TIFF Kids 2013

TIFF KIDS takes the spotlight at TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX. Special events, activities, workshops and live music to inspire young movie-lovers during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival.

Running from April 9 through April 21, 2013, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival™ returns for its 16th year, celebrating the best in child and youth cinema with over 100 feature and short films from more than 40 countries and an exciting lineup of special events, live musical performances, hands-on family activities, free programming and showcases for young filmmakers. The Festival kicks off on April 9 with the Opening Night film The Legend of Sarila (La Légende de Sarila), the very first Canadian 3D animated feature.

New for 2013 is a first-time partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, in both the Industry and Public Programmes, including a mascot meet-and-greet, a free screening of Elmo’s Alphabet Challenge, and workshops taking place on the final weekend of the Festival. Returning this year is the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace™, opening on March 9 for an extended six-week run to the end of TIFF Kids®, located again in the HSBC Gallery on the main floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Featuring new works by artists and leading developers of youth-focused interactive installations, digiPlaySpace allows children to gain a deeper understanding of how the installations work through play, art, building and creating.

“We are committed to engaging our young cinephiles in the discovery of new stories and cultures through the world of film, and the events throughout TIFF Kids encourage their creativity and expand their imaginations,” said Shane Smith, Director, Public Programmes, TIFF. “Through interactive and exciting installations in the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace, live music performances, hands-on activities, our introduction of classic film offerings and exciting partnerships with leading children’s programming organizations, we will be shining the spotlight on kids at TIFF Bell Lightbox throughout the Festival.”


TIFF Kids Opening and Closing Night
Opening Night Party
Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m.
Kick-start the TIFF Kids experience at the Opening Night Party with free pizza, snow cones, and lots of fun activities prior to our Opening Night screening of The Legend of Sarila. Age recommendation 8 to 13.

TIFF Kids Closing Night Screening
Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m.
Kids can pick up a gift bag after the Closing Night screening of Famous Five 2, the sequel to last year’s TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award winner. Age recommendation 9 to 13.

The Monkey Bunch – Live at TIFF Kids!
Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Comedian Shoshana Sperling, musician/songwriter Maury LaFoy and their musical friends return to TIFF Kids to deliver their high-energy performances that will have kids dancing, rushing the stage and going bananas! This unique Toronto group will impart fun and educational messages about the environment through a variety of musical styles. Age recommendation 2 to 7.

Canadian Opera Company After School Opera Program – Live at TIFF Kids!
Saturday, April 13 at 11 a.m.
In its 15th year, the After School Opera Program for children ages 7 to 12 introduces participants to the elements of acting, directing, singing and design involved in the creation of an opera. Led by artist educator Markus Howard, program participants from the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will perform their original mini-opera prior to the screening of Once Upon a Lullaby, an inspiring documentary about the elementary school chorus from Staten Island, NY’s PS22 — the largest and most ethnically mixed school in the borough — that came to worldwide attention in 2006 when their renditions of Top 40 hits began to cause a stir on YouTube. The After School Opera Program is offered at 5 centres across Toronto, including the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough.

Classic Shorts for Young People with Live Music!
Saturday, April 13, 3 p.m.
JUNO-nominated pianist Fern Lindzon performs original scores for two classic silent films, using some surprising instruments to bring these films to life. Age recommendation 7 and up.

A Trip to the Moon, director: Georges Méliès, France. Silent. With live accompaniment
A group of astronomers build a spaceship and fly to the moon in this innovative sci-fi adventure, a landmark of early cinema.

Sherlock Jr., director: Buster Keaton, USA. Silent. With live accompaniment
A film projectionist who longs to be a detective dreams himself into the movie he’s showing, where he takes on the role of a master sleuth trying to foil a jewel robbery. Slapstick, sensational stunts and high adventure abound in this classic comedy from one of cinema’s most legendary funnymen.


TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace Workshops
Designed for ages 10 to 14, these workshops allow kids to explore the world of digital technology through hands-on experiments, code-breaking sessions and 3D printing! Each workshop includes an hour for participants to explore the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace.

Spy Mystery Workshop
Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m to 4 p.m., Ages 10-14
Take on the role of a top-secret operative and use high-tech gadgetry to hunt down an enemy agent! Through this workshop, participants will learn about code-breaking and wireless communications, and the applications of both to everyday life.

Maker/Creator Workshop
Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m to 4 p.m, Ages 10-14
This hands-on workshop allows participants to learn about electronics, circuitry and conductivity as they create and experiment with simple and fun interactive technologies.

3D Printing Workshop
Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m to 4 p.m, Ages 10-14
Discover the many fascinating possibilities of 3D printing technology as you learn how this incredible process works, and find out what it takes to create a print of your own design.


Elmo's Alphabet Challenge, dir. Joey Mazzarino, USA
Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. (Free)
Are you up for an alphabet challenge? Abby shows off her new Fairy Fly Pad, but accidentally traps her friends inside the video game world! To get back to Sesame Street, Elmo, Telly and Abby must beat challenges that test their alphabet knowledge.
Bonus: Special guest to introduce the film!

Mascot Meet & Greet
Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free)
Bring your cameras to TIFF Bell Lightbox and meet three of Sesame Street’s most popular characters: Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby.

Louis Mitchell, Character Artist Workshop
Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Free, Pre-Registered)
Louis Mitchell, the Associate Design Director of Special Projects for Sesame Workshop, will showcase how to illustrate the iconic and beloved Muppet™ friends of Sesame Street in one hour sessions throughout the day. Examples of the artwork, as well as behind-the-scenes images will be displayed to help participants understand the unique world of character design at Sesame Street, while creating their own samples.

Sesame Street Make-a-Film Workshop
Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Free, Pre-Registered)
Producers from the Emmy-winning Sesame Street invite children ages 6 to 9 to create their own mini-version of an iconic Sesame Street film, Jump. Participants will video tape, edit and screen their own short film incorporating clips from the original film, as well as footage of Muppet™ friends!

Sesame Street Apps in the digiPlaySpace Appcade
Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, April 21
Sesame Street-themed games, creative tools and storytelling devices on the latest devices help kids develop their key learning skills and have fun while doing so.


TIFF and TVOKids partner for the second year to entertain and educate children during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival with special appearances, free screenings, and activities. Families will see some favourite faces from TVOKids, test out the latest in TVOKids fun and educational apps, and see two world premieres: an episode of the award-winning children’s television series, Dino Dan – The Adventures of Trek and Rattlesnake Crystal , a new episode from the upcoming season of Wild Kratts, in this year’s Loot Bag Jr. shorts programme.

Dino Dan – The Adventures of Trek
World Premiere
April 13 at 12:30 p.m.
In this exciting premiere of an episode from the new season of Dino Dan – The Adventures of Trek, the Dinobusters use their problem-solving skills and some cool equipment to uncover clues surrounding a castle haunted by dinosaurs. The screening is followed by a question and answer session with Dino Dan – The Adventures of Trek star, Trek and director J.J Johnson and is led by host of TVOKids’ The Space, Kara Harun.

Wild Kratts: Rattlesnake Crystal, dir., Canada/USA. English.
World Premiere!
April 14 at 10:30 a.m. April 21 at 11:15 a.m
The Wild Kratts have crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert. Searching the desert for a rare metal to repair their ship, the resourceful brothers encounter some very strange creatures.

Jump Cuts
The Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcases returns for its 12th year to provide Ontario’s young emerging directors the opportunity to see their work on the big screen. Presenting short films created for young people by young people, Jump Cuts is open to amateur filmmakers in two categories: grades 4 through 6, and grades 7 through 8. The finalists will be announced in the coming weeks, and their films will be screened during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival on April 19 and 21, 2013.

Free Activities
Each weekend during TIFF Kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox will host free drop-in activities, including face painting, button-making, pop-up magic shows and the RBC Flipbook Station. Supported by The Slaight Family Foundation Learning Fund.

And the Awards Go To…
TIFF Kids is committed to involving and engaging children in the critical assessment of films. Through the TIFF Kids Jury Awards, Audience Choice Awards and two new awards selected by the new adult jury, TIFF Kids continues to create a forum where kids’ voices can be heard. The TIFF Kids Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 3:15 p.m.  For more information about TIFF Kids Awards and the inaugural Adult Jury go to: http://tiff.net/tiffkids/festival/awards.

The TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 9 through April 21. Tickets for the TIFF Kids public programme go on sale to TIFF Members today (March 5) and to the general public on March 9. TIFF Members and the general public may also purchase tickets to school programme screenings subject to availability, beginning March 26. Prices range from Adult $12, Student/Senior $9.50 and Children (12 and under) $8.50. Opening Night $25.00 and Closing night $15.00 per person. TIFF Kids 10 packs are available for $75.00 (valid for digiPlaySpace and film tickets). Entry to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is $8 or $5 with paid screening ticket to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and Comic Book Heroes programme, discounts apply for TIFF Members. 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 Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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.

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