Children's International Film Festival 2019
The Children’s International Film Festival Melbourne (CHIFF) is returning for its second year to Elsternwick’s Classic Cinemas, Hawthorn’s Lido Cinemas, and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave. It will also present a slightly shorter program in Sydney for the first time, at the Ritz in Randwick.
Over two big weeks, the festival caters to kids aged four to 16 and this year includes 21 films handpicked from festivals around the world, including in Berlin, Toronto and Seattle. Many of the films wouldn't reach Australia otherwise.
The 2019 program features children’s stories greats such as Asterix and Obelix, the Moomins, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, and the Little Prince, plus many new heroes to discover.
Fresh highlights include Denmark's box office smash Checkered Ninja, about a ninja doll that springs to life; and the gorgeous, dialogue-less animation Minuscule: Mandibles from Far Away that follows the familiar googly-eyed insects on an adventure in the Caribbean.
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.)
CHIFF has also partnered with Little Big Shots – another Australian film festival for kids, which features many films made by kids – to present a program of short films and workshops.