Sprockets fest unspools in Toronto

Ninth annual kidfest posts record attendance

TORONTO — The Sprockets Toronto Film Festival for Children wrapped Sunday, with Canada’s “Move Your World,” directed by Lalita Krishna, and Thierry Schiel’s “Renard the Fox” out of Luxembourg chosen as audience favorites.

Twelve prizes were handed out in all. Other winners include Don Atchison’s “Akeelah and the Bee,” Paul Marcus’ remake of “Heidi” and “We Shall Overcome,” from Niels Arden Oplev, selected by children’s juries.

In addition, students attending the school program tapped Ted Bezaire’s “Pria,” about a girl trying to shake her South Asian accent, as their top pick.

The ninth annual Sprockets fest was the biggest ever, with 24,000 children and family members coming out to sample the 122-film slate and attend activities — a 20% increase over last year.

This year Sprockets introduced a new industry initiative titled Next Generation Now, which fest director Jane Schoettle said attracted “a tremendous response.”

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