Director Michael Fequiere captures both the talent and work ethic of gifted young jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney. The son of jazz saxophonist Antoine Roney, Kojo knows that while jazz runs through his veins, he will never make it as a musician by relying on his natural ability alone: it’s his steady dedication to improving his craft that’ll set him apart.
Kojo will be attending the festival and will give a drum performance prior to the screening of his film on April 14th
Saturday, April 15th at 10:30am & 11:am
Nothing goes better with a sweet breakfast than Saturday morning cartoons. Breakfast will be served at TIFF Bell Lightbox starting 45 minutes prior to the screening time.
Missed it at TIFF 16
Festival darlings Jeffery, My Life as a Courgette, Little Wing, and Shahzad are back for TIFF Kids this weekend if you missed the chance to see these films on the big screen during the Festival check them out this weekend at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
One day, quiet Elias encounters performance artist Halim while walking through the park. When Elias begins visiting Halim each day, Elias’ mother becomes suspicious and decries that he cannot be friends with a “refugee.” Elias defies his mother and returns to the park, but discovers that Halim has vanished. With a message of hope and belonging, this story of intergenerational friendship is a testament to the lasting impact that shared stories can have on one another.
Intro and Q&A with director Werner Fiedler on April 17 & 21
Reluctantly staying with his mother’s new family among the reindeer-herding Sami people in rural northern Sweden, 12-year-old Niilas accidentally allows one of the reindeer to escape, and sets out on an adventure-filled search to return the missing animal to the herd.
Intro and Q&A with director, Meikeminne Clinckspoor on April 18, 20 and 22
Creativity Within(Shorts Programme)
The protagonists in this collection of short films use creativity to approach life’s challenges. Their quick thinking and creative problem solving inspire selfconfidence and acceptance.
Intro and Q&A with Sébastien Maitre, director of GET UP KINSHASA!, on April 12 & 14
Intro and Q&A with Pia Shah, director of WATERBABY, on April 17 & 20
The Heart of Matters (Shorts Programme)
Families come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is universal: each member plays an important role in supporting the others. They try to solve problems for one another and support each other in difficult times. Each protagonist in this programme demonstrates this important quality.
Intro and Q&A with Jocelyn Flores, director of Chalk, on April 10
Intro and Q&A with Alex Camilleri, director of Prickly Pear, Jocelyn Flores, director of Chalk, and Ella Smith, director of MDUDU BOY, on April 13
Intro and Q&A with Alex Camilleri, director of Prickly Pear, Jocelyn Flores, director of Chalk, Ella Smith, director of MDUDU BOY, and Haya Waseem, director of Shahzad, on April 14 & 16