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 1 to 16 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 2018

Saturday, February 3
Saturday, February 17
Saturday, February 24
  • 10:30 a.m. — Films for ages 1 and up
  • 1 p.m. — Films for ages 6 and up
  • 2:15 p.m. — Films for ages 6 and up 

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

Please note, there is no film screening on February 10.


Tickets are available online and at the door on the day of the event.

Each screening:

  • $8/person for Zoo members
  • $9/person non-members 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 more than 20 different countries, ranging from award-winning animated films to child-produced films. Each film is between 2 and 27 minutes long. Click on the programs below to see a list of films and descriptions. 

Catch some wonderful book-to-film adaptations, including the wickedly awesome Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, as well as the clever and funny, You Are Not Small. Revolting Rhymes has received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short!

Creatures Great
and Small

10:30 a.m.
February 3, 17 and 24

For ages 1 and up

Terrific Tales

Includes Roald Dahl's
Revolting Rhymes
Pt. 1

1 p.m.
February 3, 17 and 24

For ages 6 and up

Fabulous Fables

Includes Roald Dahl's
Revolting Rhymes Pt. 2

2:15 p.m.
February 3, 17 and 24

For ages 6 and up

Kids' Activities

After each screening, staff from the Zoo's Education Department and Endangered Wolf Center will offer a range of crafts and activities related to the animals featured in the films.

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.