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About the festival

The Children's International Film Festival (CHIFF) brings a curated selection of international features, family short films and special events tailored to our youngest film buffs.

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Catering for children aged 3 years and up, the festival's program ranges from non-verbal films for the miniature movie lover, through to a more challenging mix of foreign and English-language films from all over the world, perfect for older budding cinephiles.

The 2024 CHIFF program features 18 Australian premieres, handpicked from world-class film festivals such as Berlin, San Sebastian, London and New York. 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.

After a successful launch in 2018, CHIFF returns for a sixth edition in June 2024, once again presenting a jam-packed line-up of carefully curated feature films from around the globe. 

Festival team

Artistic Director Thomas Caldwell
Executive Director Lindy Tamir
Catalyst Eddie Tamir
Festival Manager Paulette Arvizu
Festival Coordinator Bettina Kinski
Festival Assistant Oliver John
Cinema Marketing Team Jaymes Durante, Candace Brereton, Rachel Bostock
Festival Design & Illustration Ryan Beasley
Cover Illustration Anita Lester
Festival Trailer Malcolm Bloedel
Materials and Conversion Jorr Pty Ltd and Roar Digital

A special thank you to the Moving Story Entertainment team and the dedicated teams at Classic, Lido, Cameo and Ritz Cinemas, and to our film-loving community for their ongoing support and enthusiasm.

Terms and conditions:

CHIFF has received a classification excemption from the Australian Classification Board. Age recommendations for films are provided by the festival as guidelines, and specific information about language and themes are provided in the detailed description of each film. All assesments by CHIFF are subjective, and consideration by a parent or guardian is advised to asses whether a film is a good fit for your family.

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The Festival returns in 2024