Action! Films For Families at Seattle's International Film Festival
Not your standard movie fare: expand the kids' horizons with these incredible, unique picks from the 2018 SIFF
The 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on May 17, but the schedule is already out and tickets are already on sale. With more than 400 films from 90 countries, 145,000+ attendees, and 25 days worth of entertainment, SIFF is the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States.
You may think that it's mainly adult fare, but there is an amazing Films4Families category with American and international films that will delight kids of all ages — and those who may just be young at heart. Films4Families celebrates the whole family coming together to share the moviegoing experience, and this year, the lineup features some of the best children's features and shorts from around the world.
Here are a few picks that stood out to us. Consider buying your tickets now; they often sell out!
"Moomins and the Winter Wonderland" — Finland
May 19, 20 and 28
This beloved stop-motion Christmas special features the adorable fuzzy hippopotamus-like creatures the Moomins, who wake one morning to discover that winter has come to their peaceful valley. This new English-language version features the voices of Alicia Vikander and Bill and Stellan Skarsgård. Originating in a children's book series by Finnish author Tove Jansson, the Moomins are considered one of Finland's most cherished cultural exports.
"Supa Modo" — Kenya
May 20 and 27, June 1
Older kids will appreciate this bittersweet film from Kenya. Jo is a 9-year-old girl who is obsessed with superheroes and dreams of becoming one to beat her diagnosis of a terminal illness. Her town community comes together to support her belief in her superpowers. Initially a tight jar lid needs her "super strength," but soon her abilities to stop a purse-snatcher gives rise to her starring in her own superhero film. We're willing to bet that it's more moving and meaningful than a lot of the other superhero movies out there right now.
"The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales" — France
May 27 and June 2
This film tells three playful tales: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus — in a style reminiscent of classic Looney Tunes. Co-director Benjamin Renner adapted the tales from his own graphic novel. Silly and eccentric, it will delight kids and adults alike.
"The Family Picture Show" — International
The whole family will love this set of animated, live-action and documentary short films curated especially for the young and the young at heart. Stories range from a young boy that believes his dad is a superhero and sets out to prove his theory, to a stop-motion tale about a set of paints that come to life to create new masterpieces.
"Zombillenium" — France
May 28, June 6 and 9
Zombillenium is an amusement park where every day is Halloween and the staff are actual werewolves, vampires, witches and zombies. When a nosy safety inspector accidentally becomes a member of the undead workforce, he sets out on a mission to make the park a better place for humans and monsters alike, and the scariest park ever. Recommended for ages 9 and older.
"Zoo" — Ireland
June 3 and 10
Based on an amazing true story, "Zoo" tells the story of a young teenager, Tom Hall, and the crew of misfits that daringly break into their local zoo to protect a baby elephant named Buster from being killed during the Blitzkrieg of Belfast in 1941. A real story about doing the right thing no matter the circumstances.
"Pick of the Litter" — U.S.
May 23 and June 4
Animal lovers will get a kick out of this documentary following five Labrador siblings as they undertake guide dog training. From basic manners to the intensive 10-week course after their first birthday, watching the puppies grow is a delight. Potomac is rambunctious while Primrose is calm and collected—ready for any task. Patriot is all energy and focus, Poppet is sweet as can be, and Phil, well, he's the underdog determined to prove himself.
Check out more details, show times and other films showing, on the SIFF website. Then, grab your popcorn and sit back and enjoy.