Children’s International Film Festival
The inaugural Children’s International Film Festival Melbourne (CHIFF) is nearly here. Across three venues (the Classic in Elsternwick, Lido in Hawthorn and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave) and two big weeks, the festival caters to children aged 3–14 and includes 17 features selected from film festivals around the world, which could not be seen in Australia otherwise.
There are non-verbal and short films for younger children, and more complex, foreign and English-language feature films for older moviegoers. All non-English films are subtitled, and sessions of Gordon & Paddy, Lila's Book and My Giraffe will be live-dubbed in English for younger viewers.
Other highlights include three episodes of Australian television classic Round the Twist and a 1920s-themed dress-up screening of retro classic Bugsy Malone, as well as the launch of children’s book Lucky and Mucky.
Kids will love Tootletubs and Jyro, a non-verbal series about two bugs who bond over their love of recycling objects lost by humans.
And animal lovers won’t want to miss March of the Penguins 2, which checks in on the next generation of emperor penguins, 12 years after the original Oscar-winning documentary. It's screening on the Lido Rooftop with visits from Phillip Island penguin holders.
CHIFF runs from April 27 until May 6, with single and family tickets available at www.chiff.com.au.