Youth Jury 2019
From left to right: Sarah Vallo, Sahithya Gokaraju, Ryan McDowell, Isaac Millians, Tudor Belean, Margaret Mooney, Madeline Brown, Tobias Zaidman
Disney animator Jacob Frey sharing his inspiring craft at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Youth Jury 2018
From left to right: Sarah Vallo, Marni McDermott, Isaac Millians, Zachary Wang, Tudor Belean
Voting for our Audience Choice Award is reserved for kids under 18!
Sesame Street Puppeteer John Kennedy teaches kids how to make and perform with puppets.
Hollywood actor Harvey Guillen in Singapore to teach our acting workshops.
Animation students from Nanyang Polytechnic taking a closer look at an original Coraline puppet used in the film.
Film screening at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
Kids learn about nature through films and guided tours at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden
Stormtroopers help to promote Big Eyes, Big Minds at Kinokuniya Bookstore, Orchard!
The mission of Big Eyes, Big Minds (BEBM) is to educate, enrich, and inspire kids, aged 2 to 18, through age-appropriate, high-quality films.
Each year, BEBM connects thousands of children, youth, parents and educators in Singapore and St. Louis (USA) to the best animated, live-action and documentary films from around the globe.
BEBM works closely with schools and
cultural institutions to bring thoughtfully curated film programs and workshops to young people in diverse communities in Asia and the United States.
We believe that diverse and imaginative films can broaden world-views and encourage critical thinking. We also seek to cultivate film appreciation and inspire creative expression through the craft of filmmaking.
BEBM was founded in 2010 by filmmaker and author Mabel Gan. The Singapore International Children's Film Festival is the first and only children's film festival in Singapore. In the U.S., Big Eyes, Big Minds is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Here's what some good folks have to say about US:
A Bit Lost
"The best children's films and books have one thing in common - the ability to capture a child's imagination through good storytelling. My children loved the films at Big Eyes, Big Minds, especially watching characters from their favorite books come alive on screen.”
- Eliza Teoh
Author of the Ellie Bellie series
“When you think of childrenʼs films, think of the unsurpassed learning value of reading with your child, telling stories, and spending time just chatting with your child. Attend the Singapore International Childrenʼs Film Festival to see some of the wonderful, imaginative new films available, and get going watching and talking with your child”.
- Dr. Susan Fedo
Wheelock College, School of Early Childhood Education
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
"The short films shown in each age-appropriate programme were unique in the style of story-telling and in the values and ideas they convey. You don't find such qualities in mainstream films for children. Exposing my son to these films will help him to express himself in his own writings."
- Irene Low