Thursday, 29 March 2007

little big shots, australia's major international film festival for kids, is back!

Films for kids, by kids, about kids, to amaze and delight kids. Little Big Shots showcases the best in filmmaking for children - and by children - from Australia and around the world.

Little Big Shots is fast growing . up! Perfect for families and kids aged 2 to 15, Melbourne and Australia's major annual and travelling children's film festival returns to Melbourne for its third year in June, screening 85 films from 25 countries before taking off on an Australia-wide touring roadshow.

Little Big Shots is an inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled festival of the best in local and international children's features, shorts, animations, documentaries and, amazingly, child-produced films.

The films screening in Little Big Shots inspire discussion of world cultures, language, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. They're also perfect for making kids laugh, whoop, think and create. With films from Italy to Israel, Croatia to Canada, Scotland to Spain, from right there in their cinema seats, kids, families and schools can span the globe.

"The festival is the perfect way to for kids to see great stories from all over the world that would never otherwise make it to Australia," says festival director Marcella Bidinost. "For the first time in 2007, we're expanding our festival program to include films for kids aged 2 to 5, offering many kids their first moviegoing experience."

Little Big Shots (June 6-11 at ACMI in Melbourne) features:

  • 85 films from 25 countries (4 feature films; 81 shorts)
  • 42 Australian premieres
  • 25 films made by children - most under three minutes long
  • 18 Australian films
  • 44 sessions over six days (18 school sessions and 26 weekend sessions)
  • All sessions just $6, for everyone
  • Post-screening discussions
  • Spot giveaways
  • The Age Little Big Shots Film Reviewing Competition where 10 junior reviewers can be published, win a slot on a three-day filmmaking workshop at ACMI and be a member of next year's Little Big Shots children's jury

Festival highlights include:

2007 Oscar-nominated short animations The Little Matchgirl (Disney) and Maestro (Hungary); Built to Be Wild, the latest Bob the Builder feature-length animation for 2 to 5-year-olds (featuring guest voices of Suzi Quatro and Donny Osmond); plus major international award-winning shorts, documentaries and animations including Fried Rice (The Netherlands), Big Girl (Canada), The Thief (Greece), The Crystal Palace (Norway), Children of Nomads (India) and Stark! Kevin Hear Me Out (Germany), a documentary about a young boy who wants to overcome his stuttering. Feature films include the multi award-winning Marta and Her Flying Grandfather (Germany), Valo (Finland) and Little Heroes, one of Israel's first feature films for children.

After starting life at one venue in Melbourne (ACMI) in 2005, in 2007 Little Big Shots will screen in at least 17 venues across the country, including as part of the Australian Film Commission's new 'Regional Digital Screen Network' in Yarram (VIC), Singleton and Wagga (NSW), Hervey Bay (QLD), Port Augusta (SA), Albany (WA), Devonport (TAS) and Katherine (NT). In March 2007, Little Big Shots was also invited to screen at the Singapore International Festival for Children.

With a major sponsor in Nickelodeon, Little Big Shots also features a 10-member children's jury, sponsored by The Age. These children vote on their favourite films at the festival made by an Australian adult, and their favourite films made by Australian kids.

Little Big Shots is presented in Melbourne by Media Giants in partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. As of March 2007, the festival's major sponsors are Nickelodeon, The Age and Film Victoria.

For more information go to

Media Enquiries, please contact: Marcella Bidinost, Little Big Shots festival director, on (03) 9697 9411 or

Further information

Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communciations Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2415
Mob: 0417 540 543

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2475
Mob: 0412 172 887

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