It’s very rare that I find a film that both myself and my kid want to see. There are so many kids films out there, most of which I am not interested in. Even if the film is good, there is only so many times you can go with your child to see the same film – after all I’ve seen Minions over 25 times. That’s why I’m so excited that the TIFF Kids International Film Festival is fast approaching – embarking on their milestone 20th festival. This festival is truly one of a kind and provides families with a breadth of programming that is unparalleled by most other children’s festivals. This year the festival (running April 7-23) boasts its largest line-up of films with over 160 films from over 40 countries making this the biggest children’s festival for ages 3-13 in North America.
12-year-old Niilas is sent to stay with his mother and her new family among the reindeer-herding Sami people in rural northern Sweden. Accidentally Nillas allows one of the reindeer to escape, and sets out on an adventure-filled search to return the missing animal to the herd.
After receiving a special mention at the Berlin Film Festival Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship gets it’s international premiere at TIFF Kids. Sent to a special clinic in the mountains after a life-threatening asthma attack, 13-year-old Amelie hears a legend about an old tradition said to possess magical healing powers, and sets out to scale the dangerous alpine range to find it for herself.
A first for TIFF Kids, Room 213 is a horror film that will shape the next generation of Midnight Madness cinephiles. In this delightfully chilling ghost story, three roommates at summer camp stumble upon the secret of a supernatural mystery rooted in a tragedy from six decades earlier.
Sent to live on a cattle farm in the Australian Outback following the death of his father, a lonely young boy encounters an abandoned red puppy, and the new friends embark on a series of adventures that will change their lives forever.
A talented 12-year-old cellist, who is concealing the fact that she suffers from a degenerative eye disease, struggles to keep her affliction secret so that she can finish the school year and audition for a prestigious music academy.
The Closing Night Film is directed by Goro Miyazaki – and winner of the 2016 International Emmy Kids Award for Animation – follow the adventures of a young girl raised in a mountain fort by her parents and loving band of robbers. Based on Astrid Lindgren’s book, this all-new series beautifully blends the classic storytelling of the original with the magical visual style of Studio Ghibli.
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