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SIFF 2018: 6 Films to See as a Family

The inside scoop from Seattle's biggest film festival

Published on: May 09, 2018

"Bee Nation" film screen shot
Still from the film "Bee Nation"

It's that time of year again! The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) runs May 17 through June 10.

With more than 433 films representing 90 countries on the docket, sorting through the list can be overwhelming. That's why we asked SIFF for their top picks for families.

Here's your cheat sheet to this year's festival. Tickets on sale now.

"Moomins and the Winter Wonderland"

Sweden's beloved stop-motion Christmas special features the adorable fuzzy hippopotamus-like creatures the Moomins, who wake one morning to discover that winter has come to their peaceful valley. This new English-language version features the voices of Alicia Vikander and Bill and Stellan Skarsgård. Appropriate for all ages.

"Supa Modo"

In this beautiful, bittersweet and profound film from Kenya, a town comes together to make the wishes of a terminally ill young girl come true: Help her achieve her dreams of becoming a superhero through the magic of cinema. Age recommendation: 8+

"The Family Picture Show"

Bring the whole family to the cinema for a playful set of animated, live action and documentary short films curated for the young and the young at heart. Appropriate for all ages.

"Bee Nation"

This empowering documentary showcases the determination of six young participants in Canada's inaugural First Nations Provincial Spelling Bee who, with the full support and encouragement of their community, dream of competing in the national championships in Toronto. Age recommendation: 6+


Welcome to Zombillenium, an amusement park where every day is Halloween and the staff members are werewolves, vampires, witches and zombies. When a nosy safety inspector unwillingly becomes a member of the undead workforce, he embarks on a mission to make the park a better place for humans and monsters alike. Age recommendation: 9+

"The Most Dangerous Year"

Join local filmmaker Vlada Knowlton for the world premiere of her documentary following the struggle of Washington State families with transgender kids. Knowlton and composer Chadd Knowlton are scheduled to attend both screenings. Appropriate for all ages.

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