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Little Big Shots: International Film Festival for Kids

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Little Big Shots: International Film Festival For Kids is a touring film festival with a difference; amongst the wide range of short films directed by acclaimed film makers, such as 2011 Academy Award winners Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan and the Academy Award nominated Max Lang and Jakob Schuh, are some remarkable directors who are still in primary school and high school.

Little Big Shots is, after all, a short film festival geared towards children aged 2 to 15 years of age, so the inclusion of talented young film makers is an inspired idea, as who better understands what interests and entertains the young audience, than the children themselves?

The young film makers come from around the world; there are the Lithgow High School students from New South Wales, Australia, Yarraville West Primary School Grade 5 and 6 students from Victoria, Australia, the students from Sardoal School in Portugal and children aged 3 to 6 from Mexico.

The range of short films include animation, live-action, documentary, mockumentary and music videos. There are all sorts of themes and topics, from short films about whimsical creatures, little brothers and big sisters, mums and dads, friends, young love and hiccups. The film program is filled with comedy, drama and romance; you can browse through the film program (which will change from city to city) here, either by genre, country or year of production.

Little Big Shorts will open in Melbourne on Thursday, June 9 and will run until Monday, June 13, 2011. The short film program will screen at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), located at Federation Square. Also at ACMI will be a free documentary workshop entitled Kaleidoscope, which is about celebrating diversity and is a program supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Over at ArtPlay, located nearby at Birrarung Marr, there will be a stop motion animation workshop, entitled Splash, which is specially designed for kids. Neither of these special events require bookings, so if you decide to view the film program with the kids, simply head over to both sites to participate in the festivities.

Tickets for the film program screening at ACMI are priced from $7, while a family ticket is at priced $24. For more information on ticketing please see the ACMI website. The short films are screening in age appropriate packages and there are ten screenings to choose from. You can book your tickets now on the ACMI website.

Once the Melbourne festivities are over, the Little Big Shorts film program will tour Australia and then will head overseas.

For more information on this special family friendly event, and all the latest news and updates, check out the official Little Big Shorts website, Facebook profile and Twitter.
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Why? A film festival for kids, by kids
When: June 9 to 13, 2011
Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Federation Sqaure)
Cost: From $7 per person
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