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2020 Children's International Film Festival Program

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The Children's International Film Festival that runs from 27 November to 13 December 2020 has released the program! Returning to the big screen for its third year, this brand new program of extraordinary kid's cinema from around the globe can be seen at Cameo Cinemas - Belgrave, Classic Cinemas - Elsternwick and Lido Cinemas - Hawthorn in Victoria, and at Ritz Cinema - Randwick, Sydney. Pick up the hardcopy program from the cinemas and enjoy playing a few challenging games in the program, and check out the special events at the end of this article.

Win a family pass for you and a friend to attend CHIFF by simply clicking through to the Facebook and Instagram posts. Comment with an emoji to match your favourite character in the trailer, and tag a friend who you know will love the Festival. All you need to do is save the dates of the Festival, start booking your favourite films and gather your film-going friends and family to get ready for CHIFF 2020.

Take note that you can also stream past CHIFF highlights and family favourites from the comfort of your living room while waiting for the Festival to begin, on at home. Why not get the at home mobile app now available to download form the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. New titles are added all the time, and recently added titles include The Little Witch, Postman Pat: The Movie, Dilili in Paris, Jack the Hero Dog, Robinson Crusoe and more.

CHIFF stands by its mission to deliver a program of high-quality children's films that go far beyond what Australian kids typically have access to. The spectacular program of Australian premieres contains the newest of new films, many of which have been sourced from the most prestigious children's film festivals around the world. These are films that are otherwise not available in Australia, so do not miss this unique opportunity for your family to see them on the big screen and enjoy the cinema experience once more or maybe for the first time!

From new re-imaginings of classic characters such as Lassie, Sherlock Holmes and the Moomins and a return visit to Hoggett's Farm for the 25th Anniversary the Australian classic Babe and more, you'll also get the opportunity to meet beloved film and literary characters from other parts of the world.

Isolation Festival finalists premieres on the big-screen this year with their selection of Short Films. Screening a selection of the top films from the under-18 age category at this year's Children's International Film Festival. Select sessions will be introduced by the young filmmakers. All Sydney sessions are now on sale, as well as all our scheduled Melbourne outdoor screenings (with the remainder to follow very soon)! Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more. Make an enquiry by emailing


Following are Eight Events to look forward to at the Festival. For the special event Babe, be sure to dress up as your favourite barnyard animal or character, and join in for oink-loads of pre-screening fun! Another dress up involves dressing up as your favourite Australian or scary animal for the World Premier screening of Australian animation Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal. Special guests to be announced and prizes awarded for the best outfits! Unfortunately only Classic Cinemas and Ritz Cinemas will be participating in Victoria and NSW for this one.

Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond involves a Treasure Hunt! Join in at select sessions for gold-laden treasure hunts through the cinema foyers, plus dress as your favourite swashbuckling pirate for your chance to take home extra prizes. For the next dress up, it can be leisurely; like dressing in your comfiest PJs for Dreambuilders, a magical animated adventure that takes you behind-the-scenes of dream construction. Teddy bears are welcome too!

There are special BYO Doggo screenings featuring special treats for canines and humans alike. The Canine treats are sponsored by Lassie Come Home brand partner Wag. It's all happening at Classic Rooftop, Lido Rooftop, Cameo Outdoor and Ritz Laneway on Friday 27 November 2020 at 8.30pm in Melbourne and 8pm in Sydney. Eighty years after Lassie first captured hearts in English novelist Eric Mowbray Knight's classic Lassie Come-Home, the iconic long-haired collie is ready to be discovered once more by a whole new generation.

Raggie is another event you can take your favourite doll along to. This delightful animated film about Raggie the rag doll is based on a beloved Estonian children's book character from the 1960s, and celebrates the bond between siblings, with lots of charm and imagination. For Pelle No-Tail, thanks to BlackInc, you can join in for a pre-screening storytime of the original Pelle No-Tail book. Dress up as your favourite feline friend for your chance to win a book pack. Pelle No-Tail is a sweet and charming film that gloriously captures the feel of traditional hand-drawn animation. It's based on a series of classic Swedish children's books that dates back to 1939

Sky Raiders is the last of the eight special events that takes to the skies. Join in for a pre-screening in the cinema foyer to make your own paper planes! Materials will be provided. This is a uplifting family drama about overcoming the limitations that are placed on us by others and ourselves. Be sure to check the PDF program for the dates and times of all these events at (not all cinemas) participating cinemas. Meanwhile, there's a full program of films to browse through to enjoy. It's going to be a tough choice!

Summary of Special Events listed for ease of viewing

Babe - dress up as your favourite barnyard animal or character for loads of pre-screening fun.
Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal - dress as your favourite Australian or scary animal. Prizes will be awarded for the best outfit and special guests will be announced.
Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond - join select sessions for gold-laden treasure hunts through the cinema foyers, plus dress as your favourite swashbuckling pirate for your chance to take home extra prizes.
Dreambuilders - dress in your comfiest PJs. Teddy bears are welcome too!
Lassie Come Home - special treats for canines and humans.
Raggie - bring your favourite doll.
Pelle No-Tail - pre-screening storytime of the original Pelle No-Tail book. Dress up as your favourite feline friend for your chance to win a book pack.
Sky Raiders - join in for pre-screening in the cinema foyer to make your own paper planes! Materials provided.

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Why? Children's International Film Festival 2020
When: 27 Nov to 13 Dec 2020
Where: Classic Cinema Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas and Cameo Cinemas in Melbourne, and Ritz Cinemas - Randwick, Sydney
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