For the Planet (Ages 11+ Environmental Short Film Program) at Children's Film Festival Seattle
Friday Feb 28: 7.00pm
Sunday Mar 01: 3.30pm
These live-action and animation films are about the earth, its future, and Gen Z heroes who are willing to fight for it.
** Filmmaker Chelsea Keene (Reflection) in attendance! **
** Content advisory: The content here is sometimes sad, as the effects of climate change and poverty are honestly portrayed. But all the children in the films are brave, and work to bend the world to their beliefs. In "Baxu and the Giants," there are scenes with an alcoholic but loving grandmother in distress, and men shooting at a rhinoceros. **
Short Films in this Program:
(Lou Morton, Denmark & USA, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal)
In the future, people on a remote island are training for an important mission.
(Sébastien Baillou, Belgium, animation, 2017, 6:40 min, nonverbal)
A bird leads us into a world of plastic colors.
My Letter to the Oilsmen
(Xander de Boer, Nigeria, live-action, 2019, 15:21 min, English)
Papilou, 14, lives on the edge of a heavily polluted piece of land. He knows who polluted the land, and who must clean it up. But will Shell Oil listen to him?
199 Little Heroes: Mathis from Sweden
(Lina Luzyte, Germany & Sweden, live-action, 2019, 10 min, Swedish with English subtitles)
Mathis is a 12-year-old Sami (Indigenous) boy living in a town in the northernmost part of Lapland. But soon, because of heavy mining, his town will cease to exist. Mathis goes on with his Sami traditions, including herding reindeer with his father.
Baxu and the Giants
(Florian Schott, Namibia, live-action, 2019, 28:40 min, in Afrikaans, English & Khoekhoe with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!
Baxu, a nine-year-old girl, lives a peaceful life with her older brother Khata and her grandmother. Though her grandma drinks too much, Baxu and her brother can take care of her. But then, Baxus brother gets involved with a gang of poachers. Its up to Baxu to save everyone her family, and the giants of the Savannah.
(Chelsea Keene, USA, animation, 2019, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!
On its surface, this animated film is about two leaves. But on a deeper level, it is also a reflection on nature and humans, caught in the dance of life.
(Darrell Hillaire, Lummi Nation, live-action, 2019, 14 min, English)
This documentary, with stunning underwater footage, sharing the knowledge that is held in Coast Salish Lummi communities, detailing the importance of salmon to the land and its people.
This program is a part of Northwest Film Forum's 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle 2020: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org
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Northwest Film Forum's mission is to incite public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. A nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle, Northwest Film Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year. A comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops (including summer camps and year-round programs for young people) and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab. Northwest Film Forum is a member-based organization. nwfilmforum.org
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The 15th Annual Children's Film Festival Seattle is a cinematic extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest in international films for children, including animation, feature length films, short films, and hands-on workshops. Since 2005, Childrens Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-16. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects childrens films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings and field trips in Seattle, and a subsequent festival tour of up to 25 U.S. venues.
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