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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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Rouge () [In-Person Only]

January 29, 2023 4:00 PM - February 02, 2023 7:00 PM

Cantopop superstars Anita Mui Yim-fong and Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing display their iconic androgynous magnetism as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kongs Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan. Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan and the wayward scion of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man Chi-leung and Emily Chu Bo-yee) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.
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Framing Agnes [In-Person Only]

January 29, 2023 4:30 PM - January 29, 2023 7:30 PM

The pseudonymous Agnes was a pioneering transgender woman who participated in an infamous gender health study conducted at UCLA in the 1960s. Her clever use of the study to gain access to gender-affirming healthcare led to her status as a fascinating and celebrated figure in trans history. In this innovative cinematic exercise that blends fiction and nonfiction, director Chase Joynt (No Ordinary Man) uses Agness story, along with others unearthed in long-shelved case files, to widen the frame through which trans history is viewed.
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Give Me Pity! [In-Person Only]

February 01, 2023 7:30 PM - February 09, 2023 7:30 PM

Give Me Pity!, written and directed by Amanda Kramer, is a manic take on the retro TV variety show, starring the immensely talented Sophie von Haselberg in her leading lady debut as the star of a one-woman show who unravels as her performance goes on.
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CFFS 2023: In-Person Only Festival Pass

February 03, 2023 7:00 PM - February 11, 2023 7:00 PM

Children's Film Festival Seattle 2023: In-Person Only Full Festival Pass!
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CFFS 2023 Opening Night: Missing Link [In-Person Only]

February 03, 2023 7:00 PM

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldaña and Zach Galifianakis lead an all-star voice cast in this globetrotting adventure from LAIKA, the makers of Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings.
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CFFS 2023 Warm and Fuzzy (Ages 2+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 12:00 PM - February 11, 2023 12:30 PM

Follow along as these critters and kids embark on adventures of friendship, family, and learning to be yourself. This colorful collection of animated films will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy!
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CFFS 2023 Literal Sunshine (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 12:30 PM

Kids can do anything! In this block, watch kids innocently and mischievously sell rocks, brilliantly code, navigate disabilities and so much more, all with a beaming happiness that lights up the world around them.
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CFFS 2023 Dream Black (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 2:00 PM

Get swept away by the emotions, adventures, and vibrant dreams of the young Black protagonists in this collection of shorts.
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CFFS 2023 Growing Pains (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 2:30 PM - February 12, 2023 4:30 PM

These thought-provoking, moving, and funny shorts show kids growing up, learning about the world, and having to confront some of lifes challenges for the first time.
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CFFS 2023 The Colors of Community (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 4:00 PM

These films celebrate diverse expressions of gender and sexuality and how they can be discovered within and affirmed by strong relationships with family, friends, and communities.
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CFFS 2023 With a Little Help From My Friends (Ages 6+) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 4:30 PM - February 12, 2023 12:00 PM

These shorts celebrate friendship in all its forms, spanning ages, species, and circumstances. Friends help you find wonder, overcome challenges, and show you that youre not alone in the world.
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CFFS 2023 Journey to Yourland (Tvojazem) [Hybrid]

February 04, 2023 6:00 PM

Riki, a 10-year-old boy, runs away from home, following a mysterious emergency signal sent by a shiny stone. It takes Riki to the breathtaking parallel world of Yourland where science peacefully coexists with nature. The shining stone merges with Riki by hiding in his heart. It seems everybody in Yourland is eager to procure this treasure, as it is the core of Yourlands power and owning it gives a great deal of influence. Who should Riki share his secret with? His new cheeky friend, Emma? Metal Man, the mighty robot? Tidling, a monkey general? We accompany Riki on his adventurous journey full of perils, traps and humor, to learn where the stone belongs and return it there.
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CFFS 2023 Hopeful Harmonies (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 12:00 PM - February 11, 2023 2:00 PM

From helpful robots to violin-playing beetles, this collection of shorts will take you on a musical journey that will leave your foot tapping and heart full.
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CFFS 2023 Living Fantasy (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 2:00 PM - February 12, 2023 2:00 PM

Embrace the power of imagination in these films about kids who travel to other worlds, befriend mythical woodland creatures, and test out their own magic powers. With dazzling visuals, these films inject a hint of whimsy into everyday life.
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CFFS 2023 Hi, I'm Home! (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 2:30 PM

From boring grannies to griefing brothers, these shorts welcome you in a fuzzy embrace of affection and familial love.
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CFFS 2023 Películas de Español (Ages 12+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 4:00 PM

This eclectic collection of Spanish language films takes you through lifes ups and downs, adventures big and small! Meet characters like orphan stars, mischievous musicians, and animal companions.
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CFFS 2023 Everyday Magic (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 4:30 PM - February 12, 2023 2:30 PM

These films celebrate how imagination and creativity energize our everyday world, with an emphasis on the tools and inspirations that help create and animate imaginary worlds.
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CFFS 2023 Far Away from Home (Lejos de Casa) (Ages 12+) [Hybrid]

February 05, 2023 6:00 PM

A group of children from Latin America wait in shelters in Tijuana for the resolution of their asylum request in the United States.
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Encore! Phantom The Musical [In-Person Only]

February 08, 2023 6:00 PM - February 10, 2023 6:00 PM

Paris, Late 19th century. Gifted with musical genius and cursed with a monstrous face, Erik lives in hiding deep in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. When he hears Christine Daaés angelic voice, he is determined to make her the new diva. Carlotta, the opera houses resident diva, is overcome with jealousy and devises a plan to ruin Christines debut performance. In a rage, Erik takes his revenge upon Carlotta, setting in motion a series of events that leads to the revelation of his past and his tragic demise.
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CFFS 2023 Figuring It Out (Ages 14+) [Hybrid]

February 10, 2023 7:00 PM

From the light-hearted to the hard-hitting, these films explore the ups and downs of teenage life. Teens grapple with stress, mental health, and balancing expectations in these relatable, often quirky films.
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CFFS 2023 Folklore for a Future (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 11, 2023 12:00 PM

This block highlights folklore from cultures around the world, and centers storytelling to emphasize how shared creation stories, heritage, and tradition carry through into the lives we live today and bring us into community.
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CFFS 2023 Petites et Grandes Aventures (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 11, 2023 2:30 PM

Follow along with adventures big and small in this collection of French language films! Meet giant robots, friendly camels, a girl learning to sail, and even a mythical creature trying to track down a human.
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CFFS 2023 Against the Odds (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 11, 2023 4:00 PM

Come along for an entertaining ride as kids go on adventures, solve mysteries, and pursue their goals, all while making unexpected friends along the way.
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CFFS 2023 The Young Rebels (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 11, 2023 4:30 PM

Why should big-name film directors get all the credit for exploring what a film can do? These young filmmakers throw the rulebook out the window and prove that if you have an idea and a camera, you too can create an entirely unique work of art.
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CFFS 2023 Singo (Ages 10+) [Hybrid]

February 11, 2023 6:00 PM

Fishermen in a small fishing community catch a few horseshoe crabs and bring them to their island. A young girl, Shafa, wants to save the crabs from being killed for their blood, which is extremely valuable. When she steals the crabs to liberate them, she makes her family the target of the communitys anger. The islanders want to expel them, and now the principled Shafa must choose between the welfare of her family or the lives of the crabs.
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CFFS 2023 It's Up to Us! (Ages 8+) [Hybrid]

February 12, 2023 12:30 PM

Parents used to teach their children about climate change; now, children are teaching their parents. These short films demonstrate the ways in which todays youth have quite literally taken matters into their own hands to ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.
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CFFS 2023 Closing Night: The Magic Flute (Ages 10+) [In-Person Only]

February 12, 2023 5:45 PM

Aspiring singer Tim has been dreaming his whole life about attending Mozart All Boys Boarding School. He is ecstatic when he is finally admitted, but his first days at the prestigious school do not turn out as expected. But while he faces a hostile headmaster, the stresses of first love, and struggling with the authenticity of his singing voice, Tim uncovers a wondrous secret in the old school building a gateway to a parallel world.
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Geographies of Solitude [In-Person Only]

February 15, 2023 7:00 PM - February 19, 2023 7:00 PM

Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonists labor to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.
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Robinson's Garden () [In-Person Only]

February 15, 2023 7:30 PM - February 22, 2023 7:00 PM

On a drunken walk home, bohemian drug-dealer Kumi (Kumiko Ota) discovers an abandoned building on the outskirts of Tokyo. Attracted by the vast and untapped space rampant with luxuriant vegetation, she promptly sells all of her belongings and retreats from the world. She carves an island out of the concrete squat and wiles her days away growing cabbage and expressing herself in any way she pleases.
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What's Up Connection () [In-Person Only]

March 01, 2023 7:30 PM - March 05, 2023 7:30 PM

When Hong Kong teenager Chi Gau Shin (Tse Wai Kit, School on Fire) wins a trip to Japan, he unleashes a chain of events that will soon bring him from the secluded fishing village of Po Toi O to Tokyo, by way of Kamagasaki the so-called slums of Osaka. On the way, he connects with a barely competent tour guide named Kumi and the shapeshifting, loud-mouthed and lovable thief Akane. Upon returning home with this merry band of schemers, Gau Shin finds his family of resourceful counterfeiters on the verge of expropriation. A multinational conglomerate led by a ruthless Japanese developer has found the village, and is determined to raze it to build the new center of world trade!
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Opacity of Performance - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 08, 2023 6:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum presents an AWP offsite event, featuring readings from artist Takahiro Yamamoto and scholar Jang Wook Huh along with a dance performance by Seattle-based choreographer Heather Kravas. Yamamotos latest book, Opacity of Performance, takes its title from his 2022 performance installation at the Portland Art Museum. This dynamic reading expands upon the books investigations into visibility and objectification and uses the lens of choreography to question the opacity of performance.
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Spanner - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 08, 2023 7:30 PM

Northwest Film Forum presents an AWP offsite event with poets Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Sasha LaPointe, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, and Ken White. This multimedia event will include poetry, visual text, documentary poetics, screenplay, poetry film, and more!
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Off the Page - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 09, 2023 5:30 PM

Northwest Film Forum and Kamari Bright present an AWP offsite event: Off the Page will be an introductory, hands-on workshop highlighting non-traditional expressions of poetry. Participants will have a chance to experience animation poetry, embodied movement poetry, and video poetry in a lively, drop-in setting.
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Black SWANA Lit: Mizna Reading + DJ - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 09, 2023 8:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum and Mizna present an AWP offsite reading to mark the release of Miznas Black Takeover Issue, guest-edited by acclaimed poet Safia Elhillo. This collection of Black writing from the SWANA region and diaspora is a first-of-its-kind, and were celebrating its launch with a killer line-up of writers including Safia Elhillo and a DJ set by fab creative Ladin Awad. This program is supported by National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Minnesota Center for Humanities.
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A NoMaterial Symposium - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 11, 2023 1:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum and Black Sun Lit present an AWP offsite event: a NoMaterial Symposium where Carlos Lara and Brian Amsterdam (Ceremonial Abyss), plus some of their current friends take over the NWFF lobby with spontaneous readings, a mini-lecture, and noise overall.
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Somatic Spiraling: The Body as a Creative Resource - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 11, 2023 4:00 PM

Northwest Film Forum presents an AWP offsite workshop with Emily Mundy and Amy Hirayama. The body is a spiraling source of informationof memory, intuition, and instinct, of shifting energetic avenues. Often, writing is considered a disembodied act (even by writers themselves). But the physicality of writing exists on a much deeper level than simply excavating the mind for language, then allowing it to flow through fingers on a keyboard or from the wrist to the pen on a page. How might different areas of the body be conduits to the subconscious? How might exploring these spaces allow us to tap into uncharted areas of creativity we dont normally access? In this workshop, Amy and Emily will combine movement, guided meditation, and sensory exploration with generative writing prompts to steer writers through the energetic channels of their own bodies, in hopes of accessing surprising information for their creative work.
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Good Symptom - An AWP Offsite Event [In-Person Only]

March 11, 2023 7:30 PM

Northwest Film Forum and The 3rd Thing present an AWP offsite event: a showcase of time-based disturbances. Attend this screening to get a glimpse of the work you can expect to see in Good Symptom, a serial video anthology forthcoming from The 3rd Thing. Good Symptom challenges the page as the domain of literary work through curated works troubling the boundaries between cinematic and literary forms and critical essays. The publication is inspired by Roland Barthes statement in Camera Lucida, that The incapacity to name is a good symptom of disturbance. Good Symptom will be released as a full suite of short films over the course of 12 monthly online installments, beginning in September 2023.
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Mother of Color [In-Person Only]

March 23, 2023 7:00 PM

Noelia is a whip-smart, single mother of two who pretends to be able to do it all, but she cant find adequate childcare, her boss wont cut her a break and the ringing in her ear is getting worse. In a tumultuous world where immigrant children are put in cages and protesters fill the streets of Portland, she wants to fight for change, but she constantly has to choose her family over her career. When she finds out she might be losing her job, a family friend tells her that Noelias ancestors are trying to speak to her and that Noelia must listen and watch for the signs.
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Neptune Frost [In-Person Only]

March 29, 2023 7:30 PM - April 02, 2023 7:00 PM

Multi-hyphenate, multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams brings his unique dynamism to this Afrofuturist vision, a sci-fi punk musical thats a visually wondrous amalgamation of themes, ideas, and songs that Williams has explored in his work. Co-directed with his partner, the Rwandan-born artist and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman, the film takes place in the hilltops of Burundi, where a group of escaped coltan miners form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective. From their camp in an otherworldly e-waste dump, they attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime exploiting the regions natural resources and its people. When an intersex runaway and an escaped coltan miner find each other through cosmic forces, their connection sparks glitches within the greater divine circuitry.
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Walk Up () [In-Person Only]

April 05, 2023 7:30 PM - April 09, 2023 4:30 PM

In his ninth film for Hong Sangsoo, Kwon Haehyo plays Byungsoo, a film director who goes with his daughter Jeongsu (Park Miso), an aspiring interior designer, to a building owned by an old friend (Lee Hyeyoung) already established in the design field. She gives them a tour of the property, which includes a restaurant and cooking studio on the first two floors, her office in the basement, a residence on the third floor and an artists studio at the top. The three of them amicably chat the day away. But when his daughter leaves to get more wine, Byungsoo is left to spend time with the landlord and the other residents of her building.
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The Disabled List Presents: Live Comedy (Apr. 2023) [In-Person Only]

April 14, 2023 7:00 PM

Kayla Brown and Dan Hurwitz, fresh off eleven straight rejections at both national and international film festivals for their debut short, the award-eligible This Is Spinal Injury, will return to their rootsstand-up comedy. This live comedy show features Brown, Hurwitz, and an ever-changing cast of fellow local comedians!
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Northwest Film Forum
Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave
Seattle 98122



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