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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 - 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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SAFENET APPLIANCES - ERICK HATTER
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A comedic mock infomercial
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student film takes on an interesting topic to make fun of, the infomercial and does it in a reasonably good way but doesn't quite take it far enough. My biggest issue with this film is the production quality. Perhaps it was done intentionally but, the entire film has uniformly poor visual quality that I find unacceptable. As I said, it may have been done intentionally as a gimmick but, in my opinion, it doesn't work.

I enjoyed the content of the film which mocks the informercial and yet, I don't think this is quite ready for exhibition. It's a good start but doesn't quite dig deep enough. I can't recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners for that reason. The filmmaker needs to take it back to the storyboard and develop it more and then, find better equipment to shoot it with. Watching it for 1:57 minutes gave me a headache. Not accepted. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: - Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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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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GO CART, THE
GO CART, THE - KAILYNE WATERS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A lone shopping cart injured and seized for scrap breaks free and navigates a world of danger, changing his fate and bringing happiness to those he encounters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Happily accepted! Being a person who goes to the super market and uses a cart to put all my food in, I have never once thought about a story involving those squeaky baskets, but Kailyn R. Waters has. This short film is an extremely original story that is definitely child friendly. It is a very unique story, but I lost interest about 4 minutes before it ended! The plot drags a bit too long and eventually, lost the freshness that hooked me in. Another thing that fell short is the animation. The characters are drawn almost like stick figures. There is a hand-drawn look to them that I enjoyed. I adore the music in this film. It helps change the moods of the scenes. And, the sound effects are spot on - birds chirping, cart squeaking, train driving, crane moving etc. The main message is the best part of it all. It is all about finding your purpose in life. This is a great lesson to teach children. Also the story has some rather interesting characters. There is a disabled boy who feels that he is an outcast. This is another fantastic example of what we should be teaching children. To try to help out people with struggles. The first time the go cart sees the boy, they feel a connection since they are both disabled. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 13. Children will learn valuable lessons from this short movie. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Talia J. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE
ODD SQUAD: THE MOVIE - SINKING SHIP
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Odd Squad: The Movie is a live-action comedy featuring government agent kids who investigate weird and unusual phenomena in their town and put things right. The kid agents are up against a group of grown-ups called Weird Team who runs Odd Squad out of business and the agents are forced to retire and become regular kids again. All seems lost until Odd Squad discovers Weird Team is not actually solving problems and they are up to no good. Armed with only their wits, the kids regroup and break into their old headquarters to save the day. The movie features big action set pieces, odd creatures, and even a trip to space. There's lots more action, problem solving, great visual effects and even a trip to outer Space! This film is targeted to children ages from 5 to 10. Adults may also enjoy!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great show! It has visual appeal, good acting and an awesome story line featuring kids as government agents who, dressed in their school uniforms, look like they are mini adults. They are on the stop investigating weird things happening in their home town like a gigantic rat that shows up from who knows where. It is fast paced, highly entertaining and has great messages that teach kids about working together, friendship and more. Very appealing visually and good acting - especially from the kids. Flows well, excellent sound and video quality and very watchable. What kid wouldn't like watching other kids their age who are heroes? Fun music; great pace. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars for great entertainment value and messages and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kids will love this and families think it is adorable. In this fun and adventures movie we get to meet odd squad. They are a team or squad of adorable and adventurous kids who solve cases that are odd and weird and they are always trying their best to do what is right and help those who are in need the most. One of the most appealing things about this film is the way they teach math and make it fun and interesting for everyone, big and small, young and old. The sound is very clear and I could hear everything, loud and clear. Sets and locations are different. For example, the office where the Odd Squad works is amazing and I love it with all the fun and cool things it has to offer kids in terms of fun and games. The costumes are spot on. I love the outfits they wear as agents. By the way, Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) appears in this film and so does Hanna Simone (New Girl), Millie David (Annedroid) Tim McKeon (Adventure Time) and J. J. Johnson (Dino Dan, Annedroid) . I recommend this film for ages 4 to 18. Kids will love the way that the Odd Squad agents solve cases and how they work things out no matter what the case is. I give this 5 out of 5 gigantic Odd Amazing Shooting Stars. Reviewed by Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

Very enjoyable, especially the cinematography and the script. The movie is surely watchable and suitable for younger kids. The introduction is interesting and makes sense. It does illustrate some basic mathematical concepts which may be appreciated by kids. The costumes and camera work are well executed. I didn't care for the special effects which looked fake to me, but the humor and characters are all very appealing. I like the story and characters in this movie. The jokes are very funny and suitable for a school-age audience. Also I like the costumes. The concepts and language are surely suitable for its audience. I give this a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this movie for kids of ages 6 to 12 years. Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 65 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MAKE A WISH, MOM
MAKE A WISH, MOM - DIANA SCOTT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - Sweet and touching birthday wish from young Lily to her mom.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film is so very moving. I was not prepared for the ending but what an ending. All the things she wanted to talk to her mom about on her birthday, she did. Little did the audience know that her mom has died and this was her way of coping with her loss. Very powerful statement piece. I highly recommend that it only be played for a young adult or teen audience as the subject is very sad. Any young child who has recently lost a parent or loved one may find this a big "too real". It is also well suited for a spiritual film festival or student film festival. The story is about a young girl who is having a birthday party for her mother who has passed away. This is a very sad but warm film that will help you appreciate your mom in more ways than one. It reminds us to enjoy our mom's company. The production values are pretty good. The images are clear. The sets are well selected. The costumes are appropriate. One issue I have is the sound. There are a couple of rough spots when the two kids are fighting and when the girls go to get the cake. I recommend it for kids ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Tina B. and Morgan B., KIDS FIRST! Juror and KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BLANCHE'S BICHON BUZZ
BLANCHE'S BICHON BUZZ - ISSYSHARPRADIO/PINK POODLE PRODUCTIONS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - Following in the footsteps of acclaimed, indie, found-footage, big screen treatments (think Blair Witch, Unfriended, and Paranormal Activity) comes the parody short Blanche's Bichon Buzz. Buzzworthy Bichon Frise' Blanche DuBois Sharp accidentally unleashes her bladder on the pristine floor of Grandma's house. In order to escape her soap-and-watery fate, Blanche must outrun her pursuers. Her journey proves to be an authentic, cinematic, epic nail-biter and possible head scratcher. However, the best cinema is that which makes one think about adorable animals! Important production note: Blanche's Bichon Buzz proudly shot on location at Grandma's actual house in New Orleans, Louisiana.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You have to admire the skills of this 10-year-old filmmaker who created this. It's fast, furious and funny. It feels like a trailer and, I can't wait to see the rest of the film. In just over a minute, she has created intrigue, set us up to wonder what is going to happen to Blanche and made us want to come back for more - always a good goal for any film. I feel a sequel here. Approved and recommended for ages 8-12. 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WATER PATH FOR A FISH
WATER PATH FOR A FISH - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - It's a starry night when Oscar sees from his window... a little goldfish jumping on a dirty puddle! Two cats are watching from the shadows. Oscar will help the goldfish through a rampant adventure in a nighty Latin American, with the lack of water as a backdrop
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This non-narrative film is absolutely adorable, is easy to understand and teaches a valuable lesson about helping others. The animation is stunningly beautiful with brilliant colors and interesting characters. The sound effects and music are charming and engaging. The story takes place in a town that has no water when a small boy is awakened in the middle of the night by some stray cats harassing a stray fish. The little boy rescues the fish but there isn't enough water and the fish almost dies. Water miraculously returns to the town and the boy is able to provide the fish with adequate water. In gratitude, the fish repays them with something that will changes the boy's life. This short film is full of heart and a valuable lesson about how important it is to help someone, no matter how small or how big they are. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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KUKUSCHKA - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the Sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it's even more difficult to keep going so fast. She will reach the Sun, may be tomorrow may be the day after. Best Short Animated Film, Cesate Short Film Fest; Best Animation, Festival Internacional De Cine de Pasto; Special Jury Mention, Festival Internazionale del Cinema Di Frontiera, Special Prize, from Masters, Open Russian Festival of Animation Films
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommend this excellent, imaginative animated short. The animation is very well executed. The characters and set quite quirky and the storyline charming. The story follows a bird that is dressed somewhat like a mummy who follows the sun. She lays an egg and immediately starts panicking and tries to pawn the egg off on someone else. Eventually the egg hatches and still she tries to pawn off the baby bird, but to no avail. What is so appealing is that, eventually, the bird becomes quite attached to the baby bird and panics when she can't find it. At last, her bond with the baby bird kicks in and it's very endearing and sweet. I love how the bird learns what it's like to panic when you lose a child and think that kids and families will relate to this story. But, what I really like is the odd characters. They are visually appealing and fun. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18 because younger kids might think the characters are just plain weird. And, I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kelsey M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PLASTIC IS FOREVER
PLASTIC IS FOREVER - DYLAN D'HAEZE
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL
Description - An in depth look at plastic pollution from a kid's perspective, and what kids can do to solve the problem.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student production isn't quite Oscar-caliber but it is very engaging and important. This short documentary discusses how plastic effects the environment, including the oceans and the human race. The message is about how to use the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as understanding how plastic affects the planet as whole. This is very important because we need to understand how to make the world a better place to live in. This film excels in teaching ways to do just that. The cinematography and production is very high quality. The interviews of the experts add to its credibility. It is an inspiring documentary that will cause people of all ages, young and old, to come together and make a difference. It combines a strong message with credible professionals and creates a cinematic artwork. This film is beyond excellent and I recommend it to people age 7 to 18. Reviewed by Ella L, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DOCTOR MONSTER
DOCTOR MONSTER - GUSTAVO TEIXEIRA
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATIED SHORT, AGES 8-15
Description - Dudu has already chosen his future profession, now will have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great submission. It is from Brazil and the dialogue is in Portuguese with English sub-titles. It's very cute and full or hopes and dreams that a child can be whatever they wish to be. I believe children will love this. After all, who wouldn't want to be a monster doctor? I particularly enjoyed the opening scene. It offers a great look into the imagination of a child. I love the cast and sets. The child actors are quite adorable. Just watching them is enjoyable. I love the kid watching TV wearing his Frankenstein mask. But, the main thing about this is the story. This story is fun and imaginative. It is well shot with good audio and it flows very well. All around it is just fun story, well executed. The language is suitable although, the word dumb appears once. My only problem is with the sub-titles. They are centered at the bottom of the screen and sometimes fly by so fast you miss what they say. I give this film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend for age 7 to 15. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD - JOYCE FITZPATRICK
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Someone new moves into the neighborhood and doesn't make friends easily; one kid is curious to find out why.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Highly recommended. This is a very cute, pleasant and uplifting film. The ending is adorable and very satisfying. It raises awareness of deafness without treating it in a negative way. It also made me want to learn sign language. It is well shot, has good background music and pleasant characters. I love the interaction between them. I was disappointed that it's so short. After it ends, I wanted to watch more. It is amazing how invested in the story and characters I felt even though it is only 90 seconds long. Ultimately, it is short but sweet and a must watch. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CHILDREN OF THE NOON, THE
CHILDREN OF THE NOON, THE - DIEGO FIORI
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - The Children of the Noon deals with the universal subject of life. The time passes marked out by daily activities for the group of children and teenagers in the orphanage in Nchiru, the small Kenyan village. Soon emerges how orphan condition and genteel poverty they share are not the only problems that unite them and determine their days. A sudden death of one of them breaks the narrative rhythm and changes all points of view intertwining a dense web of pains and joys, friendships and hopes. he Children of the Noon deals with the universal subject of life. The time passes marked out by daily activities for the group of children and teenagers in the orphanage in Nchiru, the small Kenyan village. Soon emerges how orphan condition and genteel poverty they share are not the only problems that unite them and determine their days. A sudden death of one of them breaks the narrative rhythm and changes all points of view intertwining a dense web of pains and joys, friendships and hopes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Accepted. This beautiful constructed documentary shows children of other cultures whose lives are intertwined with pain and joy, friendship and hope. I believe a child would enjoy this film if they're interested in learning about what's going on in the world and learning about situations and events that affect children. The film is well produced with clear visuals and sound. The language is English and Swahili which, when used is sub-titled. The camera words is quite commendable and follows children playing, washing clothing and learning in a classroom. What I love about this film is that it focuses on universal issues such as child abuse, abandonment, neglect and poverty. Children could learn a lot from this film. It could enlighten them and show them that they have a lot to be grateful for. This film brings an awareness to children who may have no idea of what other children's lives are like outside of the United States. Some of the children in the film were born with HIV. Some of them have been abandoned by loved ones, while others have become orphans because their parents have passed away from illness or disease. It is interesting to take a walk in these children's shoes and see the world through their eyes. Some of them laugh to keep from crying. It is their way of coping with the pain. Some of the children are very poor. In the film, a boy goes to visit his mother who asked him repeatedly if she can have his belongings. This film shows how some of the children who experienced poverty and abuse at home are probably happier in the orphanage than they ever were at home. We see how the children in the film cope with the loss of a friend and discuss topics such as death, life and AIDS. I recommend this film for ages 12 to 18 because there is some rather mature content. For example, in the first scene a woman gives birth and, even though there's no nudity, the content is too mature for kids under age 12. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Geanice G., KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This documentary is very educational. It takes place somewhere in Africa in what we would call a group home here in the USA. The children range from age 8 to 16 and they explain why they live in the group home. Their stories are very heartbreaking. It made me aware of issues young people don't really think about such as poverty, disease, child abuse and death. These are dark topics but good to be brought to the attention of kids. It is very upsetting, but it makes you want to help out. I felt helpless at times and I wished I could assist the kids in the film. At times, the cinematography is very beautiful. There are some scenes that show really pretty landscape shots. At times, the camera shakes a lot which is very distracting. The editing could have been more judicious. Some scenes could have been cut. But for the most part, this is a very moving, informative film. I definitely recommend it for ages 13 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 1:5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-19 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD
EYES IN THE BACK OF HER HEAD - MADISON DURAND
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A little monster wonders if his well-meaning mother is hiding an unusual secret. Music by Grammy-winning Danny Weinkauf; video created by 16-year-old Madison Durand.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this short student produced animation. Very clever and funny. It flows well, is very watchable. The original music is adorable and I love the subtitles in it. They make it fun for a younger audience that is just learning to read to be able to participate. Cute storyline, bright and colorful animation. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 12. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LUCIA
LUCIA - FRANCESCO FONTANA ANTONELLI
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT PRODUCTION, AGES 12-18
Description - Lucia is a young woman who cries the loss of her beloved one. She is prostrated in pain in front of the grave of the departed. Because of the unbearable pain she plucks her eyes in front of the burial, and faints, unconscious. She will encounter a mysterious woman.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This foreign student film is very unique. It deals with depression and suicide The entire film is shot in black and white, with no dialogue, only music. Because of this, it relies solely on the music and the cinematography and both really work. I love the music. It replaces the dialogue perfectly. The cinematography is really good. The camera angles are very engaging and add to the mystery of the story. The music is hauntingly beautiful. The story left me wanting more. This could easily be turned into a full length feature film. The ending left me curious and wanting to know more. I feel like this is a film that a group of friends would each see differently. You could spend hours theorizing about the ending. It is not for young children because of the subject and it is slightly gory. I recommend it for ages 11 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It would be especially good to watch in groups such as at a film festival. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PLANET 98475 - NOAH ZIELINSKI
Series: STUDENT PRODUCTION, MIDDLE SCHOOL
Description - This story is about the argument between a flesh and blood human and a artificial intelligence robot. The man and robot argue about who is human and who is not, while being stuck on planet 98475 by them selves. They have to learn how to get along.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an admirably well done student film that takes on some serious issues about what makes us human. "Violence and anarchy - that's what destroyed our world in the first place. Having a heart is overrated, whether it pumps blood or electricity - is choosing the right thing to do." The camera work, to make it appear they are on another planet, is well done for a student film. The topic, about is explored through the relationship between a human teen and his AI robotic companion. When she almost "dies," his passion and appreciation for her reveal the feelings he has for her and when he almost dies, she shows the same allegiance to him. The story is well done through minimal dialogue and action. The visuals are acceptable with reasonably good video and audio. I believe children will appreciate the efforts by one of their peers. I recommend it for ages 10 to 15 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. REviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BAD LITTLE FAIRIES
BAD LITTLE FAIRIES - GAYLA GOEHI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-12
Description - A group of young fairies must train to fight the evils trying to make their way into their beloved Fairy Fairy land.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a wonderful student short film with a very cute concept. My daughters sat in with me to watch this one and thought it was adorable. The concept of mischievous little fairies is very appealing. The visuals and music are great, the cinematography quite well done. The acting is quite acceptable. This is a graduation film made by young acting students from Gary Spatz's "The Playground" Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles. The outdoor shots in the beginning are quite gorgeous and it stays pretty consistent throughout the film. The background music is quite complimentary and feels light and magical. This will play well on the big screen. It is very visually appealing and also teaches a very valuable lesson. Everyone can be naughty and it's okay to play tricks, but you must be considerate of how others might feel. I recommended it for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It should fit well into most film festival for youth and families. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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