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events: TIFF Kids, April 10-22, 2012, Toronto


There is still time to register for TIFF Kids and TIFF Next Wave.
Together these festivals represent the evolution of the Sprockets International Film Festival for children and youth. TIFF Kids (April 10th – 22nd) will celebrate content for children ages 3 to 13 through an informed selection of films, relevant industry programming and innovative interactive spaces and media platforms. Likewise TIFF Next Wave (May 10th – 12th) will screen a selection of films that engage youth between the ages 14 to 18. Both festivals will provide a rare opportunity for industry professionals to screen films that kids and teens from around the world will soon be lining up to see.

Industry professionals who wish to take advantage of this valuable and unique opportunity will need to register for the following pass:
TIFF Kids & Next Wave Industry Pass
Price: $60 (tax included)

TIFF Kids Access
– Allocation of 5 advanced tickets, available on a first come, first served basis
– Allocation of 3 tickets (1 per screening) on the day of the screening, available on a first come, first served basis
– Access to Industry Programming (See Exciting Update Below!)
– Access to TIFF Nexus’ New Media Literacies Conference (Priority to Nexus delegates)
– Access to Industry Screening Library
– Access to digiPlaySpace
– Invitation to Networking Cocktail
– Online access to Delegates Guide

TIFF Next Wave Access
– Allocation of 3 tickets per day (1 per screening) on the day of the screening, available on a first come, first serve basis

Note: It is important that you register for your TIFF Kids & Next Wave Industry Pass early, as advanced tickets become available on March 15th for registered industry professionals. Online registration will close April 5th. You will be able to register onsite up until April 20th. Be warned that if you decide to register onsite you may encounter unpredictable wait times. The same registration deadlines apply to those who only plan to use their pass to attend TIFF Next Wave.

Before registering please review and update your contact information with any necessary changes. If you have changed companies please contact us before taking any further steps, as we will need to adjust the personalized link below.
Industry Programming Announced!

Registered industry professionals who attend TIFF Kids will have access to a variety of Industry events and initiatives during the festival.
– Access to these events is on a first-come, first-served basis
– Registered professionals will be able to redeem one ticket for the Master Class and each Panel Discussion on their pass, starting March 15
– Special conditions apply to our Roundtable Sessions, for which delegates need to pre-register starting in late March.

Below is a list of the stimulating events and relevant speakers that have been confirmed. Please expect another update soon regarding a second Panel Discussion and a list of more Roundtable Session speakers.

Master Class with Peter Lord
Thursday, April 19 – 10am
TIFF Bell Lightbox – Cinema 4
New this year, our TIFF Kids Master Class is an exclusive opportunity for students and Industry delegates to learn from animation industry pioneer Peter Lord of Aardman Animations. The session will not only focus on the trademark work of the Aardman Feature Studio, but also on the trailblazing projects of its Commercials and Digital divisions.

Panel Discussion: Developing Transmedia Properties for Children – From Concept to Finished Product
Thursday, April 19 – 3:00m
TIFF Bell Lightbox – Cinema 4
A perfect segue way into our TIFF Nexus Conference on New Media Literacy, this panel will explore transmedia success stories in the children’s entertainment sector. Learn from broadcasters, transmedia content producers and public funders how to take a multi-platform project from idea to reality. What are the ingredients for a good transmedia property for children? What kind of content are broadcasters and funders looking for? Game developers and content producers for film and television will have the chance to learn more about fruitful collaborations between each other’s trades, and the magic that happens when everything comes together properly.
•    Ted Brunt – VP, Interactive Production (marblemedia)
•    Gavin Friesen – Director of Interactive (TELETOON)
•    Kim Gibson – Consultant, Industry Initiatives (OMDC)
•    Jessica McLaughlin (Manager,
•    Blair Powers – Partner, Producer & Online Creative Director (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
•    Nathalie Clermont, Director of Program Management (CMF)

Industry Lounge
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20 (10am – 4pm)
TIFF Bell Lightbox – 3rd Floor
Meet and network with fellow Industry delegates in a relaxed atmosphere.

Roundtable Sessions @ Industry Lounge

New this year, our Roundtable Sessions are designed to help Industrydelegates make connections with each other and our experts. Interested delegates can sign up for these sessions as of end of March:
Meet the Writers
Monday, April 16 – 12:00pm
Meet successful authors, screenwriters and show-runners, as they provide insights on the challenges, opportunities and prospects of working in an evolving children’s entertainment landscape.
•    Daniel Bryan Franklin – Creator, Detentionaire; Story Editor, Mudpit
•    Charles Johnston – Creator, Detentionaire
•    Simon Racioppa – Creator, Spliced!
•    Christin Simms – Writer, Dino Dan
•    Jamie Waese – Creator, Mudpit
•    Robert Paul Weston – Author, Zorgamazoo, Dust City

Meet the Animators
Tuesday, April 17 – 12:00pm
An opportunity for up-and-coming animators, filmmakers, game developers and content producers to meet established animators and show-runners working in the Canadian children’s entertainment industry.
•    Brad Ferguson – Director, Almost Naked Animals (9Story Entertainment)
•    Jason Lin – Animation Director (9Story Entertainment)
•    Kevin Micallef – Director, Detentionaire (Nelvana)
•    More speakers to be announced soon.

Meet the Buyers
Wednesday, April 18 – 12:00pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with some of the most important buyers of children’s entertainment content in Canada. Broadcasters, film distributors and VoD experts will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you what kind of projects they are looking for.
•    Patricia Ellingson – Creative Head of Children’s Programming (TVO)
•    Alan Gregg – Director of Original Content (TELETOON)
•    Jocelyn Hamilton – VP, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy & Drama (Corus Entertainment)
•    Kim Wilson – Creative Head of Children’s and Youth Programming (CBC)
•    More speakers to be announced soon.

Further details on the panel speakers and the topics for roundtable discussions will become available closer to the festival. Please check for more updates. Also, please find our latest Press Release at

TIFF Nexus’ New Media Literacies Conference
In conjunction with Industry Programming, the TIFF Nexus conference on New Media Literacy will take place on April 20th with a focus on children and youth. The event will bring together cross-sector media makers, academics, educators and industry delegates to explore issues and trends in order to foster new relationships and further emerging modes of literacy in youth-oriented media production.

Please check for updates.

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace
Not only will audiences take over all five cinemas and learning studios of TIFF Bell Lightbox, but for the first time our HSBC gallery space will be transformed into the TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace—an interactive playground where children will learn, laugh and be entertained by emerging creative technologies and innovative media experiences.

All registered industry professionals will be able to redeem one ticket to this event from their pass. The ticket will be for a one hour time allotment.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about the registration process please email us at or call us at 416-934-5834.
To learn more about Industry Programming please email us at or call us at 416-934-3218.
If you have any questions regarding TIFF Nexus’ Conference on Children’s New Media Literacy please direct them to

We look forward to welcoming you to TIFF Kids and TIFF Next Wave!

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