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@TIFF_NET Welcomes Special Guests From Around the World to #TIFFKids

Part of the reason that we are such huge fans of what is happening with the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 10-22) is that it is being executed in a very similar fashion to its cousin the Toronto International Film Festival. There are over 100+ Full Features and Shorts being presented for those ages 3-13, an added installation called DigiPlaysSpace and a slate of the most talented guests that both young and old should equally see.

The good folks at TIFF have released a nice little overview of who is coming when which is posted in the press release below. I will be at the Screening of Pirates 3D where Peter Lord from Aardman Animation will be in attendance and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Hope to see you during TIFF Kids!

Oh Look! A Press Release:

TIFF WELCOMES SPECIAL GUESTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO THE TIFF KIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Toronto — Running from April 10 through 22, 2012, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (formerly the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth) celebrates 15 years as one of the most important film festivals in North America with special programming and activities for children aged 3 to13. With a compelling selection of features and shorts showcasing the best of Canadian and international cinema and hands-on family activities, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival welcomes an exciting slate of special guests from around the world.

Guests attending TIFF Kids over the Festival’s two public weekends, April 13–15 and April 21–22, include:

Friday, April 13

7:00 p.m.

Bill Wallauer
Principal Photographer, Chimpanzee
The 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival opens with the Canadian Premiere of Disneynature’s feature film Chimpanzee. Chimpanzee’s principal photographer, Bill Wallauer, will be in attendance on Opening Night for a post-screening discussion about his role in the making of the film. Bill has spent over 15 years working closely with chimpanzees for the Jane Goodall Institute.

Saturday, April 14

1:45 p.m.

Hanna Obbeek and Johanna ter Steege
Actors, Cool Kids Don’t Cry
The Netherlands, International Premiere
*Also in attendance April 15 at 2:15 p.m.

Sunday, April 15

10:30 a.m.

Andrés G. Schaer
Director, SNOWFLAKE — The White Gorilla (Copito de Nieve)
Spain, North American Premiere

12:00 p.m.

Thelon Oeming*
Director, The Rink
Canada, Canadian Premiere
The Rink screens as part of the Canada For Kids shorts programme
*Also in attendance April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Allan Tong*
Director, Little Mao
Canada, World Premiere
Little Mao screens as part of the Canada For Kids shorts programme
*Also in attendance April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Theodore Bezaire*
Director, Tommy
Canada, World Premiere
Tommy screens as part of the Canada For Kids shorts programme
*Also in attendance April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Jeremy Lutter*
Director, Joanna Makes a Friend
Canada, Toronto Premiere
Joanna Makes a Friend screens as part of the Canada For Kids shorts programme

Brian Hartigan*
Writer, For All the Marbles
Canada
For All the Marbles screens as part of the Canada For Kids shorts programme
*Also in attendance April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Tony Simpson
Director, Kiwi Flyer
New Zealand, International Premiere

3:00 p.m.

The Monkey Bunch: Live at TIFF Kids!
TIFF Kids presents its first live concert for kids — featuring the unique, high-energy music of Toronto’s own The Monkey Bunch (comic genius Shoshana Sperling, musician/songwriter Maury LaFoy and their musical friends). Playing a variety of musical styles, The Monkey Bunch engages kids with music and humour while imparting fun yet important educational messages about the environment.

Wednesday, April 18 – SNEAK PEEK

6:30 p.m.

Peter Lord
Director, The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D
At a special screening, Peter Lord, director and co-founder of the Academy Award®–winning Aardman Animation, will engage with audiences following the Canadian Premiere of his latest film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, 3D.
Saturday, April 21

10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

TVOKids Programming
The hosts of The Space, Kara, Dalmar and Drew, will introduce a premiere screening of Finding Stuff Out, a popular science show that airs on TVOKids. After the screening, kids can join in a Q&A and activities with Harrison, the host of Finding Stuff Out. An autograph session with the hosts will take place at 11:00 a.m.
12:15 p.m.

Patrica Arrianga Jordán
Director, Bacalar
Mexico, Canadian Premiere

2:45 p.m.

Ellen Perry
Director, Will
United Kingdom / Turkey, Canadian Premiere

3:15 p.m.

Mike Marzuk
Director, Famous Five (Fünf Freude)
Germany, International Premiere

Sunday, April 22
10:00 a.m.
Petr Oukropec
Director, The Blue Tiger (ModýTygr)
Czech Republic, International Premiere

10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

TVOKids Programming
Join Gisèle, host of TVOKids’ preschool programming block Gisèle’s Big Backyard, for a live interactive book reading followed by an animal action game with TVO’s mascot Polkaroo! An autograph session with Gisèle will follow her 11:00 a.m. appearance.

10:15 a.m.

Friedl Jooste
Director, Hooked
South Africa, Canadian Premiere
Hooked screens as part of the Loot Bag: Laugh and a Half! shorts programme

12:15 p.m.

Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase
Jump Cuts Finalists from across Ontario in the Grades 7–8 category will walk the red carpet at TIFF Kids prior to the screening of their films.

12:30 p.m.

Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase
Jump Cuts Finalists from across Ontario in the Grades 3–6 category will walk the red carpet at TIFF Kids prior to the screening of their films.

2:30 p.m.

TIFF Kids International Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Winners of TIFF Kids’ internationally recognized awards are announced. Awards presented include:

• Golden Sprocket Awards: The TIFF Kids young people’s feature film juries select two feature films representing two different age groups (8–10 and 11–13). Additionally, one jury for ages 9 through 13 selects a winning short film.
• Audience Choice Awards: TIFF Kids audience members choose winning films in both a feature film category and short film category.
• Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase Awards: The Frederick Simpson Award for Best Film Grades 3–6 and the Veronica Herman Award for Best Film Grades 7–8, selected by a jury of film industry professionals.
• TVOKids Choice Award: presented to the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase short film in the Grades –6 category that best represents TVOKids’ values.

2:45 p.m.

Cameron Hood
Creative Producer and Animator, Sky Force 3D
The 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival closes with a very special Sneak Peek of Sky Force 3D (Hong Kong).

About TIFFKids

The TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 10 through April 22. The TIFF Kids school programme runs April 10–13 and April 16–20, and public programme from April 13–15 and April 21–22. TIFF Members and the general public may also purchase tickets to school programme screenings subject to availability. Tickets for TIFF Kids are on sale now. Prices range from Adult $12, Student/Senior $9.50 and Children (13 and under) $8.50. Opening Night prices range from Adult $25, Student/Senior $20 and Children (13 and under) $17.50. Family packs of 10 tickets are available for $75. Entry to the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is $5 or $2.50 with paid screening ticket. Some activities are free. For more information on screenings and activities, or to purchase tickets, please visit tiff.net/kids call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-800-599-TIFF, or visit the box office at TIFF Bell Lightbox.