We present the list of winners of the Little Big Shorts – Australia’s International Film Festival for Kids that took place from July 1st – 10th in Melbourne (Australia).
Best International Film
Bingo by Patrick Schoenmaker – Netherlands | 2015 – 3 min.
The seclusive retirement home Afterglow is a depressing end station. Fortunately, feisty elderly Gerda has one spark of joy: the weekly Bingo night. When she is one blank short of winning the game and the tiny ball suddenly disappears, she starts an absurd search in which she is willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get the outcome of that night’s bingo game.
Johnny Express by Kyungmin Woo – South Korea | 2014 – 5 min.
In the year 2150, Johnny, a lazy Space Delivery Man, must deliver a package on a planet he does not fully understand.
Bear and Bird by Dan & Jason – US | 2014 – 5 min.
Bear & Bird is about two best friends, a laid back brown bear who just wants to take it easy and an overly excited cardinal who’s one cup of coffee away from a nervous breakdown. This short features the duo in a standoff over Bear’s hygiene, or lack thereof.
Best Australian Film
Bunny New Girl by Natalie van den Dungen – Australia | 2015 – 6 min.
On her first day at a new school, a self-conscious young girl learns that friendship can overcome difference.
Cookin’ With Fire by Joel Best – Australia | 2014 – 1 min.
A grog swigging, swashbuckling, moustache grooming pirate chef attempts to cook his signature dish in stormy seas, no matter what it takes!
Best Child-Made Film
Clay vs Fridge by Alako Myles (12 y/o | NSW) – Australia | 2015 – 4 min.
A group of friends discover a mysterious kitchen appliance (known to us humans as a fridge), leading to a chain of humorous events.
Flake White and the Seven Lady Dwarves by 12 School Children – Belgium | 2014 – 5 min.
Once upon a time, there was a king who sewed while watching the snow fall. One day, he had a child and named him Flake White…
Alone This Time by Pyper Prosen (11 y/o) – Australia | 2015 – 3 min.
A girl travels for her first time alone on an airplane to visit her grandma, and mid-flight her world is interrupted.
Festival Director’s Picks of the Program
The Marathon Diary by Hanne Berkaak – Norway | 2015 – 8 min.
Always Last embarks on an adventurous marathon through the ice cold and mythic landscape of Lapland. But she soon discovers that the run is not going to be a straight line between start and finish. Grotesque events, unforeseen temptations and cheerful absurdities keep driving her off the course as she lags further and further behind. But in the end all the diversions and unpredictable encounters become the reward for her efforts as she crosses the finishing line. Finally, it is not about winning or losing. The risk is losing yourself.
PAWO by Antje Heyn – Germany | 2015 – 7 min.
PAWO (Tibetan for »being brave«) is the magical adventure of a little toy figure, who finds herself in a curious world. Thanks to some strange companions, she gradually becomes aware of her strength and skills.
Achoo! By Yuki Hirakawa – Japan | 2015 – 3 min.
This is a story of a snow child. As winter approaches, the snow child rises into the sky. Chilled in the high air, the child turns to crystal, and then gently falls back to the ground.
We want to remind readers that the festival continues to tour around Australia these are the next stops:
Sydney – August 5th – 7th – Sydney Opera House
Perth – October 1st – 31th – Fremantle Arts Centre