Big Trouble Little Pictures: The Total Arts Film Festival
Big Trouble Little Pictures is an annual film festival curated, programmed, managed and delivered by the young artists from our Total Arts participation group. The festival celebrates incredible films made by young people and with Cambridge Junction, especially profiling work of young people with a range of complex needs.
In 2017 for the first time, Total Arts organised a screening at the Light Cinema Cambridge of their own films and the films made as part of a term-long film-making project Cambridge Junction embarked on with Spring Common Academy.
In 2018 the first full film festival took shape. Each subsequent year the festival grew. In 2022 we had 17 new films created, 146 young people participating, 13 youth and education partners involved and an audience of nearly 280 people!
Every year Cambridge Junction works with groups of young people, many of whom have complex needs or barriers to education, employment or training. Often these projects enable young people to produce original short films. It is always glorious to see these showcased on the big screen at the festival, which has become an important part of our annual calendar.Learn more about Total Arts
Big Trouble Little Pictures 2023
This year the festival continued to grow including films made by young people in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and hospital schools, alternative provisions and those who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). It has been such a joy to work with these creative young people over the past year to create some incredible films and music videos.
Across the two-day festival attendees experienced talks, behind the scenes footage, enjoy award ceremonies and a relaxed party hosted by The Funky Club, alongside the screening of the brilliant films made by incredibly talented young people.
Some feedback from the event…
“Such a wonderfully inclusive and celebratory evening. Massive thank you to everyone involved.”
“Huge thank you for your dedication in making our students feel heard, seen and able to express themselves.”
“Infinite amounts of fun!”Watch all the films screened at the 2023 Festival here
2023 Award Winners
Best Actor – The Juice Detective: Melbourn VC Cabin
Best Writing – 1 Million Views: Olive Academy
Best Hero – JMBeats
Best Cinematography – Zombie Busters: Castle School
Best Animation – The Darwin Centre
Best Experimental Film – D’red Balloon: Red Balloon
Best Music Video – Non Ti Sento: Bernaa, DT, Misch, Bankroll BRB
Loudest Laugh – Monkey Trumps: The Cavendish School
The Tess Downes Award for Artistic Vision – Attack of the Noodle Snake: St Peters Cabin
Young People’s Vote – Monkey Trumps: The Cavendish SchoolDownload the 2023 Festival Programme
Cambridge Junction’s fortnightly participation group for disabled young people aged 13-25
Contemporary Youth Choir (CYC)
A fully accessible and inclusive programme for those aged 11 – 25.