CHIFF 2018 at Cameo

CHIFF 2018

Dream, learn and giggle at the Children's International Film Festival (CHIFF) — a brand new, unique Australian film festival with premiere international content especially curated for our youngest film buffs! From intrepid adventures and precious friendships, to giraffes and penguins and giant pears, our curated selection of cinema has something to delight and entertain film-lovers of all ages.

March of the Penguins 2: The Call

  • Cast
  • Lambert Wilson, Thomas Acda, Sofie Gråbøl
  • Director
  • Luc Jacquet
  • Synopsis
  • “Jacquet’s slow-motion imagery captures the innate elegance of his subjects, especially during striking underwater sequences” — Variety

    Twelve years after its first big splash, March of the Penguins returns in grand form with a delightful dive back into the icy Antarctic waters.
    The emperor penguins’ arduous journey is even more urgent in the face of climate change, and more impressive, featuring awe-inspiring imagery made possible by cutting-edge 4K cinematography and underwater camerawork.

    Sometimes fuzzy, sometimes sleek, but always devoted, this new generation of black-and-white heroes is ready to heed nature's call to traverse sea and land to ensure the survival of their species.
  • Classification
  • E, 77 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Some predator-prey violence in nature.
  • Genre
  • Documentary
  • Running Time
  • 77 minutes

Mission Kathmandu: The Adventures of Nelly and Simon

  • Cast
  • Sylvie Moreau, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Rachid Badouri
  • Director
  • Pierre Greco and Nancy Florence Savard
  • Synopsis
  • "Young audiences looking for some globe-trotting adventure to the top of the world need look no further... Kids are going to love this lighthearted animated tale.” — thestar.com

    Quebec City, 1955. Nelly Maloye is a young apprentice detective, intuitive but disorganised. Simon Picard is an ambitious research assistant in anthropology at the local university, with a methodical and obsessive personality. Somehow their paths cross, and the duo sets off on a wild adventure to prove the existence of the Abominable Snowman. Simon is relying on a lost explorer’s coded diary to lead them to the mythic creature’s lair. Accompanying the two explorers are Tenzig Gombu, an enigmatic young Sherpa guide, and Jazzmin, a talkative mynah bird. The ragtag crew must confront a host of dangers in the heart of the Himalayas on their search for that legendary beast: the Yeti.
  • Classification
  • E, 80 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Some supernatural themes.
  • Genre
  • Adventure, Animation, Comedy
  • Running Time
  • 80 minutes

Wendy

  • Director
  • Dagmar Seume
  • Synopsis
  • 12-year-old Wendy is not thrilled when her parents decide to spend the whole summer vacation at her grandmother’s dilapidated equestrian farm. Formerly a successful rider, Wendy has refused to get back on any horses after a serious riding accident left her injured and traumatised. At the farm, Wendy meets a wounded horse named Dixie, who narrowly escaped a grisly fate at the butcher Röttgers. Dixie seems to seek Wendy's company and follows her every step. Between the two loners, a friendship blooms that will change both Wendy’s and Dixie’s lives forever.
  • Classification
  • E, 87 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Bullies use cruel words twice, a teenage boy gets drunk, and there are sequences of mild danger and a girl falling off a horse.
  • Genre
  • Family, Festivals, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 87 minutes

Dhh

  • Director
  • Manish Saini
  • Synopsis
  • "Heartwarming and stirring in its tone, uplifting, encouraging, and highly relevant with its message, and simply excellent in its overall execution.” — One Film Fan

    Three best friends Gungun, Bajrang, and Vakil prefer to spend their time in school cracking jokes rather than focusing on their studies. One afternoon, the boys skip school to go and see a magician performing in a nearby town. With midterms around the corner, the boys write to the magician asking him for a trick to ace their exams. Days go by and times get tougher with punishments at school and warnings at home. All hope is lost, until one day, the magician replies! His letter arrives with a parcel that claims to hold the key to cracking their exams. Will the magic work?

    Dhh is a clever story about perseverance and challenging oneself to exceed expectations.
  • Classification
  • E, 128 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Limited instances of strong language, protagonists are hit by teacher, boy seen urinating in a field from behind.
  • Genre
  • Fantasy, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 128 minutes

I Kill Giants

  • Director
  • Anders Walter
  • Synopsis
  • “A striking coming-of-age movie that blends magical realism with heartbreaking drama.” — Screen Rant

    Based on the acclaimed graphic novel, I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson, a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of Titans and Giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia and her school therapist (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to battle her Giants and face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, her sister (Imogen Poots), her difficult home life, and eventually her biggest dread of the unknown.
    Charming and exciting, this coming-of-age tale celebrates the power of imagination in the face of adversity.
  • Classification
  • E, 104 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Violence and supernatural themes, animated monsters.
  • Genre
  • Coming-of-age , Drama
  • Running Time
  • 104 minutes

Bugsy Malone

  • Cast
  • Scott Baio, Jodie Foster, Florrie Dugger, John Cassisi, Martin Lev
  • Director
  • Alan Parker
  • Synopsis
  • "The songs and set pieces are still fresh and infectious and most of the child cast are mesmerisingly good. I defy anyone not to be caught up in the charm and nostalgia." — Empire

    Alan Parker’s classic musical set in 1929 New York tells the story of one of the most notorious American gangsters—with a cast made up entirely of child actors! The story centres around a war raging between two rival gangsters, Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Dan is in possession of a new and deadly weapon, the dreaded ‘splurge gun’. As the custard pies fly, Bugsy Malone, an all-round nice guy falls for Blousey Brown, a singer at Fat Sam’s speakeasy. His designs on her are disrupted by the seductive songstress Tallulah, who wants Bugsy for herself. How is Bugsy to get the girl and help Fat Sam defend his business against the deadly Dan and his dastardly tricks?
  • Classification
  • E, 93 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Some violence with conseqence, as well as sexualisation of female characters
  • Genre
  • Crime, Musical
  • Running Time
  • 93 minutes

Zoo

  • Director
  • Colin McIvor
  • Synopsis
  • In Ireland during World War II a group of determined youngsters band together for a cause bigger—much bigger—than themselves. When Tom’s father, a veterinarian for the Belfast Zoo, is called away to war, Tom feels it’s his duty to ensure the well-being of the animals, including its newest addition, a baby elephant. But the impending German air raids and short-sighted decisions of the Zoo staff threaten to endanger the animals, and Tom must act quickly to ensure the survival of the Zoo’s inhabitants. A tale of family, friendship, and empathy inspired by true life.
  • Classification
  • E, 96 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Man is referred to as drunk, soldiers seen with large guns, implied killing of animals, gas masks shown during school drill, dead rabbit shown on screen, some strong language.
  • Genre
  • Family, Festivals, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

Gordon & Paddy

  • Director
  • Linda Hamback
  • Synopsis
  • “To be enjoyed by those well beyond its target audience... it’s a rare treat to unearth such an earnest little film.” — Little White Lies

    The forest’s police chief Gordon is about to retire and he needs to find a new assistant. Paddy, a clever mouse with a great sense of smell, seems to be the perfect candidate. Gordon trains Paddy in detective skills, then together they must solve the chief’s last case – the mystery of Squirrel’s missing nuts. Could it be the sinister fox that took them? Gordon and Paddy will soon uncover the truth in this enchanting animation about teamwork and creative thinking.

    Please note that an actor will read out the English subtitles for younger audience members during all sessions.
  • Classification
  • E, 62 mins
  • Genre
  • Animation, Kids , Mystery
  • Running Time
  • 62 minutes

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island

  • Cast
  • Dane DeHaan, Joey King, J.K. Simmons, Martin Sheen, Griffin Gluck, Talitha Bateman, Carter Sand
  • Synopsis
  • The Boxcar Children are back in this new animation based on the second book in the classic series. The Alden kids have settled in with their eccentric grandfather and, when he suggests that they spend the summer on an island, they jump at the idea! Upon arriving, they decide to use their imaginations to transform an abandoned barn into a place that feels just like home. Each day they tend to the garden garden, play in the water, and generally enjoy a relaxing summer until they discover that Joe, the island handyman, is keeping a secret. With surprises around every corner the Aldens must stay on their toes, in this exciting follow-up about family and acceptance.
  • Classification
  • E, 82 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Mild animated violence and themes.
  • Genre
  • Adventure, Animation
  • Running Time
  • 82 minutes

Supa Modo

  • Director
  • Likarion Wainaina
  • Synopsis
  • “A love letter to the power of escapism, a devastating portrayal of grief and a Kenyan family drama that defies stereotypes, Supa Modo serves as an important reminder that even when heroes die, they can continue to inspire others long after they’re gone.” — Little White Lies

    Jo, a witty 9 year-old girl, loves films and superheroes. Battling a terminal illness, she dreams of being a superhero, and inspires the other kids in the children’s hospital to act out scenes from action films. One day, her mother Kathryn takes Jo back to her rural village to spend the rest of her short life with her family. Against all odds and battling the time left her, the whole village takes it upon themselves to make Jo’s last wish a reality: to make a film and star in it.

    Supa Modo is a deeply moving observation of the comforting nature of imagination in the face of the finiteness of life, directed by Kenyan filmmaker Likarion Wainaina.
  • Classification
  • E, 77 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Reference to ghosts, limited instances of inappropriate greetings from a group of adult males toward a female teenager, acknowledgment of terminal disease and death.
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 77 minutes

The Legend of Timm Thaler or the boy who sold his laughter

  • Director
  • Andreas Dresen
  • Synopsis
  • Timm Thaler comes from a disadvantaged background, but he laughs a lot, and often. His laughter is so charming and contagious that the diabolical Baron Lefuet wants, at all costs, to have it for himself. And so the world's richest man makes the boy a dubious offer: if Timm agrees to sell him his laugh, he'll win every bet he ever makes in the future. After hesitating at first, Timm signs the contract. Though he can now seemingly fulfill his every wish, without his laugh he is a different person. It’s up to Timm’s friends Ida and Kreschimir to rescue him from the clutches of the baron and, through a clever trick, win back his inimitable laugh.
  • Classification
  • E, 102 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Themes of gambling, menacing characters.
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 102 minutes

Tootletubs & Jyro

  • Director
  • Ismo Virtanen and Mariko Härkönen
  • Synopsis
  • A remastered version of the 2001 Finish claymation series "Turilas & Jääräa". Tootletubs & Jyro is a warm and playful series about two eccentric bugs who meet, become friends and go on odd adventures while searching for food. Jyro is a witty inventor and Tootletubs is an easy-going gourmet, and together they love to find new ways to use objects abandoned by human beings. The message of the shows: respect your environment and fellow creatures.
  • Classification
  • E, 65 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Mild Slapstick Violence
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Foreign, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 65 minutes

Lila's Book

  • Cast
  • Leonor González Mina, Jorge Herrera
  • Director
  • Marcela Rincón González
  • Synopsis
  • The border that divides storybooks from everyday life dissolves in Colombian writer-director Marcela Rincón González’s marvellous animated adventure about a very special girl trying to find her way home.

    Lila is a character from a children’s book who suddenly finds herself caught in the world of her readers. The only person who can help Lila return to her rightful place is Ramón, the book’s owner, but he’s grown up now, and has lost interest in reading. Lila and her new pal Manuela are determined to convince Ramón of Lila’s plight, but in order to retrieve Lila’s book they must first travel across the treacherous Desert of Lost Memories.

    Lila’s Book is a tale of faith, memory and mystery, moving between worlds to discover the beauty of friendship and the comforts of coming home.

    Please note that an actor will read out the English subtitles for younger audience members during all sessions.
  • Classification
  • E, 76 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Contains a mildly depicted death of a mother, fairytale style villainous characters, scary birds and dramatically menacing music.
  • Genre
  • Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
  • Running Time
  • 76 minutes

The Little Witch

  • Cast
  • Karoline Herfurth, Axel Prahl, Luis Vorbach
  • Director
  • Michael Schaerer
  • Synopsis
  • The Little Witch has a big problem: she is only 127 years old. That makes her too young to dance with the other witches at the most important event in a witch’s annual social calendar: Walpurgis Night. So, she decides she’ll just sneak in! But of course, she gets caught. As punishment, she has to learn all the spells from the great magic book within a year and prove to everyone that she is a good witch. Unfortunately, concentration and ambition are not really her strengths. Together with her talking raven, Abraxas, the Little Witch sets off to discover what it really means to be a good witch—putting the entire witches’ world to the test in the process.
  • Classification
  • E, 103 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Fantastical themes, magic, acknowledgment of evil.
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Family
  • Running Time
  • 103 minutes

Round The Twist

  • Director
  • Esben Storm
  • Synopsis
  • “You really won’t find a more enjoyable, absurd or well put together twenty-five minutes in many other places.” — Den of Geek

    When the Twist kids – Pete, Linda and Bronson – and their Dad leave the city for a quiet life in the coastal town of Port Niranda, they get more than they bargained for. The lighthouse they move into is haunted, and Port Niranda is a town where the weird and unexpected regularly occurs.

    CHIFF presents three classic episodes:

    Lucky Lips
    Pete becomes irresistible to women with the help of some magic lipstick.

    The Copy
    The Twist children discover a cloning machine, yielding some potentially dangerous results.

    Little Squirt
    The villainous Mr Gribble plans to build an aquatic wonderworld on a beautiful stretch of the coastline, but is challenged by a ‘water spirit’.
  • Classification
  • E, 72 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 72 minutes

My Giraffe

  • Cast
  • Liam de Vries, Martijn Fischer, Dolores Leeuwin
  • Director
  • Barbara Bredero
  • Synopsis
  • Patterson is a small boy with a big best friend: Raf the giraffe. They were born on the same day, live next door to each other, and are inseparable. When they reach school age, they are both very excited. However, they soon find out that animals aren’t allowed to come to school. Patterson gradually learns to enjoy school and even makes a new friend. But Raf feels left out. That’s when Patterson comes up with a brilliant plan to bring his giraffe to school and enjoy the company of both his best friends!

    Inspired by one of Holland’s most beloved nursery rhymes, My Giraffe is an imaginative story about value and flux in an unusual friendship.

    Please note that an actor will read out the English subtitles for younger audience members during all sessions.
  • Classification
  • E, 75 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Themes of loneliness, mild slapstick violence.
  • Genre
  • Family
  • Running Time
  • 75 minutes

Cloudboy

  • Director
  • Mekeminne Clinckspoor
  • Synopsis
  • "My hope is to encourage children to believe in themself, to dare live their 'wild' self – something every child should get the chance to discover." – Director Meikeminne Clinckspoor

    Niilas has spent most of his 12 years with his father in Belgium, now, against his will, he must spend the summer with his long lost mother and her new family in rural northern Sweden, where they live among the indigenous Sami people as reindeer herders. Uncomfortable around the reindeer and his new stepfamily, Niilas retreats inwards.

    When a reindeer under his care goes missing, he must search for it with the help of his step-siblings Niilas soon experiences an adventure through the wilderness that will change his life.

    Set in the majestic countryside of Lapland, “Cloudboy” explores the delicate balance that can be achieved between humans, animals, and the environment when proper respect and care are taken.
  • Classification
  • E, 78 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Deals with issues of divorce and attachment, scenes with animals being herded and sequences of slight danger.
  • Genre
  • Adventure, Coming-of-age
  • Running Time
  • 78 minutes

The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

  • Cast
  • Alfred Bjerre Larsen, Liva Elvira Magnussen, Peter Frödin
  • Director
  • Philip Einstein Lipski, Jørgen Lerdam, Amalie Næsby Fick
  • Synopsis
  • “Bright, bouncy and busy from start to finish... a likeable, broadly amusing and engaging adventure that also doubles as an ode to loyalty and ingenuity.” — Screen Daily

    Life passes by peacefully in Sunnytown until one day when Mitcho and Sebastian find a bottle washed up by the harbour. Inside it is a message from the missing Mayor of Sunnytown, who vanished without a trace, and a seed that grows into a giant pear overnight. The pear turns into a sailboat, and soon the anxious Sebastian and hydrophobic Mitcho find themselves in the middle of the ocean with a mad professor. The trio embarks on a great journey to save the Mayor and bring him home.

    This fast-paced, magical animation is based on the picture book by Jakob Martin Strid.
  • Classification
  • E, 80 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Fantastical themes, dangerous waves and storm, animated monsters.
  • Genre
  • Animation
  • Running Time
  • 80 minutes

Purple Dreams

  • Director
  • Joanne Hock
  • Synopsis
  • “An infectious, emotionally honest film… I found myself engrossed from beginning to end, unable to turn away from their challenges and celebrating their triumphs. I laughed. I cried. I swayed to their music.” — The Independent Critic

    An inspiring and uplifting documentary, Purple Dreams follows six disadvantaged high school students on a powerful journey of transformation.
    Purple Dreams gives unique access into the lives of these inner-city, at-risk students from Charlotte's Northwest School of the Arts in North Carolina over the course of three years. Talented and driven, the students pursue their passion for musical theatre, triumphantly auditioning, rehearsing, and performing the first ever full-length high school production of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

  • Classification
  • E, 72 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • Parental Guidance: Themes of poverty, including homelessness and gang-related violence.
  • Genre
  • Kids
  • Running Time
  • 72 minutes

 

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