The films screening in Little Big Shots and the accompanying learning experiences can be used to develop a range of screen literacy concepts including narrative, setting, character, complication, resolution, audience, framing, shots, and camera angles.
They can also inspire discussion of world cultures, different languages, cultural diversity, needs and wants, education, rights and responsibilities, family, caring, friendship, relationships, understanding, tolerance, love, generosity, honesty, conflict management, emotional intelligence, human values, death, and social action.
Each Little Big Shots school screening is preceded by an informative introduction and, where possible, filmmakers are in attendance to participate in post-screening Q&A discussions.
Teachers also have access to a comprehensive Teacher’s Kit, compiled by the screen education staff at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, which comprises a selection of activities and focus questions to help students explore the themes and issues arising from the festival. Download a copy of the primary and secondary kits for 2013 from here.
"Congratulations on a fabulous program! The children, the teachers and the parents have all been raving about it."
"We really enjoyed the festival this year. Congratulations on making the selection so varied, thought provoking and entertaining."
"We thoroughly enjoyed the excursion to your film festival. The kids absolutely loved it. We are running our own short film festival next term which will be fun as we are inspired and excited after our excursion."
"The kids loved the festival and were greatly inspired to produce something of their own for next year. The teachers also though the films were great."
"Your festival was truly inspirational. I have been creating small videos and clips with the kids all year as it is a passion of mine. It has been a wonderful way to address the curriculum through creat ive media. I am looking forward to hopefully showing off a few of the videos we have done."
"Fantastic selection of movies to amuse, entertain and challenge."
"Little Big Shots was a fantastic experience for our students and was much appreciated by the staff. Visual literacy is an ongoing focus for us and we benefited from the range and quality of the films shown. So thank you once again!"
In Victoria, the Little Big Shots program supports the implementation of the following VELS:
Physical, personal and social learning
Interpersonal Development - Personal Learning - Health and Physical Education
Communication - Thinking Processes
Discipline based learning
English - The Arts - The Humanities
In NSW, the Little Big Shots program offers the following curriculum links:
Creative Arts Visual Arts: (appreciating, making) Music (listening) Drama (appreciating, elements of drama, dramatic forms)
HSIE: Cultural Diversity
PDHPE: Interpersonal Relationships, Growth and Development, Communicating
Photography: Digital Media, Making, Conceptual Framework, Strength and Meaning, Representation
English: Language Forms and Features, Context (range of social, gender and cultural perspectives)
Experience Through Language: The Global Village
PDHPE: Self and Relationships (changes and challenges, interpersonal communication)
Drama: Appreciating (inter-cultural drama and theatre, small screen drama)
One of the aims of Little Big Shots is to showcase excellence in filmmaking by kids from around Australia, and around the world. If any of your students are making films, at school or at home, the festival offers them a fantastic way to find large and enthusiastic audiences for their work.
Submitting a film is free, films must be suitable for children aged within the range of 2 to 18, and will not be selected if they include excessive or gratuitous violence, sexual references, profanity/coarse language, use of substances or have content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.
Check our deadlines and detailed entry requirements here.