Fabulous films at Little Big Shots

The fact that my kids are still talking about last year’s Little Big Shots film festival is testimony to just how good this event is. And there’s more film fun on the way, when the 2011 Little Big Shots Festival begins in Melbourne on June 9.

If you’re not familiar with Little Big Shots, it’s essentially a children’s film festival, presenting the best in local and international children’s shorts, animations, documentaries and amazingly, child-produced films. It’s always fun, it’s inspiring and in terms of a family event, it’s exceptional.

This year, Little Big Shots unveils a brand new program of eighty short films from twenty different countries. The line-up includes ten world premieres, more than forty Australian premieres and thirteen films made by kids themselves (we’re still talking about six-year-old Ollie Ivan-Poole’s documentary, The Brunswick Browns, that we loved last year).

I’m looking forward to meeting Marcel, a pleasant but insecure shell who wears shoes, uses corn chips to go hang-gliding and has a raisin for a beanbag; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (because we love the book) and of course an adaptation of The Gruffalo.

Little Big Shots is a terrific outing for all sorts of reasons – it offers excellent value (‘packages’ of films are just $7 per person), the films are grouped for particular age groups (check out the package for two to five-year-olds) and the fact that some films only go for one minute means that even those with the shortest attention span are captivated.

In 2011, the festival’s Melbourne season will run from June 9 to 13, at ACMI Cinemas (Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square) and ArtPlay (Birrarung Marr). Little Big Shots then takes to the road – this year’s touring program includes screenings at the Adelaide Festival Centre (July 21-23), the Sydney Opera House (July 28-31) and the Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga (July 7-9).

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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