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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!

2017 Sponsors and Supporters

Calling All Young Film Fans! If you love watching movies, then we need you!

2018 TIFF Kids Festival

Young People’s Jury Contest

If you are between the ages of 8 and 13 and love movies, send us a film review and you could be one of our Young People's Jury members at the 21st annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival. TIFF Kids Festival takes place from March 9 - 18, 2018.

Just write us a short review (100 to 250 words) of any movie. We will select three winning entries for each of our juries.

Winners will participate in one of three Young People’s Juries, each consisting of 3 to 5 jury members:

Feature Film Juries:

Jury 1: Participants 8 to 10 years old

Jury 2: Participants 11 to 13 years old

Short Film Jury:

Jury 3: Participants 9 to 13 years old

As a Jury Member, you will:

  • Attend the TIFF Kids International Film Festival with free admission to all the films your jury needs to see

  • Watch the films in special jury seats

  • Choose a winning film and provide reasons for your choice Enjoy snacks and drinks (Lunch will be provided when necessary)

  • Two complimentary tickets to the TIFF Kids Opening Night Party and Film

  • Two complimentary tickets for friends/family to each public screening that the Jury Member is required to attend.

  • Receive a special gift bag with our thanks!

Please note: Jury Members are signed in-and-out at the start and end of each day. While at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Jury Members are supervised by a TIFF Staff Member.

As a Jury Member, your responsibilities will be as follows:

  • To attend the TIFF Kids Young People’s Jury Orientation

  • To attend every eligible screening as per the schedule provided

  • To come to a firm and fair decision in full co-operation with other jury members

  • To represent the festival professionally in any and all media appearances.

  • To have fun!

Submitting is easy! You can send us your completed submission form and film review in one of three ways:

  1. Complete the online form below, OR
  2. Email your submission form to:, OR
  3. Mail your submission form to the address below:

The TIFF Kids International Film Festival
Attention: The TIFF Kids International Film Festival Young People's Jury Contest
350 King Street West
Toronto ON M5V 3X5

The contest begins November 17, 2017 at 10am (EST), and closes on Monday, February 9, 2018 at 5pm (EST). Entries received by TIFF after the closing time will not be considered.

Only one entry per person is allowed.

Rules and Regulations



The Contest begins on November 17, 2017 at 10am (EST) and ends on February 9, 2018 at 5pm (EST) (the “Contest Period”).


The Contest is open to children who (a) will be between the ages of 8 to 13 years old (inclusive) on March 9, 2018, (b) reside in the Province of Ontario, (c) have the permission of their parent/guardian to enter the Contest, (d) are able to attend the TIFF Kids International Film Festival between March 9 and 18, 2018, and (e) have never served on a TIFF Kids International Film Festival jury in any age category. Employees, representatives and agents of Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (“TIFF”), and those with whom such persons are domiciled, are not eligible to enter the Contest.



NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, you must take the following steps: (a) write a short (100 to 250 words) original review of a movie of your choice (the “Review”); (b) complete the contest entry form (online at, documenting the consent of a parent or guardian; (c) submit the contest entry form and the Review online (at the address above), by email to or by mail to The TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Attention: The TIFF Kids International Film Festival Young People’s Jury Contest, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto ON, M5V 3X5 Canada (these items together will constitute the “Entry”).



Your Review must be original and not be copied from anyone else. Only one Entry per natural person is allowed. You must be eligible in accordance with the requirements above and have the consent of your parent or guardian to enter; TIFF may require proof of such consent as a condition of entry or before any prize may be awarded. Your Entry must be complete, and include your Review, which must not be more than 250 words, and be received by TIFF during the Contest Period. TIFF is the sole determinant of time for the purpose of determining whether or not the Entry was received during the Contest Period. TIFF is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed or incomplete entries. TIFF in its discretion may disqualify any Entry that does not meet one or all of the conditions stated above.



There will be nine (9) grand prizes (each a “Grand Prize”) to be won, each consisting of: (a) an invitation to serve on one of three young people’s juries at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, being held March 9-18, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, (b) free admission to, and free snacks and drinks at, all films being judged by the jury for which you are selected, (c) one free admission to digiPlaySpace (d) a gift bag containing TIFF Kids merchandise. Approximate retail value of each Grand Prize is $200.


The following general conditions apply to each Grand Prize: (i) Grand Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable or convertible to cash (no substitutions except at TIFF’s option); (ii) if the winner does not utilize or is not able to utilize any part(s) of the Grand Prize, then any such part(s) not utilized will be forfeited in their entirety and nothing will be substituted in their place; (iii) TIFF reserves the right at any time to: (a) place reasonable restrictions on the availability or use of the Grand Prize or any component thereof; and (b) substitute the Grand Prize or a component thereof for any reason with a prize or a prize component of equal or greater value, including without limitation, but solely at TIFF’s sole discretion, a cash award; (iv) by accepting the Grand Prize, the winner agrees to waive all recourse against TIFF if the Grand Prize or a component thereof does not prove satisfactory, either in whole or in part; and (v) Grand Prize will only be awarded with the consent of the entrant’s parent or guardian.


Winners of the Grand Prize are responsible for their own travel, transportation, accommodation and any other expenses incurred by them in order to attend the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the juried screenings.



On or before March 9, 2018, a panel of judges appointed by TIFF will judge all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period, and assign each a score (the “Score”) on the basis of: (1) originality; (2) concision; and (3) critical thinking. Odds of your Entry being selected depend on the number and calibre of eligible Entries received. The Entries with the highest total Score will be deemed to be the Grand Prize selected entrants.
TIFF or its designated representative will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact all eligible Grand Prize winners, by contacting their parents or guardians by email or phone (using the information in the Entry). If TIFF is not able to reach the eligible winner’s parent/guardian or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; then the eligible winner will be disqualified (and will forfeit all rights to the Grand Prize) and TIFF reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select the eligible entrant who received the next highest Score to be an eligible winner of a Grand Prize (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section shall apply to such new eligible Grand Prize winner). Eligible winners may be required to sign a release in order to redeem their prize.




All Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these rules and regulations and by the decisions of the judging panel, which will be final. By entering, entrants and their parents/guardians release TIFF from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Contest or the use or acceptance of the Grand Prize.


TIFF reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to withdraw, suspend or amend this Contest (or to amend these Rules) in any way, in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of TIFF that interferes with the proper conduct of this Contest as contemplated by these rules and regulations. TIFF reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, amend or suspend this Contest, or to amend these rules and regulations, without prior notice or obligation, in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error or any kind, or for any other reason.


This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. The decisions of TIFF with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of entrants and Entries. TIFF reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance by any entrant or Entry with these Rules, or as a result of technical problems, or in light of any other circumstances which, in the opinion of the TIFF, in its sole and absolute discretion, affect the proper administration of the Contest as contemplated in these Rules.


By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to TIFF, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with TIFF’s privacy policy (available at, unless the entrant otherwise agrees.

In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these rules and regulations and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these rules and regulations shall prevail, govern and control.

Download Submission Form

2017 TIFF Kids Award Winners

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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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 See our booking policies.

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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, 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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