The animation event of the year

At TAAFI 2019, everything is possible with animation! Get in from the cold and toast your body and mind to the warm glow of animated stories. Toronto’s animation festival brings you eye-popping shorts, ultra-special feature screenings, and opportunities to meet the filmmakers behind all of it. From our Saturday Morning Cartoons to the Midnight Madness program, TAAFI 2019 is going to satisfy that cartoon craving.

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (USA / PG)

What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Join us for an exclusive feature preview with director Dean DeBlois and actor Jay Baruchel (Hiccup) for Q&A following the screening.

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Reuben Brandt, Collector (Hungary / PG)

Haunted by the death of his father and tormented by violent hallucinations involving some of the world’s greatest paintings, psychiatrist Ruben Brandt finds himself in need of assistance. Luckily, his roster of criminal patients are happy to oblige: from Mimi, a lithe kleptomaniac; to Bye-Bye Joe, a stocky celebrity bodyguard; to Fernando, a not-so-discreet computer whiz. Soon the colourful coterie begins to burglarize famous museums across the globe, stealing 13 of the world’s most famous paintings in the process.

Director: Milorad Krstić

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Tito and the Birds (Brazil / PG)

Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito’s search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity.

Directors: Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto

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MFKZ (France + Japan / R)

Angelino is just one of thousands of deadbeats living in Dark Meat City. But an otherwise unremarkable scooter accident caused by a beautiful, mysterious stranger is about to transform his life… into a waking nightmare! He starts seeing monstrous forms prowling around all over the city… Is Angelino losing his mind, or could an alien invasion really be happening this quietly…?

Director: Shôjirô Nishimi, Guillaume Renard

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Shorts 1: Comedy Tonight!

Laughter! Jokes! Satire! And just plain ol’ funny! A collection of some of the funniest animation from around the world.
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Rating: PG-13

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Saturday Morning Fun Time!

Some of the best cartoons from around the world for kids and the kids at heart. Fun for the whole family!
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Rating: G

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Shorts 2: Randomness

Like a surprise loot crate, you’ll never know what you’ll get with this collection of shorts that defy description. Check it out!

Rating: PG-13

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Shorts 3: The Oddball Collection

A cornucopia of the weird, mysterious and just plain oddest shorts we have ever put together.
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Rating: PG-13

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Sunday Morning Hangover

A collection of the best in old school and new school cartoons to cure your ills. So bring your pyjamas along with your favourite cereal and sit down for 90 minutes of your childhood revisited.
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Rating: PG-13

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Shorts 4: Flights of Imagination

Imagination overload! Visual treats for your eyes! Shorts that go beyond what you ever dreamed could be possible. Check it out!

Rating: PG-13

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Comedy Tonight! THE SEQUEL

Laughter! Jokes! Satire! And just plain ol’ funny! A collection of some of the funniest animation from around the world. BUT THIS TIME EVEN MORE!!

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Join us afterwards for the hotly anticipated TAAFI 2019 Awards Ceremonies

Rating: PG-13

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  • Day 1

    February 15, 2019

  • Day 2

    February 16, 2019

  • Day 3

    February 17, 2019

Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor St W,
Friday to Sunday
February 15 – 17, 2019
Festival Program to be announced soon!

Hot Docs Cinema

Passes & Tickets

Pick and choose what tickles your fancy, or go all in with a pass and indulge in a weekend filled with animated awesomeness. Group discounts available through the HotDocs box office.

  • Single Tickets

    Per screening as listed below. Group discounts available - call the HotDocs box office!
  • $15 - General Admission (Non-Gala)
  • $8 - Child (Kids Shorts and Gala)
  • $25 - Saturday Special Gala Screening
  • Varies
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  • Student Pass

    Valid Student ID required at box office. Only 100 available!
  • Full Screening pass
  • Opening & Closing Ceremonies
  • Saturday Gala Screening
  • $79
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Ticket Policy

Please note: All sales are final. Refunds are not permitted. Tickets are valid only for the screenings and/or events for which they are issued and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

Seating is guaranteed until 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the screening and/or event. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the venue staff. There will be no further admission 15 minutes after the start of the screening and/or event.

Rush Tickets

Rush tickets may be available 15 minutes before the start of the screening and/or event. Festival staff count empty seats in the theatre and allow the corresponding number of patrons from the rush line to purchase tickets at that time. Rush line up begins one hour prior to the start of the screening and/or event.

Become a volunteer!

Volunteer with us and get an all access pass to the festival, meet the speakers, and make new friends – plus get yourself a coveted STAAFI shirt and black sharpie marker to make it truly memorable.

If that’s you, sign up today!

Our Sponsors

TAAFI is a non-profit volunteer organization, supported by many of the leading animation studios and industry organizations throughout the year as well as at each of our events. Without them we couldn’t bring our programs to you, our audience.

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