Summary of organization/program
Engaging, educational and entertaining, the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children is an initiative of TIFF that offers children and youth the opportunity to learn about cultural perspectives from around the world through the power of the moving image.
- Ages 3 to grade 12, through public programs and in-school programs
For over a decade, Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, a division of TIFF, has offered children and youth the opportunity to learn about cultural perspectives from around the world through the power of the moving image. The festival launched in 1998 with an attendance of 2,300, and has grown at a phenomenal pace, increasing its audience to over 13,000 in 2009. Visit the website at sprockets.ca for more information. Sprockets runs April 17 to 23, 2010.
SPROCKETS TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN
Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children provides programming for children ages three and up, and presents a high-quality slate of screenings designed to provide families and school groups with a rich film experience. 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. Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase offers young Ontario filmmakers in grades 3 to 12 a chance to have their short film shown on the big screen. Sprockets Young People’s Juries select their favourite film from the festival within their age range. The winners are announced at the end of the festival.
Sprockets regularly invites filmmakers and special guests to introduce their films and answer questions from the audience following the screening. There are also hands-on film-craft activities throughout the weekend, so that youth can learn more about the process of filmmaking through enjoyable drop-in activities.
Dominant Media Forms
multi media presentations
- Offer children and youth the opportunity to learn about cultural perspectives from around the world through the power of the moving image.
Statement of Principles
They host screenings, discussion workshops, filmmaking workshops and public programs to get youth engaged with film through viewing and production.
SCHOOL PROGRAMME (workshops)
Sprockets includes a week-long School Programme for students in grades 1 to 12. Students can engage in post-screening discussions with filmmakers and special guests to further explore the films’ ideas, themes, storytelling techniques and much more. Each film shown during the week has a teacher resource to extend the Sprockets experience into the classroom, connecting the films to many aspects of the Ontario curriculum.
FUTURE FRAMES (Workshops)
Future Frames is a programme for high-school students, which screens thought-provoking and entertaining cinema produced by post-secondary film students. Students are provided an opportunity to discuss the films with the filmmakers and are encouraged to ask questions about filmmaking and film education programmes that they may be interested in pursuing.
JUMP CUTS (Video submissions for youth to get their work shown)
YOUNG PEOPLE’S JURY (gets youth to write film reviews and participate in a jury)
Samples of work
Sprockets is generously supported by Bell, RBC, Cineplex Entertainment LP and the Ontario Arts Council.