Sprockets ratchets up fest

30 features, 57 shorts skedded

MONTREAL — This year’s Sprockets Toronto Film Festival for Children will be the largest ever, with 30 features and 57 shorts in 16 languages from 26 countries.

Details of the eighth edition, run by the Toronto Film Festival, were announced Tuesday by Sprockets director Jane Schoettle.

Event will kick off April 29 with the international preem of “Max & Josef — Double Trouble.” Swedish pic from first-time feature helmer Erik Leijonborg concerns a loud-mouthed pet turtle who helps a boy deal with the arrival of a baby sister.

Fest will close May 8 with the Canadian preem of “Mad Hot Ballroom,” a docu that follows New York City kids as they learn to dance.

Event will include the Nordic Panorama and the Reel Rascals sidebar for 3- to 6-year-olds. Latter will host the North American bow of Thilo Graf Rothkirch’s German hit “Laura’s Star” and the world preem of “Thomas the Tank Engine — Calling All Engines.”

The Sprockets awards ceremony will be held May 8 at the Isabel Bader Theater in Toronto.

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