Children’s Film Festival Seattle


Years running: 15 (since 2009)

Children’s Film Festival Seattle

International Children’s Film Festival.


Children's Film Festival Seattle is an annual, competitive, international film festival presented by Northwest Film Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to programming and supporting independent film and video.

Northwest Film Forum is dedicated to showing the best in world cinema, including the latest work from the world's most revered filmmakers, classic films from the canon, exciting new work from directors in Seattle and around the world, and the highest-quality films for family audiences. Last year, Children's Film Festival Seattle screened more than 167 films from 47 countries.


Children’s Film Festival Seattle has a 30-member Children’s Jury. The Jury views a competition selected by the Festival director, and awards prizes in the following categories:

  • Best Feature Film,
  • Best Animated Short Film,
  • Best Live Action Short Film,
  • the Northwest Filmmaker Prize (for the jury’s favorite film made by a filmmaker from the Pacific Northwest),
  • the Global Zoom Prize (for the film that best promotes intercultural understanding).

The Most Popular Film of the Festival is selected based on audience votes collected after each screening.

An additional jury, comprised of patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital, also selects a favorite live action and animated short film for awards.


  • All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 14 and under
  • The Festival accepts both live-action and animated submissions, completed 2021−2023.
  • Films and videos must not be aimed primarily at an adult audience.
  • All entries whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Dialogue lists or scripts are not acceptable as a substitution for this rule.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • A signed and completed 2018 Festival Entry Form (one online form per entry)
  • Link and password to an online screener of the film

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival Director — Elizabeth Shepherd



United States

Official Website



Elizabeth Shepherd
Director, Children's Film Festival Seattle
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122 USA

(Festival Director)
(Festival Coordinator)

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 15, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    August 15, 2023
  • Late Deadline
    September 10, 2023
  • Notifications
    November 15, 2023
  • Event Dates
    2 — 10 February 2024
Categories & Fees
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20
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  • Late Deadline — $25

Игровые и анимационные фильм, снятые молодыми людьми в возрасте до 18 лет.

  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — $15
  • Late Deadline — $20
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  • Late Deadline — $25
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