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CONNECTED: THE FUTURE - ANGELA VAULT
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Description - Two years ago, Alexa Payesko created 'Connected', a documentary about four adorable seven and eight year-old girls who discuss what technology means in their lives. The charming, funny, future rock stars, artists, and teachers explain how iPhones, iPads, and LeapPads inform and dominate their lives. Now, two years later, and two years older, Alexa went back to find how their views on technology have changed. 'Connected: The Future' looks at each girl to see if they are really connected with their technology. They all love their selfies, but as one girl noted in 'Connected', "too much technology isn't good for the brain." Is that how they still feel?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Connected: The Future is a documentary film about four ten year old girls who compare how technology in their lives in present time versus when they were eight years old. Something that I found interesting, and many viewers will too, was the fact that eight year olds now text and Face Time on their cell phones. When I was eight, I had an iPod that I couldn't text on. I was one of the more fortunate people, as a lot of my friends didn't even have iPods. It is crazy to see how the times have changed. Another thing that many people will find interesting is the fact that the young girls noticed how often their mothers went onto technology and how obsessed they are. My only complaint with the film was that the way the girls use technology didn't change drastically in two years, yet it was still intriguing to see how technology affected these four totally different girls. For these reasons, I think it would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 5-12. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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RAINBOW FIELDS (XHOIHOBOTE DHEMALITE) - BIDYUT KOTOKY
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - On a soul searching journey back to his native place on hearing the news of the death of a childhood friend, a famous film director has to confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident, before he loses his last chance for redemption and closure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film offers an inside look at children growing up during a violent period in Assam and shows how they are affected. They create a realistic story as a play. The film explores the difference between what is real in a play compared to real life. The film flows very well. It explores the friendship between Pulak and Niyori. We see the protagonist, Niyori, with his family as a adult. When he learns of the death of his childhood friend Pulak, we learn about their childhood adventures. The flashbacks of Pulak and Niyori's childhood are very charming and we can feel and experience how remarkable it was. In one scene, Kuwoli, the younger sister of Niyori sees a group setting fire to a village while on her way to school. It traumatizes her and she refuses to speak. At their wits' end, her parents call her grandfather and he explains to the sisters how film can make something seem real when it is not. He gets Kuwoli to talk again. The scenery of the Indian State of Aasam is stunningly beautiful and calming, especially the scenes of the river bordering the village. This film encourages the idea of keeping promises and dreaming big no matter what happens. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 89 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FREESTYLE - ANTHONY WILLIAMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Opposite's attract. A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of it's own... .
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun short film that explores a very cute dog fantasy. It is entertaining to watch, although I wish it was longer because it feels as if something is missing. The animation is very well done. The dog is done in 2D animation and, when it moves you sometimes see the drawing lines which seems odd, but is shockingly charming. The music and sound effects are minimal and get the point across. It flows well and will project nicely on the big screen. Kids will love it! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is perfect for the festival kind of environment. A child would enjoy this. Dogs are a strong subject for children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BEST FRIEND - CORY REEDER
Series: SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - After moving across the country a little girl finds more than a best friend when her parents let her adopt a dog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film touches your heart in so many ways. Moving cross country can be an emotionally traumatic experience for young children and, this film addresses that straight on. Additionally, the young actress who plays the protagonist has Down Syndrome and plays her role unbelievably well. There are some surprises when the family goes to pick out a rescue dog and meet another family that has also just moved. Can't tell you the ending but, let's just say it is heartfelt and honestly encouraging. A big recommendation for a family film festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful film! It deals with a child moving and turns it into a very charming story. Moving is an issue many kids deal with. This is a story that I personally can relate to. I have been involved in a move so I empathize with the main character, Deirdre. The characters are very likable and relatable. I also think including a dog in a story about a kid moving is a fantastic choice. Dogs have been known who help people with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. They also help with loneliness associated with moving. This film is very well thought out. I like that the actress who plays the main character actually has Down Syndrome. It's rare to see this condition represented in media and this is a remarkable step forward. The disabled representation doesn't stop there, as the dog chosen by Deirdre's friend, Alvie, has wheels attached to him. Another thing I like about this film is how the kids' parents end up becoming friends. The four of them end up having very entertaining reactions that are very believable. This film flows very well and is easy to watch. The cinematography is very appealing and it has a very charming story. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS - ISAMU HIRABAYASHI
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 3-7
Description - Shimajiro and his friends meet Coco, a girl who was separated from her mother during a severe sandstorm. They decide to help Coco find her mother, leaving Dr. Roarson behind to repair the Dig-Bug so they can all go home. This is the fifth movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it was screened in movie theaters around Japan. The movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was intrigued by this film's title, Rainbow Oasis. I was very curious about what this film was all about, having never hears of a rainbow oasis before. I definitely believe that a child would enjoy this because everything is so colorful and very interactive. The quality is great, especially the animation. The background music fits in nicely and really sets the mood, such as the time they are being chased by a snake. I also like the costumes. A child can easily relate to the storyline. It uses vocabulary and concepts that kids will understand. Coco and her mom live in the desert, so it is awesome to see them wear something different than Shimanjiro and his friends. You can also see the cultural differences. This movie flows very well. I also love that there is a six minute break in the middle of the movie for little kids. The movie makes sense, and even though this is for younger audiences, I was entertained. The only bad thing about this film is that at one point, instead of the characters being animated, they switch to puppets and then back to animation which was confusing. I believe kids ages 3 to 7 will love this, so I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NOT ONE OF US - BILL JARCHO
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a 'superior" orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved. On the surface, "Not One of Us" is a child-like fable, but ultimately it's a dark commentary about the walls that get built in the name of greed, violence, and xenophobia . This 8 min. stop motion animated film was created by Bill Jarcho and Sean Burns of Bill & Sean's Excellent Animation. The voices are all in the universal language of gibberish.

Bill Jarcho is an animation director and puppeteer living on Vashon Isl. in Washington State. In the 1980's he was co-founder and creative director of Olive Jar Studios in Boston, where they produced many of the early MTV and Nickelodeon spots, as-well-as music videos, shorts, and TV commercials. Later he worked for Will Vinton Studios in Portland Oregon where he directed episodes of the PJ's (a nationally broadcast animated series on Fox TV). In 2016 he opened Bill and Sean's Excellent Animation with long time friend and fellow animator Sean Burns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Not One of Us is an emotionally engaging stop motion clay animation film. There is no dialogue. It is truthful and mirrors both historical and current events from the Colonization of America to Donald Trump building a wall. The orange men (symbolizing Trump, Columbus, etc.) attack the innocent multi-colored people after they gave them food and shared their talents with them. With everything going on in today's world, people will see similarities between the film and reality and will connect emotionally. Underlying themes of xenophobia, racism, and violence are sure to stir up some important conversations between parents, kids and friends. I like how this film motivates that type of conversation. However, it is not appropriate for little ones because of the violence. The claymation gives the film an aesthetically pleasing visual appeal. One thing that stands out to me in films is the soundtrack which, for a non-narrative film, is critical. I most definitely think this film deserves a space in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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OUTSIDE - LAURA NORRIS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 12
Description - When a lonely little boy finds a strange creature in the woods, he must keep it a secret from his mom or risk losing his only friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Children will greatly enjoy this. The mischievous nature is quite fun. I love the playful nature of this animation. It brings back fantastic memories of being a kid and being fascinated by wild life, but my parents were not all that thrilled by all the new friends I brought home. The story of this short film is very relatable and full of fun bits of imagination that really feel as if it came from the mind of a child. The animation itself is lovely, with a beautiful water color background and simple animations. I really liked the whole thing, but the art is my favorite. I feel there is a great deal love in this project and the simplicity of it is quite heart warming. This story flows very well and is very watchable. The people behind this animation deserve recognition. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MAGIC BRACELET, THE - STACY GOLDBERG
Series: SHORTS, AGES 12-18
Description - Make A Film Foundation is a non-profit organization which grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Our current project is the short film "The Magic Bracelet". It fulfills the final wish of Rina Goldberg who passed away of Mitochondrial disease just after her 15th birthday and some of her final words to her mom were, "Promise to take care of my film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this film for a couple reasons. The story behind the film drew me and will draw many other people in as well. That is one reason I loved it. It's a girl's story that she dreamed of putting on the big screen before she passed. And, now it is getting the chance to do just that. It is also a great story. People will love the magic and wonder in this film. They will also see familiar faces of some famous and amazing actors such as Bailee Madison (Bridge to Terabithia, Once Upon a Time), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek), JK Simmons (Spider-Man), and Kaitlin Doubleday (Catch Me if You Can). The production quality of this film is amazing. I think people will find this appealing because Ashley, the protagonist, manages to do all the things she does, while battling mitochondrial disease. Most appealing about this film is that, even thought they use a magic bracelet, they still remind everybody that their magic comes from them. This movie flows well. It has a good back story that explains everything. This will inspire people to, as Rina Goldberg (the writer of the original story of this film) says, "Always love life, dream big, be positive." I recommend this title for playing at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is inspiring and will appeal to many types of people. I recommend it for ages 7 to 18 age and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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COMMON GROUND - SYLVIA NICOLAIDES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8 TO 18
Description - Following war in 1974, in which more than 200,000 Turkish and Greek Cypriots were displaced, the island of Cyprus has remained divided until today, separating the two communities that once lived together. The Turkish Cypriot community were made refugees fleeing to the north of the island, and the Greek Cypriots to the South, a separation with borders that remains until today. 'Common Ground' is a documentary about an art project between children of the two communities that they never actually met, but exchanged video messages between them and materials from their city, creating a communication bridge between them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really love this documentary, it is full of so much heart and positive thinking. The story is a warm one that I believe will make kids want to do something similar. I watched it twice, because I had to show my husband how beautiful the actions of the children in the documentary are. The world is full of so much conflict that it is wonderful to see young people creating a bond between two forcefully separated native cultures. The interviews are very well done and the camera work is very good. I would love to see a feature length documentary on this subject. It flows well and is a joy to watch. Although I believe children and adults of all ages could benefit from watching this short documentary, I recommend it for ages 9 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PICNIC PERFECT
PICNIC PERFECT - CAL THACHER
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Description - A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but for one reason or another things don't go as planned.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. I love the young actress who plays the girl. She has a wonderful sense of delivery and style. The background music is equally appealing and the young guitarist's deadpan humor is also well played. The grandmother (the director's actual great grandmother) steals the show. This is a fun multi-generational short that would fare well at a family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found this movie to be enjoyable and charming. It is a simple film and I like that. It isn't overly complicated and is very easy to follow. This is very clearly a comedy and does a decent job as a comedy. Some moments are legitimately really funny. However, the comedy was clearly supposed to be over the top, which, sadly it didn't quite get to. While the over the top expressions are really funny, the movement is not. The girl runs flailing her arms like she's on a sugar rush and she just looks ridiculous. I don't know if she was told to flail her arms or not, but either way it looks too silly is really distracting. One thing that confuses me, is when the grandma's blindfold is lifted by the wind. Even though she is able to see, she continues to acts as if she doesn't. Unless the sunglasses imply she is blind, which makes the blindfold even more useless. The sound is the best aspect of the film because it has no dialogue. Flawed, but still enjoyable. I give it 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CLIQUE TO ACCEPT
CLIQUE TO ACCEPT - ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Description - Michelle is used to being excluded and bullied by the 'popular girls', but when she meets Sabrina, that all changes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really like the message of this film however, I found it didn't really draw me in. Excluding people is a form of bullying as this points out but it doesn't quite make a story out of it. Its seems to move along sort of in bits and pieces. We see a girl who is excluded from the clique, then befriended by one girl, then invited to sit with the clique, then she chooses not to, then the friend she made leaves the clique too to hang with her. The student actors play their roles well. I think it is just not quite ready for exposition. It needs a little tweking either in terms of editing or script in order to make it more interesting. The camera work is quite good although there are lots of shadows in the outdoor parts. The audio is clear and I like the background music. Occasionally, it's difficult to hear what people are saying. The storyline is not unique but I don't have a problem with that. I just want it tightened up a bit. I do not recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at this time. Reviewed by Jolleen M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WE CAN CHANGE - ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Description - A PSA about othering and taking responsibility for your actions, created by the 8th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this PSA about bullying and making someone feel bad. It gives important messages and is worth watching. The way it is presented makes sense and makes it easily watchable. It is exactly the right length. Various children discuss their experience. It's very simply made and the message is very clear. The quality of the images is good. Kids of all ages should be watching this video as they may relate to it. The film discusses the being "othered" as a verb and gives tips on how to address this issue in daily life. The part I found most interesting is how kids who have been "othered" have also "othered" others. They have not only realized that, but understand what they would do differently if put in that situation again. This film is great at introducing kids to bullying and making them understand that they are not alone. It's common and it's not their fault. This approach to bullying is quite unique and I highly recommend it as a way to increase awareness. Recommended for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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I CAN HELP - ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Description - A PSA on othering and not being a bystander, created by the 7th grade class at Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautiful PSA about "othering" and gives examples of how to help someone not feel left out and because the message is given by young adults, even more impactful. It's message is worthwhile and well presented. It flows well and is watchable. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for grade school, middle school and high school aged kids. The cinematography is well executed and clear. Short films like this can influence children so they can implement what they've seen in their own lives. This video discusses what it means to be left out as we watch children discuss briefly their experiences and how to avoid doing the same to others. The production is very well done. The PSA gets the message across quickly. The characters are very easy to empathize with. I highly recommend this film for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ACE OF SPADES
ACE OF SPADES - ARIN DINEEN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Description - When new student Riley gets drawn into conflict with the school bullies, magic might just save the day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this student film. It takes on the issue of bullying in an interesting way. The story is well done, especially the ending. The children who watched this found it engaging and liked the story. The beginning is a little bit slow, but the story flows well, makes sense and is easily watchable. The film is great for teaching about bullying and being "othered". It's easy to empathize with the main character Riley and his nerdy friend. The bullies are really mean. I give credit to the student actors for commendable performances. The message is clear and the film is entertaining. Kids will relate to this and be able to apply the concepts in their own lives. I highly recommend this film for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SNOWGIRL
SNOWGIRL - ILINA PERIANOVA
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL FILM
Description - A mysterious girl appears in the lives of an elderly childless couple and a troubled young man and transforms their understanding about love and life. Loosely based on the Russian fairy tale about Snegurochka, this story is about miracles , but also about trusting the divine forces at work.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story is very magical and extremely charming. The fact that it is based on a Russian fairy tale makes it feel simple yet effective. I love being exposed to other cultures' fairy tales and folklore, especially through film.The relationship between the girl and the elderly couple is very sweet and reminds me of loving grandparents that many of us have fond memories of. It is cool that the director implies that she comes to life from a snowman. Seeing the girl interact with objects such as mirrors and baking is very cute. The relationship between Vlad and the Snowgirl is not a typical love story relationship, which is something I particularly like about this film. The cinematography is very beautiful, maybe it's just because I'm always a sucker for snow. The acting is very good and immensely believable. The ending is beautiful and sad. It made me cry. I think this fairy tale concept is perfect as a short film and I would not change a thing. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dialogue is in Russian with English sub-titles.
Runtime: 28 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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EMISSARY, THE
EMISSARY, THE - NIGHT SKY VENTURES, INC
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8 - 18
Description - Jim, a curious engineer and scientist, is beginning to learn mindfulness mediation, and drags two of his friends into the woods for a sunset "awareness" walk. They accidentally meet a mysterious spaceman named Koyper, who has travelled to Earth from a secret alien-built colony of humans living on the edge of the solar system. His mission: deactivate a worn-out alien power generator, lost decades before during the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald...but get in a round of mini-golf, eat ice-cream for the first time and drive go-karts while he's at it.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Emissary is a different and enjoyable space story. It has several points that make you think 1) You are who you associate with, 2) Is there a difference between a jack-ass and a regular ass?, 3) Everyone can experience the 3 Legs on the Chair of Happiness - Love Relationship, Meaningful Work and Physical Challenge. In the beginning, the film moves a bit slow and it's a challenge to understand the characters. As it progresses, the story becomes clearer. It refers to events surrounding the lost ship, the Edmund Fitzgerald and the recovery of a generator that might cause damage. It makes you think about other universes and space exploration. The visual are excellent with beautiful scenes of Wisconsin's state parks, lakes and surrounding towns. Excellent renditions of a space craft makes it believable. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is filled with adventure, drama and some comedy. We follow the four main characters as they set out on their mission. A child who interested in space, aliens and science fiction will enjoy this. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Juanita L. and Julia S. KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 99 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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REJECTED/ACCEPTED
REJECTED/ACCEPTED - SANTA FE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS & SCIENCES MOVING IMAGES PROGRAM
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 18
Description - Getting accepted into High School is always stressful- especially when you're competing against your best friend! Alex and Jerry find out that sometimes, what you want and what's best for you are not the same thing.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rejection is a very relatable situation for teens. Kids will relate to this because it gives a view that is realistic. It takes off a bit slowly but, in general it flows well. The camera is a bit shaky at times and the sound mix is inconsistent, but you can tell that a lot of love and work went into creating this short film. The topic is excellent and well presented. The story is about two high school friends applying to the same school and, when things don't work out, you see the disappointment and the hardship associated with competing with your best friend. Things work out in the end and it's very cute and bittersweet. I like seeing work that reminds you that problems occur, but they don't always stay. I believe children can benefit from the way this topic is handled. Good sets, good acting, relatable topic. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CUDDLEFISH
CUDDLEFISH - CHERYL BRIGGS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Description - Cuddlefish is the story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the adventure of a lifetime. His travels come to a grinding halt when he meets the adorable love-sick kraken, Kaimana, who falls in love with the anchor on Viktor's mighty ship. The two face off in an epic conflict of wit which teaches both of them that love is blind as far as the eye can "sea."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This is a beautiful piece of animation filled with vibrant colors and wonderful imagery. It's very funny, but there is no dialogue. Child will enjoy this because it's clever and funny. It flows very well. It takes place on and in the water. The filmmakers based the location on beautiful Palau and they truly nailed the vivid colors, gorgeous aquatic life and stunning landscapes. It would be a pleasure to watch on the big screen. It's funny and child-appropriate. It would make a great addition to any film festival, particularly if you have any a theme of oceans, marine life or similar. The animation is clever and cute and manages tell the story without dialogue. It has a funny twist at the end. Recommended for ages 5 to 18. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DREAMWEAVER
DREAMWEAVER - CHERYL BRIGGS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 18
Description - The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, a scared eight year old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed the storyline, message and the animation. With the exception of the introduction, it is a non-narrative film so, the images tell its story about overcoming your fears of nightmares and being strong. The images are strinkingly beautiful and would appeal to children as well as adults. The film flows beautifully and, shows us how the young girl gains her strength and power. I have to say that I love films such as this, filled with imagination, creativity and beauty. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5 to 12. Older teen who have an interest in the arts and adults will appreciate it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SENTIMENT
SENTIMENT - HARRISON FULLER
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 12 TO 18
Description - This is a 2 minute short film depicting the courage of a young man realizing that too often, we don't appreciate important people in our lives until it is too late.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a student film about loss with powerful visuals and message. I believe a child would relate to it. Its theme is all too familiar. It flows well and makes sense. It features a teen, the content is emotional and appropriate. A good chunk of this takes place in a home, which adds to the overall emotional feeling. This will do well on the big screen. I recommend this for a youth and family film festival because it has a great deal of meaning about loss. The actors, sets and music express such a tremendous emotional feelings. It is quite amazing that you get such a deep feeling in a short, two minute film. I recommend for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to seeing what the filmmaker, Harrison does next. He has a future in this business. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WHAT DO WE WISH FOR THE WORLD?
WHAT DO WE WISH FOR THE WORLD? - JOANA BRAGA
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - Luzia, also called Luz, is a shy young girl who has a very creative and good-humored imagination. Due to a school project, she is faced with the challenge of interacting with her classmates to create a music project. From then on, Luz expands her creativity and materializes her ideas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful film. It promotes creativity, hope, love, teamwork and love. The characters, Bela and Lua start as bullies but become friends with the main character. I feel this is very important as that doesn't happen a lot in media. All four of the main girls are likeable and relatable. There are also segments of this film that are animated in an origami fashion. They are used to show off Luz's creativity and I think they succeed. The music and the vocals at the end are very pleasant and the song is very unique. This film is creative, imaginative and inspiring. The pacing works quite well. I like how the main character believes in a Japanese legend. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18 as well as adults. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror. It is from Brazil with dialogue in Portuguese and sub-titled in English
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Runtime: 110 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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(STOP) CYBER BULLYING!
(STOP) CYBER BULLYING! - KELLI GAUTREAU
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-16
Description - (Stop Cyber Bullying! is a silent film that uses dance as the medium to tell the story of the negative effects cyber bullying has on children and /teens.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well executed, good dancing and sets, excellent message. This topic is important for all children to know about and know how to address. Seeing kids suffer is unappealing. This video has no spoken words, but conveys feelings and emotions through acting and dance. The actors display their emotions quite well, showing how what seems like benign words and actions can have profound effects. Children need to be exposed to videos like this, which are non-threatening, yet, get the message across. The ending is very positive and strong. The language is suitable for older kids. At times, the dancing doesn't blend with the rest of the story. A child may not necessarily enjoy this but it gives a strong message. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Hannah M. KIDS FIRST! Juror. Impressive dance theater piece that takes on an issue of our times - cyberbullying. It sensitively shows how thoughtless comments can negatively impact a young person. Throughout the piece we are shown a group of young people dancing an emotional dance that shows us their inner troubled feelings. I really really recommend this. It is beautifully shot and edited and I give credit to the young dancers who perform in this. This would make a wonderful addition to any film festival. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WHO STOLE FIFI'S FRUIT-EATING GENE
WHO STOLE FIFI'S FRUIT-EATING GENE - PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-12
Description - Fifi doesn't like to eat fruit but her twin brother loves all kinds of fruit. The grownups wonder why the twin are so different and whisper "the brother must have eaten up her fruit-eating gene." Wondering what "fruit-eating gene" is, the brother comes up with an operational plan to save his sister's "fruit-eating gene."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable student film from Taiwan. The most appealing feature of this film is its unique animation which reminds me of appliqu� in the way the characters and scenes appear to be sewn onto the background. I believe children will enjoy this film because of its message which says, before you say you do not like something, give it a try. It is presented in a simple and fun way. The visuals and sounds are unique and entertaining. The film opens introducing us to Fifi and, as it moves along, we see how she rejects eating fruit without any concrete reason. Fifi dislikes eating fruit, while her twin brother is a fruit-eating monster. One of the relatives says "Someone stole Fifi's fruit-eating gene." As the story develops, Fifi's brother tries several ways to get Fifi to at least try eating fruit. The visuals are quite appealing. And the story shows many family members, Fifi's brother, grandmother and cousin try different says to get Fifi to eat fruit. I like when it shows Fifi's introduction to fruit, one at a time and then making a smoothie. I recommend this student short to be included in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 6 to 12. Reviewed by Juanita S. L. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HORACIO QUIROGA, STORYTELLER
HORACIO QUIROGA, STORYTELLER - IRENE BLEI
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Description - A journey through the life and work of the writer Horacio Quiroga: his stories, passions and time. Collaboratively developed by children and adults - parents and teachers included - at "El Mate" Cinema Workshop, a film school for children in Argentina. The film is a profuse narrative and visual "collage" that seamlessly brings together fiction, documentary material and animated sequences transiting cities of Uruguay and Argentina.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Horacio Quiroga, Storyteller is a visually endearing film that mixes elements of animation and the advantages of a documentary to craft an all around gem of a film. Ths film chronicles the life of Horacio Quiroga, a genius of his time who wrote short stories and poems throughout his entire life. This film encompasses his achievements into a film presented by the students and teachers from El Mate Film School in Argentina. I enjoyed the various visual tools used to enhance the interest and understanding of what was going on onscreen. This gives every scene a new color scheme to experiment with and gave me a better idea of what to expect. The animation makes it more unique and more interesting. It has several different animated segments featuring dazzling colors and different animals. Quiroga was a person full of ideas; a movie about him should be the same. I found this film hard to get into at first. The first ten to fifteen minutes were confusing. The styles of animation and nuances of documentaries didn't blend well together and weren't represented well onscreen. As the film continued, it found its calling and sharply improved. It becomes more of a tribute to Quiroga and I appreciated this. You should know that there are some unsettling subjects explored in the film that could lead to conversations at home. I'm not talking about anything too edgy, but I think suicide is a difficult topic for younger kids. Also most of the segments don't seem like they were made for younger audiences. I recommend this film for ages 7 to 18. I think adults and fans of Quiroga's work will particularly enjoy this film. Horacio Quiroga, Storyteller should be screened at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PROBABILITY OF LOVE, THE
PROBABILITY OF LOVE, THE - GAYLA GOEHI
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 13
Description - A Saturday pool party at the multi-million dollar home of the school's prettiest and most popular girl. A young mathlete who only recently learned to shave and just recently stopped wearing white socks with most of his outfits. What is the probability of love?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is about two groups of kids that don't usually talk to each other coming together at a house party and realizing they have a lot in common. During this, a girl who's been in love with the guy who was invited by the popular girl gets scared that the popular girl will steal him away. She confesses her love for him and realizes that he likes her too. The camerawork is crystal clear and the acting is pretty good. It's a film the whole family will enjoy. I rate this a 4 out of 5 and recommend this to ages 8 to 13.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS, THE
CHATTER GROUP OF MOMS AND GRANDMAS, THE - PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 12
Description - There's a spring fountain besides the Land Good Temple (Tudigong) in Yilan. The spring is a unique place to rest with the waters warm in winter and chill in summer. Many women, young and old alike, start gathering around here when the dawn breaks everyday. What's the magic of the spring fountain that attracts the moms and grandmas all year round?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The most appealing thing to me about this film is the opening scenes of the beauty of nature and country side of the Spring Pool at Longtan Villas of Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County - Taiwan . Children will enjoy The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas because it is a great example of moms, grandmothers and children working together and having fun doing the laundry. The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas begins with beautiful images of the water of the spring pool, animals and foliage. You get to experience the gathering of the women of the city at the spring pool to do the laundry and chat about what is going on in the community. The material is suitable for intended age group It shows how other cultures live, especially how laundry is done. There are no automatic washing machines or dryers. Good visual showing the flowing water of the spring and the aquatic life in the spring pool, the shrimp and clams and green foliage. You can experience the washing of the clothes and feel the hard work exercised by the women. Yes, The Chatter Group of Moms and Grandmas production values are high enough to meet big screen standards. There are very moving images of the children who decide to do the laundry and they discover the work is not easy, but fun and the water is freezing. Yes, I recommend this film to play at a film festival. Good example of a community working together to support and care for everyone. I give in 4 out of 5 stars Again, the most appealing thing to me about this film is the beautiful scenes of nature and country side of The Spring Pool of Longtan Villas of Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County. You can feel the care and unity of the community of the Moms and Grandmas who gather to do the laundry.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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