed animal for a warm nap. Cuddle with some cute little dogs, soft teddy bears, downy birds and chicks, and the Shammies, who will sing you a lullaby.

Notes for educators: Films in Polish, French and Hindi have English subtitles. One film (Counting Happiness) very gently depicts some of the hardships faced by a street child in India.

Peter Pix (Alarm Clock) (Trine Heller Jensen, Denmark, animation, 2014, 2 min); Pretty Crabby (Charlotte Blacker, England, animation, 2014, 2:45 min); The Night Song (Moeen Samadi, Iran, animation, 2013, 4 min); Shedyk (Joanna Polak, Poland, animation, 2011, 2:31 min); Dear November Boy (Takeshi Yashiro, Japan, animation, 2012, 3:21 min); How Shammies Were Getting Married (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, animation and live action, 2014, 5:24 min); Visitor (Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, live action and animation, 2012, 4:08 min); The Little Hedgehog (Marjorie Caup, France/Belgium, animation, 2014, 5 min); The Mitten (Clementine Robach, France/Belgium, animation, 2014, 8:30 min); Every Star (Yawen Zheng, USA, animation, 2014, 3:21); Counting Happiness (Venetia Evripiotou, Greece/India, live action, 2012, 12:18 min).

>> Watch trailers for Every Star, Counting Happiness, The Mitten and Visitor.



Most programs take place in Northwest Film Forum’s cinemas. At Northwest Film Forum, we can accommodate 120 people per show in our larger theater; 50 people in the smaller. Group programs will be scheduled in both the large and small theater spaces, depending on total tickets sold, availability and other factors. The theater at Rainier Valley Cultural Center can accommodate 258 people.

Subtitles. Many programs in the festival contain subtitles. In programs for grades Pre-K-3, subtitles are limited and will not interfere with children’s enjoyment of the program. Please inquire about individual programs. Subtitle readers can be arranged upon request for students in grades 3 and older with reading disabilities.

Introductions, discussions and journal pages with each program! A festival staffer will introduce each film program. Upon request, the staffer will also lead a post-screening discussion. Each student attending the festival will receive a journal page on which to record festival impressions.

Grade recommendations. All films are listed with a grade recommendation intended to guide teachers when selecting screenings for their students. These recommendations are based on our experience and knowledge, but we recognize that children respond in varied ways and therefore leave the final decision to you. Some programs contain very limited instances of course language or emotionally difficult scenes, brief images that may be too intense for the most sensitive children and very mild violence. Please read program descriptions carefully and inquire further upon booking if you have any concerns.

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