The hardworking folks that bring the Hollywood heavyweights to Toronto each September for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is showcasing the best in Canadian and International children’s cinema with the TIFF Kids International Film Festival from April 8-21.
Now in it’s 17th year, TIFF Kids Festival 2014 will have a two-week run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. This year’s festival brings 112 films in total with 29 feature and 83 short films from 31 countries including Australia, Germany, Israel, China and more. Films are catered for kids 3 to 13 years of age. With action, animation, dramas, comedies and documentaries, there really is something for everyone, even the pickiest tween!
The Opening Night film is the much-anticipated Canadian premiere of Rio 2, a playful 3D animated film that features lovebirds Blu and Jewel from the 2011 hit movie. The Closing Night film is The House of Magic, a stunning 3D animation from Belgium that tells the story of an abandoned cat who finds a new home in a retired magician’s mansion.
Other notable screenings at this year’s TIFF Kids Festival include Disneynature’s Bears, The Numberlys (from the Academy award winning team of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore), Helium (2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Live Action Short Film) and Mr Hublot (2014 Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Short Film).
The short films in this year’s festival feature a vast collection of Canadian and International live-action and animated films that will inspire, motivate and excite young filmgoers. The 83 films are categorized into 14 programs with themes such as Beyond My Years (8-10 years), Creativity Unleashed (8-13 years) and the Pink Panther 50th Anniversary collection, a must for fans of the original cool cat himself. Each program of film shorts includes a recommended age range, which makes selecting a screening easier for parents. Each program runs between 50 to 90 minutes.
There’s more to the TIFF Kids Festival 2014 than just movies. Organizers recognize that kids will be kids so there are plenty of events and workshops happening during this year’s festival including the Sesame Street Character Design Workshops, StoryMobs, and my favourite, the digiPlaySpace and digiPlaySpace workshops. Some events require pre-registration and/or an additional purchase.
There will also be plenty of free activities each weekend during the film festival including face painting, button making, the RBC Flipbook Station, and the Etsy Creative Puppet Lab.
On Easter Monday, April 21, the TIFF Kids Festival will showcase repeat screenings of this year’s award winning films in various categories including the TIFF Kids Festival Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film. Here’s your last chance to see the best of the best that international children’s cinema has to offer.
Tickets for the TIFF Kids International Film Festival are on sale now for TIFF Members. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 19. Prices are Adult $12, Student/Senior $9.50 and Children (3-13) $8.50. Opening Night is $25 per person and Closing Night $15 per person. Family packs of 10 tickets are available for $80. View all ticket options at tiff.net.
You can find the complete online film festival schedule at http://tiff.net/festivals/tiffkidsfestival/filmschedule.
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Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.