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2009 Event Media Release - Little Big Shots

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Issued 14 August, 2009

Little Big Shots

9 – 13 September, The Studio 

Presented in association with Petit Grand Kaboom

Little Big Shots is fast growing up. After the success of the inaugural Sydney program in 2006, the international children’s film festival returns to The Studio for the fourth time in 2009 with a brand new crop of films.

Once again enjoying its NSW premiere at Sydney Opera House, festival directors Chloe Bidinost and Nick Place have created an extensive line-up which boasts 80 Australian and international shorts, animations and documentaries.

The three-day festival will screen films from 22 countries including Canada, Colombia and Croatia to Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and South Africa.

The line-up also includes two special sessions: Hip Hip O’le, a collection of shorts from Latin America, and a presentation films by the creators of Wallace & Grommit, Cracking Films, Gromit: an Aardman Retrospective. 

Seven films made by local Sydney filmmakers including Brother Boys, Hugo, Marry Me and Triple Concerto in D Minor will be screened during the festival.

The Sorrow of War by a group of Glenwood Public School students was voted best Australian child-made film by the kids’ jury at Little Big Shots’ Melbourne premiere in June.

Presenting ‘reel’ stories for kids, about kids, and even by kids, Little Big Shots creates movie magic for mini moguls, giving them the gifts of curiosity, imagination and tolerance.

Ideal for the entire family from toddlers to teenagers, the festival will entertain, educate and inspire – all that is missing is the paparazzi!

“Featuring films that span all genres from animation to action, Little Big Shots inspires discussion of world cultures, language, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values,” Ms Bidinost said. “The films are also perfect for making kids laugh, whoop, think and create.”

International festival highlights include: Ivona’s Dream, directed by 9-13 year old students from the Cakovec Animation Film School in Croatia; Toward a Theory of the Evolution of the Turkey, an animation about a girl who discovers that a turkey can play the clarinet; and Does God Play Football? which took out Runner Up for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival.

Australian film highlights include: Mutt, the winner of the Dendy Award for Best Short Animation at the 2008 Sydney Film Festival,  directed by Glen Hunwick; Tropfest 2008 winner Marry Me, by Michelle Lehman; and Robbery at the Loovre, a claymation by year 7 student Kristian Lang about a cat burglar’s attempt to steal a museum prize jewels.

Wednesday, 9 September 
10am – 11am: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 4 - 10)
11.30am – 12.30pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 6 – 12)
1.15pm – 2.15pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 5 - 18)

Thursday 10, September
10am – 11am: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 11+)
11.30am – 12.30pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 9+)
1.15pm – 2.15pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 8+)

Friday, 11 September
10am – 11am: Big Shots, Small Packages 1 (Ages 2 – 5)
11.30am – 12.30pm: Big Shots, Small Packages 1 (Ages 2 – 5)
1.15pm – 2.15pm: Big Shots, Small Packages 1 (Ages 2 – 5)

Saturday, 12 September 
10am – 11am: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 2 – 5)
11.30am – 12.30pm: Big Shots, Small Packages  (Ages 4 - 10)
1.15pm – 2.15pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 6 – 12))
3 – 4pm: Hip Hop Ole: films from Latin America (Ages 8+)

Sunday, 13 September
10am – 11am: Big Shots, Small Packages 2  (Ages 3-7)
11.30am – Big Shots, Small Packages  (Ages 4 - 10)
1.15pm – 2.15pm: Cracking Films, Gromit: an Aardman Retrospective (Ages 6+)
3 – 4pm: Big Shots, Small Packages (Ages 5 - 18)

SEASON DETAILS: Little Big Shots 
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: All tickets $15 per session
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com
Information: Online at littlebigshots.com.au

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 / nmcilroy@sydneyoperahouse.com 

 

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