TIFF today announced two new film festivals directed toawards children and youth. The events — TIFF Kids International Film Festival and TIFF Next Wave Film Festival — will replace the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth, effectively dividing its programming into two distinct events for two age groups.
TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 10-22) will be geared towards children aged 3 to 13. TIFF Next Wave Film Festival (May 10-12) will engage youth aged 14 to 18.
“We’ve had the pleasure of seeing our children’s film festival grow at a phenomenal pace into one of the most prominent and respected in the world, one that is extremely successful with children in elementary and middle schools and with teen audiences,” said Shane Smith, Director of Public Programmes, TIFF. “It’s fitting that as we celebrate our 15th anniversary, we separate our programming into two festivals that allow us to broaden and deepen the selection and experience for each audience, as well as their families and educators. We’re beyond excited to be presenting both the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival this year.”
The two events will place an emphasis on interactive programming, including gaming and group activities in a digital environment.
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