Media Release: Monday July 5, 2010
Little Big Shots
International Film Festival for Kids
7 – 8 August 2010, The Playhouse
Australia’s biggest film festival entirely dedicated to kids, Little Big Shots returns to The Playhouse at Sydney Opera House from August 7 – 8 for another huge weekend of the best of local and international shorts, animations and documentaries made for especially for kids.
Featuring films that span all genres from animation to action, and with a mix of local Australian stories, as well as films from countries across the globe including Russia, India, Iran, Japan and Latvia, the festival inspires discussion about international cultures and languages and highlights for everyone the gift of curiosity, imagination and tolerance.
Festival Director, Chloe Boulton, believes, “The festival is the perfect way for kids to see great stories from all over the world that would never otherwise make it to Australia. With films suitable for kids as young as two-years-old, Little Big Shots is also an ideal introduction to cinema for the next generation of film-goers.”
In 2010, Little Big Shots brings a number of much-loved children’s books to the big screen, including the hilariously interactive Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; the gorgeous, multi-award winning animated version of Oliver Jeffer’s magical tale of an unlikely friendship between a little boy and the penguin in Lost and Found; and the Australian premiere of The Bake Shop Ghost with a star-studded cast including Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives’ Karen McCluskey) and Academy Award nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace’s Vivian Johnson).
Australian films include Deborah Mailman’s directorial debut, Ralph; Pierce Davison’s animation about auditions for the school drama club, Back Stage; the Australian-made robot space adventure, Tin Can Heart; and Anna’s Doll, a claymation made by students from Victoria’s Yarraville West Primary School in response to the Black Saturday bushfires.
Aspiring caped-crusaders could learn a thing or two from Little Big Shots’ own superheroes – Barton the Ghost Catcher, Adam Avenger and Dedh Footiya – while animal lovers will be utterly charmed by Fletcher the little fox, the clucky Brunswick Browns and mischievous feline pals Pim and Pom.
Dates/Times: 10 & 11.30am, 1.15 & 3pm Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 August
Age: Different sessions for kids aged 2 - 15
Cost: All tickets $16
Duration: 60 - 75 minutes
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at sydneyoperahouse.com
Helene Fox Sydney Opera House (02) 9250 7805 / 0412 085 032 / firstname.lastname@example.org