This year's inspirational program of kid-centric feature films in the much-loved Children's International Film Festival (CHIFF) takes place simultaneously in both Sydney and Melbourne. The 2019 festival screens from 24 May at the Ritz Cinema in Sydney, Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, The Lido (Hawthorn) and The Cameo (Belgrave).
CHIFF speaks for itself. The 2.5 week long event is a curated film festival put together for young curious minds. Take your pick from a huge selection of screen entertainment. The program features 10 animations and 11 live action feature films, special events and an inspiring collection of short films from around the world curated via the Little Big Shots crew. CHIFF is the first of its kind; a film festival that offers up world class films for younger audiences that would not otherwise be seen in Australia.
Some of the names in this year's festival you may be familiar with and some you may not. Regardless, you'll be spoiled for choice.
Enid Blyton's much loved adventure novels get the big screen treatment in Famous Five and The Valley of Dinosaurs where the intrepid friends go on the hunt for a hidden dinosaur skeleton.
The 60th anniversary of the much-adored comic book series, Asterix, Obelix and a cast of old favourites go on the hunt for a talented druid to entrust a secret recipe in Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion.
Based on the beloved Moomins series by Finnish author Tove Jansson, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland follows Moomintroll as he decides to skip his usual winter hibernation and discover the magic of Christmas.
A box office smash in its native Denmark, Checkered Ninja tells the story of Alex, who received a ninja doll made from checkered fabric for his birthday.
These are just a snippet of scintillating screen picks in the 2019 Children's International Film Festival. If you can't decide and would prefer to choose a selection of bite-sized films to watch in one sitting, take your pick from the Little Big Shots addition to the program, which sit alongside CHIFF's 21 feature films from around the world.
Delve deeper into the world of film and participate in two special events at this year's CHIFF. 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.
The Children's International Film Festival will take place at Ritz Cinema in Sydney from 24 May – 2 June, and Classic Cinemas, Lido Cinemas and Cameo Cinemas in Melbourne from 24 May – 10 June.
No need to stay home this winter. Rug up, get out the door and make the most of Melbourne's cooler months in the comfort of your cinema seat whilst enjoying this year's wonderful Children's International Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased via www.chiff.com.au.
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