Find great movies for kids at Little Big Shots 2014

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It’s movie time and Little Big Shots is the perfect way to introduce littlies to the magic of the big screen.

Little Big Shots is a children’s film festival, presenting the best in local and international children’s short films, animations, documentaries and amazingly, child-produced films. It’s fun, it’s inspiring and as a family event, it’s exceptional.

This year Little Big Shots celebrates a milestone (its tenth birthday) and everyone is coming to the party – there’s more than one hundred short films and animations from twenty-seven countries, including France, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Germany and South Africa. Films are bundled up into packages, with each package suitable for particular age groups – the under-five set should head straight for the Tiny Tots package or the Little Tykes package, each with a great mix of animation and live action films, ranging from just half a minute long to seven minutes.

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My picks? I’m looking forward to Room on the Broom, the story of a kind, animal-loving witch and Chicken or the Egg?, a film about a pig who loves eating eggs and falls in love with a chicken, leaving him to choose – the chicken or the egg.

Little Big Shots Film Festival runs from June 6-9, 2014 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), in Federation Square, Melbourne and at the nearby Artplay, Birrarung Marr. The film packages are approximately one hour long and are designed to appeal to kids aged two to fifteen years. Packages are $10 each or a family pass (for four people) is $36. Bookings can be made online through Little Big Shots.

Following the festival in Melbourne, Little Big Shots tours nationally.

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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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