Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Got a budding Steven Speilberg in your midst? Can't get your toddler off the video-cam on your phone? If they haven't already entered their short film in the Little Big Shots Festival, it's a bit late for this year, but they might be interested to learn more and see the results of some pretty fabulous efforts by other budding young film makers. Cart the kids out of cold and into the Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids which kicks off at Melbourne's ACMI on Saturday 9th June.
There are a great range of kids movies screening throughout the festival, though my children's favourites are definitely the Kids movies made by kids for kids, which are part of the Festival Awards program.
There are also terrific workshops for kids aged 5-15, including How to Draw Manga and stop-motion animation workshops. For budding thespians, there are Screen Acting for Kids workshops.
The International Little Big Shots Festival for Kids kicks off in Melbourne on Saturday 9th June before heading off on tour nationally.
Melbourne ACMI: 9-13 June (Bookings: 03 8663 2583)
Brisbane Powerhouse: 4-6 July (Bookings: 07 3358 8600)
Canberra National Film and Sound Archive: 11-20 July (Bookings 02 6248 2000)
Adelaide Festival Centre: 12-14 July (Bookings: 131 246
Sydney Opera House: 26-29 July (Bookings: 02 9250 7770)
Perth - part of The Awesome Festival: 8-21 October (Bookings: 08 9328 9666)
The Gruffalo is screening as part of Little Big Shots 2012