Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

children's film festival

"Frank & Emmet" is part of a collection of short films called, "All the Feels," tackling complexity of grief, loneliness, and all of life’s transitions.

Children’s Film Festival Seattle: ‘Celebrate’ at home or in person

The event runs Feb. 11-20, 2022, and includes more than 150 films from more than 40 countries.

With the theme “Celebration,” Children’s Film Festival Seattle kicks off for 2022 as both an in-person and a virtual event.

The 17th installment of this event runs Feb. 11-20 and includes more than 150 films from more than 40 countries. They’re all centered on the experiences, joy and challenges of childhood.

Event trailer here:


This festival has always strived to promote racial equity, diversity, inclusivity, social justice and global awareness through film. This year it’s under the guidance of new festival director Kendra Ann Sherrill, local filmmaker and editor of the locally produced children’s TV show, “Look, Listen, and Learn.”

In-person screenings will be at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill, and all films will be available for at-home screening.

Full schedule and descriptions can be found online.

How to see the films: Festival passes (virtual, in-person or hybrid) are available as well as admission to individual films; all fees are on a sliding scale. Proof of vaccination and double masking are required for in-person screenings.

children's film festival

The Norwegian film “Hello World” (Hei Verden) is a celebration of young people who have the courage to be different and take pride in their identities. (Ages 13+)

Children’s Film Festival highlights

Youth-made films: The Ready to Roll and Peculiar Pictures short film programs each showcase the creativity and innovation of the world’s future filmmakers.

Youth workshops: All-ages offerings available both in person and online, covering topics of experimental film, documentary filmmaking, puppet making, and storytelling using recycled materials. Full schedule here.

Promise to the planet: A collection of environmental shorts that emphasizes the importance of taking care of our natural home.

Rainbow Road: An LGBTQIA+ shorts block celebrating kids who live in their authentic selves.

Language-specific content: Short-film programs in Spanish and French for native speakers and language learners.

Multicultural feature films: Nine works from the Netherlands, Norway, Argentina, Belgium, Singapore and Germany.


“Best Birthday Ever” is the story of a small rabbit whose life changes when his baby sister is born. (All ages.)

Children’s Film Festival: in-person events

Opening Night: Celebrations From Around the World: 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. The fun starts with global celebration craft time, then a collection of footage of celebrations from around the world, and finally a special episode of “Look, Listen, and Learn!,” the local BIPOC-driven early learning television show edite by festival director Sherrill.

Storytime + Create Your Own Book with Tyrah Majors: noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb.12. Join children’s book author and KOMO 4 News Anchor Tyrah Majors will read her book “Grammy and Me,” followed by craft time where kids can learn how to become authors.

Sensory-friendly screening: “Icing on the Cake,” 11 a.m.-noon Sunday, Feb. 13. A chance to enjoy a movie in an environment that’s a little quieter and a little brighter. “Icing on the Cake” is a collection of gentle animation shorts suitable for all ages.

Closing Night: Best Birthday Party Ever! 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. (In-person and virtual) Make a party hat, see which films take home awards (selected by youth film jurors), and enjoy the all-ages animated feature “Best Birthday Ever,” which is having its West Coast premiere at this festival.


Event details here.


More things to do in Seattle’s Child


About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 14-year-old girl.