How to pick kid- and family-friendly movies at Seattle International Film Festival
The Seattle International Film Festival, a sprawling 25-day-event encompassing more than 400 adventures, dramas, love stories, documentaries and other movies from around the world, takes place May 16 to June 9, and there’s lots for families to see.
How to find them? Check out the festival film guide, and don’t stop with one search. Selecting “Family Friendly” in the drop-down “Genre” menu yields eight films and a compilation of shorts, and while these may be the most child-friendly offerings, those with older kids can find a lot of wonderful fare in other genres. “Coming of Age” includes 46 titles, many of which have protagonists under 18. The list associated with the genre “Music” includes this promising title: “Blinded by the Light,” from Gurinder Chadha, the director of “Bend it Like Beckham,” about a Pakistani teen in Thatcher’s Britain who finds inspiration in the music of Bruce Springsteen.
You also could happen upon amazing movies just by going to whatever looks best at the times your family has free.
Here are the shows listed as “family-friendly” in the Seattle International Film Festival’s film guide.
11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N
The beloved annual SIFF tradition of short films for kids is back with this presentation of 10 shorts from five countries. Most are in English or have no dialogue. At least one has subtitles.
1 p.m. Monday, May 27Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline
11 a.m. Sunday, June 2AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
11 a.m. Saturday, June 8SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine St
This animated feature film from France is an adventure story centered on a wayward ladybug. There is no dialogue: just a lot of humorous action from tiny creatures. Suitable for all ages that can sit through a feature film.
1 p.m. Saturday, June 1Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline
1 p.m. Sunday, June 2Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland
11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N
A coed preteen soccer team must win a game or be knocked down to a lower division, or possibly replaced with a choir, and they also need to solve “the mystery of the sleeping refs.” Spanish with English subtitles.
11 a.m. Sunday, May 26AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
1 p.m. Saturday, June 1Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland
Ten-year-old Sune Andersson has another kid named “Sune” in his fourth-grade class in Sweden, an annoyingly popular American. This comedy chronicles Sune’s trials and his revenge. In Swedish with English subtitles.
11 a.m. Sunday, May 19AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
1 p.m. Monday, May 27Lincoln Square, 110 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
An animated feature, set in the Peruvian altiplano (though the film is French and its director is Argentinian). Two kids and a condor retrieve a sacred statue from an Incan overlord. Dubbed into English. Suitable for all ages that can sit through a feature film.
1 p.m. Sunday, May 19Ark Lodge Cinemas, 4816 Rainier Ave S
11 a.m. Saturday, June 1SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine St
1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
A documentary about the Radical Monarchs, the Oakland, Calif.-based girls group, an alternative to Brownies and Girl Scouts, but infused with more feisty politics about empowering girls of color.
1 p.m. Sunday, May 26Lincoln Square, 110 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
1 p.m. Monday, May 27SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N
Based on “Sans Famille” a 19th-century novel by Hector Malot (which has been adapted for movies and TV 10 times), this classic tale follows the adventure of an orphan who joins a group of traveling street performers. In French with English subtitles.
11 a.m. Saturday, May 18AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
1 p.m. Sunday, May 19Majestic Bay Theatres, 2044 NW Market St
1 p.m. Sunday, June 2Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline
If all the world’s nations take action now to halt climate change, what will the world look like in 2040? That’s the big question Australian director Damon Gameau takes on in this eye-popping documentary, featuring animations, dramatizations and amazing innovations from around the world.
6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30Lincoln Square, 110 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
7 p.m. Thursday, June 6AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
4 p.m. Saturday, June 8AMC Pacific Place, 600 Pine St suite 400
Set amid the Tao people, the indigenous people of Orchid Island, off the coast of Taiwan, this story of a young Tao boy who wants to connect with his absentee father, and the boy’s teacher, who organizes a team to compete in Taiwan’s national aboriginal dance competition. In Tao and Mandarin, with English Subtitles.
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