Australia's international film festival for kids; Little Big Shots is in full swing, currently screening at ACMI for the 2015 program.
Bear Story, directed by Gabriel Osorio, 2014
Little Big Shots offer 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.
There is a range of interesting programs to choose from, with each session made up of approximately 5 or more short films in one, aimed at children aged 2 to 15 years of age.
Programs are divided into age category:
Tiny Tots; for kids aged 2 to 5 years,
Little Tikes; for kids aged 3 to 7 years,
Tikes to Ten; for kids aged 4 to 10 years,
Forever Young; for kids aged 5 to 15 years,
Six to Tween; for kids aged 6 to 12 years,
The Next Big Thing; for ages 8-15,
Tweenarama; for kids aged 8 to 12 years,
Kid Flicks; for kids aged 11 to 15 years,
LBS Up Late; for kids aged 13 and over,
Aussie Aussie Aussie; for ages 5-15,
Best of the Fest; for ages 5-15.
My 6 year old son and I had tickets to see Program 3; Tikes to Ten on the opening weekend.
When I told my son we would see films from around the world (a wonderful collection of shorts from France, Argentina, Japan, Spain and Australia). he asked how we would understand films in another language; of course that didn't matter, considering most were musical or silent in nature, and for those that weren't, short subtitles were easy to read.
The ACMI movie theatre is smaller and much more intimate that your usual cinema chain which makes for a far better to experience a Little Big Shots programs.
My son and I enjoyed each short film for different reasons, in particular the two shorts in the program derived from France; Forever Mime and the Academy Award winning Mr Hublot. After the hour passed, we had fun discussing each film and what we liked or didn't like.
I would not hesitate to go back to ACMI to see another Little Big Shots program, which at the same time supports the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to 'enhancing the media literacy of young people'.
I highly recommend you go and see at least one Little Big Shots program too, perhaps over the long weekend before the season closes on 9 June, 2015.
A Little Big Shots outing is not be an expensive affair, with tickets a mere $9 or $10 for both adult and child. Why not make the most of the ACMI's venue while you are visiting, and check out Screen Worlds on the lower level which, with enough free entertainment to keep everyone busy for hours.