Sunday, 16 September 2007

school holidays at acmi (september 2007)

Don't miss all the animated fun at ACMI this school holidays, with a wide range of free and low cost activities! Includes an extensive kids flicks program at ACMI Cinemas, the hugely popular Pixar: 20 years of Animation exhibition, videogames in the ACMI Games Lab, film-making workshops and much more!


Screen Adventures (suitable for ages 5 - 12), Open Weekends (suitable for all ages) and Flash Animation (suitable for ages 13-17)

Screen Adventures, ACMI's popular green screen workshops for kids, will be running twice daily (weekdays only) in the ACMI Screen Pit. Through the magic of 3D animation and cutting edge chroma keying, young audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the land of the Dinosaurs, the rambling plains of the Wild West or the interior of an alien spacecraft.

Budding young animators have the chance to see Australia's finest animators at work and experience hands-on animation activities as part of the free Open Studio weekends. Meet award-winning ABC animator Nick Hilligoss for stop motion animation activities Saturday 29 - Sunday 30 September.

The Flash Animation Workshop is an intensive three-day workshop that gives budding animators the chance to learn the basics of drawing manga and animating with flash from animator Yeap-Heng Sen. Participants will design and animate their own piece and add original music, with the best pieces published in an online gallery.

Kids Flicks Cinema Program (ACMI Cinemas)

Free Animated Kids Classics, The Iron Giant (Rated PG) & Sunday Kids Flicks 


ACMI Cinemas will screen Free Animated Kid's Classics (rated G), a short program of favourites (less than one hour story time) featuring Kotick the white seal from Kipling's The Jungle Book and Paddington Bear, plus a 1930s Donald Duck cartoon from Walt Disney. These free screenings will be every weekday at 11am during the school holidays and are great for younger children, aged 4 and above.

For older kids, there are special school holiday screenings of The Iron Giant (rated PG), Brad Bird's debut film (director of Ratatouille), every weekday at 1.30pm. Nine-year-old Hogarth befriends a giant metal robot from outer space. Despite the robot's large scale and voracious appetite for metal, the two become friends.

Sunday Club

Kids Flicks presents special school holiday screenings of animated classics on Sundays at 10.30am and 1pm. Follow the adventures of Nemo and Dory in Pixar's splashy underwater classic, Finding Nemo (rated G) on Sunday September 23. Catch the world's greatest superheroes as they fight evil on a daily basis in the animated adventure The Incredibles (rated PG) on Sunday September 30. In director Brad Bird's latest animated feature Ratatouille (rated PG) meet Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a chef despite being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, screens Sunday October 7.

Exhibition - Pixar: 20 Years of Animation
ACMI Screen Gallery until October 14

The school holidays are your last chance to catch the Pixar: 20 Years of Animation, before it ends on October 14. Don't miss out on this exclusive exhibition exploring the art behind your favourite Pixar films and characters. Kids will be amazed by a specially created Toy Story zoetrope, a device which brings their favourite characters to life in the blink of an eye!

Memory Grid
Ground Floor, ACMI, Free

To coincide with the Pixar exhibition, Memory Grid presents Discovering Animation Technique, a free showcase exhibition of outstanding Australian animation to provide insight into animation techniques, available daily during the school holidays (Thursdays until 9pm).

Best of International Games Festival 2007
ACMI Games Lab, Free

The Best of the International Games Festival 2007 is a free exhibition open daily all the way through the school holidays (and beyond) and features heaps of great kids games. Highlights include: Aquaria, an action oriented, 2D side-scrolling game set in an underwater world; FizzBall a family friendly action game in which players help Professor Fizzwizzle rescue animals; Toblo, a strategic two-team, capture-the-flag game set in a destructible world made entirely of blocks; And Yet it Moves, a combination of platformer and puzzle game that has the extra ability to rotate the world and yourself.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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