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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? - 0
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! - KELLI GAUTREAU
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-15
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: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7 TO 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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NANHI NEEND (MOM)
NANHI NEEND (MOM) - JIENDRA RAI
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Nanhi Neend' is a film I have made with the intent of highlighting the role that our mothers play in our lives. It is some times easy to take our mothers for granted because of their selfless love towards us, and this is what I've tried to bring out with this short film. I find this is the right time to pay my humble tribute to mothers everywhere - just a little 'thank you' for everything they've done for us.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this very much. It is a sweet story that kids will easily relate to. A child will enjoy the nice ending and the characters in it are very positive characters. The only thing that concerns me is that there are a lot of words to read, so a child has to be able to read fast enough to keep up. It has several important messages for children - taking care of your parents and family, showing generosity and picking up on social cues. The characters are easy to relate to. This is a family life, multi generational topic. The costuming is appropriate. The vocabulary is appropriate. The story flows well and can easily be followed. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Hanna M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely love this film! It is an ode to mothers - young and old - and the importance they play in our lives. All of the actors in this film are compelling and tell this story well. The ending is particularly touching. A great addition to any family or children's film festival. Recommended for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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STUCK
STUCK - SHAELYN KOOPS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 14
Description - What can go wrong with true love's first kiss?

Director Biography: Samuel Parker can be seen this summer in the Paramount movie Transformers 5: The Last Knight. He recently shared the small screen with Conan O'Brien, and with Elizabeth Banks for realtor.com. Other TV work includes NCIS: Los Angeles, Married, and numerous commercials. His feature films include Nosferatu, City of Dogs, and Vermin Town. He also served as the lead host of the popular YouTube series LEGO: The Build Zone (2015). Sam is a SoCal native and an avid skateboarder, video gamer, and writer.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film directed by young actor Samuel Parker is pretty funny. Some of the methods used to get the young couple unstuck are not exactly safe or recommend, but I think kids understand that. It is entertaining and makes sense. It has a good soundtrack and visual appeal. This offers an entertaining look at a young couple whose braces get stuck as they are having their first kiss. A younger sister helps them figure out how to get unstuck and she steals the show. I give kudos to the directing, camerawork and editing. All are well executed. I can't wait to see what Samuel Parker does next! I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Denise B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GEEZ LOUISE
GEEZ LOUISE - MARY KERRIGAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A rollerblading 9 year old, has a knack for creative danger. Her kooky Grandma and brothers spend the day searching for the family's escaped pet bird but Louise has other plans inside the neighborhood construction site. While innocently swinging from the beams of a half built home Louise manages to make the biggest mistake of her life. She must confront her crazed community and the realities of messing up. A family film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's fun and has a great lesson. It meets all the KIDS FIRST! Criteria. I loved watching this creative, but mischievous little girl creating her own fun and watching her funny aunt join her. The kooky family chemistry is amazing. The only thing I disliked was the musical number. However, it does fit right in with the goofy feel of the whole film. I believe children will really like the main character Louise because of her mischievous adventures. This film flows well. This is very suitable and relatable for young children. There is a scene where Louise is gathering supplies to make herself a swing and it's fantastic watching this creative little girl. The camera work is very well done, as is the audio. The storyline is age appropriate and, of course, something goes wrong and it has to be made it right, no matter how reluctant Louise might be. I really appreciate that, by the end, Louise has paid for her mistakes and but there is not a feeling of doom. Instead there is a feeling of a lesson learned and hope for the future. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SHORT SILENT SCENES
SHORT SILENT SCENES - THIAGO MONTELLI
Series: FOREIGN INDI SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Short Silent Scenes is an animated series with puppets and cinematographic language inspired by silent movies. Each episode is a different story, mixing the most divers styles of live action animation: puppets, shadows, toy theatre and "th�atre noir". From Sao Paulo, Brazil.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the puppet work, but I am concerned that it is so dark on screen. A child would enjoy this for its fun puppets. It flows well and is age appropriate. There is a scene where the man interacts with his dog and it's one of the most sound filled parts with kissing sounds and it works well. This scene is also the most well lit. I love the whole thing, except for the darkness. I'm not sure how well it will hold up on the big screen. It was a pleasure to watch and reminded me of works by Jim Henson and Tim Burton. It is funny. I am a fan of silent films and this has all of the spirit of a silent film, with more sound effects. Children would really like the creativity. I wanted to see more episodes. This meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria. I think this series has a great deal of potential. I had fun watching the puppet cook! Recommended for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very unique and creative series. It is also very humorous and entertaining with charming storylines. There is a certain limitation since it is without dialogue. Today's viewers are so accustomed to noisy entertainment that they might be put off by the quietness of the series. The stories make sense and flow well. The films use a unique and different type of puppet animation that I am not used to. It reminds me a lot of Nick Parks' Wallace and Gromit films, although that series is claymation. I personally enjoy silent films and these shorts work well. A child would highly enjoy then because of the funny and surprising scenes. I feel that these shorts could be very addicting for young viewers. One of my favorite scenes is when the puppet cooks pancakes. I recommend this for ages 4 to 11 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Clayton P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT, THE
ADVENTURES OF TRACY & FELT, THE - ELIZABETH SCHIFFLER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-15
Description - A mini-web series following two explorers learning the magic of science. Director Statement: The Adventures of Tracy & Felt was born out of a desire to work with talented young Washington filmmakers, writers, and artists to ground work in the location we love and learn from. Developed on Whidbey Island, WA we challenged ourselves to create a story full of laughs (mostly our own) and exploring the magical and not-to-distant world of science and nature.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This short film is very simple, but funny. One moment in particular made me laugh out loud. Obviously this is a low budget production and it is very cleverly done The production quality isn't great, but it has a certain style that is very compelling. With a bigger budget, it has potential as a sitcom on maybe Disney or Nickelodeon. The two main characters, a boy and an octopus, are not that bright. They are very immature and na�ve, but quite likable. The background music doesn't stand out or add much. This mini web-series is definitely is aimed at a younger demographic who will appreciate its silliness. There are more episodes on their YouTube Channel by the same name. I enjoyed it enough to subscribe. I recommend this for ages 8 to 15, particularly those who want to watch a simple, silly and fun series. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ALBEDO ABSOLUTE
ALBEDO ABSOLUTE - TATIANA CHKHOVA
Series: SHORT AGES 8-18
Description - This film is a fairytale adventure of Violet and Savannah, two sisters who disobey their parent's warning by venturing into a brooding forest. There, they discover a large plug wedged into the forest floor. What lurks beneath the plug? The girls cannot resist finding out. Their curiosity sends them down a kaleidoscopic drain pipe and into a strange and startling journey of no return.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film has a very artistic feeling to it. It's exceptionally well produced and the young actors are quite engaging. It's intriguing to watch because, while it's not overtly suspenseful, you're on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. The colors in the film are all so vibrant and wonderfully eye catching. So much that I did not want to look away from the screen for even a second. The story is about two young girls who venture outside against their parents' warnings and find a large bathtub plug in the ground. When they pull the plug, they find something they would have never thought they would find, and they end up wishing they would've listened to their parents. The film leaves us with a cliffhanger. I wanted to know what happened but, you don't find out. I suppose we'll have to wait for its sequel. The film flows well and has a very mysterious feel to it. The cinematography is quite wonderful. The camera work and sound quality are excellent. The animation adds to the film and is appropriately used. The storyline is intriguing and suspenseful. I think that adults would enjoy watching it with their middle and high school aged children. I recommend it for ages 8 to 15 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Perhaps the only hiccup with it is that the girls venture into the woods against their parents' warnings. Reviewed by Kelsey M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BONECA DE ATAURO: SEARCHING FOR THE LOST LOVE
BONECA DE ATAURO: SEARCHING FOR THE LOST LOVE - DAVID PALAZ�N
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-15
Description - 'Boneca de Ata�ro: Searching for the Lost Love' is the first stop-motion film coming out the young nation of Timor-Leste. On this non-stop laughter and action-packed film, the main character--a handmade rag doll called Ataurina--while looking for her abducted partner, takes us into an adventurous journey through some of the most beautiful locations in Ata�ro island (a new eco-tourism paradise destination in South East Asia). During the trip, Ataurina travels by all means encountering unexpected dangers and meeting curious characters across the island in a mission to get her loved one back. The Boneca de Ata�ro (Ata�ro's Doll--in Portuguese) is a well-established women cooperative producing for the last 10 years the most well-known handicraft brand in the young nation of Timor-Leste. The cooperative produces intricately handmade embroidery dolls, handbags, toys, housewares and educational products. Based in Ata�ro island--25km north off the coast of Dili--it is one of those projects truly born out of love, passion and hard work, providing income to over 60 families in the island. The film was made totally pro-bono by award-winning filmmaker David Palaz�n, co-written by Karen Reidy and Swiss artist Ester Piera Zuercher (the founder) and co-produced in collaboration with the women at the cooperative.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This lovely short film is about a doll who goes on an exciting and adventurous journey to find her boyfriend. She travels all over this island before she finds him, meeting many different walks of life along the way. This film is very cute and, somewhat educational because we learn how the dolls are made, which is interesting and exciting. A child would enjoy this because its fun and lighthearted and the story about a doll's adventure is silly at times but we get to meet a lot of fun, colorful characters along the way. I love the dolls. They're sort of like a rag doll and, when they come to life, they're absolutely charming. The voice over for them is also quite charming. And then, the characters they meet are also rag doll type characters of different sorts. The film flows nicely and is quite watchable. I believe it would make a lovely addition to a children's or family film festival, especially if there was a focus on international culture. The film's dialogue is in Tetun, the local language, with English subtitles. They move slowly enough that it is easy to follow along. The sound quality is wonderful. It is crisp and easy to understand. At times, it is so realistic, while at other times - quite hilarious. All the sound effects really add to the film and make it amazing. The cinematography is impeccable as well. The picture is very clear and only unsteady when it is required. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars because it's really funny and cute and I think just about anyone would love it! Reviewed by Kelsey M. and Julie S.
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Runtime: 20 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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4 TO 5
4 TO 5 - CRAIG KNOWLES
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 4-18
Description - On the eve of his 5th birthday, a young boy discusses his last day of being 4.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Charming. This short documentary is about a little boy who talks about not being four years old anymore the day before he turns five. It very sweetly portrays an adorable young boy whom we see a little bit of what goes on inside his head. The sound quality is crisp and easy to understand. The camera work is clear and steady. I believe it will project well onto a big screen. This film flows well with a beginning, middle and an end. It makes perfect sense and is completely watchable without any hiccups. We don't often get the chance to listen to what a four or five year old thinks so this is refreshing. I think children will enjoy this, especially those close to his age, because they can relate to him. Older kids and adults can relate to him in their own way, as the child they used to be or perhaps a child of their own when they were younger. For the most part, I think many children and adults alike will really enjoy this film and hence, recommend it for ages 4 to 18 and adults as well. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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INTERROGATION, THE
INTERROGATION, THE - ALEXANDER SMITH
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A spy is captured by his arch enemy, but has a few tricks up his sleeve that befuddle his captor.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student film has a lot going for it, clever idea, writing and decent execution. The villain is about to torture a spy but gets offended and the spy lectures him on how to be a professional villain. In the end, the villain is quite incompetent. The sound, visuals, cinematography and performances are suitable for a student production by high school students. The performances may be a bit overacted but, it's within an acceptable range and I think other high school students will enjoy it. I particularly enjoyed the lighting which gives a sense of an interrogation room. The writing is pretty well done. I recommend this for ages 13 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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RESOLUTION, THE
RESOLUTION, THE - SEAMUS HYMAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-14
Description - A old fashioned story about two men brawling over a woman.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this student short, created in the style of black and white silent films. The storyline is about two men who get into a fight over a woman. The flickering image, the background piano music and the Chaplinesque movements of the characters are funny and carried out quite well. Every movement and action is overdone.

There are subtitles to let the audience know what is being said. I think young children will enjoy this and find it funny. It flows well. Makes sense and is very watchable. It could benefit from a little more detail when it comes to the plot but, it's suitable for a youth or student film festival. I recommend it for ages think this film is best for ages 10 to 18 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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THE SWATCH
THE SWATCH - ERICK HATTER
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 12 TO 18
Description - A bullied teenager creates a super watch that gives him super powers.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My hat's off to Erick Hatter, the 12th grade student writer, director, producer and cast member of this film. Everyone hates a bully and, in this student film, the bully gets his just desserts when his victim finds a watch that gives him super powers. The special effects are well executed and it puts some action into the film. It's well produced with very good video, audio, set, locations and costumes. The story is easily relatable in that it's about high school students and bullying. And, the super watch adds some super hero type aspect to it. The film flows well. There is a beginning and a middle, but no end due to the "To Be Continued" at the end. I like the cliffhanger and can't wait to see the sequel This film would make a good addition to a youth film festival and is appropriate for teens, ages 12 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended. Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DEAR HENRI
DEAR HENRI - MATTHEW SANDAGER
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, 5-12
Description - Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply, and his sudden absence raises the question: can their correspondence continue, and if so, how? Henri is old enough to anticipate what grown-ups might say, but young enough to imagine there might be a way. Over the course of one summer day in Brooklyn, Henri "sends" a series of letters in imaginative ways--nested in the basket of a handmade air balloon, folded into an origami boat that sails into the tunnels under the city--and with each attempt, she imagines the magically circuitous route her message takes to reach her grandfather. DEAR HENRI, combines live action with animation to depict the vivid inner world of a young girl grappling with cosmic questions. Will she ever receive a response?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kudos to Matthew Sandager, the filmmaker, for this lovely, uplifting short film. The topic is not an easy one, dealing with the loss of a beloved family member. The story is about a girl who has recently lost her grandfather and still writes him letters and tries to talk to him. While the topic has a sadness to it, this film is very cute and uplifting. I would encourage programmers to include this in their festivals since, it's universal topic is something that everyone deals with at some time in their life, including young children. It is rare to see this handled in such a positive way.

The production value is quite good. The sound quality is excellent, crisp and the dialogue is completely understandable. The cinematography is clear and steady. I particularly enjoyed the stop motion animation which is very well done. The actors deliver believable performances. The story flows well with a well structured beginning, middle and end and it makes perfect sense and is completely understandable.

I love how the little girl does not stop trying to write to her grandfather. Her positive nature is refreshing. I believe that children will enjoy this because it is quite relatable. For older kids and adults, it offers a cute story about dealing with the death of a loved one. The content is perfectly suited for ages 6 to 18 and I believe adults will enjoy it as well. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
KCKPL'S STORIES: MATT DE LA PENA READS LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET - ERIC J. SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-10
Description - KCKPL's Stories on the Bus: Matt de la Pe�a Reads Last Stop on Market Street: Watch as Matt de la Pe�a's award winning book comes alive! This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pe�a's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations. "Last Stop on Market Street" is the winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal; a 2016 Caldecott Honor Book; a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book; and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an engaging short documentary that conveys the message that being aware of other people and supporting them in many ways can not only make other people feel good, but can make you feel good as well. It brings home the point that much of the time we are caught up in our own world and thoughts, but to notice, truly notice, our surroundings makes our lives richer and more connected. We are all connected to one another in such interesting ways and we can only realize this if our eyes are open and our hearts and minds are open. This is the point that I feel the author, who narrates a book on a bus to his school children, tries to make. One of the primary relationships in the film is between a grandmother and her grandson. The grandmother is very wise in how she looks at the world from a positive point of view and teaches her grandson to think in the same manner. This story is interweaved with the author narrating his book in a very creative way. There are many valuable lessons to be taken from this short and engaging documentary. Recommended for ages 4 to 10. Review by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ONLY ONE YOU
ONLY ONE YOU - MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-8
Description - Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf delivers a great, and rather catchy, message about being yourself. Video created by 15 year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful, charming, makes a perfect short music video break for any children's or family film festival. Adorable and colorful 2D animation. Music is well timed to the images. Great message. What is not to like! I love it. Recommend for pre-K to school-aged kids. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - In this fun and adorable music video we get to see kids of all ages and ethnicity. The message that everyone is different and special is a great lesson to teach kids. The quality of the sound, especially when the singer sings is beautiful and very clear. The camerawork sets and special effects were very simple but good for the audience they are intended for. The animation is adorable and clever, showing children doing all kinds of fun and cool things. It shows that there are tons of fun to be had if you copy these onscreen kids doing things like ballet, balancing books on your head, wearing red jeans and even more fun and silly things that make them all different and unique. I love the fact that they use a fun, simple kind of 2D animation to show this important and amazing rule that everyone needs to know. The singer in this music video sings in a very happy, bubbly voice that brings this song to life for everyone, young and old, small and big. I recommend this to kids ages 2 to 8. Kids will love singing along to this catchy and quirky beat that will stick in their heads for days. It's time to get up dance and run around the house singing to this terrific and educational song. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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THANK GOD FOR JELLY
THANK GOD FOR JELLY - MARCI KROWN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - A girl's mission is to carry out her father's values on gratitude and goes on a journey with her stuffed rabbit, brother and two friends in order to do so. What she finds is clearly unexpected.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I think a child would enjoy this film because it follows children on an a small quest to thank someone. The most appealing thing about this film is that all different ages of children can relate to it. Something you should be aware of is the religious overtone and references to God. It is one of the most important themes in this film. This film has a great structure and makes sense. The plot flows easily and it is very watchable. It has accurate information about how jelly is made and tells it in a simple way that even young children can understand. The production quality was great. There are many different sets which make the story come alive. The costumes are appropriate. The special effects are a little sloppy, but this might have been intentional. The lighting is great throughout the film, even outdoors. The camera and sound production are both clear both too see and to hear. I recommend this film for playing at a film festival because it has a great message about gratitude and being grateful for what you have. This might be categorized as a religious or spiritual film. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars because of its sound and production quality. I recommend it for ages 7 to 16. Although it does not possess star power, the actors are very relatable. Recommended, Linda D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 21 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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