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The Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) is returning to Melbourne from 28 May until 13 June 2022. This year’s festival features 21 kid-friendly films and TV series screenings from across the globe, as well as a host of creative and fun hands-on events.
All of the new films in the CHIFF program are Australian premieres, handpicked from world-class film festivals such as Berlin, Toronto, and Seattle. These films rarely get a release outside of their home countries, so CHIFF provides one of the only ways for families to catch them on the big screen in Australia.
Nominated for Best Animated Film at the 36th Goya Awards, Mironins gives children the opportunity to explore a fascinating universe of art and imagination as three tiny paint drops escape paintings every night to have escapades in the museum where they live.
Join the Festival for a special 40th Anniversary screening of The Secret of NIMH, the first feature film by acclaimed independent animation filmmaker Don Bluth (The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Anastasia) based on Robert C O’Brien’s novel Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
Lovers of dance can enjoy Coppelia, based on the 1870 comic ballet of the same name, and inspired by a 2016 performance created for the Dutch National Ballet, this contemporary retelling blends live-action dance with 2D animation and updates details from the original story to ensure the themes of manufactured beauty and false appearances remain relevant.
Another adaptation of a popular story is Three Wishes for Cinderella. This live-action retelling sees Cinderella empowered to stand up for herself and determine her own fate.
Even Mice Belong in Heaven is a charming stop-motion puppetry and 3D computer animation that tells the story of two mortal enemies, a mouse and a fox, who meet in animal heaven, loose their natural instincts and become best friends.
Older kids are also catered for with Oink stop-motion animation and a wicked sense of humour combined to tell the story of a pet pig trying desperately to avoid becoming part of a sausage competition. King sees a brother and sister unite with their grandfather on a cross-country adventure to return a smuggled lion cub back to its home in Africa.
Finnish author Tove Jansson’s incredibly loveable characters The Moomins are back with two brand new episode packages including Moominpappa’s Island and Moominvalley: Homecoming. Based on the hugely popular series of books, kids are invited on a journey to the magical world of Moominvalley, an idyllic place where the Moomins live in harmony with nature.
Best Birthday Ever is another book for silver-screen adaptation premiering at CHIFF. A family animation feature based on the best-selling book series by Rotraut Susanne Berner, the film follows little rabbit Charlie as his fifth birthday develops into an unexpected adventure.
Stinky Dog, Happy Life in Paris! Is a special compilation of five episodes from the Stinky Dog series about the hilarious and fun adventures of a maverick mutt Stinky Dog and his faithful gutter companion Flatty Cat. Screening alongside Stinky Dog is the Melbourne made short animation Bellysaurus, with the director and cast attending Melbourne sessions for a post-screening Q&A.
CHIFF also features an array of fun activities and events taking place in the cinema foyer before most screenings, including Miró-inspired face painting (to take place before Mironins screenings), and Trash-inspired art workshops, slime workshops, party hat arts and crafts and more.
Date: 28 May until 13 June 2022
Classic Cinemas – 9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Lido Cinemas – 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Cameo Cinemas – 1628 Burwood Highway, Belgrave
Price: standard $13.50 & family pass $48
Cover image: Pil’s Adventures
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