Children's Film Festival Seattle

August 6, 2017

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See the World and Feed Your Minds at a film festival for kids!

Take a trip around the world without leaving Spokane! The Bing Theater hosts its third-annual Children's Festival this August featuring 16 award-winning short films perfect for kids and the child in all of us. The festival showcases renowned international films from 16 countries, both animated and live-action, directed by some of the world's most talented directors and animators.

Ignite your family’s imagination as you follow these funny, imaginative and sometimes courageous stories on the big screen, and travel the globe to see what life is like in countries including France, Ireland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Sweden, Russia, Japan and Brazil. 

The festival's live-action shorts program, called "Longing and Belonging," is a trip around the world for ages 8 and older.  Get globally aware as you meet sweet children who dream of their homeland, boys and girls who feel passionately drawn to the arts, best friends who overcome bullying, a Korean-American boy who learns a big lesson about his parents, and an Alaskan Yup’ik teen who competes hard in basketball not just for himself, but for his whole community.

The festival comes to Spokane through a collaboration with Children's Film Festival Seattle, presented by the Seattle-based non-profit. Now in its 12th year, Children's Film Festival Seattle tours its children’s short film programs across the nation from Philadelphia to Honolulu in an effort to expose children to the art of filmmaking and animation. This will be the third year that Friends Of The Bing, the non-profit production team at The Bing, hosts Northwest Film Forum’s annual film collection in downtown Spokane. The Children's Film Festival is sponsored by the Sahlin Foundation.

Northwest Film Forum and Friends Of the Bing invite you to join in the fun August 6, 2017 @ 2:00 PM at downtown Spokane’s historic Bing Theater. Tickets to the 2nd annual Seattle Children’s Short Film Festival are available for $10 for adults (includes all fees) and $4 for children (12 years and younger) at

Running Time: Approximately 2 hrs 20 min

Presented Films Include:


(Erin Shea, USA, 2016, animated, 2016, 3:11 min, no dialogue) 

Go on a playful musical journey from the subatomic to the galactic, that touches on science ideas including wave particle duality, evolution and pollination.

The Sled

Winner of CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Storytelling

(Olesya Shchukina, Russia, animated, 2016, 4:19 min, no dialogue)  The little squirrel finds something he has never seen before. 

I Am Not a Mouse

(Evgenia Golubeva, UK, animated, 2015, 2 min, in English) 

Every time Lucy is called “Mouse” by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is she going to do? 

Konigiri-Kun Shopping

(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animated, 2015, 5 min, no dialogue) 

 Konigiri-Kun is a small rice ball who lives in a food case. One morning, he sets out to shop for sesame seeds, and has a lot of adventures along the way.

Silence! For Pete’s Sake!

(Kai Pannen, Germany, animated, 2015, 7:39 min, no dialogue)  Mr. Bumble would like to take a little nap. But it’s hard, because his friends are making so much noise!


Winner of the CFFS Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film

(Rawan Rahim, Lebanon/France, animated, 2015, 7:45 min, no dialogue) 

A shy girl develops empathy for others which helps her break outside of her shell. 


(Nathan Jurevicius, Lithuania/Canada/Australia, 2016, 7 min, in English) 

A young girl from a family of “Face Changers” takes a journey to a mountain to alter the direction of the wind. 

Little Stone Lion

Winner of the CFFS Catbus Kids Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film

(Tang Chen, Taiwan, animated, 2016, 6:58 min, no dialogue)  A little stone lion determined to prove his great ability in being a temple guardian, tries to chase a hungry cat who is munching on offerings on the altar table. But the two foes soon wind up as friends. 

Mimi & Liza: Farewell Color Grey

(Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia, animated, 2013, 7:18 min, in Slovak with English subtitles) 

Mimi, a blind girl, and her best friend Lisa help their colorless neighbor find joy in colors.

Moon Wolves

(Nima Yousefi, Sweden, animated, 2016, 12 min, no dialogue) 

Every night, the Moon Wolves stare at the moon. But one night, their longing grows so intense they must do something. They must go there. 


PLURAL+ 2016 Children’s Film Festival Seattle Award

(Shatha Alghabri, Malaysia, live action, 2016, 4:26 min, in Arabic with English subtitles)

Yemeni children share their experiences of being refugees, as they recount what they have seen and what they miss.


(Cassiana Maranha, Brazil, live action, 2014, 3:27 min, in Brazilian sign language with English subtitles) 

Valentino hears less, and feels more. He will grow up to be a musician.

The Debt

(Helen Flanagan, Ireland, live action, 2016, 12 min, in English) 

Ten-year-old Daithi is afflicted with a serious crush, but will his feelings get in the way of his loyalty to his best friend?

Shirin's Dream

(Maryam Abdoli, Iran, live action, 2016, 15 min, in Farsi with English subtitles) 

After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim

Winner of CFFS Audience Favorite Short Live Action and Fantastic Foxes Jury Prize for a Live Action Short

(Jaehuen Chung, USA, live action, 2016, 14:40 min, mostly in English, but some Korean with English subtitles)  A Korean-American boy makes up a glamorous story about his parents, but then discovers that their real story is something he can be much more proud of. 

I am Yup'ik

Winner of CFFS Iron Giants Jury Prize for a Live Action Short

(Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, USA, live action, 2016, 17 min, in English and Yup’ik with English subtitles)  In this inspiring documentary, an Alaskan Yup’ik teenager travels across hundreds of miles of frozen tundra to compete in a basketball tournament and bring pride to his village.


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