Northwest Film Forum

Seattle


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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Events

Hoop Dreams

December 21, 2014 5:00 PM

Originally funded by PBS to be the half-hour "style wars" of street basketball, Hoop Dreams at twenty remains an invigorated, furious portrait of American racial imagination.
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My Last Year With the Nuns

January 09, 2015 8:00 PM - January 15, 2015 9:00 PM

The quintessential Capitol Hill coming-of-age story is an adaptation of local thespian Matt Smith's popular one-man show. Through his animated recollections, Matt brings to life 1960s Capitol Hill, when Roy Street divided populations, nuns ruled with righteous anger, bullies trolled the schoolhouse and the newspaper shack represented the center of adolescent Matt's social universe.
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The Homestretch

January 12, 2015 7:00 PM

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagersKasey, Anthony and Roquewill surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness, as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
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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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Steamboat Bill Jr.

January 22, 2015 7:00 PM

Don't miss the boat to the start of Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015 it's one of the most beloved family films ever made! Steamboat Bill, Jr., Keaton's most farcical and funny feature, tells the story of an accident-prone and bookish son, who must help his burly, steamboat captain father save his business from a rival tycoon. In the process, Keaton performs mind-bending stunts and thrilling physical comedy.
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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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Pajama Party with Caspar Babypants

January 23, 2015 7:00 PM

Calling all party animals are you ready to dance and partake in some serious cupcake consumption? Wear your PJs and fluffy slippers, and bring your favorite stuffed animal along to see Caspar Babypants the nationally beloved kindie-rock act of Chris Ballew, from The Presidents of the United States of America. This time around, Caspar Babypants is doing an all-animal songs show, and there will also be a sneak preview of international animation from the festival that features furry and feathered critters.
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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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CFFS 2015 - Weekend One Pass

January 24, 2015 11:00 AM

Full pass for Weekend One of Children's Film Festival Seattle 2015! (Good for entry to any screening on January 24 & 25.)
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Snuggle Time

January 24, 2015 11:00 AM

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.
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Kid Powered

January 24, 2015 11:30 AM - 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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Abracadabra

January 24, 2015 1:00 PM - 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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Clara and the Secret of the Bears

January 24, 2015 1:30 PM

Part ghost story, part story of friendship, and part nature film, this is the gripping tale of a girl named Clara who lives with her mother and her stepfather on a farm in the Swiss Alps.
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Labyrinthus

January 24, 2015 3:00 PM

Frikke, a 14-year-old boy, comes across a computer game and discovers that it is being played with real kids, uploaded into the game's labyrinth. In a race against time, Frikke tries to find the creator of this horrible game and help the kids inside it. Can he crack the code to free his friends from a world full of pop-up buildings, houses of cards, and mountains of boxes, books and newspapers? Or will his nemesis prevail, and fulfill his evil plan to draw every kid on earth into the game?
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Family Matters

January 24, 2015 3:30 PM - 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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The Finishers

January 24, 2015 5:00 PM

Julien is 17, has a great sense of humor, lots of charm, and is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy. His parents love him, but the family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. His mother is overprotective, and his father has become withdrawn and self-destructive. In a bid to both bond with his father and help him, Julien challenges him to participate (with him) in the Ironman race in Nice, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. This time, he'll not only have to finish the difficult race, but also help his teen throughout the course.
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Be Different

January 24, 2015 5:30 PM - January 25, 2015 1:30 PM

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.
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On the Way to School

January 24, 2015 7:00 PM

They live in all four corners of the planet and share a thirst for knowledge. Almost instinctively, they know that their survival depends on knowledge and education. From the dangerous savannahs of Kenya to the winding trails of the Atlas mountains in Morocco, from the suffocating heat of Southern India to the vast, dizzying plateaus of Patagonia, these children are all united by the same quest, the same dream: to go to school.
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Shivers and Scares

January 24, 2015 7:00 PM

Settle down into your seat and we'll tell you a spellbinding tale of what lurks in the dark corners of the house at night, or at the bottom of the deepest sea. Along the way you'll also watch funny stories about the mishaps of the grim reaper and the power of imagination. But be prepared, or you might just JUMP with fright!
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Party Animals

January 25, 2015 11:00 AM - 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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See the World Change the World

January 25, 2015 11:30 AM - January 27, 2015 5:00 PM

Grab your bag (of popcorn) and take off on a whirlwind trip to places most Seattle kids never get a chance to see. With these films, you'll walk through a downpour in Indonesia, 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.
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Free Your Mind

January 25, 2015 1:00 PM - 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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Selkirk, The Real Robinson Crusoe

January 25, 2015 3:00 PM

Selkirk, an unruly, selfish pirate, is the sailing master of an English galley sailing the South Seas in search of treasure. With his merry band of pirates (one of whom is a girl in disguise), life is one adventure after the next. But after he is abandoned on an uninhabited island, he changes his outlook on the world and learns to survive alone. His story became Daniel Defoe's inspiration for the novel Robinson Crusoe.
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Fabulous Fables

January 25, 2015 3:30 PM - 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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Havana Curveball

January 25, 2015 5:00 PM - January 26, 2015 7:00 PM

This film is a documentary about Mica, a young teen. He's enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age rite. Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball, and that Cuba was the place where his grandpa received refuge during the Holocaust. On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba will throw him a curveball.
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Earth Sky and Sea

January 25, 2015 5:30 PM - 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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Super Shenanigans: Films by Youth

January 25, 2015 7:00 PM

Join us for an extravaganza of movies (with intermission!) made by future filmmakers of the world. Includes films made at Northwest Film Forum and Coyote Central youth camps, in other Seattle youth filmmaking programs, New Jersey, East London, the United Arab Emirates and Croatia!
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The Outlaw League

January 25, 2015 7:00 PM

Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives with his mom and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier, and Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.
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Shana: The Wolf's Music

January 28, 2015 7:00 PM - 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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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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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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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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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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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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