Reel Talents

"Acorn Boy" directed by Dace Rīdūze.

Every year, the acclaimed touring film festival for kids, Little Big Shots, screens a fresh crop of films, shorts, animations and documentaries to an eager audience of two to 15 year olds. This year, the line-up features over 50 local and international films from over 20 countries, including Israel, Belgium, Sweden and Canada. Every film is handpicked to delight, amaze, amuse and help kids think and create.

Clockwise: "Fitting In" directed by Taylor Annisette; "Mouse For Sale" directed by Wouter Bongaerts; "Ballet of Unhatched Chicks" directed by Shaun Seong-young Kim.

Sensibly, the organisers have split the program into age-appropriate screenings. The Tiny Tots segment is aimed at littlies aged two to five years. Some of the highlights include the Canadian-produced Fitting In, where a little octagon goes to a school for squares and circles and tries to fit in, the award winning Belgian animated film, Mouse for Sale, in which Snicker the mouse tries to find a friend, and Buzz Off!, an animated film made by the children of Yarraville West Public School which tells the story of a family of jewel beetles forced to leave their home after being invaded by bees.

Little Big Shots 2012 screens in Sydney at the Opera House Studio on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 July. To book tickets, visit sydneyoperahouse.com

For more information on the festival and touring dates around Australia, visit the Little Big Shots website.


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