Children’s Film Festival Seattle Kicks Off

This annual celebration of international cinema is perfect for the kids.

Running out of creative ideas to keep your cabin fever-afflicted kids occupied this winter? Take a deep breath, your saving grace is here: the 7th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle will be in town from Thursday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 5.

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CFFS is the largest children’s film festival in the Pacific Northwest, and annually features more than 100 films from nearly 30 countries. This year, the Northwest Film Forum will screen an array of bright, engaging films that range from feature-length animations to historical shorts – all of which are appropriate for your little tyke(s).

The festival will kick off on Thursday with the much-anticipated Northwest premiere of the French animation “Tales of the Night,” an action-packed visual spectacle from the animation team that created “Kirikou and the Sorceress” and “Azur and Asmar.” The film weaves together six vignettes that unfold in Tibet, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains and even the Land of the Dead.

Other films making their Seattle/Northwest debut at the festival include “Eep!,” “Fuschia the Mini Witch,” “Most Valuable Players,” “Harun Arun” and, winner of the Children’s Jury Award at the Montreal International Film Festival, “On the Sly.”

The festival will also host special events and workshops to run in conjunction with the films. These include: a Pajama Party with Seattle-based children’s rock phenom, Caspar Babypants; an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast and Short-Film Smorgasbord; and a hands-on tutorial titled “Claymation Madness.”

Admission to most festival programs is $7 for kids, $10 for adults and $6 for Northwest Film Forum members. Very small children are free. Special programs are priced as indicated.

CFFS at Northwest Film Forum | 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | Thursday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 5