What To Expect At Seattle Children's International Film Festival, 2018

Posted on: January 18, 2018

Finding kid-friendly films that are both thought-provoking and entertaining can be a challenge. If you’re on the lookout for a movie-going event to share with your child(ren), you’ll probably love the selection from Seattle Children’s International Film Festival. Here, we share the details on a few of the showings that are on the schedule this year.

Castle In The Sky 

The film festival kicks off on January 25 with a showing of Castle in the SkyAttendees have the option to arrive at 6:30pm for a special red carpet feature. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character from Miyazaki films, which will set the tone for a magical evening. At 7:00, the showing of this classic 1986 movie begins, appropriate for ages six and up. During its 125-minute run time, you can expect a mystical storyline of a girl and her companion who search for a mysterious island hoping to discover its secrets. For those who love breathtaking artwork, don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to see this beloved film on the big screen.


Wendy offers an extraordinary tale of a young girl and a misunderstood horse who learn to trust each other after traumatic experiences. Filled with gorgeous scenery and plenty of life lessons, this 87-minute show is a charmer. If you have a young equestrian in your life, this movie is a must see. It’s suitable for ages nine and up, as there are a few intense scenes. This film is in German with English subtitles, and it will be showing on January 27 at 3:00 p.m.

Bamse And The Witch’s Daughter 

The main character, a bear named Bamse, hails from a Swedish comic book. When a villain finds gold in a beaver’s dam, he schemes with a witch’s daughter to destroy the habitat and steal the precious metal. A group of children have to work cooperatively to save Bamse and the beavers’ home, highlighting the importance of friendship and the environment. This 2016 film is only 65 minutes long, making it an excellent choice for children who aren’t fond of sitting through long showings. However, it’s important to know that the movie is in Swedish with English subtitles. If you’d like to drop in for this cheerful story, it will be available on January 28 at 11:00 a.m.

The films described here are just a brief overview of what’s available at this iconic children’s film festival. Several features and shorts are on the schedule, as well as a great selection of special events and workshops. The festival is only here from January 25 to February 10, so be sure to take a look at the agenda and purchase tickets soon!

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