The TIFF Kids International Film Festival™, one of the world’s premier film festivals for children aged 3-13, returns for its 18th year with a full slate of films from around the globe that will inspire and delight children and parents alike. The TIFF Kids Festival kicks off on Opening Night with the Canadian premiere of Shaun the Sheep: The Movie, the latest claymation feature from Aardman Studios, the creators of Wallace & Gromit, and Elevation Pictures Corp. The festival wraps with its Closing Night Film, the Canadian premiere of When Marnie Was There, Studio Ghibli’s fantastical adaptation of the novel by Joan G. Robinson. All screenings and events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto from April 7 to 19, 2015.
We are thrilled to be opening the 2015 TIFF Kids Festival with the Canadian premiere of the highly anticipated Shaun the Sheep: The Movie. The film – which is dialogue-free – is full of Chaplinesque physical comedy and clever pop-culture references. It’s a movie that kids and parents will love equally," said Elizabeth Muskala, Director of TIFF Kids.
“Other highlights from this year’s programme include the award-winning Rainbow, straight from the Berlin Film Festival; Disneynature’s latest film Monkey Kingdom from the filmmakers that brought us Bears and Chimpanzee; and the inspirational documentary Landfill Harmonic, which follows a youth group in Paraguay who turn the trash from the massive landfill site they live on into instruments and become the famed Recycled Orchestra.”
Special guests will introduce films and be available for question-and-answer sessions following select screenings throughout the TIFF Kids Festival, with guests to be announced on tiff.net in the coming weeks. The 2015 TIFF Kids Festival features a total of 126 films, comprising 25 features and 101 shorts hailing from 36 countries, including Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, France, India, Russia, and many more. The TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 7 through April 19. Tickets for the TIFF Kids Festival are on sale now for TIFF Members, and are available to the general public beginning March 11. Prices are Adult $13, Student/Senior $10.50 and Children (13 and under) $9. Premium Screenings (Opening Night Film and Party, Closing Night Film, and the Pancakes, Waffles and Bugs Bunny! event) $25 per person. Some activities are free. Tickets for digiPlaySpace are on sale now for educators, TIFF Members and the general public. Entry to digiPlaySpace is $10, TIFF Members see it free and have access to a preview day on Friday, March 6. Tickets to digiPlaySpace can also be purchased in a combo package with a ticket for a TIFF Kids International Film Festival, Walt Disney Classics or Good Friday screening for $15 for children, $20 for adults. 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 Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
TIFF Pocket Fund provides free and discounted tickets that allow young people in underserved communities to experience the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, learning programmes, camps, and family-friendly screenings. TIFF Pocket Fund works to ensure that no child or youth is turned away from TIFF's educational and cultural programming due to financial circumstance.