Guide to Seattle’s Children’s Film Festival
Northwest Film Forum is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the 7th edition of Children’s Film Festival Seattle — the largest international festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest! The festival is scheduled to run from Friday, January 26 through Sunday February 5.
The ten-day extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in children’s cinema, and includes almost 150 films from all over the world. It’s a mind-blowing mélange of live performances, animation, features, shorts and fantastic hands-on workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to the next generation of movie lovers — and their parents.
The fun includes a rockin’ pajama party with acclaimed kid rocker Caspar Babypants on Saturday, January 27. The fun continues on Sunday morning, January 28 with the festival’s traditional yummy pancake breakfast and film smorgasbord. As the festival unreels, programs will include films from USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Latvia, Israel, Japan, Iran, Switzerland, Slovakia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, Brazil, India, Italy, Vietnam, Columbia, Hungary, Germany, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Russia, the Philippines, Sweden, Norway, and Luxembourg.
You can also register your child for one of the creative, hands-on workshops going on during the festival. On Sunday, January 29, from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, it’s “Movie Making with Sock Puppets”! Unleash your imagination with what you find in the back of your sock drawer! In this class, kids will spend the first part making sock puppets. Then, the students will work together to decide upon a story and create a short movie starring their puppets. After the class each participant will receive a DVD of the finished film. Students should bring a few socks to use, which will be cut into and glued on. Also, feel free to bring scraps of fabric, yarn and buttons to adorn the puppets with. Recommended for ages 8-12. Cost: $50/person. Register online at http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.
Then on Saturday, February 4, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, it’s “Claymation Madness”! Create weird clay critters and monsters and make them move! In this fun 4-hour workshop, kids will have the chance to learn some of the basics of clay animation from Bill Jarcho (clay animation expert and all-around-fun-guy). You will learn about the construction of wire armatures, how to build simple clay figures and how to “morph” from one object to another (which is really cool!). Recommended for children ages 8 and older. Cost: $55/person. Register online at http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.
The Northwest Film Forum is located at:
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
The complete schedule and workshop registration is on the website at: http://www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.