2012 film guide

Karolina Lewicka

A nine-year-old girl finds courage.


Documenting the fashion phenomenon, Air Jordans, a group of Toronto youth explore what the shoe means to them and the material and social cost of the craze.

Jan Sverak
Czech Republic

Using puppetry and live action, Kooky is an inventive, thrilling family adventure from Academy Award-winning director Jan Sverak (Kolya). Created in the imaginative mind of six year old Ondra, whose life has been hindered by asthma and is forced to give up his favourite dusty cuddly toy, Kooky. Kooky is thrown in the garbage by Ondra’s mother, but with Ondra’s sheer will power and prayers, Kooky manages to find the strength to escape his fate and would-be jailers. In his desperate fear of the dark he stumbles across the ageing forest Guardian, Captain Goddamm who reluctantly helps him out. An unlikely friendship emerges as they pursue their own goals, unexpectedly discovering they both need one another. Good triumphs evil, as together they battle the nasty Nushka, who is trying to overthrow the wise and compassionate Guardian. The abundant creativity delivered in this film is a rare occurrence in children’s cinema. Truly a must see!
Recommended ages:  6 & up.  

Rated PG (coarse language)

In English

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All funds raised from this screening will help pay for a new playground at the Queen Victoria Annex.


Marco Gianfreda

Luca finds out about his grandfather¹s intention to drive off a cliff and decides to furtively follow him. This heartwarming story is told with humour.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Stephanie Dudley

This film about cabbage, a simple vegetable with many layers, is based on a poem by Erin Mouré.
In Galician with English subtitles.

Vibeke Muasya

Original title: Kidnappet
Eleven-year-old Simon travels with his Danish mother to his birth country, Kenya. Chasing his soccer ball, he gets lost in a large city-slum. In his trendy shoes and fancy clothes, he clearly stands out, but after he gets mugged, he looks like any other African boy. After his mom, Susanne, goes to the media promising a reward, he becomes a hunted boy, desperate for friends he can trust. In English and Danish with English subtitles.
Themes: survival, friendship, adventure, social class, international relations, and adoption.
Recommended for grades 6-10/ ages 12+
Join us for a FREE animation workshop with instructor Elisa Chee from 10:00-3:00.

Juan Pablo Zaramelia

In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.

Buster Keaton, Winsor McCay, Erest Servaès, and more
USA and France

In light of the recent success of the silent film The Artist, and the tribute to the silent era in Hugo, the Festival is pleased to offer the Canadian Premiere of NOT JUST FOR KIDS. This program of silent shorts is fun for the whole family, and a great way to experience Alloy's exciting live performance for the first time.  Among the selections is Buster Keaton's comedy classic One Week (USA,1920), Dream of a Rarebit Fiend: The Pet by Windsor McCay (USA,1906), Artheme Swallows his Clarinet (France, 1912), The Red Spectre (France, 1907), as well as some more delightful, Alloy-selected surprises.

This screening is presented in partnership with the Vancity Theatre.  The Vancity Theatre will screen more films with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra from April 14-16, 2012. Please check their website for a complete schedule.

Followed by R2R's Opening Night Party

Join us for delicious appetizers from Nelson the Seagull, Aphrodite's organic pie, and refreshments. A 1920's/1930's inspired photo booth will be set up and Mintage will supply a wardrobe and accessories at the booth. Be sure to stop by, try on a costume, and get your photo taken. We invite everyone to come dressed in festive attire from the era!


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Artheme Swallows His Clarinet

Artheme Swallows his Clarinet

The Pet

The Red Spectre

Jordan Canning

A 12-year-old boy, fated to die on his thirteenth birthday, has to find a way to cheat death before the clock runs out.

Oliver Ringer

Original title: A Pas de Loup
Suspecting she is invisible to her parents, six-year-old Cathy decides to test the theory by disappearing into the forest. And so begins an extraordinary adventure, in turns harrowing and humourous. In French with English subtitles. 
Themes: family relationships, imagination, nature, and survival.
*** Winner of the Children's Jury Award at the Montreal International Film Festival ***
Recommended for ages 6 and up/ grades 2-7

Join us for a FREE animation workshop with instructor Elisa Chee on Saturday from 11:30-4:30.
Dans un monde pas si lointain et à une époque pas si éloignée vivait une petite fille comme les autres qui croyait être invisible aux yeux de ses parents. Pour en être bien certaine, elle décida de disparaître. Ce qui aurait pu mal se terminer se transforma en une aventure extraordinaire, une quête d’identité et de liberté digne de Robinson Crusoé.