The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will host two special screenings from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2013 in June. Animated Shorts will featured Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m.; and Live Action Shorts will be screened Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m.

Over the past eight years, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects more than 120 international children’s films from 35-plus countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 15 to 20 U.S. cities.

On June 9, Strand audiences will travel all the way from the Arctic to Mozambique, with stops along the way to see animated sights in Instanbul, Germany, France, Argentina, Germany and India. These nine shorts are for all ages, with a total run time of 67 minutes. A few scenes depict danger in a couple of films, but there are always happy endings. One film has subtitles (German).

The girls and boys in the June 16 films are full of determination to live life to the fullest, despite obstacles and challenges that sometimes seem daunting. Children and adults alike will be amazed by their ingenuity, strength and sense of adventure. This collection of live action shorts is of ages 7 and older and runs 67 minutes. A few films depict scenes of emotional difficulty, with happy endings. Two films have subtitles (Spanish and Portuguese).

Tickets are $7.50, $5 for children. To view trailers of the children’s films or for more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or