‘Substitute’ success at Sprockets

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TORONTO — The Sprockets Toronto Intl. Film Festival for Children wound up its 11th year on Sunday, handing out nine juried and audience awards.

The Audience Choice Award for feature went to “The Substitute” (Denmark), Ole Bornedal’s thriller about pupils in a Grade 6 class that believe their teacher in an alien.

Best animated film trophy went to “Crank Balls” (U.S.), a short by Devin Bell.

Golden Sprocket awards were determined by age-specific child juries.

The Icelandic supernatural adventure tale “No Network” was awarded best feature by a jury of children age 8-10, while “Crusade: A March Through Time” (Netherlands/U.K./Germany) won best feature from the jury age 11-12.

Best short went to Len Simon’s “Rindin the Puffer” (U.S.), bestowed by a jury age 9-12.

This year Sprockets presented live-action and animated shorts and features from 26 countries.

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