TIFF Kids is committed to the engagement of children in the critical assessment of films. Through our jury and audience awards, we continue to create a forum where their voices can be heard.

TIFF Kids Jury Awards (formerly Golden Sprocket Awards):

Who knows kids films better than kids? The Young People's Jury members select the best film in their category and age group.

  • TIFF Kids Jury Award, Ages 8–10 for Best Feature
  • TIFF Kids Jury Award, Ages 11–13 for Best Feature
  • TIFF Kids Jury Award, Ages 9–13 for Best Short Film

Participating on the TIFF Kids Jury provides a unique opportunity for young film lovers. It encourages children to share, discuss and analyze their individual film experiences with others, and to develop creative and critical evaluation skills.

Want to be on the jury? Click here for more information!

TIFF Kids Audience Choice Awards

Voted on by TIFF Kids Audiences, the following awards are presented to the festival favourites:

  • TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award: Favourite Feature Film
  • TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award: Favourite Short Film
  • NEW! TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award: Favourite digiPlaySpace Installation
  • NEW! TIFF Kids Audience Choice Award: Favourite digiPlaySpace App

Jump Cuts Awards

Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase presents short films created for young people, by young people. The following awards are selected by a jury consisting of film-industry professionals and are awarded to one individual, group or school in each grade category:

  • The Frederick Simpson Award for Best Film, Grades 4 to 6
  • The Veronica Herman Award for Best Film, Grades 7 to 8
    The Frederick Simpson and Veronica Herman Awards are generously supported by Garrett Herman.
  • The TVOKids Choice Award for Grades 4 to 6
    Kids can watch the top three nominated short films at and vote for their favourite between April 1 and 19. The winners will appear on TVOKids. TVOKids is proud to support young filmmakers of Ontario.

Want to submit your film? Click here for more information!

TIFF gratefully acknowledges the bursary donation of RBC

TIFF Kids Adult Jury Award

TIFF Kids is pleased to announce two new annual prizes, selected by a Jury of industry professionals. The adult jury will select the best live-action and best animated short film.

  • New! TIFF Kids Adult Jury Award, Best Live-Action Short Film
  • New! TIFF Kids Adult Jury Award, Best Animated Short Film

TIFF Kids Adult Jury Members

Olivia Chow

Olivia Chow, NDP Member of Parliament

In a political career that began in 1985, Chow has served on the Board of Education, Toronto City Hall and is now a federal Member of Parliament. First elected to as MP for the riding of Trinity-Spadina in 2006, she has won re-election twice. Chow gained national recognition for her innovative approaches to programs for children and youth. She also empowered and engaged youth by creating the Toronto Youth Cabinet, establishing after-school activities and anti-gang initiatives. In Parliament, her Early Learning and Child Care Bill laid the legislative foundation for a universal, high-quality, affordable and non-profit national child care program.

Chow's contribution to her city and its diverse communities has been broadly recognized: she has had the distinction of being voted "Woman of the Year" from Consumers Choice of Canada, the top Torontonian with a Toronto Sun Readers' Choice Gold Award, best City Councillor seven times and best MP by the readers of NOW magazine, and best local politician four times by readers of Eye Weekly.

Rob Silvestri Rob Silvestri, Animator

A skilled, experienced and creative Lead Animator, Rob has been with Arc Productions since 2006, working on high-profile CG projects such as Gnomeo & Juliet and 9. Rob made his directorial debut with the award-winning Ormie, an animated short of his own creation which has been optioned for feature development by Alcon Entertainment for feature development. After winning several prestigious festival awards, including at TIFF's Sprockets Film Festival (now the TIFF Kids International Film Festival), the project earned Rob directing duties on a pilot for a series in development for a major toy brand. He is currently working on several projects in development at Arc.

Marina Di Pancrazio

Marina Di Pancrazio, Director, Disney Branded Kids Programming (Canada) Disney Channels Worldwide

In her role as Director of Disney Branded Kids Programming in Canada for Disney Channel Worldwide, Marina oversees content initiatives including strategic approaches to program scheduling and cross-channel program synergies for Disney kids' content on Family, Disney XD (Canada) and Disney Junior (Canada) channels. In this role, she has launched Playhouse French, DXD and the Disney Junior rebrand in both official languages. Prior to joining Disney, Marina held several positions with Astral Media, including Manager of Original Productions, overseeing pre-buys and Canadian film acquisitions for The Movie Network and Mpix.

The TIFF Kids Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 21.

TIFF Kids 2012 Award Winners