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BILLIE - MAKI YOSHIKURA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - The Labradoodle Billie's happy life comes to a sudden end when one morning her beloved owner doesn't wake up anymore. She is taken away to a place she does not recognize. She is sad and lonely until one day her life takes a new turn...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What's not to like - dogs and happy endings! It's heartwarming to see how dogs enrich our lives. Billie the pooch gets so attached to his new owners as he learns to love them like he did his original owner. Show him a walking cane and he'll show you some great affection.

Billie's original owner, who walked with a cane, dies suddenly in his sleep. Billie has fond memories of playing ball with that owner. When a new family adopts him, their ball toy doesn't seem to interest Billie. But the grandmother, who walks with a cane, gets his spirit going again.

This short has some issues with continuity. Jump cuts take place that move the story along very quickly but make it a little hard to follow at times. I liked the zooming-in special effects that highlight Billie's facial features and the curly patterns of his fur. Also, the visual effect of the thrown ball rolling into a washed-out, featureless wasteland emphasizes Billie's initial feeling of loneliness after his original owner dies.

My favorite part is when Billie warms up to the new family, after Grandma shows up with her walking cane. The message of this film is to give dogs and other shelter animals a chance. They can very easily learn to love again.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. It would make a lovely addition to a film festival for youth and families, especially one that showcases the importance of animals in our lives. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?!
ARE YOU VOLLEYBALL?! - MOHAMMAD BAKHSHI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can't keep going. They conflict with border soldiers everyday till a deaf-mute baby becomes a catalyst for better communication between two groups.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended. The beginning is pretty depressing and uses some mild profanity, such as "damn" and "goddamned." Once the children's find a volleyball, the whole feeling of the film changes dramatically. Not just the children, but the adults become more lively and happy. And, the change in tone once the asylum seekers and the soldiers start playing volleyball is heartwarming. It shows us how something as simple as a sport can make all the difference in our life, that we are all humans and share some of the same things that give us happiness. The sub-titles are lacking in accuracy, but you still get the gist of what is intended. I highly recommend this film for ages 12-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. If it could only bring peace in the Middle East, how happy it would make us all. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS
FAMOUS LITTLE GIRLS - 0
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-10
Description - Jenny is a 7 years old girl that is suffering bullying at school. Her life changes after she starts to dream of little girls - her fanciful version of famous, powerful women that she is reading about - visiting and talking to her.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The best thing about this film is its story line which empowers women. I like how it explains that women don't have to wear skirts or wear makeup in order to make men happy. I think many children would benefit from watching this movie.

Although the young performers are quite adorable, their performances are a tad lackluster. However, they speak clearly, which is a plus. The audio and video aspect has some quality issues. At times, there is a lot of background noise and sometimes the actors lines are lost. The camera work is pretty good. The sets, costumes, hair and make up are extraordinary, particularly for the historical characters. Kudos to the production team for executing those so well. The film has good structure and makes sense. It has good continuity, age appropriate vocabulary and a topic suitable for its target audience.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 18 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TREASURE HUNT
TREASURE HUNT - RUSTY RHODES
Series: STUDENT FEATURE, AGES 8-13
Description - Three desperate treasure hunters form an uneasy partnership to find hidden bank robbery loot. The difficulty of their quest escalates each moment because the married couple might lose their home, the wife doesn't trust her philandering cousin, there's a desperado in hot pursuit, and someone plans a betrayal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Treasure Hunt is a pretty decent film, especially considering that it is essentially a student project. The story follows Lily, her husband Earnest and estranged cousin Sadie as they try to find a hidden wealth of money from a bank heist. I enjoyed some parts of the film and others not so much. The locations are really well selected. They really tried to capture the old west. The soundtrack is pretty good. It tries to deliver typical western songs with guitars and other instruments and accomplishes it quite well. The most appealing thing has to be the story which has a good heart to it. Most children will enjoy the old west theme. The story flows well. It does drag at times, but not too badly. It is easy to follow and makes a good deal of sense. Some of the language might go over the heads of younger kids. I need to discuss the acting in this film. In some parts the acting is fine, but in other parts it lacks emotion. For example, in one part it seems as if Sadie has betrayed Lily and Earnest. Then we discover it's a ruse when Lily, who has been angry at Sadie for a long time, delivers lines expressing her love for Sadie. But, the lines are delivered really flatly.

Overall, it is an okay film. Considering that it was created by the Christian Youth Film Society and that both the cast and crew are students who have attended their camps and workshops, I have to give the filmmaker credit for creating a credible product. It isn't completely mind-blowing, but it is entirely watchable. I believe it is most suitable for a student film festival since, the key above and below the line talent are all students (the youngest being 11 years old). I give this 3.5 out of 5 Stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13.
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Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GIVE AND TAKE, THE
GIVE AND TAKE, THE - ANNA HOPKINS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - When eleven year old Amy finds an old eighties video game magazine she dials the phone number displayed on the back, and in a strange cosmic glitch gets connected to Caesar Spinone, a video game call center employee in the year 1989.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute storyline, great performances, fun "time travel" aspect. The interplay between the protagonist and the gaming rep is intriguing because they exist in different time periods. It makes one think about how much things have changed in the tech world between the 80s and current time. Both kids and adults will relate to this, in different ways, but nonetheless, it will ring a bell with them. This is exactly the type of film we look for at KIDS FIRST! Highly recommended for ages 10 to 18. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FOLKTALE
FOLKTALE - AJITESH SHARMA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A young Indian boy's idea of heroism depicted in fables is challenged in the real world as he takes up a journey with his little Russian friend, who he believes is a fairy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is truly a wonderful, heartfelt short film with wonderful music and actors. If you believe in magic, you'll love this film. It is a cool example of how storytelling can transport you to a happier world!

An Indian boy named Prince Veer is seemingly hypnotized by a blonde-haired Russian girl, Masha. Prince Veer's wooden sword that he carries around is his constant reminder that life is truly an adventure, with many opportunities to be a hero.

The production quality is terrific, from the camera work to the background music to the editing. I didn't want this film to end. It truly exemplifies excellence in filmmaking and is quite appropriate to a youth and family audience. Coming from India, it offers the viewer the opportunity to glimpse into the world of another culture. The dialogue is in both English and Hindi, with the latter sub-titled. I like the use of slow-motion and the distant shots.

There is simplicity in the lives of these villagers and we see the children playing simple games. I enjoyed the emphasis on the trees in Veer's village. They serve as a fun place to hang out with friends to relax. They use some simple 2D animation to portray Dada's stories. These moving images help convey the sense of far-flung travel, magic and mystical characters. There are sweeping scenes of the beautiful mountainside where Veer believes God resides.

My favorite part is when Veer plunges his sword into the rocky terrain as a way of praying for the rains to return to his village. It's almost an Excalibur kind of moment. The spiritual message is that, despite our struggles, God is always there to help everyone. It's very important to keep the faith! Dreams can come true, if you make special sacrifices such as giving up your precious warrior's sword! You must understand that dreams may take a while to come true. They can turn into stories for future generations to enjoy. Dreams are what legends are made of!

I wholeheartedly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO!
GRIZZY AND THE LEMMINGS- TELEPORTATION'S THE WAY TO GO! - JOSSELIN CHARIER
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 6-12
Description - As soon as the Forest Ranger is away, GRIZZY feels it's only natural that the Ranger Station becomes his territory. And no other animal dares to contest this privilege. Except the LEMMINGS! They are small, but there are a lot of them - and they want their share of the Eldorado! Grizzy finds two identical vases that are actually communicating vessels in a Native American Indian chest. If he sticks his hand in one, it comes out the other, regardless of the distance between them. This should satisfy Grizzy's natural lazy streak, unless the Lemmings realize the incredible games they could play with the magic vases. by Victor Moulin, graduate of Supinfocom in France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very well executed piece of animation. I would love to see other episodes of this series. It has a bit of gratuitous cartoon violence, but nothing replicable per se. The storyline follows the antics of a greedy bear and a group of lemmings who seem to thwart his plans at every turn. It's bright, colorful, has good background music and is well constructed. The most interesting part is the ending which you will have to watch to find out what it entails. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 6 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BLUE TOES
BLUE TOES - ISOBELLA ANTELIS
Series: STUDENT FILMS 8-16
Description - Blue Toes is a story that fights to break the rules of gender normative behavior between kids. It follows a young boy named Mickey, who is teased for liking things boys usually don't like. In the beginning we establish that Mickey does not have many friends, and is often alone. The one place where he feels accepted is afterschool with his swim team. He is one of the best swimmers on the team and feels a part of the group. Mickey also has an older sister that helps him express himself whether it be through trying different kinds of makeup, or throwing on an old dress of hers. The point of the story is to show that kids should be accepted, no matter what their interests are, regardless of their gender.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film gives shy and awkward kids a fair shake. It shows that it's alright to be different. Everyone has something positive to offer, if given a chance or if you look beyond the surface.

Mickey's loving sister really gets what he's about and supports him. She shares her belongings with him and helps him see the lighter side of life, even though he doesn't act like a traditional boy. She accepts him for what he is.

There is one funny scene where Mickey is hiding under his bed sheet with his flashlight on. His sister knocks on his head to ask if she can come in. It's a fun way to see how siblings can comfort each other when life gets tough.

My favorite part of this film is when Mickey's black team mate, with his toes painted purple, sits down next to Mickey and cracks a good-natured joke. It's great to see Mickey smile and feel accepted. If only life's differences could be solved by accepting the color of each other's toes!

The message of this film is to treat all people with respect, despite our differences. It brings to light that everyone has their own unique way of being in the world. To stigmatize any one based on their outward behavior only builds walls among people. Acceptance is the theme and I applaud it. Recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it can be a good discussion starter on the topic of tolerance. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 8 to 16. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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KYLE & CAPTAIN COURAGE
KYLE & CAPTAIN COURAGE - AARON HOWARD
Series: SHORT, AGES 9-14
Description - Kyle, the cutest 1st grader ever, realizes his favorite comic book superhero, Captain Courage, is real & gets caught up in the next issue. Directed by Aaron Howard, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker from Dallas.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short should appeal to anyone who's ever been a comic book fan. The young protagonist is very cute and the live action parts are well executed. You've got to love seeing your favorite super hero jump off the page and show up in your very own bedroom. Most kids would get a kick out of that. I enjoyed the animation. It's comic book style, not full range motion. The ending takes a new twist on dealing with bullies as Kyle channels Captain Courage to help him. I recommend this for ages 9 to 14 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PIGTAILS
PIGTAILS - CAITLYN CHASE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-12
Description - A pig in a pet store only wants to be adopted, but doesn't realize he only needs to be himself to do it. Directed by Caitlyn Chase, graduate of Huntington University.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Too cute. Great message, lovely 2D animation. I love this short film. It's message is so on target for kids and families. Be yourself. There is someone out there who will appreciate you for exactly who you are. Love comes from the most unexpected places sometimes. Lovely background music, lovely concept. Highly recommended for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FEET OF FIRE
FEET OF FIRE - AMANDA ABICALAFFE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - When a fiery pair of red dance shoes unleash a burning passion for contemporary dance, an obedient ballerina stands up to her cold controlling mother in order to become her new true self.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a shining example of independence and assertion at an early age! The young dancer, Amelia, proves that what's in your heart is what matters most. It is refreshing to see a child take a stand against an overbearing parent.

We see the control-freak mom lose her balance when she tries on some old ballet slippers. She gets teary eyed when she realizes she can no longer perform and rigidly expects her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Then, the mother turns to booze and screaming when she finds evidence that her daughter is finding her own way. I wanted to cheer when Amelia shows signs of independence and daring, borrowing the red dance shoes, brushing her own hair and putting on her own makeup. The French-speaking dance instructor seems very realistic.

This is well produced with good video and audio. It is well cast. The young protagonist dances well and is suited for this role. The mother is also quite believable. At times the lighting could use some work as the images are very flat at times.

My favorite part of this film is when the heel of one red shoe breaks off, at the start of Amelia's audition. It makes you wonder if her mom is trying to sabotage her daughter's future. Jealousy and anger rear their ugly heads, inside the mom's private world. At the same time, the girl's performance truly breaks out of the boundaries she has been held back by.

The message is how restricting it can be to live someone else's dreams. It is better to be brave and reach for one's own stars. There is also a darker message that resorting to drinking does not solve one's problems.

I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You can tell that the creator is a dancer because of the insight she provides. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8-18. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GHOST, THE
GHOST, THE - GARRICK HAMM
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A true story of a boy's search for his father, a footballing legend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short from the U.K is inspired by the true story of the English photographer Rob White, as a young man wanting to learn more about his father who was a football (soccer) legend. The story is well executed. It's heartfelt, emotional and well paced. The cinematography, background music and actors' performances are all exceptional. For child acting standards, the boy who plays Rob is very good. Children would enjoy this because it addresses things that kids often ask about, such as what their parents were like. It flows very well and is highly watchable. The vocabulary is suitable for the target audience. The cinematography is excellent as is the sound design and sets. It hits emotional moments as needed, with appropriate background music. For a 20 minute short, it delivers a big story. However, some parts of it are confusing such as why the older boy is forcing the younger kids to play soccer. His bullying behavior is weird and not connected to the rest of the story until the ending. I like when the boy discovers artifacts from his father's career in the attic and discovers what happened to his dad. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Sports fans will particularly enjoy it. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM
HARVIE AND THE MAGIC MUSEUM - MARTIN KOTIK
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-18
Description - Harvie is a smart but a bit lively boy with one ambition, to finish the last level of his computer game. Once in the Gamers Hall of Fame, his absent-minded father, Mr. Spejbl, would finally be proud of him. But finishing the game turns out to be only the start of a real adventure that takes Harvie, his dog Jerry, and his friend Monica deep into the forgotten realms of the city's old puppet museum.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully animated film from the Czech Republic. The animation style is outstanding and sure to garner the attention of kids as well as adults. As for Harvie's adventures, it will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie and his friends. In the beginning, Harvie seems like a typical, somewhat spoiled kid who is rather gamer addicted. He does what he wants without listening to anyone else, even his friends and father. However, in the end, he realizes that he is wrong and steps up to the plate. His dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows that ultimately, he is well intentioned. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination. The colorful expression of this animated piece makes it fun and entertaining, with little quirks that will make you laugh. The storyline flows well. The concept and presentation are suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film is outstanding. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18, as well as adults, and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This movie features a very animation style that any audience is sure to enjoy. It will have you wanting more adventures such as this one from Harvie, and his friends. The call to action in this film is heavily influential. Harvie's dedication to saving his father and the entire city shows great characteristics that everyone should foster. This film teaches a very important lesson about selflessness and determination through colorful expression which made it fun to watch. I believe any child would enjoy this because it teaches an important lesson through colorful expression. The storyline flows well. The material is suitable for the target age. The special effects are highly entertaining and fun to watch. The quality of the film enhances as the screen gets bigger, watching it the first time on my phone, and then again on my laptop, the images became more defined. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 5-18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Raquel Y., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 85 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-19 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LAND OF WOGE, THE
LAND OF WOGE, THE - UNITED AUBURN INDIAN COMMUNITY MEDIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-8
Description - In a time before humans inhabited the Earth, the animals could talk to each other. They taught each other through music and dance. Led by Little Big, of the Big Foot clan, the animals of the Redwood Forest teach each other how to be kind and caring. "The Land of Woge" is an educational children's TV program based off an old Native American legend: An ancient space creature comes to Earth to teach the plant people, rock people, and animals about the humans who would be arriving to Earth. The show is geared towards young children, ages 2-6, and focuses on teaching about gratitude. The show is musically charged, with lots of fun song and dance numbers, as well as encourages reading skills, cultural appreciation, and social intelligence skills.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Land of Woge is a simple yet heartfelt short that teaches kids pro-social values. Jack Kohler writes, directs and produces this film. He is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and has worked with young people for some time. As a Native filmmaker, he has garnered many prestigious awards for his work, including working with young talent.

This educational show is based on an old Native American legend and focuses on teaching gratitude. The story follows a group of animals, which are actors in animal costumes, to learn life lessons. For example, in one scenario, Mouse is afraid of Sasquatch because he has heard stories about how mean and scary Sasquatch is. However, Mouse discovers that Sasquatch is exactly the opposite. This story teaches kids not to stereotype people, which is a great lesson to learn at a young age.

This film definitely has a good heart. It wants to teach viewers to respect the earth as well as other life lessons. Some of the vocabulary might be over the heads of younger kinds, but they would still get the core message. The sound track is quite well done and the cinematography is pretty good, for the most part. It's primarily shot outdoors and the setting is quite suitable for the show. One problem with the show is the acting by the child actors. At times, they seem to be reciting their lines but they don't seem to "live them." The music is well suited to the show and quite original.

For a low budget film, it truly strives to step up to the plate. And, it definitely has a heart behind it, which you can see in every scene. I recommend this film to the KIDS FIRST! Film Critic with the caveat that, the programmer needs to remember that the performers are not professional actors so, but the message is superb.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 8. Reviewed by Angel U., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 26 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GOOD GIRLS DON'T
GOOD GIRLS DON'T - ANA DE LARA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 11-15
Description - A comedic short film about a Filipina-Canadian girl who defies her mother's warning that she will turn into a boy if she plays basketball.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this short film The most appealing thing about it is the interesting and unique plot. My only concern is that some things may only make sense to Filipinos. I believe that a child would enjoy this because it is hilarious, has a great plotline and a great message. Everything flows well. It is very watchable and the subject is handled well. Some parts may not make sense to those who aren't Filipino or who don't know the culture. It uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for the target age. The sets, costumes, sound and production quality are all very well executed. I believe that both children and their families will love the comedy, the plotline and the message. I highly recommend for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 11 to 15 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 11-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DANIELLE'S BOAT
DANIELLE'S BOAT - SHAELYN KOOPS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 10 TO 18
Description - Fourteen-year-old Danielle moves with her family from the city to the country. Lonely and missing her former friends, Danielle builds a boat. As she does, the neighborhood bully continually seeks to thwart her plans and make life difficult. But after an unexpected near tragedy, and a closer look at the neighbor bully, Danielle learns that to have a friend, one must be a friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a charming student film about Danielle, a young teenage girl who decides to build a boat because she finds it difficult to make friends, especially when a particular group of bullies makes it difficult for Danielle to fit in. What I enjoyed most about this film is the strong message of how bullying is not the answer and that everyone is a friend, if you get to know them. I also enjoyed the performance of the actor that played Danielle. Her character development is particularly well executed. The production quality of this film is absolutely spectacular, especially for a high school submission. Everything, from the sound quality to the lighting is fantastically well done. I am extremely impressed and satisfied. My favorite part of the film is when Danielle finishes working on her boat and takes it out on the water. She is incredibly proud of herself (as she should be) and ends up creating an awesome boat that does not sink. Another one of my favorite aspects is the strong anti-bully sentiment and the positive ending. This has girl power and conflict resolution all wrapped into one. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars because it goes above and beyond my expectations. It is such a creative idea that translates beautifully on the screen. I absolutely recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I believe it will go very far in the festival circuit. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Chandler D., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TOGETHER NATION
TOGETHER NATION - MARK BIGGS
Series: SHORTS 10-18
Description - Together Nation is an engaging and entertaining TV pilot where kids and puppets teach adults life lessons on how to behave better. This adult "kids show" will challenge you to thing about how you interact with others, and encourage you to to treat all people with respect, tolerance and compassion.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute. Great graphics, fun music, talented cast. This puppet character TV pilot strives to make us better people. It gives great examples of how we tend to generalize, stereotype and stigmatize people who are different than us. This prevents us from gaining a true understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Learning new ways to cope with the stresses and pressures of life is very important. We all benefit from curbing our anger, better managing our time and being more patient with others. Maybe some new friendships could result! The original music performed by the puppets is catchy, but many of the songs that the human characters sing sound a bit over simplified. I did have some issues with some of the audio, particularly in the opening scene when the host's voice is somewhat muffled. The puppets are terrific, ranging from a mop-head hairdo to a hip-flask carrying rat in overalls. The character who dresses up like an apple is great. His annoying scrap-tossing behavior is quite memorable. My favorite part was listening to the green-colored puppet on the bus, who speaks with a comical Indian accent. Foreign accents are often the target of prejudice and ridicule in our society. We should realize that diversity is great! The message is to do your best to respect and get along better with everyone, regardless of race, religion or gender. We all have positive things to offer this world, if given a chance. I recommend this to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival without hesitation and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 20 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WE ARE ERCOLINI
WE ARE ERCOLINI - GIACOMO DEL BUNO
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-16
Description - the history of the first youth soccer team made up of young Roma, dreams, expectations and hopes of a group of young players towards integration.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This documentary film from Italy shows how life-changing team sports can be! The enthusiasm of a great coach can raise kids' confidence to amazing new levels. Insisting on good school grades, in order to play on the Ercolini team, is a powerful way to improve kids' futures. Gypsy boys from the "wrong side of the tracks" in Italy are helped by a terrific soccer coach who is stern, yet generous. He demands that the kids attend school and that they study a lot at home. In return, he offers free transportation for them to soccer matches in different towns. The coach teaches them the power of a positive attitude and good teamwork. He encourages an energetic, brave outlook on life, and shows these boys how to set the world on fire, with or without him being there. It is fun to watch the boys all singing together in the team van after losing a game. This keeps their spirits high and their sense of belonging alive. Their first trip ever to a beach is a real treat for them all. The set and location of the trailer park and abandoned gypsy camp where the coach first met these boys is a moving scene. It makes you appreciate how sports combined with education can be a way to escape this poverty. My favorite part is when the boys unfold a large sign in front of the hospital, pleading for the coach to recover and come back to the team soon. What a display of love and caring for their adult hero! The message of this film is that a kid's real goal and victory in his or her young life is to get good grades in school to ensure a better future. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 16. In Italian with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 52 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE
GIRL WHO TALKS TO THE MOON, THE - FREDERICK KROETSCH
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 4-7
Description - The Girl Who Talks to the Moon is a web-series funded by the CBC in Canada. It follows the adventures of an inquisitive girl named Harmony who lives on the magical island of Haida Gwaii. Every night before she falls asleep, the moon gives Harmony a fun task, like learning how to make a kite. In her dreams Harmony completes the task with the help of friendly animals. Along the way she learns about the ancient Haida language through song and play. The show is a combination of stopmotion animation, live action and hand puppets. Pilot Episode Synopsis: Wanting a new toy, Harmony learns how to make a kite from �uuya the Raven.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short Canadian film starts using stop-motion animation showing a girl named Harmony who talks to the moon before bed each evening. The moon then gives her a small task based upon what they talked about, which she then completes with the help of some animal friends (puppets) while she is dreaming. This part takes place in live action. The production quality is very good. It switches from stop motion to live action to parts that are slightly animated. It is very fun to watch. The material covers Harmony learning new words in the ancient Haida language through music, while she builds a toy kite with the help of her friend, the raven. There are talking animals, a child on a mission and lots of wonderful music. The structure flows well. It teaches a new language. The young actress portraying the girl is quite charming and radiant. All the voice over talent is excellent as well. Visually the set is quite well done and all the different types of media - animation, live action and stop motion make it intriguing to watch. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars! This film is most suitable for children ages 4 to 7 and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Amana M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BIG PASTA
BIG PASTA - CHARLES MANDRACCHIA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - Wise-Guy boss Big Pasta and his crew of Goumbas wipe out Ignorants.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short offers a comical twist on the mobster environment! "Ignorance will not be tolerated" resonates loud and clear in this animated farce. Lots of red hues in the animated scenes seem to hint at pending violence in this tough neighborhood.

Big Pasta is a cigar-chomping mob boss who wants to gain control of a loosey-goosey biker gang called the Ignorants. They want a new contract, but they have to prove something to Big Pasta first. So they confront each other in barrooms, alleys and elsewhere to work out their differences.

The jazzy, honky-tonk musical score works great, adding an ambiance suitable to the time and place. The sets of New York City with streetlamps and billboards, the rhythmic movements and singing by the gang members reminded me a lot of the musical West Side Story.

I enjoyed the artistry of the visuals and the animation. The facial details with scars, sunken cheekbones, scowls and pouts deem true to the gangster stereotype. The sound effects provoke rumbling engines and squealing tires which add to the sense of urgency and excitement.

My favorite part is when the Ignorants gang members finally sing out the meaning of Einstein's E=MC2 formula, to prove that they are now real Wise Guys. This prompts Big Pasta to sign their new contract and puts a smile on all the faces.

The message is that in order to succeed in life, one needs to overcome ignorance and bias. You can do it alone or as part of a team. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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OUR WAY TO FALL
OUR WAY TO FALL - ZOEY PECK
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 5 TO 12
Description - A young girl on the playground is unsatisfied with her life until she encounters a girl who changes her perspective.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lovely short live action student film. Set on a playground, this short film shows a young girl and her grandmother. The girl is acting bored. Grandma tells her to go and play. She plays by herself for a bit, but then gets bored once again. A few other girls are playing with a ball that is thrown in her direction. She brings it back and hopes they'll ask her to play with them. Instead, they make fun of her because she is carrying around a stuffed animal. She becomes discouraged and goes back to playing alone. There is another girl playing on the monkey bars whose mom shows interest in her child, unlike the protagonist's grandmother. She joins the girl on the monkey bars and they both fall down laughing. The protagonist realizes that the other girl uses a wheelchair and all of a sudden, she realizes her life isn't all bad. It's a lovely awakening about recognizing the positive things in your life. The production values of the film are quite good. The location and costumes are very realistic. Video and audio quality are quite acceptable and would work well for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. For a five minute short, it tells a compelling story. I love the message about inclusion. Recommended for ages 5 to 12 and I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Amanda M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ALL IN GOOD TIME
ALL IN GOOD TIME - DYEHOUSE FILMS
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Description - All In Good Time is a comic fantasy for children. It's about the friendship that develops between Mal, an Irish boy who lives on the west coast of Ireland in 1918 and Sam, an Indian-Irish girl who lives in the same place in 2018. They are magically able to communicate across the ages through messages in a bottle they throw into the sea. Their parents are too busy or sceptical to believe them but they don't care. They're having too much fun learning about each other's world and sending each other things through the bottle. Sam is also able to help Malachy confront the older boy who bullies him with the help of some modern intervention. But when Sam's Dad tells her they have to move away due to financial difficulties Malachy and Sam hatch a time-twisting plan to solve the problem. This is a visually-driven story with an emphasis on fun about the culture clash and unique friendship that develops between two mismatched kids who come from different worlds.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this charming short from Dublin, Ireland. This is exactly the sort of film that we look for! The fantastical time and space elements are particularly enjoyable. I believe children will be drawn to it as they tend to love magical stories. This has an enticing story which draws the viewer in from the beginning to end. It flows well. The cinematography is excellent with clear audio and visuals. The sounds of the ocean and the breaking of the bottle stand out. The cinematography in coastal Ireland are stunningly beautiful. The lighting correlates well with the fantasy nature of the story and adds to its mystery. I love the key cast characters, the boy and the girl both give quite believable performances that make them seem quite real. Their expressions in their close-ups are completely charming. I really enjoyed the soundtrack. It is quite suitable for the storyline with sort of a Celtic sound and it adds to the sense of wonder throughout the film. To differentiate the 100 year difference in time, the characters' costumes obviously have to be different - some for the early 1900s and others for present day. They are well executed and suitable for the two time periods. The language is appropriate for the target age as well. This would make a great addition to any children or family film festival that wants to show how different cultures live in different times. I love the ending! The whole film is magically realistic! I heart fully recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FINDING SHAKESPEARE
FINDING SHAKESPEARE - MARGARET MCGOLDRICK
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Maeve, a thirteen year old student whose teacher, Miss Hayes, is determined that she and her class understand the triumph of literature that became William Shakespeare, urging them to look beyond the aged dialogue and see at the heart of each Shakespearian sonnet and play is a story than transcends the time it was born to. Unbeknownst to her, Miss Hayes has a surprising ally and one which is only visible to Maeve. Puck, our mischievous partaker and audience narrator from Shakespeare's own A Midsummer Nights Dream takes it upon himself to show Maeve that the even famed bard himself drew inspiration from the lives and histories around him. And that maybe she should look to the same.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This amazing short film from the U.K. has a very original idea. It addresses how Shakespeare's stories are quite applicable to experiences in everyone's lives today and how his stories are as interesting as they are difficult to understand. I love that this film also puts A Midsummer Nights Dream into terms that are easily understood by viewers of any age. The production value is admirable, both the video and audio quality are very clear. The lighting is well executed. The location in a real school makes it very realistic. Although the actors are not people I know, many of them have been in other films and all of them fit their parts quite well. One thing I noticed is that some of the actors seem a bit green and don't show much emotion throughout the film. The school uniforms are so British looking, with both girls and boys wearing ties. One costume that stands out is Puck's, who wears the same costume as we see later on the cover of the book. That is a clever little thing. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it is both educational and entertaining. If a festival has a Shakespearean focus, it would be a fabulous addition. It teaches you about how interesting Shakespeare is and how relatable it is as well. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 10 to18. Reviewed by Dariana A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MARY AND THE ALEBRIJIE
MARY AND THE ALEBRIJIE - PAOLA ALVARADO AVILA
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A young woman who lives trapped inside her own house, guarded by a monster to which she must defeat to get her freedom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I truly enjoyed this short film and credit the filmmaker for delivering such an emotional journey in less than 11 minutes. Beautifully filmed, it sensitively portrays the confines of a young woman in her own home. The camera work is outstanding and the acting, particularly by the protagonist is very good. There is a sense of suspense that builds up, enhanced by the background music.

The limited animation also enhances the storyline, giving us images of butterflies when the girl has "butterflies" in her stomach.

The costumes suit the characters, from the uniformed soldier in the garden to the girl in the house who wears some typical regional clothing from Mexico as well as others. The sound effects are, at times, terrifying, giving us a sense of the girl's trauma. When the ending comes, we have a huge sense of relief.

Very artistic and thought provoking. Highly recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 12 to 18, I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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RAIN TOWN
RAIN TOWN - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 7-18
Description - Carmen and her grandparents live in Oaxaca�s mixtec region. When a drought threatens her family�s crops, Carmen finds a way to make it rain.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This thoughtful documentary provides insight into the rural residents of the Oaxaca region of Mexico and their lifestyle. The performers are very authentic in their dress. The set is very typical of the region. The interaction between the child and grandparents very typical. Although the pace is pretty slow for an American audience, it is thoughtful and delivered with grace and style. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 7 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HORSE'S STONE
HORSE'S STONE - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-14
Description - Matilde, a dying Little girl, will search for the Stone that will not only allow her to fulfill her dream of becoming a horse, but also, perhaps, even cheat death.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This exceptional film from Mexico accomplishes a lot in its short runtime. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles. It is filled with hope and magic that is sure to capture anyone's imagination.

The story follows a young girl who is terminally, Matilde, who dreams of becoming a horse. Her rancher father catches a horse that won't let anyone ride it and the horse and Matilde develop a bond. Matilde is portrayed by Camila Robertson Glennie as a very sensitive little girl who may be wise beyond her years. Even though the subject of death underlies this story, it is not done in a dark or menacing way.

The cinematography is very well done and captures every scene with great beauty. The actors are also really talented, from the father with his stern, yet caring demeanor to the hopeful character of Matilde. The storyline flows well and is easy for kids to follow and relate to. The vocabulary is appropriate for a youth and family audience. The film is well paced and all the characters draw you in. A child would like its message about how your dreams can come true. I particularly enjoyed the animated segments when the grandmother tells Matilde the story about humans and horses. It's quite beautiful aesthetically and magical in its storyline.

The cinematography is excellent although there are times when the scenes are very dark and it's difficult to see people clearly. Yet, the close-ups are beautifully shot and reveal the characters' emotions very believably. The background music is quite lovely, especially during the animated section. The sets and locations are well chosen and the costuming quite appropriate. The closing credits are extraordinarily well done with terrific animation reflecting the entire film once again.

This is exactly the type of film that we look for! I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 8 to 14 as well as adults. Reviewed by Angel Urquidi, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 20 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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