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In 2017, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary as one of the world’s most important cinematic events for film lovers aged 3 to 13. TIFF Kids has helped inspire and empower tens of thousands of children through the discovery of filmmaking and animation. Our youngest audiences took over TIFF Bell Lightbox for our largest programme to date, a diverse selection featuring over 160 films from over 40 countries. We had plenty of off-screen fun and special events planned to encourage children to express their creativity.

TIFF Kids’ 20th year coincides with Canada’s 150th, so please come celebrate this country’s sesquicentennial with us year-round as we showcase some of the finest short films from Canada’s rich history, along with special screenings of the beloved classics Anne of Green Gables and The Dog Who Stopped the War — all for free!

TIFF Kids engages young audiences in the art of storytelling, critical thinking, and media literacy through Q&As with filmmakers and special guests, our Jump Cuts Young Filmmaker Showcase (which goes national in 2017), and participation in the event itself as festival jurors.

The award-winning digiPlaySpace exhibition returns for nine weeks, and this year’s theme of “Creative Machines” invites children to experience the latest creative technologies by diving into a magical environment where physical and digital media converge.

We are excited to celebrate this year’s festival with you and look forward to sharing many more.

See you at the movies!

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And the Awards Go To…

The awards for the 20th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival were announced on April 23, 2017, at a ceremony held at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The milestone festival came to a close honouring the best and brightest in children’s cinema with Toronto’s youngest cinephiles awarding the TIFF Kids International People’s Choice Awards to On Wheels as their favourite feature film and Halim as their top short film. Prizes also included the TIFF Kids International Film Festival Young People’s Jury Awards, selected by three juries comprised of kids ages 8 to 13; two short film awards selected by the TIFF Kids Festival Adult Jury and the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase winners, both determined by juries of industry professionals.

2017 Award Winners:

TIFF Kids Festival People's Choice Awards
TIFF Kids Festival People’s Choice Award – Favourite Feature Film:
On Wheels (Sobre Rodas), dir. Mauro D’Addio, Brazil, Portuguese

TIFF Kids Festival People’s Choice Award – Favourite Short Film:
Halim, dir. Werner Fiedler, Austria, Arabic, German

digiPlaySpace People’s Choice Awards
digiPlaySpace People’s Choice Award – Favourite Installation:
Last One Standing, artist Douglas Gregory, Canada

digiPlaySpace People’s Choice Award – Favourite App: Monument Valley, Ustwo Games Ltd., United Kingdom
TIFF Kids Festival Young People's Jury Awards
Three juries of young film lovers aged 8 to 13 selected the winning film in their category. Desta Lazarus (10), Henry John Bearss (10), and Janine Burtnick (9) made up the Young People’s Feature Film Jury, ages 8-10. The Young People's Feature Film Jury, ages 11-13 was comprised of Alice Sykes (13), Carson McCormick (13), and Maliha Mehreen (12). The Young People’s Short Film Jury, ages 9-13 was decided by Lucy Weltman (11), Shivon Dyson (13) and Noam Aufgang (12).

TIFF Kids Festival Young People’s Jury Award (ages 8-10) – Best Feature Film:
Red Dog: True Blue, dir. Kriv Stenders, Australia, English

TIFF Kids Festival Young People’s Jury Award (ages 11-13) – Best Feature Film:
Fanny’s Journey (Le voyage de Fanny), dir. Lola Doillon, France/Belgium, French

TIFF Kids Festival Young People’s Jury Award (ages 9-13) – Best Short Film:
When Grey Is a Colour (Grijs Is Ook Een Kleur), dir. Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands, DutchNorth American Premiere
TIFF Kids Festival Adult Jury Awards
The TIFF Kids Adult Jury Awards were selected by a three-person jury consisting of industry professionals Iris Verhoeven, Director of the European Youth Film Festival in Flanders, Belgium; Toronto-based filmmaker Martin Edralin; and Lisa Haller, TIFF senior programming associate.

TIFF Kids Festival Adult Jury Award – Best Live-Action Short Film:
When Grey Is A Colour (Grijs Is Ook Een Kleur), dir. Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands, Dutch

TIFF Kids Festival Adult Jury Award – Best Animated Short Film:
Revolting Rhymes, dirs. Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, United Kingdom, English Canadian Premiere
Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase Awards Awards
Open to youth in two categories — grades 4 to 6 and grades 7 and 8 — the 16th annual Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase provided an opportunity for budding young filmmakers to flex their creative skills and see their work on the big screen. This year’s Jump Cuts jury included Toronto-based filmmaker Joële Walinga; Audrey Dwyer, Artistic Director of the Children’s Theatre Company, Cow Over Moon; filmmaker and animator Nathan Jurevicius; and Toronto-based filmmaking instructor Brent Orr.

The Frederick Simpson Award for Best Film (Grades 4 to 6):
The Song Of The Street, dirs. Yahnique Bent, Ekaterina Dimitrova, Ana Klasnja, Danielle Ionova

The Veronica Herman Award for Best Film (Grades 7 & 8):
The Pongers, dirs. Callum Gaw, Jack Apreda, Richard Shao, Scott Raetsen, Travis Truong Toronto


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digiPlaySpace 2017: Creative Machines

Play with expressive robots, learn to code, and surround yourself with light and movement to transform your world and create new artistic possibilities!

Our world is changing rapidly through the influence of new technologies, including robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, and networks. These innovations are impacting the way we work, how we relate to each other, and the way we play and express our creativity. At digiPlaySpace, kids (and parents!) were able to get hands on with some of the most creative uses of these technologies through a variety of games, installations, and activities.

With 23 installations from eight countries, the 2017 edition of digiPlaySpace showcased the evolution of play in the 21st century and invited you to explore, get inspired, and learn about the creative potential of technology!

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