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Children’s Film Festival Featuring Patients From Seattle Children’s Hospital

(Image Credit: Children's Film Festival)

(Image Credit: Children’s Film Festival)

This time of year is filled with film festivals and awards shows. From January 24 through February 3, Seattle will host the Northwest Film Forum’s 8th Annual International Children’s Film Festival. For the past 8 years, the Northwest Film Forum has selected over 120 international children’s films from over 35 countries, and screen them for an audience of more than 10,000 people. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a major supporter of the Children’s Film Festival.

The Northwest Film Forum showcases movies filled with imagination, inspiration and fun from all over the world. They promote discussion and debate while igniting curiosity about other cultures, languages and ways of life. The Forum uses workshops, film discussions, and meetings with filmmakers to gain a better understanding of film and to tell beautiful stories that might not otherwise be heard.

(Photo Credit: Children's Film Festival)

(Photo Credit: Children’s Film Festival)

Seattle is in for quite a treat! Five of the short films being featured this year were created by Seattle Children’s Hospital  patients or feature the works created by the patients. These films include Chris Rumble’s Stronger, The Cat Immersion Project, starring Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, The Hidden Shadows of Cancer, featuring Ruby Smith’s photography, Haunting: A Head, starring Jenna Gibson, and Sara Takes Her Leap into the Bone Marrow Sea, by Sara Mirabdolbaghi. All of the films were created as part of the Children’s Healing Arts Program for patients, which also includes the Not Now program for young adults with cancer.

The festival will also be coming to the Children’s hospital itself, with a special jury of patients who will watch and review the films and award prizes for best animated and best live-action short films. Patients will also be able to work with professional animators Charlotte Blacker and Britta Johnson to learn how to make their own animated films!

(Photo Credit: Children's Film Festival)

(Photo Credit: Children’s Film Festival)

Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. For more than 100 years, they have been dedicated to providing top-quality care to every child in our region who needs us, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

WHEN: The festival begins on Thursday, January 24 and runs through Sunday, February 3, 2013

Seattle Children’s Hospital Screening Times:
Sara Takes Her Leap into the Bone Marrow Sea – Program: Small is Powerful – Sunday, January 27 at 1 p.m., Monday, January 28 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m.

The Hidden Shadows of Cancer – Program: See me Shine – Sunday, January 27 at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Cat Immersion Project – Program: Noah’s Ark – Friday, February 1 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, February 2 at 11 a.m.

Haunting: A Head – Program: Shiver and Shake – Sunday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 31 at 9 p.m.

Stronger – Program: Made in Seattle – Saturday, January 26 at 7 p.m., Monday, January 28 at 9 p.m., Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 3 at 5 p.m.

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Ph. 206-329-2629

TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.

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