Big Eyes, Big Minds
International Children's Film Festival of Saint Louis

The Saint Louis Zoo will host the Big Eyes, Big Minds International Children's Film Festival of Saint Louis showcasing the best films from around the world to educate, enrich and inspire kids ages 2 to 18 years old. All programs feature age-appropriate live-action and animated short films which are universally relevant to kids. The mission of the film festival is to expose children to diverse and imaginative works to broaden their view of the world, foster critical thinking and inspire creative expression.

February 2019

Showings at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 9
  • Saturday, February 16
  • Saturday, February 23

See schedule below. Anheuser-Busch Theater in The Living World/North Entrance at the Saint Louis Zoo



Tickets will available online (check back for link) and at the door on the day of the event.

Each screening:

  • $9/person for ages 2 and up
  • Children under 2 are free
  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Festival Schedule

Each program includes a series of 6 to 11 short films from various countries, ranging from award-winning animated films to child-produced films. Each film is between 1 and 30 minutes long. Click on the programs below to see a list of films and descriptions.


My Friends & Family



Out of Place

Take the Cake




Think Different

Kids' Activities

After each screening, the Zoo Education Department will offer a short filmmaking opportunity and other kids' activities related to the featured films. The Wild Wonder Outpost discovery room for young children, located in The Living World, will be free of charge after the 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. film screenings.

About The Films & Festival Director

The festival will showcase a selection of the best new children's films from around the world. Its programs include culturally diverse and value-affirming films that kids can connect with. The goal is to expand perspectives and stimulate critical thinking. The organization also works to cultivate film appreciation, increase knowledge of the craft of filmmaking and provide a platform for kids to screen their own films. 

An experienced writer, director and producer of television films, Festival Director Mabel Gan also produces the highly respected Singapore International Children's Film Festival, which reaches 4,500 children each year. Big Eyes, Big Minds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.