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DENTURES OF DEATH - ELIAS SOMMER
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - In the center of this comedy is timid six-year-old Tommy, whose parents make the terrible mistake of letting insensitive great-uncle Will babysit the child. That same night, sleepless Tommy loses his first tooth, and with no one there to answer his questions, the boy's vivid imagination runs wild. Accepted: New York International Children's Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Bucharest Short Film Festival, Edinburgh International Short Film Festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Extraordinary! This short film by a university student is very well produced with great visuals and imagination. The terror the young boy experiences while in his great uncle's care is thoughtfully portrayed and carefully constructed. The ending brings great satisfaction to the story and we see the great uncle isn't completely wacko. Because it could be somewhat frightening to younger children, I recommend it for ages 11 to 18 as well as adults. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 11-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PUT THE PHONE DOWN - JACALYN EVONE
Series: STUDENT FILMS
Description - A mini documentary where kids address a generation of youth being tethered or addicted to cell phones.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well produced short film captures the essence of a dilemma of national and international importance - texting and incessant cell phone use. It's reached almost epidemic levels among youth and young adults in the USA as well as other countries, interfering with live social engagement and interpersonal communication. This short captures yet the tip of the iceberg on this subject in a very nonthreatening, yet poignant way. It would provide a great discussion starter at a film festival or other youth / family event. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages to 13. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CICADA - SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS BFA COMPUTER ART
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 4-18
Description - This film tells a story about a sweet cicada that learns being yourself is the most beautiful song of all.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful animated student short. I love the magic portrayed. It flows well, is very brief with very little narration (just grunts and tweaks), yet the message is powerful and easy to understand It's a magical short that shows that just being who you are is magical. It shows the importance of being yourself and encourages you to not to let anyone try to change you. The animated characters are unique and fun to watch. It has very few words, is visual appealing, has lovely characters, fun background music and a powerful message. Plus, it has a happy ending. It is entertaining. Who would think animated insects would be so entertaining? I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I recommend it for ages 4 to 18 years old. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE FLOWER ARTIST MOVIE, THE - EPEL STUDIO
Series: SHORTS 5-12
Description - 2D, hand-drawn, animated short film inspired by the children's book, "Where Little Flower Got Her Power," A Little Flower Novelette by Florita Bell Griffin, Ph.D. The ten-year-old protagonist, Little Flower, is an artist who loves painting flowers. Her big imagination gives her an artistic super power that can bring whatever she paints to life. After her personified flowers are painted into existence, they talk to her. Little Flower credits her flower knowledge to reading the book, "The Language of Flowers," given to her by her mother. The movie storyline is developed around the meaning of three of her favorite flowers, which are associated with memorable incidents that impacted her life. Little Flower exchanges greetings with the Black Poplar, Mugwort, and Almond Flowers, whose names, according to the book mean courage, happiness and hope. During the Black Poplar (Courage) conversation, Little Flower shares a story of the time her good intentioned actions landed her in big trouble. According to Little Flower, her new friend Sol was bullied at school because of her physical disability. Little Flower stood up for her friend by throwing the bully's book bag in the dumpster. Of course, the adults did not approve and she got in trouble. In the movie, she reflects on how she could have handled the situation differently. The movie ends with the phrase, "she has the power to rule her own world."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful short film. Hats off to the creator, Florida Bell Griffin whose talent as both a story teller and a filmmaker bring a message of kindness and hope in this animated piece. As a gardener myself, I particularly resonate with the storyline and love the presentation by a young African American girl. I wholeheartedly recommend this for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CHILDREN'S MAYOR, THE
CHILDREN'S MAYOR, THE - SUSAN KOENEN
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-15
Description - Yassine, an ambitious 11-year-old Moroccan-Dutch boy, wants to get rid of prejudice. That's why he became a children's mayor. In The Netherlands, Moroccan people have a bad name. Yassine suffers from this prejudice as well. But he has a marvelous plan to solve this problem.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This empowering short documentary is a well-crafted film about 11-year-old "Children's Mayor" Yassine, whose Moroccan background in The Netherlands makes him sensitive to the need for children of all races and religions to get along. Yassine seeks to diminish prejudices among children, knowing that would make the world they inherit a better place. His message is inspiring, inclusive, and motivational -- no matter your age. It is well made, with an appealing subject that young people and parents can relate to. I would have liked to know more about what Yassine did with his year of being mayor, though I gathered that he made a lot of presentations during that time. The film shows that children have many avenues to help change their world and that being different does not have to hold one back. Ii\n fact, that is this film subject. It is motivation to achieve more as an individual and for society. It is made in a traditional documentary style, well conceived and perfect for school aged children, both in terms of content and the subtitles. The sound quality is excellent, with accurate subtitles. The camerawork moves with Yassine, and therefore keeps the film from becoming static. It is fun to see Christmas celebrated in another part of the world and what other kids are doing to be involved in shaping their communities. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 15. Reviewed by Ann B and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! adult jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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AMPERSAND
AMPERSAND - CHARLOTTE DEWULF
Series: SHORTS 12-18
Description - In a time before the past and after the future there is a town where words are something physical. In this town you can drink words like you drink wine or orange juice. Before you can speak you have to drink a bottle of words. You can buy these words in small talk cafes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This movie is well made. I think the idea of having to drink your words is interesting and it kept me interested throughout the entirety. I believe older children will find the idea of the story interesting, because it has a little bit of everything in it - love, suspense and comedy. On the other hand, the "steampunk" feel is a little bit over the top. I didn't really care for the "steampunk" costumes. They are somewhat odd and out of place. However, it is a pretty charming movie and I enjoyed it. I love the locations. They are very beautiful. The filmography is very professionally executed and the storyline flows well. It is a cute, captivating and charming story that everyone could enjoy. Note that many of the actors have imdb pages and have been in different movies. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Matthew B., KIDS FIRST! youth reviewer I love this film. It is exactly the type of creativity that KIDS FIRST! looks for. The filmmaker delivers a truly unique story in the most delightful way. The costumes, sets and storyline are all well executed and timely. It is well paced, has some surprise moments and a tinge of a love story. This would play at a film festival as it is something quite different from main stream films that youth are so accustomed to watching. Yes yes yes!
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FAERIES OF FARTHINGALE
FAERIES OF FARTHINGALE - MELINDA DARLINGTON-BACH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - The Faeries of Farthingale is a delightful 10-minute children's film for ages 4-12. Join Fiona Farthingale as she returns home to the remote English countryside, far from the bustling city of 1917 London. Fiona's life is enriched as she stumbles upon the magical secret from her mother's childhood living right in her garden. Join her in the journey of discovery exploring the enchanted land of "The Faeries of Farthingale."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a delightful fantasy, filled with beautiful imagery and an imaginative storyline. Well produced, sweet performances from the young actors. I highly recommend this for ages 5 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Sarah S, KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU
SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father tries to teach his son, David, how to "make it" in America. When David becomes enamored by a Superman costume in a store window, his father sees an opportunity to impart to him the importance of hard work, thrift, and delayed gratification. But when the time comes for David to reap the rewards of his efforts, it turns out that the lessons he's learned transcend those his father intended. Revealing the human capacity for connection, compassion, and sacrifice, Someone Good Will Find You is a story about the lessons parents try to teach their children, and the unintended ones children learn on their own.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this short film with its lesson about saving and spending. The story is about a little boy who lives with his parents, two young Chinese immigrants. While shopping one day, a Superman costume catches his attention and he pleads for his dad to buy it for him. His dad draws the line, saying that his son has to earn the money to buy the costume. He buys his son a piggy bank and the boy names it Peaches. He begins to learn a valuable lesson. In the end, the boy might have learned even more than his father has. The cinematography is very good, capturing beautiful shots of the skyline of where the boy lives. The message of this film is that you have to work for what you desire. The boy learns this and it changes his outlook on money. It has a surprise ending which you will enjoy. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 15 as well as adults.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NEW BOY
NEW BOY - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - 11-year-old Mike feels secluded in his new school and develops an obsession to buy a fancy augmented reality toy that the other kids are playing with together. His single mother cannot afford to buy it, so Mike sets out on a quest to collect the funds on his own and buy the game no matter what, so he could finally make friends at school.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great movie! I love the story and its message. It is very well made! Many members of the cast have an imdb page and have been in other movies. I really like that the boy is able to earn money to buy the "cool" game that all the other kids have, but in the end realizes there are more important things. This is entirely without dialogue so the images are omnipotent. It is very well shot with believable acting and good background music. The storline is very realistic and believable. The one issues I have is that, after the boy steals the groceries, he realizes his wrong and returns to the story to place the money on the counter. Unfortunately, the owner is not around so he doesn't know who left the money and probably didn't even realize the theft. This doesn't really show the boy owning up to his mistake. I think children will like the message and appreciate the efforts the boy makes and the lessons he learns. The story flows well and makes sense. It is very watchable! It has a relatable, wholesome message. I recommend it for ages 8 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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IRON HANDS
IRON HANDS - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - As a 12-year-old girl prepares for her final test trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth Olympic weightlifting team, she makes an unlikely connection with the gym's reclusive groundskeeper.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this short film. The most appealing thing about this live action short is the strong female protagonist, a Chinese girl, who never gives up. Children will enjoy how uplifting and heartwarming it is. It might teach them about perseverance, even if one is struggling in a world of gender stereotypes. Also there is no interruption in its solid story flow. It is very straightforward and easy to follow. The music is very soothing and accompanies the storyline quite well. The camerawork, sets, locations and costumes are all top tier for their intended purpose. The quality of the film is high enough to show on the big screen. I highly recommend this short to play at any film festival or other event for a youth or family audience. It qualifies as an uplifting, Asian American feast for the eyes. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars for its uplifting story of a female weightlifter not giving up even with the gender stereotypes of today. I recommend it for ages 6 to 18 as well as adults.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FAR FROM HOME
FAR FROM HOME - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Risa is a Japanese teenager that is on an excursion in Mexico. She gets lost in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere and a Mexican boy will try to help her.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film delivers a very special meaning about friendship. When a teenage girl gets separated from her tour group, a local boy steps in to help. Soon, they discover that both their fathers have passed away. This film shows how people from different places may have similar problems. You are never alone in dealing with these human things. I like the connection between the two actors which is quite humorous at times. It flows well and is unpredictable, which I like. Any child who has lost a family member will relate to this film, but others will also. It's not just about losing someone. It's about connecting with others. The sets and locations are ideal for the storyline. The film is well shot with clear audio and excellent background music. It has a strong message about cultural differences and similarities that I really relate to. I especially like that the director has the characters speak in their own languages, because it allows the film to come off as real. And the sub-titles are well done. I strongly recommend this film to ages 8 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Lizeth G. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ELENA AND THE SHADOWS
ELENA AND THE SHADOWS - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Elena moves into a neighborhood where nothing ever seems to happen. Living in such an allien and uneventful place leads her to an overwhelming sense of apathy that threatens to drive her insane. Nevertheless, a strange-looking, adventurous kid called Felix is about to introduce her to a parallel world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fascinating! I fell in love with this very creative animated short film. The non-narrative story takes you on a wild adventure through the eyes of a young boy named Felix. Elena, who recently moved into a new neighborhood feels as if she is going insane living in her boring world, until a mysterious boy approaches her. She dons his odd glasses and suddenly, is exposed to a completely different world. This film allows the viewers to explore how a child's imagination can help a friend. I think tweens and teens will enjoy this because it is so creative and well done. I particularly love the visuals. They are quirky and interesting. You never know what will happen next. It is truly unique. I strongly recommend this film for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 of 5 stars. Reviewed by Lizeth G. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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INKSECT, THE
INKSECT, THE - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - In a dystopian future where books are banned and confiscated, an underground sect of intellectual creatures seeks books, in order to save humanity from morphing into illiterate cockroaches
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very unique film and one of the most original ones I think I've ever watched. It truly leaves so much to your imagination in interpreting its message. I believe tweens and teens will enjoy this because it really makes you think. It makes you think about the future, the present, and everything in between. It's part sci-fi and part experimental. The most appealing thing is definitely the images. This type of animation is so amazingly creative and interesting. The storyline allows the audience the freedom to make their own interpretation about what the film is about and what is going on in the protagonist's mind. You can't help but wonder what will happen next. The sound and animation keep you on the edge of your seat, wondering if the small insect will get away or will take over the world. It flows well, although I got a little lost as it played out. The special effects and animation are excellent and the sound is clear and suitable. It is quite creative in its use of small amounts of color against a mostly black and white background. My favorite scene is watching the cockroach lift the type off of the page of a book and destroying it and eventually morphing into a human. It gives one pause to think about the meaning of books and words and what life might be like without them. Whew! I strongly recommend the film to children ages 8 to 18 as well as adults and rate it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Lizeth G and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TALES FROM THE LAKESIDE
TALES FROM THE LAKESIDE - KRISZTINA HOLLO
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Description - The green Verdies are the tiny, but brave guardians of the lakeside. The young Verdies only become guardians when their hair turns brown. Until then, however, life is boring. Willy Whistle's big dream is to become a guardian, but his curiosity always gets him into trouble. However, the whole lake becomes at risk when the enemies of the lakeside, the Grimps and the swans, enter into alliance. The guardians are helpless, but Willy comes up with a daring plan in order to save his home and his trapped friend, Jeremiah Jump. Luckily he is not alone, because Grandpa, the water snakes and the frogs also come to his aid...
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I believe that a young child would enjoy this because they might see the storyline as interesting. The most appealing thing about this film is the great message. The unappealing thing is that it is very similar to the film Epic. The animation quality is quite good. The story flows well and makes sense. The sound is good and the characters are unique. One youth reviewer mentioned that the faces don't show emotion well and when the characters talk, their lips barely move. Also the story is extremely repetitive and gets boring quickly. I recommend it for ages 8 to 12 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. This is ideally suited for a family audience at a film festival with young children.
Runtime: 68 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BLOWS WITH THE WIND
BLOWS WITH THE WIND - HAZHIR AS'ADI
Series: INDIE ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - After occurring some events for the scarecrow, scarecrow becomes human.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This is an incredibly wonderful and imaginative short film. The animations are very creative as is the storyline. The story flows well and is very smoothly delivered. There is no narrative so the images tell the entire story. The animation looks almost as if it is made out of paper, which gives a nice feel to it, almost as if it is a storybook. Kids would love it and so would adults. The presentation is pretty awesome overall. I watched it twice and enjoyed it even more the second time around. I recommend this movie to ages 7 to 18 as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is very suitable for a film festival since it is the type of film that most people would not see if they only venture out to mainstream cinemas or television
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BOW BOW
BOW BOW - PRADEEP KILIKAR
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Description - It's an emotional relationship between A 5 year old kid and a Dog...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great film, filled with emotion. It takes place in India and gives us insight into the culture of these people, particularly of the young boy who is the protagonist. The story is about a boy and his relationship with his dog. He initially gets the dog for protection, but the dog slowly becomes part of the family. It film combines 2D animation and live action although, after the opening scene, it is live action. The production quality is very good, with some very atmospheric and emotional shots. The soundtrack is also quite impressive. The songs seem like they are being sung by the main character, the young boy Sanju. Some lyrics are in English. Children will need to be able to read the sub-titles, but they are easy to keep up with. The movie flows very well. I especially like how the characters walk from one scene into another. Children will enjoy this film because they will be able to relate to Sanju and how he feels. The film moves at a good pace. The message of this film is how a dog's loyalty. Dogs are loyal no matter what and can become your best friend. Sanju learns that he is more than just an unlucky boy because he is loved. I like that at times it shows the dog's point of view in some scenes. The story flows very well, makes sense and is enjoyable. The cinematography is excellent. It is very watchable, even with the subtitles. The sound quality is very good as are the many different sets and locations. The costumes are very believable. The people seem to be the characters they play. The movie is in Tamil with English subtitles.
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Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PALE WHITE
PALE WHITE - MOHAMMAD REZA JAFARI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A girl helps her brother build a kite.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story centers on a brother and a sister building a kite. It's not too complicated. I like that this film stars Islamic actors and the cinematography is really pretty. We see the affects on them of the culture they live in that doesn't allow girls to do many things, include flying a kite that boys can do. That brings a sadness to the story and to their relationship that these children live with every day. The story is well told, beautifully shot and thought provoking. And sometimes, the subtitles move too fast. I really enjoyed this film and think it gives us great insight into another culture. I recommend it to ages 12 to 18 as well as adults. Younger children may not understand the reason behind the restrictions
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TIME FOR BED - B-TV LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - This is a silent film in the horror / thriller or drama genre. It is about a creepy girl who appears in a family's room one night while the family sleeps.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed watching this black and white student film. I like its creepy vibes. It is a funny jab at the horror genre. The costumes are cool, but it's the music that really stands out. I like how the creepy girl's face is hidden. I also like the editing, although I felt there are more cuts than need be. I really enjoyed how they use text on the screen to show dialogue. The film is shot in high definition and will translate well to the big screen. The camera work is really good. All the shots are well framed and interesting. The film flows well although I didn't completely understand it until the end. I recommend this for ages 10 through 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SONG OF HANDS
SONG OF HANDS - HAMZE ZAREI
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Song of the Hands is The story that narrated by a kid (hiwa) who is fascinated by music, and accompany other children in this passion. But under the pressure of the traditional and religious environment his father breaks his musical instrument , Hiwa is hugging the pieces of the instrument and ...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gorgeous cinematography, excellent sound track including Kurdish music and folksongs, colorful clothing of Kurdish girls and amazing location shots. This is a sensitive, well-made film by a Kurdish director who has deep roots in his culture. The film is set in gorgeous locations, with (what appears to be) non-actors who portray the story movingly. The film provides a glimpse into Kurdish life under strict religious rules that prohibit music and the spirit of freedom and art that cannot be completely eradicated. I particularly enjoyed the beauty of the landscape, the music, the performances, the glimpse into another world, the exquisite cinematography and the resiliency of women and art. It may be a bit slow paced for an American audience and the subtitles not always accurate. The story flows from beginning to end and, though there is sadness, more importantly it shows the resilience of spirit. Because of the subject matter and subtitles, I recommend this for ages 8 to 16 as well as adults. Particular appeal for those looking for foreign films, Middle Eastern cinema, world religion and culture and music
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Runtime: 20 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DOOR, THE (LA PUERTA)
DOOR, THE (LA PUERTA) - ADRIA GUXENS
Series: INDIE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-14
Description - After the death of his father, Lucas, a 9-year-old kid with an overactive imagination, moves with his Mom to his grandparents' house. There, he will find a room full of antiques and an old door, although it is closed and he doesn't have the key. Hence, Lucas will start pondering what wonders may he encounter on the other side. 'The Door' explores mourning and grief from a child's perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student film is a sensitive, engaging exploration of grief and mourning from a child?s point of view. The filmmaker makes good use of music, location, props and his actors to convey the sense of loss when a husband and father dies and the family?s circumstances change as a result. There are well-integrated elements of fantasy combined with the narrative, which adds a lightness and imagination to what could be a heavy subject. The film is beautifully shot and evocative, combining realism with touches of fantasy to further the story line. It is well constructed with good use of music to evoke mood and emotion. Visually appealing, good use of light and dark, interesting old house with antiques stashed in the attic and good characters. Kids will identify with the young boy's active imagination that sometimes gets him in trouble with his mom. For kids that have lost a parent or close friend, this is especially poignant. Because of the subtitles, it is best suited for kids that read
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TAKE THE STAGE: A GIRLS ROCKUMENTARY
TAKE THE STAGE: A GIRLS ROCKUMENTARY - PORTIA DANIS
Series: INDIE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Description - "Take the Stage" follows the journey of determined, female rockin' youngsters, ages 8-18 at a music intensive one-week long day camp. Instructed and supported by an all-female staff, mostly comprised of professional musicians, girls not only form calluses, but also cultivate a sense of community, learn to collaborate, and most of all, break the current gender barriers existing in music. Lend your heart to the journey of this roller coaster week of inspiration, struggle and triumph!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a Documentary about a Girls Music Camp for girls ages 8-18, in Wisconsin. The film mainly focuses on 3 of the bands at the camp. I love the overall spirit this film gives off. It feels so positive and encouraging. It feels like a place I wanna go, even though I don't wanna be a musician. Which I think is pretty impressive. Also, these kids were legitimately really talented. Not even joking, I was actually impressed. I really enjoyed the songs that they wrote, and in a week. Especially since some of them didn't have any musical experience. I hope these girls do follow their dreams.
Runtime: 95 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LEMON & ELDERFLOWER
LEMON & ELDERFLOWER - ILENIA COTARDO
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED STUDENT SHORT, AGES 3-10
Description - Two sibling hummingbirds have to build different inventions in order to solve their "big" problem: to take flight with other birds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I absolutely love this clever, colorful, collage stop-animation. The characters are delightful, the message of overcoming difficulties by turning a liability into a successful solution, the soundtrack...just an entertaining and beautifully rendered short with lots of heart. Everything about this film is appealing and clever. It has a fun storyline - an obstacle that is overcome through a good idea - and turns a liability into an asset. The film flows through clever use of colorful collage and stop-motion. The story has a beginning, a middle and a happy and funny resolution. Very well suited for a youth and family audience because it is clever and visually appealing. The sound is perfectly attuned to the visuals and has no limitation in terms of language barriers. The animation is colorful, beautifully rendered, and really clever in the use of paper to depict an entire world
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PRINCESS EMMELINE DOESN'T LIKE CATS
PRINCESS EMMELINE DOESN'T LIKE CATS - TOVA REYES
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 5-15
Description - Kind Princess Emmeline goes through her royal forest feeding and caring for animals. She does not understand why cats suddenly want to jump on and become part of her dress.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated film is short, cute, funny and a bit weird. Princess Emmeline and all the animals are very kid-friendly. This would particularly appeal to kids who like cats, although there are scenes where the cats kill the mice. It is not graphic or gruesome though. The film short flows well and the 2D animation is well executed. The characters are happy and kind to one another. At first Princess Emmeline does not like the cats, but then later on they kill all the mice that have landed in her dress and she changes her tune. I like the message that good things can come in disguise. The sound quality is excellent and the resolution is amazing. I could pick out every mouse in the cave scene without them blurring together
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WORLD IS MY COUNTRY, THE
WORLD IS MY COUNTRY, THE - ARTHUR KANEGIS
Series: INDIE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - WARNING: WATCHING THIS MAY CAUSE YOU TO THINK YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. A comedian, desperate to stop a war, pulls off an act of political comedy so gutsy and eye-opening that it sparks a huge movement -- drawing Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Camus and a cast or thousands into what Martin Sheen calls "a roadmap to a better future."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Inspiring and highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. This good hearted documentary brings to our attention the life of Garry Davis, founder of the World Citizen movement and the origins of his organization. It's premise is that people aren't really all that different from one other, once you get rid of labels. This film will appeal to many people, from young kids to young adults and older adults. Its message is one that anyone can follow. This film reminds me of some of the games that I played when I was younger. In one, one the game's characters goes into space and sees Earth without borders, without wars, without governments dividing us and with no ideological or theological differences. She just sees Earth. In another game, a similar thing happens, but the character equates the Earth to a little kid that humanity has to protect. This film flows well, although it does slow down at points, but I never lost interest when watching it. In terms of language, it is pretty clean with some slight profanity. When Garry Davis' brother is killed in combat, Davis states that he wants to "get these bastards." Another instance comes at the film's beginning when showing newsreel footage of the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, but there is a disclaimer before it is shown. The production is really well made. In certain places where no footage was available for a particular event, stills are used to continue the narrative. The only production issue I saw was some mild screen tearing towards the top of the frame during some scenes. However, it is minor. More importantly, this movie shows the life of a man who believed that the world's inhabitants would no longer have conflicts with each other if they could live together as one nation. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Leonardo Dicaprio, George Clooney, Eva Longoria, Will Ferrell, Julie Benz, Jason Biggs, Eddie Izzard, Damian Marley all appear in this film
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Runtime: 84 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TAKE A STAND
TAKE A STAND - ROBERT FELIX
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Take a Stand tells the story of two girls who start a neighborhood lemonade stand and two boys who decide to use grapefruit as a weapon against them. When the conflict becomes more serious than any of them expected, one of them has to make a bold decision to change things for the better.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A lemonade stand is a metaphor for life and dealing with bad behavior. This film delivers a poignant message about a way two girls deal with the bullies across the street. I wasn't sure about this film at first since we see a boy verbally abused by his dad, who is unbelievably mean and insulting. However, there is a powerful message in this film and, in the end, the boy makes a positive choice. It teaches an important lesson about getting along with others and shows insight and awareness on a tough subject. Bullying is real and something children can relate to. Kids can learn from the message of this film. It teaches skills about getting along with others. The acting is really quite good. The sound quality is good and the scenes are simple but suitable for the storyline. It flows well and the actors are believable. There is some inappropriate language by the dad in the beginning, but it is brief and something that happens in real life. In the end, the boy who is abused at home makes a positive choice.
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DAISY'S ORACLE - DAVID BRADBURN
Series: AFRICAN AMERICAN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Before we knew that love was a choice, we relied of the on the power of the petal. A belief that each petal lost from the stem pulled us closer to the answer. Do we suffer alone, or do we get to be with one that loves us? Daisy takes us on the journey of young love and how we relinquish our decisions to stories shared by others.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Daisy's Oracle is an endearing short film with a delightful score. The story line follows a young girl named Daisy who is sent to walk her dog. On this walk, her conflict begins when she finds a note that interests her. Daisy works on decoding the meaning of the letter so she can reply. She consults with her friends and they say the key lies all within a flower. I enjoyed this short a lot, particularly the score. The acting is also quite good and it's well shot. The music helps enhance the feeling of the urban setting where Daisy lives, while at the same time capturing the mystery of Daisy's predicament. While the camerawork isn't groundbreaking, it succeeds in telling Daisy's story. Kids could relate to this film. It flows well and makes sense. And, the ending is satisfying
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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