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Youth Jury 2019

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

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 ages 2 to 18  

through age-appropriate, high-quality films. 

We believe that diverse and imaginative films can encourage critical thinking, broaden world views, and develop global citizenship. We also aim to inspire creative expression through the art and craft of filmmaking. 


Each year, BEBM connects thousands of children, youths, 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.

BEBM was founded in 2010 by film/television producer and director, published author, and educator, 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:
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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

Spring Jam
(New Zealand)

"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


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