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About the festival

The Children's International Film Festival (CHIFF) brings a curated selection of feature and short local and international cinema dedicated to our youngest film buffs.

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Catering for children aged 4-16, 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.

All of the new films in the CHIFF program are Australian premieres, handpicked from world-class film festivals such as Berlin, Toronto, and Seattle. 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 third festival in 2020, once again presenting a jam-packed line-up of carefully curated feature films from around the globe. This year, we're also proud to present the big-screen premiere of the finalist films for the inaugural Isolation Film Festival, created in lockdown by young filmmakers from Melbourne and Sydney. 

CHIFF Partners

Festival team

Artistic Director Thomas Caldwell
Executive Director Lindy Tamir
Catalyst Eddie Tamir
Festival and Marketing Manager Erin Rosenberg
Festival Marketing Assistant Jaymes Durante
Festival Sponsorship Liz Raleigh
Cinema Marketing Team Jessa Shields, Rapha Tamir, Joel Thompson
Festival Design Kylie Holmes
Festival Illustration Anita Lester
Festival Trailer Hudson Sowada
Festival Publicity Sarah Finney
Materials and Conversion Jorr Pty Ltd

A special thanks to the dedicated teams at Classic, Lido, Cameo and Ritz Cinemas, and to our film-loving community for their ongoing support and enthusiasm.

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