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article imageMovies only part of the fun at 15th annual kids film festival

By John Duarte     Mar 27, 2012 in Entertainment
Toronto - Thirteen days of movies, games, interactive exhibits and plenty more family-friendly fun are part of the 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival, starting April 10 in downtown Toronto.
The multi-media event, formerly known as the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for Children and Youth, has become one of the most important North American film festivals featuring programming and activities specifically directed for children three to 13 years of age.
The 2012 festival will screen 130 full-length films, 35 features and 95 short films from 41 countries and about a variety of themes, from family and society issues affecting young people to sports and dance and the environment.
“Not only do we have more films than ever before, we have plenty of off-screen fun planned to encourage children to express their creativity,” says Shane Smith, TIFF’s director of public programs. “Kids will truly take over every inch of TIFF Bell Lightbox this festival.”
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The opening film of the 2012 TIFF Kids International Film Festival is the Canadian premiere of Disneynature’s Chimpanzee. The movie follows a young chimp named Oscar as he explores the African rainforest after being separated from his family. The movie, co-produced with the Jane Goodall Institute, premieres April 13.
“Disneynature’s Chimpanzee is an extraordinary film featuring scenes that have never before been caught on film,” says TIFF Kids director Elizabeth Muskala. “Audiences will discover what life is like for chimpanzees in the wild and will better understand the importance of habitat protection and conservation.”
New for this year’s TIFF Kids is digiPlaySpace, an interactive space that includes learning-centric games and apps, new digital creative tools and hands-on production activities. Attractions such as Funky Forest, an interactive ecosystem where kids can create trees with their bodies, and Room Racers, a multi-player racing game where found objects become the race track.
The 13-day festival also features three award shows. The Golden Sprocket Awards chooses two feature films and a short film, the Audience Choice Awards allows festival attendees to choose winning films in the full-length and short-film categories.
The TIFF Kids International Film Festival runs April 10 to 22 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tickets are available through the organization’s website, by calling the box office at 416.599.TIFF (8433) or toll-free at 1.800.599.TIFF or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., in Toronto.
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