Get the popcorn; it’s movie time for kids at 14th Children’s Film Festival
It’s raining movies at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle. Over 150 films from more than 40 countries will be screened at the festival which marks its 14th edition. The festival will be held from January 24 through February 09, 2019.
A most anticipated event, the Children’s Film Festival promises to charm kids and adults alike with movies that bear themes that “inspire empathy, understanding, and help them grasp a nuanced view of the world.” Most feature films at the film festival have been their country’s official entries for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.
About the festival
Children’s Film Festival Seattle is the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast states the website. The festival attracts children and their families and has been organized since 2005. Some international films with kids as their central theme are selected from across the globe by Northwest Film Forum. Over 10,000 spectators enjoy the festival screenings in Seattle before it sets to tour more than 15 US cities.
The festival stands for inclusivity, racial equity, and diversity, social justice, global awareness. The handpicked visually appealing stories are not only age-appropriate but also the finest for the next generation of movie lovers.
Apart from screening the finest films for kids in the international arena, the cinematic extravaganza features live performances, shorts, animation, features, and hands-on education workshops.
A celebration of values, visually appealing stories
- Movies at the fest celebrate the feistiness, the courage of the underdog and the eventual win. Tales of highly infectious spirit and determination, perseverance that leads young protagonists to embark on a journey and accomplishes their goals owing to their innocence and spontaneity.
- The classic, The Muppet Movie (1979) sing-along screening will mark the festival’s opening as also a workshop.
- Feature films are applauding the resilience of strong girls Liyana (Swaziland), Supa Modo (Kenya), Chuskit (India), One Girl (the United Kingdom, Romania, Finland & Italy).
- Other awe-inspiring films include Wendy: Best Friends Forever (Germany), Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory (Switzerland), My Giraffe (The Netherlands), Tito and the Birds (Brazil).
- An all-Spanish short animated and live-action films from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and Puerto Rico about kids who loved to take challenges head-on.
- Japanese shorts will be presented in association with Tokyo’s KINEKO International Children’s Film Festival.
- A live score by Miles & Karina for the world’s oldest surviving animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed (directed by Lotte Reiniger in 1926)
- Indigenous Showcase: screening of Kayak to Klemtu, presented in collaboration with Longhouse Media. A tale about a girl who protests a proposed pipeline that could ravage her homeland.
Aside from special screenings, workshops, the fest boasts Interactive installation based on Lotte Reiniger’s magical silhouette animation. The festival’s special event of all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon is sure to pull the crowd while adults can get down it with hot coffee and jive to down-home music by the John Browne Band. A special compilation of new animation films from 11 countries titled Seize the Day will be screened on the last day of the festival.