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Celebrities and paparazzi have Cannes,
but kids and families have the . . .KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
New Mexico History Museum

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hollywood, Ca

Mallory Lewis
Mallory Lewis
Host of KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Studio Luncheon


Emily Osment (Soccer Mom)
Girl Scout Volunteer
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


Cassie Scerbo, co-star, Soccer Mom


Kay Panabaker
(Moondance Alexander,
Prince & the Pauper)
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


Brittany Curran and girls from audience

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Now in its fourteenth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is a showcase for children's films, TV shows and DVDs from major studios and independent filmmakers. The festival partners with more than 50 venues nationwide who host screenings of KIDS FIRST! Film Festival accepted films year-round.

Youth are given a true voice - as curators, as audience members, as film critics, as volunteer staff and as filmmakers showing their work. Almost one-third of the films accepted every year are from student filmmakers.

All films screened during the year are considered for the KIDS FIRST! Best Awards, given once a year.

Film Screenings in Communities Worldwide

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is hosted locally by established film festivals such as the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Gig Harbor Film Festival; art and children's museums such as the Children's Museum of Houston; nonprofit film centers such as The Palace Danbury in Danbury, CT and The Hippodrome Cinema. Libraries, schools and other local organizations showcase films at daily, weekly and monthly screenings.

All screenings for the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic are offered for FREE. There is no charge for the audience to attend a screening. It may be offered as part of a larger event for which there is a fee but there is never an admission fee to a screening.

To bring the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, or even a single film from the festival to your community, contact our office by email or phone 505-989-8076.


The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival accepts more than 200 titles every year, changing the programming twice a year. For a list of titles included in the current festivals, and the venues where they are playing, visit our online programming page.

One of the strengths of our programming is that we identify the age appropriateness of every film we offer by five different age categories: 2-5, 5-8, 8-12, and 12-18.

Programmers can view online screeners of short films under 60 minutes in length. Feature trailers are available online as well as DVD screeners we will ship you.

KIDS FIRST! Criteria

Films that are accepted for our festival must meet the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria and be suitable for exhibition on a large screen.

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards

Once a year, we honor the best films shown during the previous year with our coveted KIDS FIRST! Best Award. Awards are given in multiple categories including special categories for independent and student filmmakers. Judges for the awards are film programmers and KIDS FIRST! jurors.

For more info about the KIDS FIRST! Best Awards, go here.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national nonprofit (501-c-3) organization established in 1991 that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.


Cassie Scerbo signing autographs for Girl Scouts.


Brittany Curran KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


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