There’s certainly no shortage of film festivals in Toronto, but how many of them target kids? In 1998, the people who bring you the Toronto International Film Festival launched Sprockets, a festival for children and youth. Growing every year, audience attendance numbers for 2009 reached 13,000 – and it promises to be just as big in 2010. The festival runs from April 17th to the 23rd.

This year’s program is comprised of 68 films, both features and shorts, hailing from 23 countries around the world, in 20 different languages. And in case you thought kids film = cartoons, think again: only around a third of screenings (27) are animated. It looks like they’ll have something for everyone.

Of course, just because it’s a film festival for children doesn’t mean you, an adult, can’t go see something. Check out the schedule to read up on the range of diverse films on offer. And if you can’t make up your mind, check back here over the next two weeks as we’ll be bringing you reviews of selected films.

Screenings will be held at Canada Square Cinemas near Eglinton subway station and Sheppard Centre Cinemas near the Sheppard station. Tickets can be purchased online or by phoning 416-968-FILM. For more festival information, tickets, and schedules, please visit the Sprockets official website.

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