The TIFF Kids Festival People’s Choice Awards, including two awards for digiPlaySpace, were voted on by festival-goers during the three TIFF Kids Festival public weekends (April 8-10, April 15-17 and April 22-24) and the entire run of digiPlaySpace (March 5 – April 24).
Three juries of young film lovers aged 8 to 13 each selected the winning film in their category.
The TIFF Kids Adult Jury Awards were selected by a three-person jury consisting of industry professionals: Carlos Bustamante, host of YTV’s The Zone and Big Fun Movies; Chris Landreth, Academy Award-winning animator; and Jessica Watson, Manager, Acquisitions at Entertainment One.
Open to youth in two categories — Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 and 8 — the 15th annual Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase provided an opportunity for budding young filmmakers to flex their creative skills and see their work in cinema. A jury comprised of film industry professionals selected the award-winning film in each grade category. This year’s jury includes actress, writer, and producer Lauren Collins (Degrassi: The Next Generation); Ravi Srinivasan, Executive Director of the South Western International Film Festival (SWIFF) and Programming Associate for the Toronto International Film Festival; and Kim Cooper, creative content strategist specializing in youth initiatives, former editor at OWLKids, and digital producer for Family Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior.
New for 2016, select filmmakers in grades 4 to 6 were competing for the "filmpossible" award, presented by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, for the most accomplished film to have an onscreen representation of disability. This award was determined by Holland Bloorview’s Children’s Advisory Council (CAC), which is comprised of children and youth with disabilities and their siblings, who range in age from 3 to 13 years.
The Frederick Simpson and Veronica Herman Awards are generously supported by Garrett Herman.
TIFF and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) are excited to announce that Dam! The Story of Kit by director Kjell Boersma, art director Julie Flett, and supervising producer Mark Jones, will be the film created for TSO’s educational concerts, with a score written by Toronto-based composer Erica Procunier. The joint commission between TIFF and TSO partnered an emerging Canadian filmmaker and a Canadian composer (selected by the TSO) together to create a new film with original music that will premiere as part of the TSO’s Young People’s Concert and Student Concert series in February 2017. Dam! The Story of Kit and accompanying score will be performed for over 20,000 young Torontonians and across Canada with other orchestras. TSO would like to thank TIFF and Canada Department of Heritage for making this project possible.