Braude, Muskala take Sprockets reins


TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday named Allen Braude and Elizabeth Muskala as co-directors of learning, with overall responsibility for the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.

In addition to programming Toronto's annual Sprockets kids film festival, Braude adn Muskala will oversee youth and adult film appreciation initiatives at Bell Lightbox, the festival's year-round home set to open in late 2010.

Braude most recently was programming manager for Sprockets, while Muskala will be promoted from director of program administration at the Toronto festival.

Their ascent at Sprockets follows Jane Schoettle, the long-time director of the kids festival, stepping away from day-to-day control of Sprockets to assume more general programming duties at the Toronto festival.

The 11th annual Sprockets festival is set to run April 12-18. Programming highlights for this year's installment include Logan Smalley's "Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life" and Todd Kessler's "Keith," both from the U.S., and Swedish director Hella Joof's "Bitter Sweetheart."