Why I Love Toronto
You will not see Brad Pitt or Sandra Bullock, nor will you see crowds of people standing outside of the TIFF Bell Lightbox with cameras and autographs books in hand ready to be signed. Even though TIFF Kids International Film Festival doesn’t bring the same hype as the Toronto International Film Festival does, it brings something else – imagination and creativity.
The event, which starts today, is one of the largest kid’s film festivals in the world providing viewers with a diverse set of content including dramatic and comedic films as well as animation and live-action films. With movies from all over the world, children will not only be entertained with funny and heartfelt stories, but will confront issues that they may face in their daily lives.
I went to this event last year and saw some amazing films including Celeste Koon’s The Intergalactic Adventures of Cleo and Anouk. After I saw this film Koon spoke to a crowd of mostly kids and some people who work in the children’s industry – including myself and my friend Hayley. It was adorable listening to the children ask Koon questions like “how did you make the asteroids hit the rocket ship.” Being in the industry I knew the answers to these questions, but I will admit if I was that age, I probably would have been asking the exact same thing. Moral of this paragraph is I love that TIFF Kids allows children to interact with those in the industry.
The other cool thing about the festival is the digiPlaySpace in which children have a chance to interact with creative media technologies and share artistic experiences.
The festival is a great event for those working in the kids industry (television, film, publishing, press, etc.), for educators and for mothers or fathers who are looking for a fun activity to do with their child.
Make sure to check out the event this year and tell me what movies you are most excited to see.
That is Why I Love Toronto
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