6th Sprockets Fest Welcomes Kids in Toronto
by Christopher Henderson
Children at the 6th annual Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival will be treated to a classic science fiction tale, an Oscar nominated documentary and ten new shorts starring animated favorites Wallace and Gromit. The festival, which is judged in part by child audience members, opens on April 25 with John Kent Harrison's "A Wrinkle in Time" based on Madeleine L'Engle's novel about two children's journeys throughout the universe while looking for their missing father.
The opening weekend also includes a special screening of "Spellbound," the Oscar nominated documentary that traces eight students as they rise from local spelling competitions to the United States National Bee. The weekend closes with "Cracking Contraptions," a collection of shorts following the animated adventures of the inventor Wallace and his life-saving dog Gromit. A representative from Aardman Productions, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and "Chicken Run," will lead a discussion following the screening.
Sprockets, which is a part of the organization that presents the grown-ups Toronto International Film Festival, runs through May 4. It will feature 17 feature films and 54 shorts from 21 countries. Three separate children's juries will select winning films. In addition, audiences will choose the best animated film and live-action feature.
[For more information, visit: http//www.bell.ca/sprockets.]