The Butler and the Ball has been selected for the 16th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, presented by Northwest Film Forum. This competitive festival, with childrens’ jury and audience prizes, will be held virtually February 18 to 28, 2021, and feature four feature films and 16 short film programs representing 36 countries. The Butler and the Ball screens in the short film program Radolescents! Films by Youth (Ages 8+), which can be pre-ordered here with sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can ticketing. Children’s Film Festival Seattle programs will also be offered to school groups through March.
The Butler and the Ball, an urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer, is directed by eight-year-old Andrew Chan-Possemato, who wrote and produced it with Albert.
Since 2005, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has grown to become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children ages 3-14 and their families. Each year, Northwest Film Forum has selected international children’s films from dozens of countries, reaching more than 10,000 people during festival screenings in Seattle and a subsequent festival tour of 20-25 U.S. cities.
Children’s Film Festival Seattle prioritizes stories that have been underrepresented in the mainstream media, which inspire empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world. Their core values are racial and gender equity, inclusivity, social justice, global awareness, and the best in age-appropriate, visual storytelling for young people.