I kid you not when I say, that of our favourite activities of the year, is a visit to the Little Big Shots International Film Festival at the ACMI in June/July each year.
Little Big Shots collates a wide range of short films that are made for and by young people. Sessions include animation, documentary and mockumentary, covering a variety of themes that are interesting, thought provoking, beautiful, sad, cheerful and funny and a whole lot more.
Short films from all corners of the world, are screened together in sessions relevant to children's age groups, starting from 2 to 15 years.
Last year, we took both children along to enjoy the opening Little Big Shots program, and both Mr.3 and Mr.8 enjoyed the collection of films as much as we (the adults) did. Animations are the big favourites for us, some of which are so emotionally moving, and beautiful to watch.
To give you a bit more of an idea of what Little Big Shots is all about, read our interview with with Ben Laden, the Artistic Director of Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids here
Little Big Shots is a not-profit, and therefore tickets to any of the sessions in the International Festival are very reasonably priced. Tickets are only $10 Full, $9 ACMI Member; an affordable day out for the whole family!
We've only caught onto the marvel that is Little Big Shots in recent years, but the Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids celebrated its 10th anniversary year, last year.
To mark the occasion, Little Big Shots released a 10th Birthday Retrospective Collection DVD featuring a selection of favourite films from the last 10 little big years.
The Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids 10th Birthday Retrospective Collection is a wonderful collection of short films from all over the world; Australia, Sweden, South Africa, UK, USA and New Zealand.
Our sons' favourite in the collection is Abiogenesis (2011) by Richard Mans, New Zealand. A futuristic computer generated science-fiction animation, where a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy. It's Wall-E meets Star Wars meets Interstellar!
Anyway, this is just one of the 9 movies on the 10th Birthday DVD, and you can win a copy.
The Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids 10th Birthday Retrospective Collection DVD GIVEAWAY
We have 9 copies of The Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids 10th Birthday Retrospective Collection DVD to giveaway.
Would you like to win a copy? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 9 people to email us with the title LITTLE BIG SHOTS in the title of your message, will win a DVD.
2017 Little Big Shots International Film Festival Program Announced
Mark the date on your diaries, folks. The Little Big Shots International Film Festival 2017 dates have been announced:
8 - 12 June 2017, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Tickets will be on sale by the end of March. For more information, head to the Little Big Shots website.
There will also be a Little Big Shots film fundraiser during the second week of the Easter school holidays, keep an eye on Facebook for more details.
Whatever you do, make sure you mark those dates in your diaries, this is a festival you don't want to miss.