As Melbourne is settling into its winter weather, a trip to the cinema may be the best bet for keeping the kids amused. Instead of the usual Hollywood same-old, there's another option, going along to one of the kids short films packages as part of the 'Little Big Shots' international film festival. Not only does it have some unique and quirky short films, it's only $7 (or $24 for a family of 4) and does not require any of the over-priced snacks. It's more about the stories that are being told and the experience of being there.
The festival has a range of packages (of approximately an hour in length) for kids aged anywhere from 2 to 15 years old.
We went along to Package 2: Little Tikes (ages 3-7). A great package of short clips of animation, as well as acting and producing in short films by kids of all ages. I was a particular fan of Acorn Boy (an animation from Latvia) and The Driving Accident (a short film featuring a cute little boy from Canada). There's generally some jokes for the adults as well, and if that's not amusing enough the audience of little-ones 'oh-oh's' and laughter makes it an entertaining trip out.
Little Big Shots is being held in Melbourne from Saturday 9th until Wednesday 13th of June at ACMI and Artplay.
After the films, we spent some time playing around the free 'Screen Worlds' exhibition at ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) which has some great interactive displays for kids of all ages, particularly if they'd like a turn being the star of the show.
After Melbourne, the Little Big Shots touring program begins at the Fun 4 Kids Festival in Warrnambool, then to other capital cities and regional centres from July until October, see the program for more details.