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Children’s Film Festival kicks off with film, music, dancing and pancakes

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You could never accuse the Children’s Film Festival Seattle of being boring. The fest, now in its ninth year, spans 11-days and is packed full of films from around the world that appeal not only to the young but also the young at heart.

The fest kicks off tomorrow night by lighting up screen at the Northwest Film Forum with a world premiere performance of a new score set to three films by Charlotte ‘Lotte’ Reiniger, a pioneer in silhouette animation in the 1920s. These films, which have rarely been seen, will be accompanied by a new composition performed live by the Seattle duo known as Miles & Karina and will include a little bit of guitar, a little bit of violin, some accordion, a banjo and a few other surprises.

The music (and film) continues on Friday, Jan. 24 with a dance and pajama party for the young tots with the ever popular “kindie” rock band Recess Monkey. The free cupcakes should have the kids up and dancing in no time.

Back this year is the fest’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast which is served up with a side of short films. The annual event always turns out big crowds looking to fuel up before heading into the theater for a day of cinema magic.

But don’t let all of this talk of music and food throw you off. This fest is first and foremost about bringing award-winning international films for children to the big screen. This year’s festival, which runs from Jan.23 through Feb. 2, will screen more than 130 films from 32 countries and includes some hometown pride with several new works from filmmakers right here in the Pacific Northwest.

As with any film festival, juried prizes will be handed out when the final reel of this fest unspools. This year’s jury boasts ten Seattle-area youth that will have the enviable task of screening the more than 50 films in competition and narrowing down their favorites to receive the top prizes. Once the prizes are handed out the Children’s Film Festival Seattle will go on tour throughout the year to more than a dozen U.S. cities.

For the full festival schedule and ticket information visit: childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org.

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