Each year, Big Eyes, Big Minds brings a selection of the best films from all over the world to thousands of students in Singapore and St. Louis, from preschool to secondary school.
Our mission is to expose children to diverse and imaginative films that will broaden their view of the world, foster critical thinking, and encourage creative expression.
Tailored for specific age-groups, our programmes create dynamic learning experiences through shared viewing and meaningful conversation.
Meaningful films featuring young, relatable protagonists provide kids with the opportunity to examine character choices. Films about young people dealing with challenging situations, such as war, poverty or family conflict, help kids to think about issues within and outside their own lives.
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We are always happy to collaborate with teachers to meet curriculum goals. For example, we created a Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) film programme for Bedok North Secondary School in Singapore, and in Clayton, we created a social justice themed programme for Wydown Middle School.
To let us know how we can support your class, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's what some EDUCATORS have to say about BIG eyes, Big Minds:
The Gruffalo (UK)
"Our school community was fortunate to attend a viewing of a variety of films this past spring. Clever animation, inspirational footage, and thought provoking story lines moved us to belly laughter, and a few tears. Each short film left its memorable mark. This children's film festival opens hearts and minds, young and old, to life themes found in every race and culture."
- Beth Scott
Glenridge Elementary School
"The animated films showcase important issues such as how to deal with bullying through an accessible medium. Students enjoyed the animation and were attentive to the messages portrayed in the story. The stories got them to reflect on the common dilemmas and difficulties they face in their lives. They also learn to empathize more by looking at issues through different perspectives presented in the films."
- Anne Yong
Teacher & Literature Coordinator
Bedok North Secondary School
Bear Story (Chile)
Little Bird & The Squirrel (Switzerland)
"We visited the Big Eyes, Big Minds - Singapore International Children's Film Festival as part of our current unit of inquiry about storytelling. We loved the films and were able to re-tell them, describe our favourite parts and explain how they made us feel. Since we visited the festival, my class has been busy inquiring into how films are connected to stories and storytelling. The children are currently considering making their own films."
- Alison Camire
Kindergarten 1 Teacher & Early Years Team Leader
ISS International School (Singapore)
"In vivid and exciting ways, the Singapore International Childrenʼs Film Festival both entertains and informs children and entire families, bringing to the screen fresh narratives that illuminate the experiences of children in a world that poses both constant challenges and new opportunities."
- Dr. David Fedo
Director of Early Childhood Education
Wheelock College (Singapore)