ACMI and Little Big Shots present Australia’s largest and longest running film
festival curated especially for kids ages 2 to 12. Held over five days across the
Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Little Big Shots runs from Thursday 8 June to Monday 12 June.
An experience unlike any other, Little Big Shots brings together the best short films for kids from Australia and across the globe, including films from Jordan, Taiwan, Norway, Japan, Hungary, USA, UK, South Korea and The Netherlands. Engendering a love of film among even the youngest cinema goers, ACMI and Little Big Shots are enhancing the media literacy and creativity of the next generation with offerings spanning animation, live-action and documentary. This year’s program features 82 films from 20 countries, as well as boasting 10 world premieres and 40 Australian premieres.
“Little Big Shots is a highlight of ACMI’s year-round programming for children and families, complementing our popular Screen Worlds exhibition and monthly Family Sundays series. I’m delighted that we can showcase films made by, and for, kids,” says ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick.
Best of the Fest is a program packed with blockbusters and exceptional short films as chosen by the Little Big Shots Kids’ Jury. This selection of movies are suitable for kids 5+ and includes the winners of; ‘Best International Film’, ‘Best Australian Adult-made Film’ and ‘Best Kid-made Film’. Highlights to look out for in Best of the Fest include;
1.Three Little Ninja’s Delivery Service
When a not so charming Prince slays the dragon guarding a fairy tale Princess, she promptly orders a new one from the Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service. They deliver whatever, wherever, whenever…
Scheduled in session 3 and session 11
2. Bad Jubies
Uh-Oh! There’s a stormnado and flurricanes on the way. As Finn and his friends build an underground bunker, Jake the Dog is busy working on other strategies for survival.
Scheduled in session 3, session 11 and session 12
Elsewhere in the program, Julia Donaldson’s much loved classic Stickman will be brought to life on screen featuring Martin Freeman as Stickman and narrated by Jennifer Saunders.
If you are wondering what session if best for your Under Five, check out The Moon and You. This session is all about colours and dancing under the light of the friendly moon and is suitable for children 2+ years.
Little Big Shots features 27 films made by Australian filmmakers including Junction by Nathan Jurevicius, the critically acclaimed The Orchestra by Mikey Hill, The Supermarket by award-winning director Stuart O’Rourke, and Today? by first-time South Australian director Heather Maggs.
Celebrating emerging Australian talent, this year’s festival showcases 23 films made by kids, including The Professor, a mysterious live-action by quirky brothers Ryan and James Twemlow, Monday a thoughtful animation from 17-year-old director Shanon McKenzie and Journey by 17-year-old Radheya Jegatheva, which sees stock images from NASA come to life in vivid animation.
The cost of seeing a session at this year’s Little Big Shots is $12 per person (group discounts are available) or $40 per person if you buy a 4 session pass. ACMI is also catering for kids’ parties and larger groups with discounts for families and groups of 10 or more, so book early to avoid disappointment.
In addition to a wonderful selection of movies to see there will be a very special red carpet event for kids on Thursday 8 June. 2017 where kids will be invited to put together their best red carpet ensemble because there are prizes for the most exceptional costumes. When you arrive you’ll feel like a Hollywood movie star with photo opportunities at the media wall. Tickets are $18.
As part of the festival, ACMI will hold Family Virtual Reality Creation on Saturday 10th June, a special 2 hour virtual reality workshop where kids and families can create fantastic worlds they can explore together in real time. Using the easy to use world-building program Cospaces, create an amazing virtual world that you can view in 3D as you build it.