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The animated short "Tulip."

How to watch SIFF’s Family Picture Show

Film festival offers 80 minutes of shorts designed for kids.

Kids’ film festival: The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) starts virtually on Thursday, April 8, with a delightful lineup of short movies including cartoons and live-action movies. The whole festival runs 80 minutes.

Look out for “Tulip,” an animated short that offers a new take on the classic Hans Christian Andersen story “Thumbelina.” (“Tulip” was created by Andrea Love and Phoebe Wahl, who are both based in Washington.) And the nine-minute film has received acclaim, too, winning an Audience Award after its premiere at the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

To watch the Family Picture Show, you can buy a ticket on the website of the Seattle International Film Festival. The virtual film festival runs until April 18. Tickets are $14 for students or seniors, $15 for regular admission and $20 for sustainer tickets, which are intended for people who plan to watch together with others on one device.

The kids’ film festival shorts include “Bearly,” director Cherry Zhou’s film about a bear who doesn’t want to hibernate (i.e., doesn’t want to go to bed).

kids' film festival


kids' film festival


Also featured is director Carlos’ Douglas Jr.’s “Kenya,” about a little girl who doesn’t want to go to the symphony, but ends up loving it.

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“Mae and the Sphere”

In the ten-minute live-action film “Mae and the Sphere,” directed by Joel Griffen, a girl, 10, finds a mysterious object outside her home. You can make some popcorn, turn out the lights and have an at-home kids’ film festival experience with your little.

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Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.