If your kids need a break from animated superheroes and Disney princesses, TIFF’s Kids International Film Festival is back with their most diverse lineup to date.
The 10-day festival introduces children to the world of cinema with over 110 films from 40 different counties and this time, kids are in the judging chairs.
The TIFF Kids Jury were picked out of dozens of entries and there are nine kids in total participating, There are thre different types of TIFF Kides Juries with three kids on each: Features Jury (aged 8 – 10), Short Fi;ms Jury (aged 9 – 13) and Features Jury (aged 11 – 13).
We spoke to the Features Jury (aged 11 – 13) to find out what to expect from this year’s festival and what have been some of their favourite movies so far.
Gordon and Paddy
Ages 3 – 5
While on assignment, Police Chief Gordon meets a timid young mouse, who he soon takes under his wing and names Paddy. On the cusp of retirement, Gordon trains Paddy, who studies his every move. When two children go missing, Paddy needs to prove she’s ready to step into Gordon’s shoes, and do it in her own unique style.
Ages 8 – 12
Nine-year-old Jo dreams of being a superhero, but time isn’t on her side. When doctors reveal that she’s terminally ill, she leaves the hospital and returns home with her mom, who insists that she stays inside and rest. Her sister, however, has something else in mind. With the help of the entire village, Jo’s dreams become a reality when they turn her into the superhero they know she is.
Rosie & Moussa
Ages: 9 – 12
Based on the children’s books by Michael De Cock and Judith Vanistendael, Rosie & Mousa challenges perceptions of morality, family and friendship.
When Rosie’s father suddenly goes “out of town”, she moves to a new apartment with her mom and is forced to adjust to a new neighbourhood and school. Suspicious that her mom isn’t telling her the whole story about her father’s disappearance, she becomes with her downstairs neighbour, Moussa, and they stick together as they search for clues about her missing dad.
Ages 9 – 13
When her parents forgets to send her a plane ticket to Canada, 12-year-old Julka is forced to stay with her aunt in Warsaw. After getting into trouble with her aunt, Julka takes off and meets a new neighbour, Olek. They get their hands on a treasure map and are sent into a wild adventure.
Ages 10 – 13
It’s been more than 15 years since Canadian author and activist Deborah Ellis first released her children’s novel, The Breadwinner. The book became an instant classic around the world and now it’s on the big screen in a film produced by Angelina Jolie—and was nominated for an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards!
The film tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, Parvana, who is living in war-torn Afghanistan during the Taliban era. She disguises herself as a boy so she can earn money for her family.
If you're in Toronto and want to check out the TIFF Kids Film Festival, it runs until March 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Check out the movie schedule and get ticket info on their website.