TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival® presents an international selection of remarkable family-friendly cinema in the TIFF Kids® programme. This lineup represents a diverse range of cultural perspectives for both young and young-at-heart Festivalgoers with fantastical tales of courage, camaraderie, love and acceptance. With wonderfully vibrant visuals and skilfully woven fantasy, this year's selection of extraordinary storytelling will inspire and entertain cinephiles from ages eight through 88.
Amazonia Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil North American Premiere Amazonia is a 3D odyssey into the world's biggest rainforest. After a plane crash, Saï, a capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity, finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle. Facing a new world in which dense vegetation covers everything, Saï has to find his way and survive the traps nature has laid out.
Antboy Ask Hasselbalch, Denmark World Premiere Twelve-year-old Pelle accidentally gets bitten by an ant and develops unimaginable superpowers. With help from his friend, comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as the superhero Antboy and becomes a local crime fighter. When a supervillain, The Flea, enters the scene, Antboy must step up to the challenge.
KHUMBA Anthony Silverston, South Africa North American Premiere Rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes; but when he discovers a tyrannical leopard on his trail, he must find the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.
The World of Goopi and Bagha Shilpa Ranade, India World Premiere Goopi and Bagha are two wise fools; one loves to sing and the other to play the drum. Despite their acute ineptness, their passion for music knows no bounds. When the villagers cannot bear to listen to them anymore, both are banished to the same forest. Here, Goopi and Bagha encounter each other and their fates become entwined for life. A strong and immediate bond is forged by these two hapless souls in search of connoisseurs of their musical craft.
Zip and Zap and the Marble Gang Oskar Santos, Spain World Premiere Naughty twins Zip and Zap are punished and sent to summer school at Hope, a strict re-education centre run by the eye-patched Headmaster Falconetti, who rules with a heavy hand and forbids all forms of recreation and entertainment. They form the Marble Gang, the children's Resistance, in order to defy the evil headmaster. Guided by intelligence, bravery and unbreakable faith in friendship, they uncover a mysterious secret hidden deep within the school and end up having the most exciting adventure of their lives.