Amazing Kids Films Make Great Cheap Winter Holiday ActivitiesWait. What? School holidays again already?

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Don’t speak too soon but winter holidays are around the corner.

I know, I know. Didn’t we just send our beloved little darlings back to school?

What’s worse is, it’s not as easy to kick the kids outside all day in the rain and mud. So when cabin fever sets in, what do we do without spending a fortune?

If your kid is a lover of films then I can’t recommend ACMI Melbourne highly enough. Their exhibition is free to enter and has a whole area set up for video games – hello parents of minecraft fans, ACMI has you covered!

As part of their Winter in Motion program, ACMI is the Melbourne home of Little Big Shots which is a film festival curated for families and kids aged 2 to 12. The best movies are chosen by a panel of kids and some of the movies are even made by kids!

All sessions run for between 40 and 54 minutes, (the perfect amount of time for fidgeters), and ticket prices range from $8 (single ticket for ACMI members) to $36 (family session ticket).

Little Big Shots is now an internal ACMI program – meaning their team of producers are coordinating everything with the guys at the festival and Little Big Shots now joins a whole heap of fun, creative and smart creative workshops and kids’ flicks programming at ACMI. Yes, creative kids workshops!

For cheap winter holiday activities, here’s my top 5 things to see at Little Big Shots:

Little Big Shots 2016 IMAGE_300 dpi_credit © Maria Peters_live-action short 'Freeze'

  1. The Red Carpet Opening Gala on Fri 1 July

The Opening Gala includes: red carpet – guests and attendees arrive, receive a free popcorn / drink etc., then go to ACMI’s Cinemas for speeches and awards, then there as a 50 minute screening session featuring short films from the festival, then there is a Dance Party with a DJ in ACMI’s ‘Cube’ room afterwards. This all happens between 4pm and 8pm (screening ends at 6:45pm for any littlies that need to leave earlier)

Little Big Shots 2016 IMAGE 300 dpi_credit © Nicky Phelan_animated short 'Bing Bye Bye'

  1. The Child-voted Best of the Fest session (including child-made highlights) multiple dates.

A kids jury (made up of a dozen kids aged 2 to 12) got together a while back to select the ‘Best of the Fest’ winners, and as well as receiving awards at the Opening Gala, these films have their own session. The winning categories cover: Best International Film, Best Australian Film and Best Child-Made Film – with winners and runners up selected from each of them

Little Big Shots 2016 IMAGE 300 dpi_credit © Seung-hee Jung_animated short 'Fabric Cosmos'

  1. Kids Behind the Camera various dates

This session features child filmmakers, including four films that came through ACMI’s national Screen It competition for school-aged students to make moving image works (animations, games or live-shot films). This is one of the reasons why Little Big Shots becoming an internal ACMI program is so exciting this year – because it joins a whole lot of creative workshops and programs we have to help kids create and enjoy the moving image!

Little Big Shots 2016 IMAGE 300 dpi_credit © Mari Miyazawa_animated short 'Koniguri-Kon - A Small Rice Bowl' Japan 2015

  1. The two different Asia Pacific in Focussessions, various dates

These two sessions feature a range of movies produced in Australia and neighbouring countries, which all feature an engaging range of characters and themes set to delight and inspire.Little Big Shots 2016 IMAGE 300 dpi_credit © Natalie van den Dungen_live-action short 'Bunny New Girl'

  1. Lastly –have fun picking the session best for you & your kids based on the fun themed, session names – does your child like Cows and CircusesPirates and Bunniesor Dares and Dream?

Little Big Shots 2016 program features over 80 films, with 22 films made by child filmmakers and 28 films made by Australian filmmakers. This year also features ten world premieres and 43 Australian premieres. To bring the very best in film for kids to the festival, titles are also sourced from 26 different countries, which this year for the first time includes films from Iran and the Republic of Moldova.

The Little Big Shots festival is on at ACMI from Fri 1 July to Sunday 10 July 2016.

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