©2011 TIFF SprocketsFor those of you in the Toronto area, be sure to check out Sprockets, The Toronto International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which starts tomorrow (April 5th) and runs until April 17th. In addition to an impressive roster of films for and/or about children and teens, from Canada and around the world, as well school days for elementary and high school students, the event includes two public weekends. The public weekends are open to the general public, feature a number of films, hands-on activities and special guests. Here's a brief description from the official website:
An enriching experience that is much more than just a day at the movies, Sprockets includes two public weekends for ages three and up and a two week long School Programme for students in elementary and secondary schools. Featuring the best of Canadian and international cinema for children and youth, Sprockets offers a compelling selection of features and shorts on diverse subjects in a variety of genres and styles. It provides a rare opportunity to watch films that kids around the world are lining up to see and that in many cases may not be available again in Toronto.The festival also includes a number of events geared toward the industry, including a day of panels on contemporary issues in children's media production. I'll be participating as a speaker on a panel examining Transmedia Entertainment, which I'm very much looking forward to.
Just to add to the awesomeness, this year's festival takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where the Tim Burton exhibit is still going strong until April 17th.
See you there!