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Lots of little films in kids timed one hour slots
This film festival has been running for 10 years now and is screened in many cities within Australia. And who delivers high quality film festivals in Adelaide? None other than the Mercury Cinema in Morphett Street, which always brings the best of international film for our viewing pleasure. The Mercury is a not for profit cinema managed by the Media Resource Centre.

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A scene from the film abiogenesis, a sci-fi short. Image courtesy of

Little Big Shots is purely children's cinema, and is a selection of the best in both Australian and foreign film for kids. But its all on for one day only. And what a feature-packed day it is. The day has been divided into age appropriate sessions, with films screened that are most suitable for the interests and understanding of children in that age group. Some of the films are short and will run consecutively to make up the one hour - just enough time for little ones attention span. Perhaps you can go off and have lunch and attend a later session in the afternoon.

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The Mercury Cinema Adelaide. Image by Out and About.

I have listed the program below for you to make the best selections for your child. This program is from the festival brochure.
9.30 am. Ages 3-7
This film session is a perfect introduction to the world of cinema for the young child. The program has been carefully selected, with films from all over the world, cute little animated characters and simple stories a young child will love. One is called Macropolis about two cute disabled toys who escape from the factory and try to cope in the very big world of humans. Small kids will relate to this film.

11am. Ages 7- Tweens (around 12)
These clever films will do more to get children's minds thinking as the stories are a little more complex than the earlier time slot.This is a good selection to have discussions about the films with your child after the show. Four Australian productions feature in this time slot, along with films from Croatia, USA, Netherlands, and Norway and India.

12.30pm. Best of the Fest. Ages 5-15
This selection will screen all the award winning films, such as the Australian film, Lego Adventure 3: Attack of the Giant Pig. Best International Film; Mia from Belgium will be repeated from the earlier time slot. Also included is the Festival Director's top choice; Bitseller from Spain. This will be a good time slot for children who have had previous cinema going experience and for families of mixed ages who can only attend one session.

2pm. 10th Birthday Retrospective Collection. Ages 5-15
For those who have never been to a Little Big Shots Event, here is a special presentation of the best films that have screened in the festival over the last ten years. There will be a live acting film called The Vacuum Kid, the story of a quirky 12 year old who collects vacuum cleaners. Also in this slot is the animated sci-fi flick with no dialogue; Abiogenesis.

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Some of the friendly staff at the Mercury Cinema. Image by this writer- Out and About

My Tips for Attending the Mercury

Parking is limited nearby, see city map for carpark locations. Better still come by public transport into the city, and use the tram for free within the city. The Uni of SA stop is right near the cinema past the Morphett Street bridge.
The Mercury does not sell piles of junk snacks like at commercial cinemas. Some refreshments are for sale. Eat before you come or go out for lunch before or after the movie.
Same again for toilets. There will be lots of kids present, and the toilet space here is small so try to go elsewhere before you arrive.
Tickets at $8 per person for this festival may be purchased on the day. You will need to allow extra time to queue for tickets, and then entry will be allowed into the theatre 15 minutes prior to screening time.

This is an event of international standard with films made especially for children. Your children will enjoy documentaries, animation and live acting film and also some productions that were made by kids. Who knows? It may begin an interest in film making or cinema going for life.
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Why? Because this is quality children's cinema.
When: Saturday 23rd May 2015
Where: 13 Morphett Street Adelaide, behind the Rockford Hotel in Hindley Street.
Cost: $8 per person.
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wow i'm going to the mercury with start like that!
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