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acmi school holidays summer

ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is the destination for young people, kids and families throughout December and January with a diverse range of creative workshops, interactive activities and film screenings throughout summer.
In a brand new initiative as part of the INTERMIX program, ACMI will launch the Creative Producers Hub, a two-week residency program designed to uncover the next crop of young creative producers, content developers, artists, performers and creative talent. Selected applicants will take part in a residency program across ACMI in Federation Square and ACMI X in Southbank under the mentorship of experts from ACMI and creative talent from ACMI X’s co-working space.

A suite of brand new Creative Workshops covering super heroes, zombies and Virtual Reality (VR) join the already extensive list of ACMI Creative Workshops running throughout the summer. For those ready to take the next step, ACMI’s popular five-day advanced workshops Advanced Young Coders and Advanced Make a Movie will take curious young minds into new territory.

Hollywood A-listers once again fill the screens at ACMI Cinemas, with the all-star cast of The Adventures of Tintin including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) and Daniel Craig (James Bond), along with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End). Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film combines three of Hergé’s best-selling graphic novels (The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure) and picked up a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film in 2012.
Joining The Adventures of Tintin in an ACMI exclusive is A Town Called Panic: Double Fun, a double bill of two short-films from the directors of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine. The two short films Christmas Panic and Back to School Panic follow three plasticine toys – Cowboy, Indian and Horse – on increasingly surreal and freewheeling adventures that have gained the series a cult following.
Additionally, ACMI Cinemas keep up tradition with their annual screening of the Brian Henson’s festive classic The Muppet Christmas Carol starring a crotchety Michael Caine.

As always, ACMI’s permanent and free Screen Worlds exhibition is open every day except Christmas Day, and with the updated Games Lab and new augmented reality game Yolk‘em joining the display in recent months, there has never been a better time to visit.

ACMI is open over summer every day except Christmas Day.

Get a load of what's happening at ACMI over the holidays:

INTERMIX programs for young people aged 15 to 25 years

Creative Producers Hub

9 to 22 Jan 2017

ACMI is on the hunt for Melbourne’s brightest young creative producers and content makers to commission a new work to premier at ACMI.

Expressions of interest due 30 Nov 2016. FAQs here. Submit in 500 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids’ Flicks films for kids and families - all sessions are ticketed at the ACMI Kids’ Flick rate of $7

A Town Called Panic: Double Fun Unclassified all ages

12 to 24 Dec

Two award-winning short animated films from the directors of the the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine.

Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, 2016, 60 mins, Belgium, DCP. Courtesy Autour de Minuit, Paris

The Muppet Christmas Carrol G

17 Dec (one-off screening)

Michael Caine plays a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in this adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story starring Muppets characters.

Brian Henson, 1992, 85 mins, USA, DCP. Courtesy: Walt Disney Studios Australia

The Adventures of Tintin PG

3 to 11 Dec

Stephen Spielberg brings three of Hergé’s best selling graphic novels together into an action-packed adventure.

Steven Spielberg, 2011, 107 mins, USA/New Zealand, DCP. Courtesy: Paramount Pictures

Creative Workshops for kids and young people

Family Virtual Reality

7 & 14 Jan, 1pm – 3pm

Virtual reality is one of the most exciting developments in technology in recent years, and now you can explore and experiment with it together as a family by creating a fantastic 3D world. Recommended for ages 6+.

Full: $35 Conc: $30 Member: $28

Children must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must have a ticket.

Star as a Super Hero

24 to 25 January, 10am – 4pm

Discover your inner superhero and make an exciting and action-packed film with amazing effects in this two-day workshop. Ages 9–14.

Full: $240 Conc: $230 Member: $220

Build a Virtual Reality World

10 & 24 Jan, 10am – 4pm

Explore the emerging technology of virtual reality and build your own story in a series

of 3D worlds. Ticket price includes a set of Google Cardboard VR glasses. Ages 9–14.

Full: $130 Conc: $120 Member: $110

Star in a Zombie Scene

23 Jan, 10am – 4pm

Learn about the magic of practical makeup

effects and Greenscreen wizardry while creating an amazing film scene in this light-hearted one day workshop. Ages 9 – 14.

Full: $140 Conc: $130 Member: $120

The MinecraftBuilding Challenge

25 Jan, 10am – 4pm

Test your Minecraft skills, learn new techniques and challenge yourself and your knowledge of the Minecraft world in this exciting and social one-day workshop . Ages 9 – 14.

Full: $120 Conc: $110 Member: $100

Young Coders

4 to 6 & 16 to 18 Jan, 10am - 4pm

A three-day workshop where kids learn the basics of programming, using visual programming software to learn coding and how to make a game. Ages 9-14.

Full: $320 Conc: $310 Member: $300

Advanced Young Coders

9 to 13 Jan, 10am - 4pm

Interested in a career in video games and want to improve your coding and design skills? This five day workshop is the perfect step towards that goal. Ages 9-14.

Early Bird Tickets until 30th November:

Full: $530 Conc: $515 Member :$500

Standard price after 30th November: Full: $600   Concession: $580   Member: $560

Make a Movie

4 to 6 Jan & 16 to 18 Jan, 10am to 4pm

In this three-day hands-on creative and technical filmmaking workshop, kids work in a small group to learn the basics of writing, directing, acting in and editing a short film. Advanced bookings recommended. Ages 9-12.

Full: $320 Conc: $310 Member: $300

Advanced Make a Movie

9 to 13 Jan, 10am to 4pm

In this five-day advanced workshop, explore the fundamentals of the filmmaking production process and get creative with camera techniques, lighting and green-screen. Ages 9-12.

Full: $600   Concession: $580   Member: $560

YouTube Starz

19 & 23 Jan, 10am-4pm

Learn the techniques to create great YouTube videos. Discover how to use a green screen, write effective content and learn what helps videos to go viral. Ages 9-14.

Full: $120 Concession: $110 Member: $100

Be a Game Critic

19 to 20 Jan, 10am-4pm

Kids will have the opportunity to play a range of videogames, learn how to craft an effective critical review, and then work together in our Greenscreen studio to create a professional TV review show Ages 9-14.

Full: $240 Concession: $230 Member: $220

Massive Minecraft Movie

20 Jan, 10am - 4pm

Work in a team to design characters and a unique world, and direct a scene in your own Minecraft movie to take home. Ages 9-16.

Full: $120 Concession: $110 Member: $100                                                                    

Family Scratch Day

15 & 22 Jan, 1pm - 4pm

Discover the potential of Scratch (MIT) programming as a shared experience. Ages 8+.

Full: $35   Concession: $30    Member: $28

Children must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must have a ticket.

Family Minecraft

8 & 21 Jan, 1pm-4pm

Enjoy the shared environment of playing and learning Minecraft as a family. Ages 5+.

Full: $35   Concession: $30     Member: $28

Children must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must have a ticket.

Family Lego Robotics

8 & 14 Jan, 12pm - 3pm

This workshop introduces the basics of robotics and programming in a series of engaging challenges.

Full: $35   Concession: $30     Member: $28

Children must be accompanied by an adult and all attendees must have a ticket.

Make an Animation

16 to 17 Jan, 10am - 4pm

Work together to learn about the power of narrative using techniques such as character design, script-writing, lighting, music and sound design to make a Claymation film to take home. Ages 9-13.

Full: $240 Concession: $230 Member: $220

Claymation for Kids

23 Jan, 10am – 4pm

Sculpt your own character from clay and watch it come to life with the help of designed sets, studio lighting sound effects and sped up frames. Ages 8-12.

Full: $120 Conc: $110 Member: $100

Free Stuff

Flip it Spin it

4 to 25 Jan 2017, 11am – 2pm

Create a flip book and thaumatrope and discover where animation began in this free, drop-in workshop.

Recommended for kids aged 5 to 10. No booking required, drop in any time between 11am and 2pm.

New at ACMI’s free exhibition Screen Worlds

Experience augmented reality game Yolk‘em and check out the new view-on-demand terminals especially for kids or play winning videogames from ACMI’s Screen It competition.

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Animation Trail
Collect a trail sheet at the Screen Worlds entrance and discover how animation has evolved. Learn some amazing facts along the way and get into all the fun activities!

Trail is self-guided and takes approx. 40 mins to complete.

Open daily, 10am-5pm


The Ballerina G

Screens from 12 Jan 2017
A gorgeous new animated feature with Elle Fanning as the voice of character of Félicie Milliner, an 11-year old orphan who dreams of becoming a ballerina and performing at the Opéra de Paris.  Fleeing Brittany for the French capital, Félicie becomes a pupil at the Opéra ballet school but a rigorous audition process looms and stiff competition in the form of Camille (Maddie Ziegler, real-life dancer and star of Sia’s video clips).

Eric Summer, Éric Warin, 2017, Canada, France, 89 min, DCP. Courtesy: Studiocanal

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