Gearing up for TIFF Kids 2015

Monday April 06, 2015

It is time.

I love spring for the returning birds and the awakening trees and the influx of kid's movies at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Tomorrow I'll be diving into the TIFF Kids Film Festival with glee, starting with a full day of movies on Tuesday and industry programming from Wednesday to Friday. I'll try to pop in here to give you the scoop as much as I can, but really - if you're in Toronto and have kids (or work in kid's media) you really should make the migration to King Street for yourself:

Check out the two-week slate of films and family activities at

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Marks of Birth

by Marilyn Anne Campbell

Stage play: One-act, 2W
With less than an hour until a gaggle of teenagers arrive for a backyard barbecue, mother Lorraine and daughter Sasha have very different ideas about what makes for a great eighteenth birthday party. Sasha’s almost willing to compromise, until Lorraine reveals her plan to dig up the past....

Production Information:

Marks of Birth premiered in March 2015 as part of The Players' Guild of Hamilton's new First Stage Series, a juried festival of new works held at the Players' Guild Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario. (Performance dates: March 5, 6, 7)

Directed by Byron McKim
Festival Artistic Producer: Stephen Near

Martha Christianson as Lorraine
Annalee Fleet as Sasha

A Little History

Marks of Birth was completed for Pat the Dog Playwright Centre's  6th Annual 24-Hour Playwriting Contest in 2014, which gave participants three prompt words to write from - tattoo, butter, and dig. Just like my other PTD 24-Hour Contest Script Flood Control, this script did not place in the contest, but was produced shortly after.


  • Premiered in Hamilton, Ontario in March 2015
  • Available for future productions; contact the playwright to obtain a reading copy

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Video: The Shrove Tuesday Speech

Monday February 16, 2015

Enjoy your breakfast. It made the ultimate sacrifice for your syrupy pleasure.

This was created after I heard that the 2014 International Pancake Film Festival was looking for puppetry and animation films featuring pancakes. It was accepted and screened at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA and the FLAT Gallery in Chicago IL. And now YouTube.

Related posts:

"The Shrove Tuesday Speech" at the International Pancake Film Festival

A Package from IPFF HQ

The Other Holiday Videos

This is the fourth in what seems to be turning into a series of hastily-made, holiday-themed videos to come out of our house. Previously there was:

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