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The Children's International Film Festival (CHIFF) from 24 May to 10 June 2019 has this year extended its reach to The Ritz Cinema in Sydney (24 May to 2 June) for the first time. Returning to Melbourne (24 May to 10 June) and screening at Classic Cinemas - Elsternwick, June Lido Cinemas - Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas - Belgrave, it's set to light up the screen with the very best family films handpicked from world-class film festival, including a short film program by Little Big Shots.

The very first film festival of its kind in Australia, the Festival Program dedicated to the youngest of film buffs will be bursting with workshops and visiting international guests. You'll find the Festival Trailer HERE and the Online Program HERE. You can also pick up a hardcopy of the program from the participating cinemas. Stay updated and interactive via the Event Page, and get your Tickets via the website.


This year there are 21 features from all over the world (including films from Germany, Finland, India and Serbia, amongst others!), plus 11 sessions of extraordinary short films, workshops and special events. All of the new films in the CHIFF program are Australian premieres and include kid friendly animations right through to a more challenging mix of foreign and English language films from all over the world; perfect for older budding cinephiles.

It features a great mix of some of the most iconic characters in the history of children's stories and introduces new inspiring heroes. Enid Blyton's much loved adventure novels get the big screen treatment in Famous Five and The Valley of Dinosaurs. It'll introduce a new generation to these intrepid friends that go on a hunt for a hidden dinosaur skeleton.


Asterix, Obelix and a cast of old favourites are also ready for a new generation. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of this much adored comic book series, this latest big screen adventure goes on a hunt for a talented druid to entrust a secret recipe. Sticking with the classics, The Little Prince is an enchanting musical delight for grown-ups and kids alike. A1974 film based on the classic story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, it has stood the test of time.

If you find the art of stop-motion fascinating, check out the magical Irish stop-motion Captain Morten and the Spider Queen. Ten year old Morten is magically shrunk down to the size of an insect by an inept magician, and finds himself trapped aboard the deck of his own toy ship as the room around him floods. With a wicked Spider Queen and Scorpion Pirate already on board, being a Captain like his father is going to be harder than he ever imagined.


Mia and the White Lion discover friendship is the wildest adventure of all. The two set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie the White Lion can live out his life safe and free. In contrast, and in collaboration with Little Big Shots, the extraordinary array of 124 short films will give you bite-sized stories of adventure, fun and friendship, and a great diversity of people and places to experience. Discover this and many more on the Program. Follow the Facebook page to stay in touch.

The kids would love the hard copy of the program as it has activities like the Little Prince Maze, a Word-Search Challenge and a Colouring-in activity. To add to the fun times, as a supporter of CHIFF, you can get 20% off Unlimited Ride Tickets at Luna Park (CHIFF's Major Sponsor) in Melbourne. Use coupon code CHIFF2019 to redeem this offer. It's valid for online redemption only, before 31 July 2019. Terms and conditions apply.


International and local guests will be on hand at the Festival to share their insights and skills to Festival goers in two special events. With experience at some of the world's biggest animation studios, including Disney and the Jim Henson Workshop, Nicolas Villarreal joins the Festival to run a hands-on animation workshop and screening of his recent short film Pasteurized. Villarreal will also join Australian filmmaker Natalie van den Dungen (Sherbert Rosencrantz, You're Beautiful) for a spirited panel discussion on the merits and challenges of making animated and live-action films for younger audiences.
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Why? Children's International Film Festival Australia 2019 - Sydney and Melbourne
When: SYDNEY 24 May 2 June 2019 // MELBOURNE 24 May 10 June 2019
Where: SYDNEY 24 May 2 June 2019: Ritz Cinema Randwick // MELBOURNE 24 May 10 June 2019: Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick / June Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn / Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave
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