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 – please read more below.
In 2013 you’ll find history lessons, whirlwind trips to faraway lands and sneak peaks at Seattle premieres on our screens. We have added three extra weeks of weekday morning screenings for groups – so tell a teacher or childcare provider!
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The Festival offers screenings for groups on weekdays from January 28 to February 22, and additional dates & times by request. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are only $5 per person.
All programs take place in Northwest Film Forum’s cinemas. 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.
Care providers please note: During Seattle Public School District’s mid-winter break period, February 15 to 18, screenings will also be offered to groups of 20 or more only on Monday and Tuesday.
Contact Festival Director Liz Shepherd by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 829-7862 to make a group reservation for any of the film programs below.
Additional and tailored screenings! Is the program you want not scheduled at the right time for you? Or would you like to tailor a film program especially for your students? We are able to arrange for language and geographically-specific programs. In addition to the programs listed below, the following short film programs are also available: See Me Shine (grades 4 to 7), China Fantasia (all grades), Short and Sweet (pre-K to kindergarten), Path Waves (grades 4 and up) and Ready, Set, Grow (grades 4 and up).
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.
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 emotionally difficult scenes, brief images that may be too intense for the most sensitive children and very mild violence. Please inquire upon booking.
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A not-so-silly goose saves the day, a puppy unwraps some big presents, tiny tourists take over a town, a brave girl gets ready to jump into the unknown and one little red brick makes a big difference in this program filled with all kinds of glorious animation.
Films include: Emilie (Alla Churikova, Germany); Aston’s Presents (Uzi Geffenblad and Lotta Geffenblad, Sweden); Grand Prix (Marc Riba and Anna Solanas, Spain); The Tourists Arrive! (Gerald Zahn, Austria); Sara Takes Her Leap into the Bone Marrow Sea (Sara Miradolbaghi, USA); Harbor Tale (Yuichi Ito, Japan)
Three films have subtitles (Swedish, German).
Grades 3 and up. Although this program contains two subtitled films, dialogue is not especially important in understanding the stories of those films. One film deals with geese escaping being cooked on Christmas; there is a very happy ending. The longest film in the program is in English.
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This very special program — co-presented with the Caleidoscopio de Sueños festival of children’s film in Bogata, Colombia — will take you on a live action and animated journey to beaches, back roads, jungles and bustling cities throughout Latin America. Get ready for a ride filled with music, exuberant kids, surprise endings and luminous magic.
Films include: King Gaston (Diogo Viegas, Brazil); Calling Quilombola (David Reeks, Brazil); The Hat of Happiness (Ana Mazhari, Colombia); Luminaris (Juan Pablo Zaramella, Argentina); Quique’s Güiro (Julio Benito Cabrera, Puerto Rico); Missing (Cristian Wiesenfeld, Chile/Germany), The Homework (Biviana Márquez, Colombia); The End of School Recess (Vinicius Mazzon and Nélio Spréa, Brazil)
Four films have subtitles (Portuguese and Spanish).
Grades 4 and up. Younger children will also enjoy depending on their ability to read subtitles or understand the languages spoken in the films.
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This program is your passport to a trip around the world, where you’ll experience life as a kid in different cultures through imaginative animation, captivating documentary and children’s drawings brought to life. Ready, set, go to Istanbul, India, Uganda and Belize, and while you’re at it, soar all over above Europe atop a magic piano!
Films include: Istanbul (Idil Ar, Turkey); Under the Pillow (Isabel Herguera, Spain); What Makes Me Happy – Achia’s Film, Uganda (Annie Gibbs, Uganda/UK); Elisha and the Cacao Trees (Rohan Fernando, Canada); Magic Piano (Martin Clapp, Poland/China/Norway)
This program is mostly in English or non-verbal, though one film has a few subtitles (Spanish). Characters in another film speak a Ugandan dialect, but no subtitles are needed to understand the story.
Grades 3 and up.
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The silver screen goes completely green with this collection of live action and animated shorts that are all about our ever-changing planet. This program, filled with humorous and thought-provoking films, is designed to make kids think, ask questions and come up with new ways to honor Mother Earth.
Films include: Box (Luciana Eguti and Paulo Muppet, Brazil); Abiogenesis (Richard Mans, New Zealand); Bunty’s Tree (Jasraj Singh Bhatti, India); Marine Day (Chiao-Wei Tang, Taiwan); That Which Once Was (Kimi Takesue, USA); Damned (Richard Phelan, UK); The Change (Fabián Ribezzo, Mozambique)
All films are in English or non-verbal.
Grades 4 and up. Note: the film Damned is about beavers!
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Here’s a program of beautiful animation for kids who love critters both large and small. It’s filled with animated tales about elephants, birds, foxes, hens, cats, mice, pigs, hedgehogs, dogs and even a very hard-working ant!
Films include: Ginjas (Zepe and Humberto Santana, Portugal); Papa’s Boy (Leevi Lemmetty, UK/Poland/Finland); Now You Know It Anyway (Bastiaan Schravendeel, The Netherlands); Miriam’s Food Processor (Andres Tenusaar, Estonia); Cat Immersion Project (starring Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, directed by Mike Attie and John Blalock, USA); Just a Little (Alicja Björk Jaworski, Sweden); Umba-Umba (Konstantin Brilliantov, Russia); Boxie and Bully: How They Knitted A Scarf For Winter (Lenka Čeperová and Lenka Zemanová, Czech Republic); The Night of the Elephant (Sandra Schiessl, Germany); Dress to Impress (Falk Schuster, Germany); Chinti (Natalia Mirzoyan, Russia)
Four films have subtitles (Dutch, Swedish and German), but for the most part, dialogue is not needed to understand the stories.
Pre-K to 2nd grade. In a few films, animals find themselves in threatening situations, but there are always happy endings.
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There’s never a dull moment in this action-packed collection of live action and animated shorts, filled with intrepid kids, bugs, bears, cats and even a pair of very ornery space aliens. Hold on tight as they tele-transport, save the day and outwit wily villains!
Films include: Tuurngait (Paul-Emile Boucher, Remy Dupont, Benjamin Flouw, Mickaël Riciotti and Alexandre Toufaili, France); The Honey Plot (Al Cox, UK); Little Mao (Allan Tong, Canada); Hoverboard (Sydney Freeland, USA); Horrible (Shih-Chieh Hung, Taiwan); Dirkjan Rules (Wilfred Ottenheijm and Remco Polman, The Netherlands); Spycat and the Paper Chase (Darren Lim, Fung Chun Hong, Derwin Silamaya Suhali and Soh Yu Xian, Singapore); The Club of Ugly Children (Jonathan Elbers, The Netherlands)
One film has subtitles (Dutch).
Grades 3 and up. Scenes involving conflict and rescue may be too intense for the most sensitive young viewers. One film references China’s Mao Tse-tung in a comical way.
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>> Other programs from the festival are also available!
To schedule a field trip to see See Me Shine (grades 4 to 7), China Fantasia (all grades), Short and Sweet (pre-K to kindergarten), Path Waves (grades 4 and up) or Ready, Set, Grow (grades 4 and up), email email@example.com.