Event Spotlight: Little Big Shots Film Festival For Kids, 2012


Last Saturday, I took my hubby and daughter along to the launch of the Little Big Shots Film Festival, held at ACMI Cinemas in Melbourne.

I felt quite honoured to be sharing the cinema with young, budding film makers and their parents. Once again, I was blown away by the philosophy of Little Big Shots, the organisation of the event, the film selections, the films and the talented children and adults who create them.

Attendees of the launch were treated to the preview of four films. Three of which were festival award winners for 2012.

What I love most about this festival isn’t that it features films for children, but it features films by children and about children. Each of the winning films was actually selected by the Little Big Shots Children’s Jury:

Best Child-made Film: I’m A Green Tree Frog by the students of Millner Primary School (Northern Territory).

My jaw dropped with admiration for the work that went into creating this claymation music video. My daughter happily grooved along to the music.

After attending the Little Big Shots Film Festival when it screened in Darwin in 2011, the students and teachers of Millner Primary School felt inspired to make their own film.

Best Adult-made Film: Play Lunch by Cassandra Nguyen (Western Australia).

Making me smile, cry and laugh, this film had it all- even subtitles. It featured a sweet cast and a heartwarming storyline.

Best International Film: The Vacuum Kid by Katherine Mahalic (USA).

I’ve never met any child quite like The Vacuum Kid, but I thank the Little Big Shots Film Festival for bringing him to the screen. I haven’t laughed quite so hard in a long time.

If you think your child would love a place on Little Big Shots Children’s Jury for 2013, then make sure you take them along to this year’s festival and encourage them to write a review of their favourite short film. There are 10 places available but entries close in July, 2012 after the festival is completed.

Send your review, complete with name, age and contact details, to info@littlebigshots.com.au or to:

Little Big Shots Film Reviewing Competition

PO Box 4308

Richmond East

VIC   3121

You can find out more at http://www.littlebigshots.com.au/schools-and-families/kids


Screening at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square.

Single tickets: $7

Family passes: $24

Contact ACMI: 8663 2583

In total, the festival features 83 films selected from all around the world.  Both adult and junior filmmakers have produced a fascinating and entertaining selection of short films that will delight the whole family.

My Little Bookcase Picks:

The Festival will tour Australia and include the following seasons:

  • Powerhouse (Brisbane) – July 4–6
  • National Film and Sound Archive (Canberra) – July 11–20
  • Adelaide Festival Centre (Adelaide) – July 12–14
  • Sydney Opera House (Sydney) – July 26–29
  • Awesome Festival (Perth) – October 6-19
Event Spotlight: Little Big Shots Film Festival For Kids, 2012


  1. It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time. I can’t wait until it comes to Canberra. Thanks for the heads up – putting in the diary now!

    • With so many options, it is certainly worth attending. Please let us know which short films you end up seeing.

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