The Film Festival category has 1618 KIDS FIRST! endorsed titles
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in order of acceptance, with most recent ones first

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PUPPY BREATH
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PUPPY BREATH
AMY HUBBARD
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Description - Ben is on his death bed, but refuses to enter Heaven's Pearly Gates without his beloved dog, Chewy.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay   Click here to view festival screenings

WORLD WITHOUT NUMBERS, A
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WORLD WITHOUT NUMBERS, A
MITCHELL ROSE
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 5-12
Description - Written when the filmmaker was nine years old, this comedy explores the horrors of a numberless world through the lens of childhood melodrama.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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TURNING GEARS
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TURNING GEARS
CHIA-CHI TSENG
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE, ANIM
Description - Turning gears operate every day but one day one of the gears falls asleep. That causes the entire gears to stop. This playful stop-motion animation short explores how people are related to each other.
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY!
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CURIOUS GEORGE 2: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY!
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 2-5
Description - The world's most beloved and inquisitive monkey is back in Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, the fun-filled sequel to the hit animated movie. Join Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat as they set out on a madcap cross-country adventure to reunite Kayla, a homesick elephant, with her family. This unlikely trio faces all types of comic calamities and colorful characters and in the end, learn that with family, friends and determination, you can achieve anything. Featuring the voices of Tim Curry, Matt Lauer, Jamie Kennedy and Jerry Lewis, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, "proves that family, friends - and curiosity - are number one." (Francine Brocaw, Los Angeles Family Magazine)
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In this sequel, not only his curiosity but his big heart gets George into a little trouble but also a lot of fun as he helps a new friend. Tim Curry, Jamie Kennedy, and Matt Lauer all lend their voices to this fun adventure about caring for others. Like a lot of parents, Ted, the man in the yellow hat, is a little too busy with work and has left George feeling friendless. Luckily the Piccadilly Magic Circus comes to town, providing George with the opportunity to spend more time with Ted and make friends with Kayla the juggling elephant. Upon discovering his new friend misses her elephant brother and sister all the way across the country in California, George and anyone young at heart, understands that the right thing to do is reunite this elephant family. George follows his heart and does what is right by taking off with Kayla and Ted for a cross-country adventure. However, trouble ensues when everyone at home thinks the magic juggling elephant has been kidnapped. This beautifully animated feature is filled with slapstick comedy, hilarious action sequences and a valuable lesson about family. The deeper theme of how family is more important than work is complemented by a younger sense of humor and very silly characters. Witnessing George and his friends help each other, kids and parents are reminded of the true importance of caring for friends and always making time for family.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A hit. "I think Curious George is kind of a crazy monkey in this movie." They all asked to watch it again. They wanted to learn more about trains. Some walked in and out and played during the DVD, but they all said it was fun and wanted more. They liked that the girl took care of the elephant; and related to the character of the girl "she's a girl, like me!" Kids love Curious George, though younger ones may not understand the story as well, they all enjoy watching the monkey and his antics.
Runtime: 81 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
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FINN ON THE FLY (2010)
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FINN ON THE FLY (2010)
ENTERTAINMENT ONE Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - The lives of Finn, a life-loving, Frisbee-playing dog, and his shy, 13-year-old owner, Peter are changed forever when a lab experiment goes wrong and Finn is accidentally transformed into a human. Once on two legs, Finn teaches Ben to feel the wind in his fur, catch Frisbees like a dog and, ultimately, to find his own pack. Starring Ana Gasteyer (The Women, Saturday Night Live, What Women Want), Matthew Knight, Ryan Belleville, Brendon Firla and David Milchard. Directed by Mark Jean (Homecoming) Winner of "Best Independent Feature for Ages 8-12, KIDS FIRST! Best 2009."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this indie feature about a dog who accidentally gets turned into a boy. If you can imagine how you would behave under these circumstances, that's exactly how this dude does. Then, he saves the day by helping Ben's team winner the Frisbee match. His reward - to be turned back into a dog. Cute and funny. Well produced
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids really got a kick out of the storyline. It's so improbable, yet makes you laugh at the very idea of it. The boys particularly enjoyed it and talked about what their life would be like if their dog became a human. "Yup, my friends would definitely like this because it's so funny."
Runtime: 101 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.98
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GHOST PLAYER - RELIVE THE MAGIC
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GHOST PLAYER - RELIVE THE MAGIC
GHOSTPLAYER LLC
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Baseball magic didn't end when "The Field of Dreams" wrapped. This documentary-style film tells how players from the film spent over a decade walking out of the corn and entertaining families around the world through baseball.
Runtime: 50 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $ 24.95
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PAWS AND WHISKERS
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PAWS AND WHISKERS
KATIE HOFFMAN
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, ELEMENTARY, DOCUMENTARY
Description - Eleven-year-old Katie Hoffman's documentary about an Animal Rescue Fund in Long Island, New York. Highlights the animals and the process of rescue.
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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LITTLE HERMIT, THE
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LITTLE HERMIT, THE
LANCE MARTIN
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 5-12, ANIMATED
Description - In the middle of nowhere there lies a peaceful little community called Hermitville. The Great Grand Wise Old Hermit warns his fellow hermits to avoid the strange land over the horizon. Hermy, a curious little hermit, sets off on his journey in search of this strange land.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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TOOTH FAIRY (FEATURE FILM)
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TOOTH FAIRY (FEATURE FILM)
WALDEN MEDIA & 20TH CENTURY FOX
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - Dwayne Johnson is Derek Thompson, a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname is "The Tooth Fairy." When Derek discourages a youngster's hopes, he is sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite wings and magic wand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Hockey player Derek "The Tooth Fairy" Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a big, tough guy whose pro career fizzled but who continues to please crowds by being the heavy for his minor team. While he's got an attractive girlfriend (Ashley Judd) with two kids, he has a very bad attitude and tends to rain on everyone's parade, particularly those of children with big dreams. To teach him the error of his ways, he is summoned to Fairy Land (presided over by Queen Fairy Julie Andrews and helped by wizened Billy Crystal) where he sprouts wings and learns he must perform the job of Tooth Fairy for 2 weeks. Crazy antics ensue, with the man suddenly sprouting wings at inopportune times and having a nightmarish time trying to fulfill his sentence. In the meantime, he begins to bond with the girlfriend's son, who is himself suffering a crisis of confidence. Eventually, both man and boy learn to believe in the power of dreams, build confidence through hard work and determination and open their hearts to love of self and others.
This is good, solid mainstream Hollywood family fare. Big name actors (Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Ashley Judd) appeal to parents, fantasy antics appeal to kids and the happy ending means everyone walks away satisfied. Kids will laugh at the physical humor. The audience age for this is probably 6-12, with 12 stretching it a bit. Filled with silly physical humor, hockey action and a well acted portrayal of a guitar-playing pre-teen boy who learns to believe in himself.
The humor certainly works for intended audience. While there is a bit of relatively violent action in the hockey rink, it's no more brutal than a televised NFL football game. The heart of the film is about a man who has lost his confidence and therefore assumes everyone is doomed to fail like he has. His negative attitude and progress toward change are easily comprehendible for a youth audience. It's a message both kids and adults can relate to and does offer some good talking points to open up a discussion with your child.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I watched this with a 6 and a 10-year-old boy. They loved it. In fact, they were so drawn into it that they never even sat back in their seats at the theater, they leaned forward the entire time. Both boys are really into sports so they knew who Dwayne Johnson was and loved the hockey playing scenes in the film. The goofy slap stick humor was right up their alley and they clearly appreciated all of it. They would definitely watch it again, and most likely will when it comes out in DVD. Thumbs up from these guys.
Runtime: 101 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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HOW I TAUGHT MY GRANDMOTHER TO READ
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HOW I TAUGHT MY GRANDMOTHER TO READ
WORLDKIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVAL
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - (Meri Pehli Chatra) Young Sudha and her grandmother are very close to each other. So much is the love between them that Sudha regularly reads to her illiterate grandmother. When Sudha goes out of town, her grandmother realizes that she can never know what is happening in the ongoing story until Sudha returns. Unable to bear the dependence, she coaxes her granddaughter to teach her to read and write. The film reveals the simplicity of Jain existence and principles, and their relevance to survival of humankind. Based on a book by the same name. Subtitled in English
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED, THE (KAUN JEETA KAUN HARA)
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VICTOR AND THE VANQUISHED, THE (KAUN JEETA KAUN HARA)
WORLDKIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVAL
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Young Pappu, lives with his grandfather and grandmother during the holidays and tries to understand the reason behind the quarrels between them. Why do they fight so much? Do they hate each other? Or, is this a way for them to express their love?
Runtime: 40 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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TRUE INSIGHT (SAMYAKTVA)
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TRUE INSIGHT (SAMYAKTVA)
WORLDKIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTVAL
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18, ANIMATION & LA
Description - Samyaktva, true insight, is a unique mystical experience designed to illuminate, illustrate and emotionally engage the audience in the great principles of non-violence, non-absolutism and non-possessiveness. This film recalls the magic realism of the 13th century Indian literature where miracles and symbolism explained the timeless wisdom of the sages. Samyaktva integrates subtle moral reasoning with dramatic narrative and depicts the sheer importance and power of ancient Indian wisdom as the path to peace. It takes the audience on a soul-searching journey intended to culminate in inner peace and harmonious existence.
Runtime: 49 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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DEAD END JOB
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DEAD END JOB
SAMANTHA DAVIDSON GREEN
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Obituary writer Abigail Slay's uncanny knack for spotting the next newsworthy scoop, guarantees that she will always make deadline. Who will write the obituary when Abigail herself is the next scoop?
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS
MAKE IT SHORT FILM PROJECT
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 8-12
Description - Calvin Adams attempts to outwit some neighborhoods in a battle to sell the most lemonade. For Calvin, it's all about using real lemons. Character actor, Basil Hoffman stars opposite three child actors with zero experience. The result... is magical.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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DAY ON THE RIVER, A
SCHOOLYARD FILMS, INC
Series: INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-12
Description - In Central Florida a spring-fed river spills millions of gallons of fresh water every day towards the sea. The Rainbow River is a haven for wildlife, and a turtle paradise. We follow two turtle scientists who study these ancient creatures and use their status as indicators of the river's health.
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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KEEMO THE ARCHER
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KEEMO THE ARCHER
MARK WINZER
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Description - A young girl battles her cancer in a post-operative dream and discovers the fortitude to defeat her disease. Hope really can change the future. Nicole is a 12-year-old cancer patient introduced to us under sedation in a hospital room, awaiting further testing. The compassionate nurse and Nicole's exhausted mother inform us through their realistic and heartfelt dialogue of the gravity of this threat on her life and of the existence of medication-induced dreams. We are next thrown into her dream of running in terror from a horrible beast and the unexpected appearance of "Keemo the Archer" who "was sent" to help her. The action and interplay leave Nicole in a desperate condition comparable to what we envisioned in the hospital room. But, Keemo's bravery and counsel inspire her to summoning courage and strength she did not know she had. The result- both of the dream and in real life - is stunning and very gratifying.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT
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SO YOU WANT TO BE PRESIDENT
WESTON WOODS/SCHOLASTIC
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - In the time-honored tradition of political commentary, the public and private lives of the 42 Presidents of the United States are celebrated with humor and flair.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This covers a wide range of traits, habits and backgrounds of American presidents. It makes historical figures come to life, using animation and humor. It conveys the message that is okay to be different. In fact, all the presidents were unique and many; had things in common with their predecessors. For example, some of them played musical instruments, sports, danced, went to college (nine didn't) and had pets. Thomas Jefferson wore many hats. John Quincy Adams was a swimmer. Teddy Roosevelt had a zoo. They were different sizes and shapes; Taft was the heaviest and had a custom built bath tub. But, each showed courage, spirit and the will to make leading the people and country his first priority. It may even inspire YOU to become president some day. The pastel and watercolor illustrations with black lines are beautiful. Some scenes have textured paper background which was very appealing.
Runtime: 28 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $ 59.95
Media: DVD   Click here to view festival screenings

SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW
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SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW
WESTON WOODS/SCHOLASTIC
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Those wacky scrambled states are having a talent show. Revel in the madcap adventures and silly antics of this star-studded cast, while learning interesting facts about the states and geography. Narrated by Jon Carroll, David de Vries, Diana Canova and others with music by Jon Carroll. Animated by Galen Fott. Includes a bonus interview with Laurie Keller and an interactive listing of states' birthdays and abbreviations. Based on the book by Laurie Keller. Optional read along option. Optional English subtitles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A fun way to introduce kids to the states of the US. They learn the shapes of the states and a few interesting facts, while being entertained through a silly talent show. Colorful and fast moving. Because the states were all mixed up, it is a little harder for the kids to remember them. This is more of piece of entertainment for kids than education.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The children enjoyed the Talent Show premise. They liked the music and the animation. The music made them feel like dancing. Some kids recognized the states, others were just entertained. "I liked the end when Georgia pictured the other states in their underwear." It was so funny "when Massachusetts flew up in the air from the sneeze and Georgia and the other states went into their juggling act."
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-9
Suggested Retail Price: $
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DUCK ON A BIKE
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DUCK ON A BIKE
WESTON WOODS/SCHOLASTIC
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - A duck on a bike? From sheep to horse to chicken to goat... everyone in the barnyard has something to say about Duck's zany idea. But what are they really thinking? And what will happen next? Narrated by Walter Mayes. Music by Jack Sundrud and Rusty Young. Animated by Soup2Nuts. Optional English subtitles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Entertaining and fun! Book based with a read along feature that everyone likes. The flow of the story together with wonderful animation and interaction of the animals makes it appealing enough to want to add to your library of kids' videos. The story is whimsical with lots of farm animals joining in the fun. It is fun to see the animals reactions to the Duck and then join in the fun. Everyone has a great time and it's contagious. Great animation and lovely narration. It makes you want to run out and get the book so you can follow up reading that with your child.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Loved it! A huge hit with the kids. "I liked all the animals and the story was funny. It was funny to see the animals ride bikes." "Yes, we want to watch it again. Can we watch it please? I want to see the duck riding the bike again and the goat eating grass." "Can a duck really ride a bike? That is silly." Being able to have the words up on the screen is a plus and really helps promote early reading. It is very funny and holds your attention.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
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GYM TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE
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GYM TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE
WESTON WOODS/SCHOLASTIC
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8, ANIM
Description - Thee is a new gym teacher coming to school. The kids say he is a real monster! Imagine their surprise when they discover he is a regular guy... and they actually like gym. Narrated by Joey Stack. Directed by Galen Fott, with music by Scotty Huff and Robert Reynolds. Includes bonus interviews with author Mike Thaler and illustrator Jared Lee. Optional English Subtitles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is the perfect prescription for a child suffering from school anxiety. It magnifies a child's worst fears about meeting a new teacher and calms the child back down, using humor and finally - reassurance. In fact, the teacher turns out to be even better than the child could have imagined. This movie may make you want to read some other books about dreading the start of school such as "First Day Jitters" or "Miss Nelson Is Missing" which is about substitute teachers. Everything in this movie is perfect. From the child narrator's voice to the background music. Simple, yet effective illustrations really compliment the story. The length is long enough to build your fears to a ridiculous level. The scenes with the real gym teacher are long enough to bring the viewer gently back to reality. The use of the scoreboard at the end makes you feel as if you are in a gymnasium. You can almost hear the buzzer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids enjoyed it. " "I like the illustrations on the cover. It looks kind of scary." "The gym teacher, Mr. Green is actually nicer than I thought he would be.: "The whole movie was better than I thought it would be. I would watch it again, with the read aloud version. In fact, we did watch it again, with the words highlighted in yellow as they are spoken by the child narrator." "The pictures help show what is going on." "It has a surprise ending. I thought the bad things were going to continue. But the gym teacher really wasn't all that bad."
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
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HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON?
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HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON?
WESTON WOODS/SCHOLASTIC
Series: SHORT AGES 2-5, ANIM
Description - From enormous sneezes to gigantic wails, the outrageous antics of these mischievous ailing dinosaurs will strike a chord and bring a smile to any child or grown-up who has ever sniffed, snuffled, coughed or ached. Narrated by Jane Yolen, with music by Jerry Dale McFadden. Animation by MaGiK Studio. Optional English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A short humorous Scholastic video that encourages children to imagine how dinosaurs would behave in common situations that children face. Encourages children to think and use their imaginations. A lovely message about how we all need a little TLC. A friendly way for children to learn about doctor visits. Kids love watching the silly dinosaurs. The video poses appropriate questions that make children think and react. Eye-catching colors and illustrations are sure to mesmerize. Another successful story in the long line of "How Do Dinosaurs" book series brought to life on DVD.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids had fun with this video and while acting like dinosaurs themselves. Children looked at each other and smiled as the story progressed. Kids, especially boys, love the dinosaurs and said they were not at all scary. They repeat the words they hear in the video in a playful way, "Goodnight momma", "Goodnight dadda." Kids really find the video funny, "I liked the way the dinosaur threw the tissues around", "I liked how tiny the doctor was." Kids wailed around like dinosaurs and used their "dinosaur" voices.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
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ORLANDO MAKES ME SMILE
JOSHUA WAGNER
Series: ORLANDO MAKES ME SMILE COMPETITION - STUDENT
Description - I have been to Orlando many times throughout my life. Thinking about all the fun I've had at Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and many other amazing and fun places makes me happy any time of the year! I can't wait to go back!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: -
Suggested Retail Price: $
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I'M DREAMING OF ORLANDO
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I'M DREAMING OF ORLANDO
JOSHUA CARLSON
Series: ORLANDO MAKES ME SMILE COMPETITION - STUDENT
Description - Facing the bitter Minnesota winter, our snow thrower operator gets lost in his thoughts of Mickey and his home town Orlando, which always makes him smile.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-ADULT
Suggested Retail Price: $
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ADVENTURE SCOUTS
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ADVENTURE SCOUTS
MOVING PICTURES FILM & TELEVISION LLC
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - A coming of age movie about a group of boys and girls called "adventure scouts" who return from a camping trip to discover their small town is being held captive by a gang of motorcycle-riding knuckleheads. Using only their scouting knowledge and camping equipment, the kids take down the gang members one by one, reunite with family members and restore the community's sense of pride.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Daniels family moves to Florida, but Jimmy Daniels' real father is close behind with his biker gang to reclaim his son from his mother and stepfather. Jimmy soon teaches the kids of his new elementary school how discrimination is bad and the fun of boy scouts. A clear story line and stereotypical characters make this film easy for kids to follow and understand. While the sound and visual quality is inconsistent, it delivers an entertaining story about kids saving their parents. Kids would love to see kids their own age tricking the biker gang and saving their parents. The actors aren't too polished but that adds to the humor of the film. There is no profanity. When the kids are tricking and capturing the gang members, there is no real violence but clever tricks such as threatening them with bees and making them jump into the pool to escape. The humor is definitely age appropriate. One boy nicknamed "Preach" is made fun of for being religious but this is looked down upon and shows kids that being different is okay.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids learned that it is important to get along and although there were negative behaviors portrayed by the motorcycle gang, they were all rooting for the kids. The main message they got was to try to get along and work together. Kids found some of the part to be unrealistic, but still watched the whole movie. Their favorite character for most kids was Jimmy (JD) and their favorite part was how the kids worked together to defeat the gang.
Runtime: 83 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: ESCAPE FROM DINO ISLAND
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: ESCAPE FROM DINO ISLAND
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATED
Description - Wubbzy and his friends are heading out on a mysterious adventure! Join the Wuzzleburg gang as they voyage to Dino Island in Widget's Wavy Wheeler 3000, explore Wazumboo Jungle and try to control a Doodleberry patch that has gone Wow! Wow! WILD! There is no telling who they will meet along the way! Sing and laugh along while learning life lessons about honesty, sharing, friendship and being prepared!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In this collection of episodes, Wubbzy learns that his actions have consequences that become his responsibility. Wubbzy realizes his decisions have caused a Sillysaurus to follow the Wavy Wheeler 3000 to Wubbzville. He must ultimately confront the situation. The result is a sweeter understanding of his neighbors on Dino Island. The variety of humorous, unusual imagery is appealing to the our youngest viewer. The stories present scenarios that help develop decision making skills. Our preschool jurors like it, because it is fun and sometimes silly. They particularly liked how the Sillysaurus chased Wubbzy so he could get some sugar.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The colors are so dynamic and the music is very catchy, easy for young children to connect with. The kids easily joined in on the dancing and were engaged by the story. Even some older kids (ages 6-8) enjoy the stories and sing/act along with the action. "Wubbzy is so funny when he is being chased by the dinosaur!" "Wubbzy does a lot of funny things." "Wubbzy is very nice to his friends and they play together and share." "I sang songs and danced with Wubbzy." "I want to watch more Wubbzy. I want to know the dinosaurs names and what they ate for dinner."
Runtime: 80 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.98
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: WUBBZY GOES GREEN
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: WUBBZY GOES GREEN
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATED
Description - Everyone in Wuzzleburg is getting involved in saving the planet! In these earth-friendly episodes, Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy must find a new place for the Wuzzle Bears to live, think up creative ways to reuse juice bottles and learn to grow their own doodleberries. Your pre-schooler will discover important lessons about ecology, harmony, and personal responsibility while enjoying plenty of singing and dancing.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The earth is something to celebrate as Wubbzy and his pals go green for Earth Day. We learn about re-using and recycling through the fun, animated tales. We learn about how some good ideas go bad when building a gigantic new playground results in displacing hundreds of animals whose habitat is the trees they are about to chop down. Wubbzy and his friends learn about the importance of water and then discover how plastic water bottles are creating more pollution. Song segments between the episodes re-emphasize the lessons and are catchy enough to have your kids singing along. Our young viewers loved it. Their favorite part is when Wubbzy figured out that he could make playgrounds out of trees so the animals could be saved. Then, he did it. While we get a strong save-the-earth message, the DVD doesn't come off as too preachy. This video creates an interest in the environment and promotes pro-activity and appreciation of self and others
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - All the kids love Wubbzy and cheered for him when the DVD began. Children loved the butterflies. "Wubbzy's friends watched out for him and didn't let him eat all of the doodle berries." Children sang and danced during the show. The girls ran to get their butterfly wings and play butterflies after watching. Everyone loved this!
Runtime: 58 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.98
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SOUTH, THE
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SOUTH, THE
KEXIN LU
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Description - Two high school friends plan to escape from their home town. However, one backs away from the bold decision and watches the other head south to the small town of Rivadavia. Ten years later, she receives an invitation to a funeral in Rivadavia.
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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OVERDUE
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OVERDUE
ERIC PADAN
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Description - Larry the Librarian has become horribly bored with his job. A chance encounter allows him to see the joy that can be found on the job. The solution - pranking the hapless students who populate the library. But, before Larry knows it, he is in way over his head.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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SPY NEXT DOOR, THE
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SPY NEXT DOOR, THE
LIONSGATE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8
Description - Lionsgate and Relativity Media's family action comedy starts Jackie Chan as Bob Ho, and undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Amber Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinionated kids.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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LEGO: THE ADVENTURES OF CLUTCH POWERS
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LEGO: THE ADVENTURES OF CLUTCH POWERS
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8, ANIMATED
Description - Meet Clutch Powers, the best builder and explorer in the LEGO universe as he heads off on his most dangerous mission yet. Join Clutch and his team of LEGO experts as their adventure leads them from LEGO City, to the Space Police prison planet, to the Mid-evil world of Ashlar where they must help the rightful heir to the King�s throne find the courage to regain the kingdom from the evil Wizard Mallock the Malign. Their brick building skills will be put to the ultimate test, as they face off against Mallock�s skeleton army.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Brace yourself for a dangerously hilarious ride into outer space with Clutch Powers and his new LEGO team. The LEGO world gets a big dose of action when they put Clutch Powers, infamous adventurer, on a mission to round up the universes' three most dangerous convicts. The only problem is; Clutch the lone adventurer, must learn how to work with the team assigned to help him on his mission. Everything from a failed rescue operation to building a space ship poses a problem for this dysfunctional team. Unless they learn how to work as a team, the LEGO crew will never track down the most dangerous convict; evil wizard Mallock the Malign. Follow Clutch and his team of LEGO experts as their intergalactic adventures take them from LEGO City to the Space Police prison planet to the medieval planet of Ashlar. The planet Ashlar is in desperate need of the LEGO teams help. Mallock the Malign is terrorizing the medieval planet and threatening to steal the King's throne from its rightful heir. With the help of the King's army, and a few unexpected accomplices, the LEGO crew takes on Mallock and his skeleton henchmen. Clutch and his fellow LEGO experts build amazing LEGO creations and learn the value of teamwork while they fight for good in a world full of evil convicts and comical skeleton armies. Kids will remain enthralled until the very end of LEGO's first humorous action-packed film. While this film is hilarious and has non-stop entertainment, it also teaches kids the importance of teamwork and friendship.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyed it. Some wanted to watch "their favorite parts" again after the DVD was over. "It was awesome." "It was a little scary." "I liked seeing the legos I built at home in a movie." "Kids who like legos, dragons and castles would like this movie." Kids couldn't remember the names of the characters and the plot was a little complex for the younger ones. "Some were arguing and blaming each other for mistakes, but mostly they worked together." "The best part was watching legos come to life." Some kids were uncomfortable with the fighting scenes, making this potentially inappropriate for younger more sensitive viewers. The film was 82 minutes long, which made it difficult to keep the attention of the seven-year olds and younger.
Runtime: 82 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
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BARBIE IN A MERMAID TALE
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BARBIE IN A MERMAID TALE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 5-8, ANIMATED
Description - Barbie� stars as Merliah�, a surfing champion from Malibu. One minute she's a normal teenager and the next she learns a shocking family secret: she's a mermaid! Merliah� and her dolphin friend Zuma set off on an undersea adventure to rescue her mother, the queen of Oceana. With help from her new mermaid friends, Merliah� saves the ocean kingdom. In the end, she discovers what makes you different can also be your greatest strength.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This latest release of Barbie movies features a very self-sufficient and hip Surfer, Merliah who discovers that her mother is a mermaid and she is in danger somewhere deep under the sea in a place called Oceana. When Merliah takes off to rescue her mother, she has no idea that she is a princess, destined to become queen of Oceana should any harm come to her mother. She is young and innocent, immediately befriended by the local teen mermaids who expose her to their magical kingdom under the sea - complete with fashion boutiques and other accoutrements not unlike what teens find above the sea. This video will appeal to any preteen who is attuned to fashion, the environment or behaving heroically - if only in your imagination. I love the shots of Merliah surfing and the underwater landscapes and critters. They're imaginative. Fish as paparazzi! Calissa's evil sister, Erris, is suitably evil but won't give anyone nightmares. The music is upbeat, original and very danceable. Fun story, easy to watch.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Loved it. "I really liked this movie because it had a good story and a good ending. Merliah finally got to meet her mother and got her own mermaid tail. Her mother gave her a necklace that she could make a wish on so she could either be a mermaid or a human whenever she wanted." "It made me think about coral because they mentioned it a lot because it was dying. It also made me think about merilia, something Calissa put in Merliah's necklace to protect her." "I sang along with the songs." "It made me wonder why Erris would want to lock up her sister and made me think about what it would be like to be a mermaid." "At the end, when Merliah did the big surfing competition, she really did cool tricks and got a perfect score and won - I liked that!" "The costumes were cool, especially their tails when they were underwater."
Runtime: 88 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 19.98
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EXTRAORDINARY MONDAY OF HERMAN BRUMBY, THE
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EXTRAORDINARY MONDAY OF HERMAN BRUMBY, THE
ARI LEVINSON
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Description - Herman Brumby was not a man who enjoyed Mondays. But this Monday was different.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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CHARLATAN
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CHARLATAN
JAYE DAVIDSON
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Description - Tension arises between two brothers, Jake and Peter, when Peter finds out he's just being used by Jake to woo the girl behind the counter at the local ice cream.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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JAKE'S CORNER
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JAKE'S CORNER
MONTEREY MEDIA Click to purchase directly from the producer
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - The story of an ex-football star, Johnny Dunn, who walked away from the game early in his career to live a relatively secluded life far from the spotlight in a small desert town he owns, called Jake's Corner. Johnny's quiet life is altered dramatically when he is forced to care for his young nephew, Spence.
Runtime: 97 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-15
Suggested Retail Price: $ 26.95
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MAGISTICAL, THE
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MAGISTICAL, THE
OUT OF OUR MINDS ANIMATION STUDIOS
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-12, ANIMATION
Description - An evil draken, The Magistical, a misused spell, an eccentric emperor, a corpulent king, a war, a mess of midgeons, a friend in need and one small boy who must believe he can save them all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This beautifully animated feature weaves a tale about learning to believe in yourself and expresses themes of friendship and love. The animation quality is simply outstanding and beautiful. The storyline takes a while to take off, then wanders a bit but pulls it together in the end. I watched this with an 8-year-old who wiggled around for the first 15 to 20 minutes but after that, stayed with it, even explaining to me at times what was going on.
Runtime: 99 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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DON'T UNPLUG THE ARTS
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DON'T UNPLUG THE ARTS
DIANA LAMPIASI
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, HIGH SCHOOL, DOCUMENTARY
Description - What would your life be like with music, art, dance, theater? This short documentary talks with industry insiders about the importance of the arts in public school education and in lives of children today.
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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BAKKER'S DOZEN
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BAKKER'S DOZEN
DANIEL D. MOLINOFF
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 8-12
Description - An orphaned twelve-year-old boy and his eight-year-old sister, about to inherit a famous series of paintings painted by their late grandfather, are helped by an ex-cop and his female foil, a museum art curator, to survive attempts on their lives.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay   Click here to view festival screenings

GOLDEN TREE, THE
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GOLDEN TREE, THE
GILLIAN FISHER
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, ELEMENTARY
Description - An impoverished boy finds a very special tree in the woods that bears $100 coins just in time to help his family from being evicted. A touching story which reminds us to take only what we NEED. Written and directed by nine-year old Emma Kenney.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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PUPS OF LIBERTY
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PUPS OF LIBERTY
PICNIC PRODUCTIONS
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT AGES 5-8, ANIMATION
Description - The story of the Boston Tea Party told with cats and dogs.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
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LEARNING TO FLY
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LEARNING TO FLY
ARI LEVINSON
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, COLLEGE
Description - A fantasy film in the spirit of "The Red Balloon", our young protagonist, Elizabeth, finds herself in pursuit of a butterfly and of the dream of human flight. We see the world as Elizabeth imagines it, the world of a child where the inconsequential takes on supernatural significance.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: GO FOR GOLD!
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WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!: GO FOR GOLD!
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
Series: SERIES, AGES 2-5, ANIMATED
Description - In this athletic-themed collection, Wubbzy and Friends learn all about teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship. What happens when Wubbzy joins a hoopty-hoops team? Why is Wubbzy so upset about being small? How do Wubbzy's friends prove that cheating at games is wrong? Michelle Kwan as Michelle Kwanzleberry and Tiki Barber as Touchdown Tiki star in this collection that takes the Gold!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Teaches good life-lessons to young children, i.e.. Rushing leads to poor quality workmanship, don't be nice to someone just because they have something that you want, everyone looks different but everyone can be successful. Covers a lot of what children have to deal with, being different in size, talent, capability, or making decisions about how to treat others, how to express being sorry.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids bopped their heads to the music. Non verbal kids showed a lot of interest when watching the episodes. They seemed to understand the lessons, like not to rush and when Wubbzy had to rest his tail because it was hurt. They asked to see it again "I like Wubbzy!"
Runtime: 81 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $ 14.95
Media: DVD   Click here to view festival screenings

LETTERS TO LINCOLN
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LETTERS TO LINCOLN
B-TV LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, MIDDLE SCHOOL
Description - Based on a true story about a little girl who wrote to Abraham Lincoln while he was running for President telling him that he would look happier and friendlier if he would grow whiskers.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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LIFTER UPPER, THE
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LIFTER UPPER, THE
MICAH CHAMBERS-GOLDBERG
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 8-12, ANIMATION
Description - Olive is depressed due to an absurd series of family tragedies. Jack, a concerned neighbor, calls a Professional Lifter Upper of Spirits to remedy the situation who finds Olive to be his toughest case yet.
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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WHO'S WAGGING WHO
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WHO'S WAGGING WHO
TALL GIRL FILMS
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 8-12
Description - When Maggie seeks companionship from a local dog rescue, she doesn't know what she is getting into. Rudy, a terrier mix catches Maggie's eye and soon becomes her guy. They are inseparable. All is great until her new client, Tim shows up. When Tim takes a romantic interest in Maggie, Rudy pulls out all the stops and does everything in his power to prevent Maggie from getting hurt again by a two-legged competitor. Tim soon learns that the way to Maggie's heart is through her four-legged companion and the negotiation begins.
Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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BONGA BONGAS, TV DINNER, THE
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BONGA BONGAS, TV DINNER, THE
THE BONGA BONGA FILM COMPANY
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12 ANIMATION
Description - Bonga Bonga Island is a lush tropical paradise on a planet far away. The Bonga Bongas live in harmony with their environment. Objects from the outside world wash up and they find plenty of unsuitable and comical uses for them.
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL, THE
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DAY MY PARENTS BECAME COOL, THE
EKE PICTURES LLC
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - When the 1000-year comet crosses the sky, a brave new world is created, where every adult on the planet adopts every current trend in teen fashion, style and body image.
Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
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RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
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RIDE OF THE MERGANSERS
STEVE FURMAN
Series: INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-12
Description - The Hooded Merganser is a rare and reclusive duck that nests high in the trees. Just 24 hours after hatching, the tiny ducklings must make the perilous leap to the ground below to begin life in the wild.
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD   Click here to view festival screenings

GUS OUTDOORS: GULL ISLAND
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GUS OUTDOORS: GULL ISLAND
SAND PICTURES
Series: INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-8
Description - Explore with Gus Nightingale, a six-year-old naturalist, as he travels to an island off the coast of Rhode Island. Gus discovers the challenges faced by newly hatched chicks as they struggle to make it to adulthood.
Runtime: 22 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-8
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16.95
Media: DVD   Click here to view festival screenings

BROKEN HILL
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BROKEN HILL
AUDIENCE ALLIANCE MPS Click Title to View High Bandwidth Online Video Trailer This title has online video!
Series: INDEPENDENT FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - Tommy dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of the Australian outback, until a strange incident leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. Starring Timothy Hutton and Alexa Vega.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well crafted story with a different twist. Typical story boy enamored with girl, misbehaves, gets community service. The twist is, he wants to compose music and is very good at it. He and the girl decide to go to the state pen and create a choir with the convict population. The convicts are scary characters; there are no white collar convicts here. Good lessons about taking responsibility. The scene of the "imagined" orchestra in the outback captures you and lets you know immediately that the boy has other aspirations besides cruising through school and getting by. Exceptional production value. Good dialogue, sequence, pace. Highly recommended.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Broken Hill is a wonderful movie. The first few minutes of the movie instantly capture my attention! It tells the story of a teenage boy named Tommy (played by Luke Arnold) who dreams of starting a band to get into music school, but is distracted from his goal because he likes a girl in his class named Kat (played by Alexa Vega), and he is also discouraged by his father. Tommy and Kat end up doing community service at a jail after they pull a juvenile prank and get caught by the police. The two do not get along initially, but they gradually become friends and form an original band with the prison inmates. Is Tommy's band good enough to get him into the Sydney Conservatory music school? You have to watch this movie for yourself!
I love this movie become it is very creative. I never heard someone play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" so authentically until I heard Tommy and the inmates improvise with the song and make it sound so awesome by using all kinds of instruments- from buckets to violins. The final piece Tommy's band plays is also excellent. I think the original music by Christopher Brady and the orchestrator David Long are fantastic! I also like how director Dagen Merrill shows how Tommy hears music everywhere. Just by listening to things in nature such as grasshoppers, the wind, and rivers, in the middle of the Australian desert, Tommy can replace these normal noises with the sounds of instruments to compose a beautiful symphony in his mind. I am impressed at the way the director made this comparison.
It is difficult for me to hear everything the actors are saying because most of them have an Australian accent. Other than that, I think this is a great movie. I would recommend it to children ages 11 and up because the movie contains some deep messages that may be hard for younger kids to understand such as music can be found everywhere, and music can lift anyone's spirits. This movie will suit most viewers, especially those who are interested in music.
Credit: Gabriella Chu, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 105 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: DVD   Click here to view festival screenings

SWITCH, THE
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SWITCH, THE
SANTA FE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & SCIENCES MOVING IMAGES PROGRAM
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, MIDDLE SCHOOL
Description - A mystery at the train station involving a bomb, a secret agent and a cast of funny characters. Look-a-like suitcases provide the vehicle for a confusing mystery.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
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