Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2012, Apr 10–22

From April 10 to 22, TIFF Bell Lightbox will be turned over to the next generation of cineastes and filmmakers as the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth) takes over the building. Celebrating fifteen years of great children's cinema with more than one hundred films from over twenty countries, TIFF Kids brings a world of film to Toronto's youngest audiences, along with an exciting lineup of special guests, imaginative and interactive activities and showcases for young filmmakers.

TIFF Kids offers a diverse slate of films from Canada and around the world – films that take children and parents out of the everyday, and use the power of film to foster thought and encourage discussion about the complex and challenging issues facing young people today, and have lots of fun doing it.

Whenever possible screenings include an opportunity to engage in discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the film's ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more.

To ensure that children and youth of all age groups have the opportunity to experience Canadian and international cinema made especially for them, this year we have divided the former Sprockets into two unique festivals.

• The TIFF Kids International Film Festival offers film programming for ages 3 through 13 from April 10 to 22.
• Youth aged 14 through 18 will be able to enjoy the first ever TIFF Next Wave Film Festival from May 10 to 12.

Also new this year is Toronto's first ever digiPlaySpace – a space where parents and children can immerse themselves in a digital adventure!

With TIFF Kids, you can be sure the time your family spends in the theatre will be more than just a day at the movies.

We look forward to seeing you and your children at this year's Festival!




Young audiences treated to over 130 films from over 40 countries and plenty in-between film fun during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Toronto – Running from April 10 through 22, 2012, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth) celebrates 15 years as one of the most important film festivals in North America with special programming and activities for children aged 3 to13. In addition to a compelling selection of features and shorts showcasing the best of Canadian and international cinema, an exciting slate of special guests, hands-on family activities and showcases for young filmmakers, new for 2012 is the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, a family-friendly environment which includes interactive installations, educational games, apps, new digital creative tools and hands-on production activities.

"Not only do we have more films than ever before in our expanded and tailored film programmes for young cinephiles in the 3 to 13 age range, complemented by special guests and post-screening discussions, we have plenty of off-screen fun planned to encourage children to express their creativity," said Shane Smith, Director, Public Programmes, TIFF. "From interactive installations in the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace and tutu decorating, to autograph sessions and dance parties, kids will truly take over every inch of TIFF Bell Lightbox this Festival."

Highlights of the 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival include:

A record-breaking 130 films (101); 35 features (33) and 95 shorts (68)
*numbers in parentheses denote 2011 figures

41 countries (28) represented, including Canada, The Netherlands, India, Iraq Japan, Spain and Germany
*number in parentheses denotes 2011 figure

Children aged 3 to 13 will experience exclusive screenings of the highest-calibre feature films from around the world, touching on a variety of themes, including environmentalism, family, acceptance, bullying, identity, perseverance, sports, dance and visual arts, hope, diverse cultures, teamwork, friendship and activism.

The 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival opens on Friday, April 13 with the Canadian Premiere of Disneynature’s feature film Chimpanzee. This new True-Life Adventure follows a young chimpanzee, Oscar, as he explores the fascinating world of the African forest. Chimpanzee is directed by the award-winning team of Alastair Fothergill (African Cats, Earth) and Mark Linfield (Earth). Chimpanzee’s principal photographer, Bill Wallauer, will be in attendance on Opening Night for a post-screening discussion about his role in the making of the film. Bill has spent over 15 years working closely with chimpanzees for the Jane Goodall Institute.

TIFF Kids presentations often feature in-person appearances by filmmakers and special guests who introduce their films and answer questions from the audience following the screening. Guests in 2012 include producer, director and co-founder of the Academy Award®–winning Aardman Animation, Peter Lord, who will engage with audiences at the Canadian Premiere of his latest film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 3D.

TIFF Kids 2012 features six shorts programmes comprised of the best in short film, animated and non-animated, from around the world. TIFF Kids’ Reel Rascals programme showcases short films specifically for kids aged 3 to 6.

Entering its 11th year, the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase engages Ontario's young people and gives emerging directors the opportunity to see their work on the big screen. The TIFF Kids International Film Festival Jump Cuts competition is open to young filmmakers in two categories: grades 3 to 6 and grades 7 to 8. This year’s finalists will be announcing in the coming weeks.

Winners of TIFF Kids’ internationally recognized awards are announced at the end of the Festival.
o Golden Sprocket Awards: The TIFF Kids young people’s feature film juries select two feature films representing two different age groups (8- 10 and 11- 13). Additionally, one jury for ages 9 through 13 selects a winning short film.
o Audience Choice Awards: TIFF Kids audience members choose winning films in both a feature film category and short film category.
o TVOKids Choice Award: TVOKids is proud to support young filmmakers of Ontario. Audiences are invited to visit tvokids.com to rate the film that they think should be receive the TVOKids Choice Award.

In collaboration with world-leading developers of children's interactive installations, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival invites families to discover the future of creativity through innovative art installations, learning-centric games, introductions to new digital drawing tools and memorable hands-on film and media production activities. The first-ever TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is located in the expansive main-floor gallery at TIFF Bell Lightbox and is presented by VINCI, a new category of touch screen-based early learning systems for toddlers and preschoolers.

Signature installations of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace include the Canadian Premieres of Funky Forest, an interactive ecosystem where children create trees with their bodies, and Room Racers, a multi-player augmented reality race car game where found objects become the race track. Leading experience design team Aesthetec Studio also presents several playfully creative installations that use children’s voices, hands and imaginations to turn light into music and movement into art.

TIFF Kids and the Tutu Project
April 14 and 15, 10 am to 4 pm
TIFF Kids is thrilled to participate in the National Ballet of Canada’s Tutu Project – a community outreach initiative launched in celebration of the National Ballet’s 60th anniversary. Attendees at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival will get the chance to contribute their artistic flair to the TIFF Tutu design by participating in our Drawing On Film activity. Taking markers to clear 16mm film leader, the colourful, camera-less animations created by participants will be woven together to form the tutu that represents TIFF when the entire collection goes on display at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in June 2012 and the Design Exchange in Toronto later this summer.

The Monkey Bunch: Live at TIFF Kids!
Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
TIFF Kids presents its first live concert for kids — featuring the unique, high-energy music of Toronto’s own The Monkey Bunch. The Monkey Bunch are comic genius Shoshana Sperling, musician/songwriter Maury LaFoy and their musical friends. Playing a variety of musical styles, The Monkey Bunch engages kids with music and humour while imparting fun yet important educational messages about the environment.

Kidz Bop Video Dance Party
Saturday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Kids experience a dance party like no other as a TIFF Bell Lightbox cinema transforms into a Top 40 mini-disco. Kids dance to the latest pop tunes against a backdrop of music videos from the talented Kidz Bop performers and grab the microphone for their very own moment in the spotlight. Recommended ages 6-10.

Additional free activities include: face painting, special FX make-up, the Popbox Photo Booth, an RBC button making station and balloon twisting.

TIFF and TVOKids have partnered up to entertain and educate children during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. With special appearances, free screenings and activities throughout the Festival, families will meet some of their favourite TVOKids on-air hosts, test out the latest in cool apps, and talk about everything from science to bullying.

TIFF Kids International Film Festival Industry Programme
April 16 – 20
Provides industry professionals who shape content for children and youth the opportunity to screen a selection of Canadian and international films, discover trends in educational and interactive programming and network with fellow emerging and experienced professionals. New this year, TIFF Kids Industry will run an informative, exciting week comprised of sessions, including a master class, panels and roundtables featuring guest speakers on the latest trends in the children's entertainment industry. Registration for Delegates is now open and additional information can be found at tiff.net/industry.

TIFF Nexus New Media Literacies Conference
April 20 from 1 pm to 7:30 pm
As part of TIFF Kids Industry Programming, the TIFF Nexus New Media Literacies Conference brings together filmmakers, game developers, interactive creators, academics, businesses and educators to learn about how emerging technologies are shifting, what it means to be media literate, and what it takes to thrive in the new media ecosphere. Attendees will have a chance to explore these themes through inspirational discussions, creative collaboration, hands-on learning workshops and the highly–anticipated results of TIFF Nexus’ innovative Youth New Media Literacy Jam. Tickets are on sale now and additional information can be found at tiff.net/nexus.

Specially selected merchandise will be available at the TIFF Shop during the run of the Festival. Merchandise includes: fun themed pens, pencils and erasers, magnetic comic strip kits and vintage jump ropes and yo–yo’s.

Youth aged 14 through 18 will enjoy the first ever TIFF Next Wave Film Festival from May 10 through 12, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Additional announcements for the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival will be made over the coming months.

The TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 10 through April 22. The TIFF Kids school programme runs April 10–13 and April 16–20, and public programme from April 13–15 and April 21–22. TIFF Members and the general public may also purchase tickets to school programme screenings subject to availability. Tickets for TIFF Kids go on sale to TIFF Members today and to the general public on March 14. Prices range from Adult $12, Student/Senior $9.50 and Children (13 and under) $8.50. Opening Night $25 per person. Family packs of 10 tickets are available for $75. Entry to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is $5 or $2.50 with paid screening ticket. Some activities are free. For more information on screenings and activities, or to purchase tickets, please visit tiff.net/kids call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-800-599-TIFF, or visit the box office at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC, and BlackBerry. For more information, visit tiff.net.

The TIFF Kids International Film Festival is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

VINCI is the Presenting Sponsor of the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace.

Pizza Nova is the Presenting Sponsor of the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase.

GAP Kids is Official Sponsor of TIFF Kids International Film Festival Opening Night Film and Party.

Media Partners of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival are TVOKids and the Toronto Star.

TIFF Kids International Film Festival Industry activities are supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

TIFF Nexus was made possible through The Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

TIFF Nexus is sponsored by Autodesk.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsor RBC, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

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