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Little Big Shots is hitting up the big screens at the Gold Coast Film Festival which, unless you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know, is taking over the Gold Coast right now! Little Big Shots is encouraging children as young as the age of 2, to get involved in film culture and enhance their media literacy in a fast-evolving industry.

 

The festival has featured a mixture of new animations, short films and foreign movies with subtitles that are for, by and about kids.  Little Big Shots also puts big focus on Australian film, particularly those produced by the youth in our society. The hope is to inspire the younger generation to think with a creative mind and watch film through a critical eye, rather than just switching off and mindlessly viewing when sitting in front of the TV.

 

Gold Coast Film Festival director Lucy Fisher says Little Big Shots “aims to introduce children to a number of diverse genres of film that will lead them to experience different emotions and identify new real-world connections”.

 

Little Big Shots also presents kids with the opportunity to get involved with a number of different competitions and activities that will help to keep their minds stay active throughout the school holiday break. So if you are looking for something a little bit different to do with the kids this weekend (that won’t break the budget), why not give the Gold Coast Film Festival a crack, with your little ones?

 

Catch Little Big Shots’ short films for kids tomorrow night (April 9 at 6pm and 7pm) at NightQuarter Helensvale’s The Paddock. Tickets are $5 and prices include entry to NightQuarter if booked online in advance.

 

And don’t forget the free family film screenings at QPOW! Movies in the Park at Victoria Park, Broadbeach, this weekend. Catch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone tonightat 6.30pm and Ghostbusters tomorrow night at 8pm.

 

To find out what else is planned for the Gold Coast Film Festival before it wraps up on Sunday, check out www.gcfilmfestival.com/schedule.

 

Words // Laura Markwort

 

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