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January 21, 2014

TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace Returns

Featuring Canadian and international artists, and premiere large-scale interactive installations designed to spark kids’ lifelong love for creativity, media and innovation.

January 21, 2014 – TIFF Kids International Film Festival™ invites families to the third annual TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace™, Canada’s most innovative exhibition. Winner of the 2013 Ontario Museum Association (OMA) Award for Excellence in Programs, digiPlaySpace stimulates creativity, imagination and innovation through dynamic interactive media installations. Kids, families and educators will learn through play with virtual-reality adventures, multi-player installations and learning-centric videogames, robotics, 3D printing, mobile apps, hands-on activities and workshops from acclaimed Canadian and international children’s artists. Returning to TIFF Bell Lightbox for a six-week run just in time for March Break, digiPlayspace runs from March 8 - April 21, 2014.

The 2014 lineup features more Canadian premiere installations than ever before, including: Halo, a large-scale interactive light-based installation by Vancouver-based artists Alex Beim and Travis Kirton; Water Light Graffiti, from French new media artist Antonin Fourneau, that allows kids to create their very own masterpiece with thousands of LED lights that shine brightly when “painted” with water; and Super Pong, a multi-player, fast-paced game installation inspired by Pong and foosball, from internationally acclaimed interactive studio Super Uber, based in Rio de Janeiro. Other highlights include the world premiere of The Magnificent Transmogrification Station, by Toronto-based fine-art duo Catshrine, which allows kids to use the “Change-o-Lever” to transform themselves and their friends into fantastical new creatures from their own imaginations; PaperDude VR, from the Toronto studio Globacore, an incredibly immersive homage to the classic retro videogame Paperboy that invites participants to hop on a bike with a virtual-reality headset and embark on the most entertaining paper route imaginable; and installations and activities by TVO Kids and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational producers behind Sesame Street.

“The moment kids walk into digiPlaySpace they are immediately engaged as they discover interactive activities from all around the world,” said Elizabeth Muskala, Director, TIFF Kids. “digiPlaySpace is where kids and their parents play together and celebrate the spirit of innovation, invention and creative exploration in a fun, family-friendly environment.”

“TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace provides families and kids with the tools to explore the growing possibilities of digital media, in a fun and welcoming environment that places the needs of children first,” added Nick Pagee, Curator, TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace. “The installations in digiPlaySpace invite and encourage young creators to interact with new media experiences, empowering them and their parents with important skills and an increased understanding of today’s ever-changing and rapidly evolving digital landscape.”

Themed around “Playing and Creating,” the 2014 TIFF Kids digiPlaySpace is organized into three main areas: interactive installations that encourage learning through play; hands-on engagement with DIY creative techniques in the TIFF Kids Micro Makers’ Space; and an Appcade populated with games, learning activities and storytelling experiences on the latest mobile devices.