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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 3-16, 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 fifth festival in May 2023, 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 Rachel Bostock
Cinema Marketing Team Jaymes Durante, Candace Brereton, Laura Grant
Festival Design & Illustration Ryan Beasley
Cover Illustration Anita Lester
Festival Trailer Malcolm Bloedel
Materials and Conversion Jorr Pty Ltd and Roar Digital

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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The Festival returns in 2024