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Welcome to the 20th TIFF Kids International Film Festival!

This year, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival celebrates 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. Join us as our youngest audiences take over TIFF Bell Lightbox for our largest programme to date, a diverse selection featuring over 160 films from over 40 countries. We also have plenty of off-screen fun and special events planned to encourage children to express their creativity.

And: TIFF Kids’ 20th year coincides with Canada’s 150th, so please come celebrate this country’s sesquicentennial with us 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!

The following screenings at the TIFF Kids Film Festival will be presented in a Sensory-Friendly (lights up, sound down) environment: Loot Bag Junior: Animation on Adventure! on April 8, Mr. Frog on April 17, Ballerina on April 13, Mr. Twister at the Pitch on April 18. Please note that the Sensory-Friendly screenings of Loot Bag Junior: Animation on Adventure! and Mr. Frog are reserved for school groups and must be booked by contacting learning@tiff.net.

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2017 TIFF Kids Awards

And the Awards Go To…

TIFF is committed to involving and engaging children in the critical assessment of films. Through the TIFF Kids Festival Jury Awards, People’s Choice Awards and two awards selected by an adult jury, TIFF Kids Festival continues to create a forum where kids’ voices can be heard.

The TIFF Kids Festival Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

Don't forget to vote for your favourite film by completing a ballot following its screening! Ballot boxes will be located outside the cinema.

Young People’s Feature Film Jury, ages 8-10

Desta Lazarus

Age: 10
Grade: 5
Fun fact: If there were a movie about Desta’s life, she’d want Beyoncé to play her.

Henry John Bearss

Age: 10
Grade: 5
Fun fact: If he could choose between being the villain or the hero in a movie, Henry would choose to be the villain because they have no responsibilities (and it’s more dangerous to be a superhero).

Janine Burtnick

Age: 9
Grade: 4
Fun fact: Janine watches movies with her whole family, and they choose films by scrolling through Netflix. One of her favourites is Anne of Green Gables (1985).

Young People’s Feature Film Jury, ages 11-13

Alice Sykes

Age: 13
Grade: 7
Fun fact: Alice’s favourite scene from a movie is when Alice falls down the rabbit hole because it shows how rapidly things can change.

Carson McCormick

Age: 13
Grade: 8
Fun fact: Carson reviewed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as her entry to the TIFF Kids Young People’s Jury contest. She enjoys watching films with her family.

Maliha Mehreen

Age: 12
Grade: 7
Fun fact: Maliha measures a great story by its ability to connect with the people viewing it and by how it reflects society.

Young People’s Short Film Jury, ages 9-13

Lucy Weltman

Age: 11
Grade: 6
Fun fact: Lucy would like to be a movie critic or director someday. She would also like to do her own adaptation of the Percy Jackson book series.

Shivon Dyson

Age: 13
Grade: 8
Fun fact: Shivon’s favourite film hero is Forrest Gump and his favourite part of watching a film in a cinema is the big screen!

Noam Aufgang

Age: 12
Grade: 7
Fun fact: Noam would rather be a film villain than a hero. Fittingly, if he could change the end to any film (spoiler alert!) he’d have all the characters join the dark side at the end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

TIFF Kids Adult Jury

Iris Verhoeven

Iris is director of the European Youth Film Festival in Flanders, Belgium (Het Jeugdfilmfestival) for almost 10 years now. She is responsible for the business part and the medialab. Het Jeugdfilmfestival is the most important festival for children and youth in Belgium and takes place in Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Courtrai. The festival has initiated the online platform Film Fun in Bed, a project for children in hospitals. Before the festival she worked at the University of Antwerp doing research on museums for contemporary art and the audiovisual field. Previously she was the director of a cultural centre in Antwerp. She is a member of the board of directors of oKo (Flemish Federation of Employers in the arts sector). Iris studied Comparative Cultural Sciences and Cultural Management and resided two years in Barcelona for studying Catalan language and art.

Martin Edralin

Martin Edralin is a Toronto-based filmmaker. He has directed the short film Hole (14) and the documentary short Building History: The Story of Benjamin Brown (16). Emma (16) is his latest short.

Lisa Haller

Lisa Haller was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She holds a masters degree in communication and culture from Ryerson University and York University. Haller has worked for TIFF since 2010 and is currently the programmer for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Student Shorts, and the senior programming associate for Canadian and international short films for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Plan your Festival

TIFF Kids Tickets

Tickets on sale now.

digiPlaySpace on sale now.

Child aged 3-13

Film + digiPlaySpace*
Opening Night
Closing Night

Make a day of it! Join us on the weekends during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival for FREE onsite activities at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Come in early before your screening, or drop in afterward!

TIFF Kids Festival Passport

Pick up your very own TIFF Kids passport and tour the world. With over 40 countries represented in this year's lineup, there's lot for film travellers to explore.Get a stamp for each feature film and shorts programme you attend. Once you've collected three stamps, visit the Passport Bureau during the TIFF Kids Festival to claim your prize! Passports will be available beginning April 7 at the Box Office.

*Save $2 and bundle! (Weekends only during TIFF Kids International Film Festival).

**Come for pancakes and waffles on Saturday and stay for a surprise screening!

TIFF prefers Visa.


Discover TIFF Kids Industry

TIFF Industry offers year-round professional development opportunities, fluid access to TIFF's film festivals and world class sales support to film industry professionals. Looking for pass options, delegate resources and more information about our professional development initiatives?

TIFF Kids Industry Forum
April 19-20

The Forum provides an opportunity for filmmakers, television and interactive producers, game designers, and researchers to converge and discuss the latest creative and business trends in the children’s film and entertainment industry. See programme and schedule.

Calling All Educators!

Bring your class to the TIFF Kids International Film Festival — we offer a diverse selection of features, documentaries, and short-film programmes that foster creativity, develop media-literacy skills, and encourage critical thinking in areas including diversity, social justice, and equity.

Films & Events

Browse our largest TIFF Kids programme to date, a diverse selection featuring over 160 films from over 40 countries. We also have plenty of off-screen fun and special events planned to encourage your students to express their creativity.

Programme & Schedule

TIFF Kids engages young audiences in the art of storytelling, critical thinking, and media literacy! Learn about the films, Q&As, and more with a digital copy of our TIFF Kids programme book and schedule.


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


$9 per person
$9 per person
Film + digiPlaySpace
$15 per person
$15 per person

All prices include HST.
One complimentary supervisor admission will be issued for every 10 paid admissions.

To book, phone us 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433 (Press 2 for school bookings) OR email us at learning@tiff.net. See our booking policies.

We are committed to offering an equitable and accessible learning environment for students and teachers. Apply for financial assistance through Pocket Fund.

Booking Policies

1. Minimum participant numbers must be met. If a group consists of fewer than the minimum number of participants required, the group must pay for the minimum number.

2. A reservation confirmation form must be completed and returned to TIFF by the teacher who has booked the event. If the completed form has not been returned by the specified date, TIFF reserves the right to release the reservation. A 50% deposit will be required to hold bookings of 4 workshops or more.

3. In the event of cancellation, TIFF must receive written notice no less than 20 school days before the scheduled workshop/ screening or a minimum of 50% of the estimated total will be charged. Bookings made less than 20 school days before the date of the visit are considered confirmed at the time of booking. Cancellation due to severely inclement weather or force majeure is exempt.

4. TIFF recognizes that class attendance will fluctuate. The final fee will be calculated based on the total number of students present, 50% of the estimated total (as indicated on the confirmation form) or the minimum number of participants required, whichever is greater. Payment is due in full before the start of each workshop or screening.

5. If a class arrives more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled programme, TIFF reserves the right to make alterations to scheduled programming in order to accommodate the change in schedule. 

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, 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, digiPlaySpace showcases the evolution of play in the 21st century and invites you to explore, get inspired, and learn about the creative potential of technology!

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