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‘Love & Light’: Children’s Film Festival Seattle online Feb. 18-28

Upgrade your at-home watching with curated selections from around the world.

Children’s Film Festival, 2021:

It seems a lot of us are watching a lot of movies these days.

Now you can add some variety to your film-watching fare with the 16th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, an all-virtual event again this year, taking place Feb. 18-28.

Sponsor Northwest Film Forum announced that the theme this year is “Love & Light,” to encourage empathy, understanding and a nuanced view of the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has seemingly turned everything upside down.

The slate of films, available on demand, includes four feature films and 16 selections of short films for a total of 133 films representing 36 countries. There are both live-action and animated films, and the curation information explains appropriate age ranges for each selection.

Here are full descriptions of the feature films and the short-film packages, which include Spanish-, German- and French-language offerings, youth-produced films, animated films for the youngest viewers and for those 15 and up, and themes such as perseverance, anti-bullying and the bonds of friends and family.

In addition, there will be interactive workshops conducted via Zoom on topics including storytelling, animation, and experimental filmmaking. There will also be video greetings from filmmakers and an awards process with youth juries.

There are various ways to enjoy the festival offerings, including festival passes from $75-125 and pay-as-you-can admission to individual short-film programs.

This story was originally published on Feb. 3, 2021.


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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 13-year-old girl.