Anna is catching her dream

GIPPSLAND Grammar student Anna Champion has had her short film Catching a Dream selected to be screened at the international Little Bit Shots Film Festival at Federation Square in June.

At only 13 years-old, Anna has self directed and produced a seven-minute film about a boy who wants to make music, but is conflicted by his father’s plans for him to follow in the family footsteps.

“Because the movie was meant to be made for kids, we wanted to send the message out that you don’t have to do what your parents want you to do, it’s up to you,” Anna said.

That is “absolutely” the message her parents send.

Her mum Catherine Champion said the more you let your children pursue areas they are interested in, the happier and more fulfilled they will be.

“She spends a lot of time at home writing and reading simply because she enjoys it. I don’t mind what she’s doing as long as she’s learning something and doing something she’s passionate about,” Catherine said.

Anna’s film making pursuit was inspired by her interest in acting.

“I was acting at the Stratford courthouse and we saw a brochure there about the Briagolong film festival and we thought it would be a really good idea to make a movie,” Anna said.

Anna entered a video postcard in the Briagolong film festival and was motivated to expand her film making skills.

Her family decided to attend a video-editing workshop at Docklands in Melbourne so Anna could learn to direct, produce and edit the entire film herself.

Anna credits her family for the success of the film and said the project was a family initiative.

Anna said Catch a Dream was inspired by a combination of Steve Jobs’ graduation speech to Stanford University and the film Dead Poets Society.

“Every Thursday night we watch a few T.E.D. (Tecchnolog, Entertainment and Design) talks, which are inspirational talks about ideas worth spreading. They can be anything from education, to design to technology,” Anna said.

“Steve Jobs did a speech for the graduating year for Stanford University and he was saying that you have to lead your own life and do things that you want to do. Don’t get trapped by the opinions of others and what they want you to do.”

While Anna and her parents are thrilled about the film being selected for screening at the film festival, her mum Catherine said it’s not always about winning.

“We try to expose the kids to as many opportunities which is why we get them to enter these things, not really because you expect them to win or get a prize or be first or anything like that. It’s lovely to have the recognition but that’s not what it’s about. You’ve got to do it because you want to do it” Catherine said.

“I think it’s fantastic that she’s actually able to be self-directed and do something that she really feels she’s good at and she’s enjoying. She’s perusing interests that are perhaps outside of the box which is a bit brave. I’m very impressed.”

The annual Little Big Shots Film Festival will screen 105 short films and animations from June 6-9 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square Melbourne, and ArtPlay Birrarung Marr Melbourne.

Anna’s film will appear in the Aussie Aussie Aussie 2 section and will be shown to the public at 11am at ACMI on Saturday, June 7.

Tickets are $10 for single tickets, $36 for a family pass (4 people) and $36 for a multi-pass (4 sessions).

Tickets can be booked through ACMI on 03 8663 2583 or ArtPlay on 03 9664 7900

Full program details at: www.littlebigshots.com.au