The organizers of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) recently announced that DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World will be screened at the festival followed by a Q & A with Canadian Director and writer, Dean DeBlois and Canadian actor Jay Baruchel.

The screening will be held Saturday, February 16 at 7:15 at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema during the TAAFI festival. The TAAFI 2019 runs from February 15 to 17, 2019. The event presents more than 100 animated short films and 4 full-length films from over 50 countries around the world.

According to TAAFI chair Ben McEvoy, the organizers are excited to screen DreamWorks Animation’s feature film, calling the movie outfit a “world-class animation powerhouse.”

“This is a special screening for TAAFI as we celebrate Dean DeBlois and his work to elevate Canadian talent in the animation industry,” McEvoy added.

DeBlois directed several blockbuster animated films including Lilo & Stitch and the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. The Canadian-born filmmaker started his career as an assistant animator and layout artist while in college. DeBlois studied animation and graduated at the Sheridan College.

Comedy star and screenwriter Jay Baruchel is back as Hiccup in the third installment of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. After his breakthrough performance in the Oscar®-winning film Almost Famous, the Canadian actor starred in several comedy hits including Knocked Up, She’s Out of My League, Tropic Thunder, and This is the End.

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On the third installment of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) becomes the chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera). Under Hiccup’s leadership, Berk has turned into a dragon haven. Trouble ensues during the appearance of a female “Light” Fury along with a dark threat that compelled Hiccup and Toothless to leave home to explore a hidden world, a world that only existed in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, Hiccup and Toothless must fight together in an epic battle to protect everything that they love.

The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon films). Watch the full trailer here.

TAAFI is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2012. The festival aims to make Toronto the premier destination for animated arts and global entertainment.

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