TIFF Kids International Film Festival 2018

Bringing global stories to the screen, this year's lineup explores resilience and selfdiscovery.

The Highway Rat

This March Break, TIFF Kids stages a takeover at TIFF Bell Lightbox! Between March 9 and 18, young film lovers will gather to enjoy the best of international and Canadian cinema selected for kids aged 3–13, as the TIFF Kids International Film Festival returns. From films tackling tough topics to those exploring wondrous adventures and notions of ability, this 21st edition of the festival boasts an inspired lineup of programming sure to delight, inform and influence. With programming reflecting Toronto’s diversity, kids from all over the GTA can learn, play, and enjoy at this festival specifically designed with them in mind.

"We're surrounded by moving images these days," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, TIFF. "The more our kids learn how those images work and where they come from, the more they can navigate their world with confidence. That's why we're thrilled to bring the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and digiPlaySpace back to Toronto. There's a way to make deep, interactive learning fun, and it happens at TIFF."

Flanked by two weekends packed with programming, this year’s festival moves to March Break so even more children and families will have the opportunity to get in on the fun and engage with the festival. Opening this year’s festival is White Fang. Set during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890s, this animated tale chronicles the life of a wolf dog who experiences the best and worst of humanity and learns to overcome. From Academy Award winner Alexandre Espigares, this adaptation of White Fang is a captivating story of friendship, survival and redemption with an excellent voice cast including Paul Giamatti, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Eddie Spears. 

For over 20 years, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival has brought insightful and complex films to Toronto’s youth, challenging ideas of what kids content truly can be,” said Jennifer Barkin, Senior Programming Manager, TIFF Kids International Film Festival. “A true strength of this festival is its ability to meld fun and levity with more challenging material and conversations. TIFF Kids presents a unique opportunity for Toronto’s children to be exposed to exciting narratives and discussions from all over the world in ways that are relevant and relatable to their own lives.

Highlights include screenings of Nora Twomey’s Academy Award Nominated animated feature The Breadwinner, which had its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival; the Canadian Premiere of Maya the Bee – The Honey Games; intergenerational tale of potential and self-discovery Stardust, and, from Academy Award–nominated Magic Light Pictures, The Highway Rat. This year’s lineup is the most diverse to date, with over 100 films from over 40 countries. To complete the TIFF Kids experience, screenings of films with subtitles will feature a live, in-cinema reader so even the youngest audience members can get in on the action.

For the second year, TIFF Kids will also offer screenings in a sensory friendly environment designed to provide the best experience for patrons with sensory sensitivities such as those with autism spectrum disorder.

Little Film Lovers

Part of the magic of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival is that for many, it marks the beginning of a lifelong love of film. As part of this year’s festival, TIFF is proud to announce the launch of Little Film Lovers: Share a Lifetime of Film Memories, a new campaign designed to provide film access to youth across the GTA, no matter their financial circumstances.Throughout this year’s festival, patrons will be encouraged to share their favourite childhood film memory and share the magic of film with the next generation of film lovers by making a donation to the campaign. tiff.net/lfl

​digiPlaySpace continues this year, bringing Mixed Reality to TIFF Bell Lightbox. The award-winning interactive playground allows kids aged 3–13 to enter into classical artworks, control a flamingo through dance, watch a machine draw a picture based on feeling, and more. The exhibition offers hands-on experience for kids and parents to explore the creative potential of machine learning, motion capture, and coding.

Tickets for TIFF Kids are now on sale. Prices are $14 for adults, $11.50 for students/seniors, and $10 for children (ages 3–13). Opening Night Film and Party is $36 per person, and Premium Screenings (Closing Night Film and Special Events) are $21 per person. Some activities are free. As part of this year’s season of kids programming, entry to digiPlaySpace is free for TIFF Members, and $11 weekdays/$13 weekends and holidays for non-members.

During March Break, tickets to TIFF Kids films can also be purchased with a ticket to digiPlaySpace at a reduced price for $25 (adults) or $21 (children ages 3–13). Patrons of TIFF Kids can also share the experience with family and friends by purchasing tickets in packs of 10 for $120.

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 and Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox. All screenings and events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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