Kids and families are invited to join TVOKids for a celebration of literacy, learning and the magic of film at the 15th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival. As a media partner of the Festival, TVO is proud to bring fun, educational TVOKids content to the Festival’s young audience.
From April 17 to 22, kids and parents can look forward to live appearances from their favourite TVOKids on-air hosts, premiere screenings of TVOKids shows and a chance to play the newest TVOKids games and apps, all taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.
“The TIFF Kids International Film Festival is an exciting opportunity for us to bring the magic of TVOKids to a live audience,” says TVOKids host Kara Harun. “I’m looking forward to meeting young fans and hearing what they have to say about everything from science to bullying.”
Following is a list of TVOKids events happening in Cinema 5 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox:
Tuesday April 17 at 12:30 pm – Free event
Join Duane from Kids Help Phone and Kara, host of TVOKids’ afterschool programming block The Space, as they lead a Q&A session for kids about tough issues around bullying. The Q&A will follow a screening of the TIFF Kids Stand Up! Shorts Programme, which features four short films about kids dealing with bullying.
Saturday April 21 at 10 am and 1 pm – Free event
The hosts of The Space, Kara, Dalmar and Drew, will introduce a premiere screening of Finding Stuff Out, a popular science show that airs on TVOKids. After the screening, kids can join in a Q&A and activities with Harrison, the host of Finding Stuff Out. An autograph session with the hosts will take place at 11 am.
Sunday April 22 at 10 am and 11 am – Free event
Join Gisèle, host of TVOKids’ preschool programming block Gisèle’s Big Backyard, for a live and interactive book reading, followed by an animal action game with Polkaroo! An autograph session with Gisèle will follow her 11 am appearance.
Sunday April 22 at 2 pm – Free event
A premiere screening of The Little Prince: Planet of the Globies, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale and directed by Pierre-Alain Chartier.
Throughout the Festival, kids can sample and play curriculum-based TVOKids games on a variety of tablet devices in the Appcade, part of the new TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace. TVOKids’ downloadable teacher-tested games for kids aged 2 -5 and 6 -11 include Alphabet Goop, Space Trek Galaxy and Tumbletown Mathletics.
TVOKids fans can also catch premiere screenings of episodes of TVOKids shows Guess How Much I Love You and Doggy Day School as part of the TIFF Kids Reel Rascals Shorts Programme, which features films especially for kids aged 3 – 6.
Kids who can’t make it to the events in Toronto are invited to be a part of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival by voting for the TVOKids Choice Award in the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase, which presents short films created for young people by young people. The TVOKids Choice Award will be presented to the Jump Cuts short film in the grades 3 to 6 category. Kids can watch the top three nominated short films at tvokids.com and vote for their favourite from April 2 to 20. The winning short film will air on TVOKids.
TVOKids’ special programming is part of a larger media partnership with the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from April 10 through April 22. For more information on screenings and activities, or to obtain tickets, please visit tiff.net/kids, call 416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-800-599-TIFF, or visit the box office at TIFF Bell Lightbox.