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ACMI's Summer School Holiday Program

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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) have prepared an exciting selection of activities for the upcoming summer school holidays, appealing to primary school children right through to teens.

As well as a broad range of movie screenings, there will be workshops, events and cultural experiences all prepared to entertain children, families, and aspiring creatives.

A selection of bargain Kids' Flicks priced at just $7-$9 per ticket will be screened in December and January, ranging from Christmas themed movies to art-house animation. The full ACMI Kids' Flicks summer program schedule can be seen here.

In addition to Kids' Flicks, there will be movie screenings of Sepideh Reaching for the Stars rated G, running from Wed 14 January to Sun 1 February.

Sepideh Reaching for the Stars
Sepideh Reaching for the Stars c/o Madman Entertainment

"…touching and inspiring in equal measure" – The New York Times

Sepideh Reaching for the Stars tells the story of an Iranian girl battling the conservative forces in her community, as she tries to pursue her dream of becoming an astronaut. The 90 minute movie looks into the lives of children in Iranian culture, mixing documentary with drama.

Tickets priced at: Full $17, Concession $13, ACMI Member Member $10.

For hands-on fun, the ACMI have prepared an inspiring selection of movie-making and animation workshops to appeal to a wide range of creative children.

Make a Movie

12 January to Wednesday 14 January and
19 January to Wednesday 21 January

Make a Movie at ACMI
Make a Movie at ACMI

A three-day filmmaking workshop aimed at kids aged 9 to 12 years teaches the basics of writing, directing, acting in and editing a short film.

Price: Full $270 Concession $250 ACMI Member $230

The Massive Minecraft Movie

The Massive Minecraft Movie, ACMI
The Massive Minecraft Movie at ACMI

16 January and 23 January at 10am

The hit game craze that involves breaking and placing blocks has arrived at the ACMI this summer in a workshop aimed for young people aged 12 to 16 years. Design a unique world with characters, then direct a scene in a Minecraft movie.

Price: Full $120 Concession $110 ACMI Member $100


China Up Close at ACMI
China Up Close at ACMI

China Up Close is an expansive exploration of Chinese culture and art which includes a series of workshops suitable for children, families, and aspiring young creatives at the ACMI. January workshops include:

Shadowplay Animation Workshop

Shadowplay Kids Animation
Shadowplay Kids Animation

15, 16, 19 and 20 January at 10am.

A one-day workshop aimed at children aged 8 to 12 years, combining shadow-puppetry with traditional animation.

Price: Full $120 Concession $110 ACMI Member $100

Monkey! Holiday Green Screen Workshop

12, 13, 22 and 23 January at 10am.

A magical journey that goes in search of lost scrolls in a one-day workshop inspired by an ancient Chinese story. Recommended for children aged 8 to 11 years.

Price: Full $80 Concession $70 ACMI Member $60

Chinese Cut Paper Animation

19 January to 23 January, 11.00am – 2.00pm

A FREE activity for children aged 5 and up to drop in between 11am and 2pm, and create a paper-cut shadow puppet, inspired by traditional Chinese culture.

Price: FREE

Chinese Rice Field Installation

8 January to 18 January, Daily

A free workshop, help the Slow Art Collective create an evolving Chinese landscape using ancient Chinese instruments, music and materials. Co-presented with MPavilion. Drop in between 10am and 3pm.

Lastly, don't forget to stop by Screen Worlds, ACMI's permanent FREE exhibition celebrating and exploring the moving image in all its forms: film, television and digital culture. The exhibition, open every day in summer except Christmas Day, spans 110 years of moving image history, charting the early beginnings of film to the rise of television, games, the internet and the dominance of the digital age.

Screenworlds at ACMI
Screenworlds at ACMI

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Why? Activities for creative kids
When: December and January
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria
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