Northwest Film Forum


Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

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Children's Film Festival Full Series Pass

January 22, 2015 7:00 PM

Full Series Pass for Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015! (Please note passes are not valid for class registration, the Pajama Party or the Pancake Breakfast.)
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CFFS 2015 - Pick Three Features Pass

January 23, 2015 7:00 PM

Pick any Three Feature Films to attend during Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015! (Please note this pass is not valid for Festival Opening Night)
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CFFS 2015 - Pick Three Shorts Pass

January 24, 2015 11:00 AM

Pick any Three Shorts Programs to attend during Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015!
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Wave of Wonder

January 29, 2015 5:00 PM - January 31, 2015 1:00 PM

This collection of films is meant to wash over you in a wave of exquisite, painterly animation. Dive down deep into stories that will take you to strange planets, the frozen tundra, dense forests and inside the workings of a marionette theater. These films are meant to remind you that life is a journey, that sometimes hard choices have to be made and that dreams really can come true.
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Party Animals

January 30, 2015 11:00 AM

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!
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Earth Sky and Sea

January 30, 2015 11:30 AM

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.
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January 30, 2015 1:00 PM

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.
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Finding My Way

January 30, 2015 1:30 PM - February 01, 2015 11:30 AM

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.
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Hi Tech Hijinks

January 30, 2015 3:00 PM - January 31, 2015 1:30 PM

An animated roundup for kids who love gadgets, gizmos, robots and other marvelous inventions. Dive inside a computer's brain, roam a junkyard looking for robot parts, soar above a city made of circuit boards and find out what your phone and tablet are up to after you fall asleep!
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Kid Powered

January 30, 2015 3:30 PM

Challenges can bring out the best in us. The kids in these live action films face uphill battles that are long and steep, and they shine in the face of adversity. Meet a warrior child who must embrace her unique identity, a boy who becomes a superhero to his friend, a son who must stand up for his father, and a girl who faces loneliness and danger in order to get an education.
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Indigenous Experience

January 30, 2015 5:00 PM - January 31, 2015 5:30 PM

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!
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Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache

January 30, 2015 7:00 PM - January 31, 2015 3:30 PM

Come see the epic adventures of a poorly drawn animated cat, Bubble Bubble Meows, as he goes on a quest to cure his friend, a string bean who has a bellyache caused by meteor consumption. Along the way, BBM and Stringbean encounter Paul, a hyper-caffeinated feline, a lollipop-licking snow pea, three robots who resemble marshmallows, and a pile of cottage cheese named Mr. Knowitall. For good measure, there's also has a subplot about the life and times of a trumpet animalcule named Nuncio, who is almost singlehandedly building a trumpet animalcule mega-city on Bubble Bubble Meow's kitchen ceiling. Surely no poorly drawn cat has ever driven a baked potato car to such a fine theme song, on such kookoo beaucoup bonkers adventures! Audiences of all ages may find themselves exclaiming, "oh wowsh!" upon exiting the theater!
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Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord - 10:30 AM SCREENING

January 31, 2015 9:30 AM

Our all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon is fun for the whole family! And of course we'll have gallons of hot coffee on hand for the grown-ups. After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of Fantastic Journeys, a magical program of new animated and live action shorts from 8 countries.
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Pancake Breakfast and Short Film Smorgasbord - 11:00 AM SCREENING

January 31, 2015 9:30 AM

Our all-you-can-eat breakfast of fluffy homemade pancakes and sizzling bacon is fun for the whole family! And of course we'll have gallons of hot coffee on hand for the grown-ups. After breakfast, come to Northwest Film Forum for a special screening of Fantastic Journeys, a magical program of new animated and live action shorts from 8 countries.
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Fantastic Journeys

January 31, 2015 10:30 AM - February 07, 2015 1:00 PM

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.
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CFFS 2015 - Weekend Two Pass

January 31, 2015 1:00 PM

Full pass for Weekend One of Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015! (Good for entry to any screening on January 31 & February 1.)
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Sally's Way

January 31, 2015 3:00 PM

Sally, a 12-year-old girl orphaned by HIV/AIDS, needs to use her ingenuity to help her ailing grandmother, who is the only family she has left. Set in the lush Caribbean, the film has a universal message of how to thrive despite the odds, and face the challenges of displacement and loss with positivity and creativity.
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Lola on the Pea

January 31, 2015 5:00 PM

Nine-year-old Lola lives on a charming old houseboat with her mother. But life isn't exactly going swimmingly for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn't much care for her mom's new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. But one day, she makes a frienda quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. Rebin's family is secluded and mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don't have the proper documents to live and work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage and hope.
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Shana: The Wolf's Music

January 31, 2015 7:00 PM

Shana is a Canadian First Nations girl who is a gifted violinist. But she has problems no young person should have to face: her mother has died, and her father is struggling with his own demons. Only Shana's new teacher seems to care about her, and at first, Shana pushes her away. But she meets another, more mystical being to accompany her on her journey: a wild wolf who helps her reconnect with her ancestors, make peace with her circumstances, and use her talents to express her passions.
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Pim & Pom: The Big Adventure

February 01, 2015 11:00 AM

Two cats, Pim and Pom, are best friends who live together with "The Lady." But one day, the lady's nieces come to visit, and they take the cats to the park for a picnic. However, what they really want to do is keep Pim and Pom for themselves, and they've come up with a plan to "cat-nap" them!
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Ruben Östlund Series Pass

February 05, 2015 7:00 PM

The first U.S. retrospective of the films of Swedish satirist Ruben Östlund includes all four of his features and two short films.
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The Guitar Mongoloid

February 05, 2015 7:00 PM - February 05, 2015 9:00 PM

Östlund's feature debut is set in Jöteborg, a fictional Swedish city resembling the director's own hometown of Göteborg (Gothenburg). His focus is on outsiders and nonconformists, in particular the titular musician, a young man facing dire obstacles in life.
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February 06, 2015 7:00 PM - February 06, 2015 9:15 PM

Five separate vignettes about (alternately dangerous and unsettlingly funny) ramifications of peer pressure are woven together, with scathingly satirical effects, in Involuntary.
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Family Matters

February 07, 2015 1:30 PM

When it comes to this program, there's no place like home! Take a trip around the world to see films that show how family life is the same, and different, in seven different countries. In the end, it's love that makes the world go round.
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Fabulous Fables

February 07, 2015 3:00 PM

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!
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Free Your Mind

February 07, 2015 3:30 PM

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.
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Closing Ceremony

February 07, 2015 5:00 PM

We close out the 2015 festival by screening films made during the past week in our workshops, announcing the winners of our Children's Jury Prizes and Seattle Children's Hospital Juries, and celebrating with a surprise selection of outstanding short films made by international filmmakers.
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February 07, 2015 7:30 PM - February 08, 2015 3:00 PM

"I want to make the audience active and reflective," Östlund has stated. He does just that with this controversial record, inspired by actual court cases, of five black teenagers harassing white and Asian youths through scams and role-playing.
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Concerning Violence

February 08, 2015 5:00 PM - February 11, 2015 7:00 PM

From the director of The Black Power Mixtape comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archival material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late '60s and '70s. Accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth and narrated by Lauryn Hill, with a preface by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.
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Force Majeure

February 08, 2015 7:00 PM - February 08, 2015 9:15 PM

Our house manager Chris Day calls it "the funniest movie of the year." A brutal indictment of the pillars of nuclear family and normative masculinity in the foundation for human interaction in organized society, Force Majeure presents a picture-perfect Swedish family of four and unravels them with agonizingly funny effects.
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February 18, 2015 7:00 PM

Videoasis is a celebration of music videos and the artists who create them. Our quarterly showcase is a thematic mixture of locally made videos, some new, and some definite throwbacks. This installment will be a mixture of wasted, crazy, fun party music videos to brighten up your February.
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Fort McMoney

February 19, 2015 7:00 PM

Fort McMoney is a documentary game that offers players an immersive, interactive portal into the world's largest oil sands and accompanying boomtown in northern Canada. By giving players access to the town's residents and an ingenius virtual public sphere (in the form of of referendum voting that shapes the course of the town's future), French journalist and web doc director David Dufresne (Prison Valley) expliores new terrain in his latest work of multi-platform storytelling.
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Big in Japan

February 20, 2015 8:00 PM - February 26, 2015 8:00 PM

Making its theatrical premiere in Seattle after world premiering at SXSW, Big in Japan is an upbeat rock 'n roll road movie by local director (and founding member of Northwest Film Forum) John Jeffcoat (Outsourced). Creative nonfiction meets comedy, as Seattle-based band Tennis Pro play versions of themselves in their quest for fame. The guys are about to call it quits on their hometown: bored with their day jobs and unable to build a fan base in the local music scene, the trio sets out to make it big in Japan. Comedic adventures, cross-culture connections, rock concerts, and a zanily psychedelic animated sequence ensues.
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Indigenous Showcase: Princess Angeline

February 28, 2015 6:00 PM

Princess Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle and star of many Seattle postcards, lived alone towards the end of her life, refusing to leave her homeland. What historical events led her to be one of the few Duwamish people left in Seattle by the 1890s, only 35 years after the peace treaty guaranteeing that land would be reserved for the Duwamish (which never happened)?
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Festival of (In)Appropriation

March 05, 2015 8:00 PM

Whether you call it collage, compilation, found footage, détournement, or recycled cinema, the incorporation of already existing media into new artworks is a practice that generates novel juxtapositions and new meanings and ideas, often in ways entirely unrelated to the intentions of the original makers. Such new works are, in other words, "inappropriate."
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Jeremy Moss: Space Immaterial/Immaterial Place

March 07, 2015 7:00 PM

The films of Jeremy Moss explore the intersection of expressionistic tendencies, place and the moving body. His work ranges from surrealist documentary (Those Inescapable Slivers of Celluloid) to abstract hand-made 16mm films (The Sight and Cicatrix) to dance for camera pieces in collaboration with choreographer Pamela Vail ((un)tethered, Chroma, and That Dizzying Crest) to essay film (The Blue Record, in collaboration with Erik Anderson). As a program, these works cohesively embody an immersive optical and sonic experience reveling in cinema's capacity for both meditative expression and the rigors of formal experimentation.
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Indigenous Showcase: Maria Tallchief

March 14, 2015 6:00 PM

This documentary of ballerina Maria Tallchief's life and art captures the growth of ballet in America, as shown by Ms. Tallchief's own rise to fame, in original roles created for her by George Balanchine. The film includes her childhood days in Fairfax, Oklahoma, her move to Los Angeles to study with Mr. Belcher and Madame Nijinska through her early days in New York City with the Ballet Russe. Key archival clips include Swan Lake, Pas de Dix, Orpheus, Firebird, Black Swan and Les Sylphides.
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The King and the Mockingbird

March 19, 2015 8:00 PM - March 22, 2015 3:00 PM

Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the wildly satirical The King and the Mockingbird follows a shepherdess and a chimney sweep who seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king. A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, the film is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Brad Bird's The Iron Giant was clearly influenced by the towering robot menace in this film.
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Films For One to Eight Projectors: Multi-Projector Experiments by Roger Beebe

March 28, 2015 5:00 PM

Filmmaker/curator/professor Roger Beebe visits Seattle with a touring program of his multiple-projector performances. The tour features several of his best-known projector performances (including the six-projector show-stopping space jam "Last Light of a Dying Star"), recent award-winning work in single-channel HD video, as well as the premiere of his latest multi-projector mayhem, "SOUND FILM."
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