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A Curriculum of Kindness

Dinos and Boxtrolls and Muppets — (Oh my!) — took over the TIFF Kids Industry Forum this past April 19-20 alongside industry leaders to advocate positive change

Apr 21, 2017

This past April 19-20, the TIFF Kids Industry Forum provided an opportunity for filmmakers, television and interactive producers, game designers, and researchers to converge on TIFF Bell Lightbox to discuss the latest trends in the children’s film and entertainment industry. With guests that included Mark Shapiro of LAIKA Entertainment and Sesame Street’s Kimberly Wright, the Forum’s hot topics were authentic storytelling, inspiration, and affecting change.

Positivity was top-of-mind.

"I began seeing people send [Kid President videos] to people I didn't know, saying, 'I hope your day gets better.' Then it clicked: Maybe making these videos is actually a gift for somebody."

Writer/director Brad Montague on making Kid President videos to pay forward joy

"Make sure that your dream team is full of positive people."

Joshua Williams' key strategy to making a difference and staying motivated

"The focus of the Sesame Street season 47 curriculum is kindness. When we surveyed parents their concern was that kids were not as kind as they once were."

Sesame Street's Assistant Director of Content, Susan Scheiner, on the focus for themes and curriculum for this year's programming

TIFF Kids International Film Festival continues into this weekend with its largest selection of films and events yet. Join us as our youngest audiences take over TIFF Bell Lightbox for both on- and off-screen fun!

Interested in more industry events at TIFF Bell Lightbox? Check out our year-round programming now—and don’t forget: industry registration for TIFF '17 opens on May 5, 2017!