In partnership with StarTime and the Children’s International Film Festival, the initiative was spearheaded by Camp Australia, Australia’s largest Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) provider to create an exciting term break for children across Australia.

During Camp Australia’s Rocketeers Spring holiday program, children were taught how to write, create and animate films and then developed their own short animation films at services around Australia.

This year, over 5,500 children created over 1,300 films, more than doubling last year’s participation.

Camp Australia created the Rocketeers Film Festival last year with a vision to give children a platform to share their stories and feelings with a national audience.

Camp Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Warren Jacobson, said the Film Festival was designed to provide children with a sense of fun, adventure and a novel way to express ideas, imagination and emotion.

Said Mr Jacobson: “Last year the children saw first-hand the power of film to express how they feel; more than doubling the participation and number of films submitted shows how strongly this has resonated with children and families.

“To say we are thrilled would be an understatement. The second Rocketeers Film Festival has inspired children, through the art of storytelling, to use this powerful medium to express themselves while, at the same time, learn the techniques of writing, animation and film making.

“It’s clear from the standard of last years’ entries and the growth in interest this year, that the magic of the movie screen is a universal language which engages children and enables them to communicate creatively.

“The Rocketeers Film Festival is a novel way to teach children to think outside the box, problem solve and work as a team all at the same time.”

Lindsay and Jo Moss, from Camp Australia’s key partner StarTime, said “Once you give children the storytelling tools to express themselves and they feel supported to experiment, they just fly! We’re so proud that our partnership with Camp Australia for the Rocketeers Film Festival has provided a platform for many children to shine.”

Expert filmmakers, animators and industry professionals from across Australia offered words of encouragement and praise for every child with a passion for sharing stories through film.

Thomas Caldwell, from the Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF), said: “We’re so proud to be partnering with The Rocketeers Film Festival again, showcasing the incredible creativity from children’s films at CHIFF and further amplifying their stories and imaginations to be seen across the country.”

Nathan Robinson, expert Animator from Melbourne said: “Well done on creating so many awesome short films. Animation is such an amazing technique that allows you to create entire worlds from nothing. It also allows you to explore and learn so many different things.”

Colin Skyba, experienced Australian Film Director, said: “I encourage you all to follow your passions, to do the things that interest you and excite you. If telling stories through making films is your thing, then you should definitely keep going. Congratulations to all the children who shared their stories at the Rocketeers Film Festival!”

Mitch Kennedy, Australian Film Director, said: “A huge congratulations to all the young filmmakers that have submitted their stories this year in the Rocketeers Film Festival, it’s an amazing thing to be able to tell a story visually to an audience. It’s a huge achievement that everyone has taken on. I’d encourage you all to keep making films and keep making stories.

“The creatives, producers and directors from Eric Tom & Bruce were more than happy to help Camp Australia and encourage the kids to have fun while exploring their creativity in the best medium there is – film!”

Awards were handed out on the big night for Best Film, Best Story, Best Character Design, Best Set Design, Best Sound Design, Best Animation Sequence, Most Creative Figure Transformation, Smoothest Animation, Best Cinematography, Best Voiceover and Most Outstanding Moment.

About Camp Australia
Camp Australia (CA) is Australia’s largest provider of Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) and has a mission of Guiding Children’s Growth through their services. This includes Your OSHC before and after school care, as well as Rocketeers holiday care during term breaks for children aged 5-12. Camp Australia works alongside over 500 partner schools, employing the best educators to deliver enriching experiences to help children learn and grow.