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JAMESTOWN - PBS DISTRIBUTION
Series: TV SERIES, AGES 12-18
Description - Taking viewers back to 1619 Jamestown, Virginia, Alice, Verity and Jocelyn are among the first women to arrive in the English colony. Duty bound to marry the three men who have paid for their passage to the New World, they have little idea of what the future holds or the disruption their arrival is about to bring. Twisting storylines follow the new arrivals as they make an immediate impact and are thrust into a new world of love, desire, power and survival. While love triangles, bitter rivalries and fierce competition cause conflict for the residents, ultimately they are bound together by their resolute will to survive and thrive in their new lives. The cast includes: Sophie Rundle, Niamh Walsh and Naomi Battrick as the leading female roles. The male leading roles include Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Kalani Queypo and Raoul Trujillo. From the producers of Downton Abbey. Written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise to Candleford, The Paradise), a new episode of the series will be available each Friday on PBS MASTERPIECE Amazon channel by subscription.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Intrigue, greed, jealousy, love and revenge permeate this made-for-PBS series from the creators of Downton Abby about life in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. The show focuses on three British women who voluntarily traveled from England to Jamestown to marry men they had never met but who paid for their voyage. As the three women, fiercely independent in their own ways, strive to create new lives for themselves despite challenging and often brutal circumstances, the plots twist and turn. Each episode is filled with uncertainty and machinations as all the characters struggle to survive in The New World, a place beautiful and bountiful but demanding hard work and with an air of unease due to the heavy hand of the settlers' law-keepers and their uncertain relationship with the Native Americans. The theme of women's roles in society should prove thought-provoking for many viewers. The sets and costumes are impressive, as is the writing and acting with every character, even minor ones, vividly portrayed. With each of the eight episodes running a quick-paced 45 minutes, the series makes for engrossing, binge-worthy viewing. Extras on the PBS Masterpiece Amazon channel and PBS Passport streaming service include several shorts about historic Jamestown and the making of the show. Recommended for ages 14 to 18 and older for mature material, including violent and bloody images. 4.5 out of 5 stars. Review by Mike F.
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Runtime: 360 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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MICE WAR, THE
MICE WAR, THE - DAVID CHESKY
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - This dazzling animated musical tells the story of Albert, a young and peaceful mouse suddenly caught in the middle of a war between the Blue Mice of the North and the Red Mice of the South. The reason for war? Blue Mice eat pink cheese, Red Mice eat yellow cheese!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The concept of mice and cheese of different colors and who likes what is entertaining and makes a social statement as well. The animation is excellent. It is very clear and colorful. The movement of the mice in the various musical numbers is charming and the orchestral music is outstanding. The story is pretty fundamental. It reminds the viewer that often when things are going well there will be devilish actions that cause turmoil. In the story, the blue mice community is doing well. Everyone is working and earning money. Then, General Kan decides that going to war will make more money for them. There is no real reason for a war between the Blue Mice and the Red Mice and General Kan cannot really provide a reason to go to war. He is challenged by one young mouse. The results give us a possible answer to why we eat yellow cheese. The story flows very well. Just as in real life, there is sometimes one person who is not content and causes problems. The vocabulary and sequence of events are suitable for target age. We see a very good example of how to resolve a situation when there are differences. I highly recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Adults will enjoy it also. It is available now on DVD and digital. Reviewed by Juanita L. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewers.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This astounding, animated film had me smiling the entire time. With comical jokes, catchy tunes and an exquisite plot, you feel allured from beginning to end. Not only am I still pondering about how intriguing this film is, but I am also considering getting a pet mouse. There is a plethora of adorable mice and are sure to steal your heart.

Set in a war between the Blue Mice of the North and the Red Mice of the South, an adolescent mouse named Albert becomes entangled in a constrictive situation, because he is coerced into the military. Such aforementioned war is due to contrasting opinions on the color of cheese that should be eaten. The Blue Mice strictly consume pink cheese, while the Red Mice believe yellow cheese is best. Therefore, the Blue Mice initiate a compelling war, in order to prevent the Red Mice from instilling yellow cheese among the mice of the North. Find out how Albert attempts to encourage the cessation of a grandiose war.

Albert (Sarah Jane McMahon) is a strong-willed mouse who perseveres to the fullest extent in order to end the war for his community's benefit. I admire Albert for his willingness to stand up against the general, voiced by Gregory Jbara. The General is quite controlling over the mice, even though the King is supposed to possess the power. The King (Barrett Leddy) enjoys how the general consistently suggests newfound ideas, and therefore is easily persuaded. All of the characters juxtapose each other consummately.

Music plays a paramount role in the interactions between the characters and the events they encounter. This music is not what you hear on your everyday radio. It is orchestrated. I could not help but sing along and the songs remained in my head the next morning.

My favorite part is when the mice find out they are heading to war. The mice break out into song and dance, which is hilarious. I wish I was as talented as these mice. The message of this film is about not letting others easily persuade you. Everyone is unique in their own way, which makes society beautiful. This beauty can preserved by holding into your own opinions and ideas. Just because someone else wants to change your mind, does not mean you should. Follow your heart, and everything else will fall into place.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 8 to 18, and adults will certainly love it too. This film is available now on DVD and Digital, so I encourage you to watch it with your friends and family. But, before you do, you might want to get some cheese.

Reviewed by Samantha M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 18
Runtime: 78 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ 10 Media: VIDEO



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DINO DANA- MEGA TOOTH
DINO DANA- MEGA TOOTH - RIKKI COHEN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Description - Introducing Dana, a feisty 10-year-old 'paleontologist in training' who (like Dan and Trek before her) who eats, sleeps and breathes dinos. So much so that her Dad made her a special backpack that she can transform into any dinosaur she wants. Dana's 12-year old sister Saara is up for playing dinosaurs. Fortunately for Dana, after a chance encounter with Trek, Dana can now see dinosaurs too! What's more, when Dana transforms her backpack, the dinosaurs think she's one of them. With ten new dinosaurs, including two prehistoric mammals, Dino Dana continues the tradition of imagining the awesomeness of the past into an adventure in the present.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this short. This exciting animated film held my attention the entire time. It is fun to explore the ocean with the two girls, trying to find the mysterious megalodon shark. It reminds me of the Star Trek TV show, with the space explorer costumes and the navigation equipment on the submarine. There is a sense of fear from knowing that this shark could chew through the submarine. The program shows a lot of imagination and has excellent educational value. It would help kids appreciate things such as the size and strength of dinosaurs. It also shows kids that their nearby aquarium is a great place to see marine life in live action. The storyline is fun, especially the chase scenes between the shark and the submarine. The most appealing thing about this show is the hint of a dangerous character. I believe children will enjoy this show due to its sense of adventure and discovery, with some science and history thrown in. The show flows well, makes sense and is very watchable. It has good scientific accuracy as far as the details of the sharks and the operation of the submarine. My favorite part is listening to the girls talk about whether the sharks' bite force is strong enough to penetrate the metal walls of the submarine. This gives the movie a scary element, enhanced with the music which reminded me of the movie Jaws. The message is about having respect and appreciation for mother nature's living creatures. It also demonstrates the importance of communicating clearly with your friends in life situations in order to accomplish a task. The girls tease each other in a good-natured way, without insulting one another. I rate this show 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. It would be particularly suited to a festival or special event that focuses on marine science, anthropology or history. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GO HAPPY FEET!
GO HAPPY FEET! - FAIRLEA POLMEAR
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-8
Description - On the sunny coast of Western Australia five best friends and their puppet buddies live a life full of music, fun and dancing! They love to learn about healthy habits but recently things have started to go missing in Happy Feet Bay! The team must work together to solve the mystery.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I strongly encourage this piece to be included in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. I think children will really enjoy this show because it includes audience participation and the actors' energy is contagious. The songs are tons of fun and educational as well. They include significant and relevant environmental lessons about recycling, reusing and even composting. This short incorporates lots of fun exercise activities, including yoga poses. It encourages the audience to follow along and get active. While some younger kids might not understand all of the concepts presented, it start informing them about issues that not only effect them now, but even more so in the future. It flows incredibly well and kept my attention the entire time. You should know that is in formatted as a fifteen-minute television episodic. The sound quality is excellent, especially when the characters are singing. The visual quality is superb and completely clear. The colors of the set are beautiful and really captivating. The sets are stunning and adorable. They use a lot of paper mache, which is excellently constructed. The costumes are eclectic and bright. I especially love how one of the characters (Krysia) makes her outfit out of items she finds. I really love the creative and charming puppets. I recommend this for ages 3 to 8 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. This show comes from Australia and we are happy to present it in our foreign short category. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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


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ALICE IN THE SKY WITH COMETS
ALICE IN THE SKY WITH COMETS - CHRISTOPHE SAILLY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Alice, 9 years old, has a dream : later she will be an astronaut. But a serious eye disease makes it impossible. Until a surgeon and a strange hospital roommate make her see that dream differently.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Alice in the Sky With Comets is such an endearing film about a young girl whose dream is to go into space, but is dealing with her loss of vision. This film tackles the issues of gender inequality, women in science and female empowerment. It truly is a beautiful film that encourages young girls to follow their dreams and never lose hope. Alice, played by Emma Bergeron, captivates you from the get go with her imagination. She is such a strong female character with an extensive knowledge of astronomy beyond her age and is determined to make her dreams become real by becoming an astronaut. Despite the premature degeneration of her eyes, Alice still manages to hope that her eyes will heal after her eye surgery. Emma Bergeron portrays Alice's inspiration and ambitions in a heart-felt way. I hope to see Emma in more films in the future! The sound quality of the film is great and the camerawork, especially certain shots, really stand out. The shots that are shown through Alice's eyes are so well done. The sporadic, blurry shots seen through Alice's glasses are extraordinary and unique. The stop motion scenes practically take place in space. I love the way the cinematographer reveals parts of the story through Alice's eyes. The colors that Alice sees, especially through her yellow glasses, are so vivid and dazzling on screen. As for the sets, the scenes in the car are really well shot, especially the shots with Alice's father looking into his rearview mirror. The quality of the entire film is superb and would look great on the big screen. The subtitles would be easier to read on a large screen as well. This film tackles the issue of gender inequality, women in science, astronomy and female empowerment. It opens with a scene in Alice's classroom when Alice tells the teacher and the class that her dream is to become an astronaut. Without missing a beat, one of her classmates says that girls cannot be astronauts because they are not strong enough. Alice's teacher tells Alice that she can be whatever she wants to be. Alice's fascination with space and her knowledge of the universe is inspiring to young women. You should know that the dialogue is in French with English sub-titles. I believe this film might inspire young girls who are interested in astronomy or any kind of science. It empowers girls to follow their dreams and most importantly, the story is told from a girl's perspective. The story flows quite well and kept me engaged the whole film. There is a clear continuity in the story. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars, because it is very creative and unique and has a positive and beautiful message about following your dreams. I love how the children in Alice's class help bring her dreams to life by creating papier-m�ch� planets and an entire galaxy. I recommend this film to kids ages 12 to 18. There is some profanity in the film, which made me not recommend it for kids under the age of 12. Reviewed by Chandler D. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BULLIES (2018)
BULLIES (2018) - DANIEL BYDLOWSKI
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-13
Description - Eugene, a shy 10-year-old boy, is bullied every day until he discovers a secret underneath the school that keeps him safe, for now...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lovely short with an excellent message. Anyone can relate to bullying. There is none among us that hasn't been bullied at some time in their life. The message here is that you can't run from your problems your entire life. I identify with this film because, I was bullied at school when I was a kid. Later, I stood up to the bullies and learned that, when you try to run away from a problem, you spend your whole life running. This film really resonates with that lesson. I think kids will relate to the film's message and the performances by the main actors. They are exceptionally well done. The film flows well, makes sense and is very watchable. Its vocabulary is appropriate to its audience. The soundtrack is well done and whimsical in some parts. The cinematography is quite good. The production design, costumes, sets and locations all work quite well. I like the boy's connection to comic superheroes. It shows how he is looking for strength from wherever he can get it - even in his imagination. When he finds the hidden room under the school, it's super cool. All of a sudden, his tormenters can't reach him. And then, there's the question of the Great Bully Escapees! When does escape become its own prison? Of course, it has its upside - eating chocolate for dinner, carousing in the school after hours, not going to school. In the end, if you want to live life to its fullest, you have to face your antagonists. Talent in the film includes: Nick Alvarez, Conrad Bluth, Weston Nathanson and Allison Lane. If any concerns, there is some light screen tearing at the top of the film but it's barely noticeable. Most importantly, I believe children will get the core message of this film. I recommend it for age 8 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 28 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ERIN'S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS
ERIN'S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS - JULIANNA NOTTEN
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 10-18
Description - Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls follows Erin Hallard, a spunky, headstrong twelve-year-old girl in her attempt to woo the coolest girl in school, Sydni Hunter. Erin's plan is to ask Sydni to the annual spring fling with the help of her best friend and partner in crime, Liz Johnson. However as Erin becomes wrapped up in her mission to get Sydni to go to the dance with her, it starts to put a strain on her friendship with Liz as Liz begins to feel less important in Erin's life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film has a lot of heart and addresses a not uncommon issue for LGBT kids. Although it is the typical love story that we have seen before about unrequited love, this story shows it through the different lens of a girl in love with another girl. It will undoubtedly resonate with kids who are LGBT or aren't sure of their gender preference. I enjoyed the style of the film which reminds me of a Wes Anderson production, in the ways that the film treats itself. I like the film for the most part. The beginning is good but the conflict between Erin and Liz is not built up enough and the resolution at the end feels too fast. I would have liked to see a build up to the fight. The issues this film addresses are suitable for teens. It talks about things we all try to do in order to impress people we like and also shows that it's normal if you like someone even, if they are of the same sex. The cinematography is pretty good. I also enjoyed the music, impressive since it contains mostly original songs. The sets are suitable for the story, nothing earth shattering but they work. The set for the dance scene was a bit disappointing. But, all in all, it's a very good storyline, well told. It's good natured and kind and I think that tweens and teens will enjoy it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FREAK FLAG
FREAK FLAG - DIEGO SARDI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Freak Flag follows Abeline, an imaginative 8-year-old stifled by societal norms. She is under intense pressure from her Mother, school teacher and peers; she is not 'girly' enough for the girls and women, and not 'boyish' enough to be accepted by her male classmates. Abeline decides to push back and assert her independence by doing whatever her heart desires. She chops off her hair, changes her name to Brian, and refuses to cow. Eventually she realizes that pretending to be someone else stifles her as much as molding herself to society's expectations. She becomes her true self and does not fit in with either the boys nor the girls. But, she doesn't care. She is her own person. She can let her freak flag fly
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Yes! I wholeheartedly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. It delves into the subject of gender norms and how young girls and boys are supposed to act in a very touching way. For example, all Abeline wants to do is sword fight with her brother and have a pet lizard. According to her mother, these activities are unsuitable for her and she implies that those activities are best suited to boys. It is frustrating to see these gender norms still so present in today's society, especially in schools. This film, however, breaks those norms and encourages children to be who they are. It truly touched me, because I really felt Abeline's pain and could easily decipher the emotions she was feeling. The film encourages children who feel they are misfits, to be their own person and to be true to themselves. I love how this film tackles the subject of identity because, when you are a kid, you do not exactly know who you are yet and you are figuring out who you want to be. This film beautifully portrays a young girl who does not fit in and will not conform to the norm generally associated with being a girl. The production quality is quite good. The sound quality is really on point, but what stands out is the visual quality, which is absolutely spectacular. I love that the director chose to film with a RED camera because the cinematography is beautiful and the lighting is fantastic. Also, the score is fabulous. The dialogue is always clear and easy to understand. The locations are spot on. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Abeline runs into the woods. The cinematography is truly a pleasure to watch. There are a few shots that really stand out such as when Abeline gets a hair cut by her mother and we see Abeline through the round mirror she is staring into. Another shot that sticks out is when Abeline accidentally hits a bird when she is in the woods and the camera shows her lying on the ground next to the bird in an extreme close-up shot. It is memorable. Also, when Abeline is being scolded by her teacher, the camera focuses on her teacher, then on her and, in a surprising twist, we see a shot of her mother in place of her teacher. I would have liked to see more development of the relationship between Abeline and her mother, possibly accepting that she does not want to be just a pretty princess, but rather a warrior. The film flows very well and is easy to understand. The concepts are appropriate for the recommended age. The quality of this film goes above and beyond my expectations for a short film. I highly recommend it to KIDS FIRST! because it incorporates themes of breaking gender norms and being true to yourself. I think that older children who have more of a sense of identity will enjoy and relate to this film best. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Chandler D and Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WATTS SUPER SISTA GIRL
WATTS SUPER SISTA GIRL - JON GARY
Series: AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A 12-year-old girl from Watts (urban Los Angeles), deflects bullies and her mom's illness by creating a friendship with Super Sista Woman, a fictional super heroine with a series on TV/stream. This is like Pippa Longstocking meets Boyz in the Hood.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This comical film is a great spoof on superheroes. I like it film because it gives a tongue-in-cheek view of the rough life in Los Angeles neighborhoods, from the perspective of Venus, a young black girl who lives there. It shows the power of journaling to help kids express their thoughts and feelings, outside of their own heads. It's also a great way to record your life, for future reference. The film is well produced. The video and audio quality are quite acceptable. The costumes are very well done. I particularly like the homemade costumes that Venus wears. It shows a lot of imagination, using simple, in expensive materials that she probably found laying around. The costumes represent courage and the determination to succeed. The girl's hair decorations (ribbons and beads) are numerous and colorful and emphasize the importance of hairstyles to teens. Her hairdo really stands out as an artistic expression. The visual images of white substances arriving in a box and white powder flying around the kitchen fools the viewer. You expect the white substances to be illegal drugs, but it's actually just baked goods. The brother, Rasheed is funny singing rhyming rap songs while preparing food in the kitchen. It shows that rap can happen on or off the street! Another funny image of food is when a bully is gagged with a whole wad of licorice in his mouth. Venus has a private little sanctuary she relaxes in, away from her house. Here she dreams of a brighter future, where she can help the world both as a superhero (Super Sista Girl) and as the founder of a non-profit organization to fight cancer. She shows a lot of internal strength and is training to become a strong superhero. I like that the female protagonist has persistent hopes and dreams of a better life. I felt proud of her for bravely standing up and asserting herself to an arrogant teacher and male bullies in the park. A teacher negatively criticizes the girls for developing and speaking an Afro-American vernacular language He thinks they should speak a more real and widely accepted language. The girls argue his point to maintain their individuality and self-respect. The message of this film is to believe firmly in yourself, have pride in who you are, where you come from and where you are going in life. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. I especially recommend it for urban kids who will probably relate to it most. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors
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Runtime: 25 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PUT THE PHONE DOWN
PUT THE PHONE DOWN - JACALYN EVONE
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-13
Description - A mini documentary where kids address a generation of youth being tethered or addicted to cell phones.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well produced short film captures the essence of a dilemma of national and international importance - texting and incessant cell phone use. It's reached almost epidemic levels among youth and young adults in the USA as well as other countries, interfering with live social engagement and interpersonal communication. This short captures yet the tip of the iceberg on this subject in a very nonthreatening, yet poignant way. It would provide a great discussion starter at a film festival or other youth / family event. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 13. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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


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TRAIN, THE - ZAKARIA ZARGANY
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - A person riding a flying bicycle in the sky , full of happiness. During the story we realize that he is running a geared seat which is running a monster factory mechanism. Gradually we realize he trapped in slavery's cycle.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow! What a masterful piece of animation, flawlessly executed. The storyline in this non-narrative short reminds me of The Matrix or Metropolis as the opening scene reveals itself to be quite far fetched from what it appears to be at first look. We realize the man is but a cog in a big machine and has no idea what the reality of his situation truly is. Very impressive piece of animation, from thought to execution. I highly recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FIXIES. TOP SECRET, THE
FIXIES. TOP SECRET, THE - AEROPLANE JOINT STOCK COMPANY
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - Things take a turn to the catastrophic when Fire gets ahold of Professor Eugenius' latest work-in-progress, tiny energy bracelets that will allow Fixies to travel through electrical wires. Under the influence of the untested bracelets, Fire grows out of control and becomes a weapon of mass technological mischief and destruction. The Fixies must work together to stop Fire from destroying the whole city and revealing the Fixies' secret existence to the world!
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I thoroughly enjoyed this animated film. It is filled with joyful energy. The animation is so colorful and all of the characters are so happy and hyper. I did find that some parts of the plot lack originality and the songs can get a bit repetitive. However, make no mistake, the sound quality and 2D animation is extraordinarily well made. The animated characters' mouths are out of sync with the dialogue because the original language is Russian, but that's not too distracting. The story is very entertaining and the animation looks very interesting and colorful. The story flows well, makes sense and is great to watch. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for a young audience. I recommend this for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 75 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FOLLOW ME
FOLLOW ME - MIKEY LEVITT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - When Payton Harris and Victoria Hernandez meet over Twitter, the two must overcome an overbearing sister, financial difficulties and a language barrier in order to meet, in person, for the first time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Millennial romantics are sure to enjoy this sweet student film. It's a modern day love story that begins on social media. It is easy to understand and relate to the technology used in the film - primarily Face Time. I enjoyed that this film takes place in two different parts of the world and has a Spanish speaking character. That aspect of the film is highly enjoyable and makes this film unique. The dialogue is simple. There are English subtitles when Victoria speaks Spanish. Actually, Victoria steals the show. I wanted the other main character, Payton to learn more Spanish and more about Victoria's culture. But, both characters are enjoyable and their story is sweet and simple. It leaves you hoping for a happy ending for the two! There are some issues regarding the story, such as unanswered questions and not enough is show about the progression of their relationship, such as struggles, milestones or even any individual character growth. However, the story flows pretty well. I wanted more dialogue between the two characters, Payton and Victoria instead of having music play during some of their FT conversations. The cinematography and lighting are simple and the sets are appropriate, They are predominately Payton's and Victoria's bedrooms. Although a lot of the film takes place over FaceTime, it is surprisingly clear. This piece would fit well in a youth and family film festival because it's relevant to contemporary youth culture. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 13 to 18, possibly adults. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NOAH'S PARK: THE CARNY- VAL
NOAH'S PARK: THE CARNY- VAL - AL GOMEZ
Series: FAITH-BASED SHORT, AGES 5-10
Description - In the series opener, the Noah's Park friends create a Carny-val to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Noah's Park. It's quite an undertaking for Honk the camel and Dreamer the rhinoceros as the animals want their Carny-val to include a carousel and a rollie-coaster, which they have learned about from one of Dreamer's more outlandish dreams.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this animated short quite enjoyable because it's a story about dreaming, teamwork and reaching your goals. Also, it has a happy ending. It makes playful reference to Noah's Ark, hinting that the animals are going to have fun there. The animals are not shown in pairs such as they are in Noah's Ark, so it's not accurate in that sense. It is well produced with cool visual images of glowing crystals which Screech discovers in the cave. The bright colors hold the viewers' attention. The music is quite enjoyable. There is good harmonizing of voices and cute rhyming in the songs. They show healthy fruit snacks which look quite appetizing. The animation is well executed with good movement of the animals and their mouths are synched to their dialogue. The voices vary in speed and clarity, making some characters seem smarter and some, less so. Screech turns out to be a hero, since his glowing crystals help light up the carnival at night. The carnival games that the characters invent look like fun, with lots of up and down motion involved. It flows well, makes sense and is very watchable. The vocabulary and concepts are very age appropriate. I enjoyed the professor-type character, who wears eyeglasses that make him appear smarter than the other characters. I smiled a lot during the funny, slapstick comedy scenes when the characters are busy building the carnival. It is comforting to hear from the characters that "God is always watching over us." The repetitive song about thanking God sounds a bit corny at first, but the repetition eventually becomes rather catchy and grew on me. If kids viewing this film do not have a religious or spiritual environment, they might not enjoy this film. I believe the film appeals to kids of almost any religion. The message is about the value of sharing responsibility among community members. It shows the virtues of hard work and cooperating with others. Characters encourage each other to invent things and try new activities. One character, Shadow shows good sensitivity regarding why Screech does not want to participate in building rides or game booths for the carnival. Dreamer accurately demonstrates the power of dreaming to achieve something special in our lives. The film's message of inclusiveness is quite strong. My favorite part is when Shadow goes searching for Screech, to ask him why he didn't want to participate in the carnival planning. It gives Screech a chance to express his feelings of being less talented than the other characters. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. Reviewed by Jeff M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
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Runtime: 25 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE HEROES (LYDIA BRUNA)
LITTLE HEROES (LYDIA BRUNA) - LYDIA BRUNA
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-13
Description - Lena and Basti dream of being action heroes, therefore they join the local children's firebrigade. But the challenges are bigger then expected and their friendship is tested; because one important lesson, they still have to learn: Together you're stronger then alone
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is exactly what a great kids' film is like! It has a wonderful message, great script and storyline, exceptional production and strong cast. I love the message of this film! It reminds us that, although we have fears inside us such as being afraid of fire or heights, being brave isn't about having no fear, it is about being afraid and still doing the thing you need to do. In the film, we see the two leads with their wild imaginations about becoming fire fighters. I remember doing that myself as a kid so, in many ways, this film reconnected me with my own childhood. The story flows well from beginning to end. I love that the two protagonists as a boy and a girl and they both have equal play in the film. Love the imagination of the kids. I should mention that there is some bullying that is not addressed in the film. It's not a big side plot but I would be remiss to not mention it. The relationship between the two protagonists falls apart when the boy doesn't live up to the girl's expectations but later, he ends up restoring her faith in an act of bravery. During the final exercise for the youth brigade, it's teamwork that saves the day. All the subjects are suitable for the film's audience of school-aged kids. The production values are pretty good. The soundtrack is appealing, especially the ending music. The sound effects are well done too, like when the girl's bike falls with a "clunk" after she scurries to the firehouse when she hears the siren and is told she can't participate in an actual call. The cinematography is well executed. I especially enjoyed the slow mo when the kids arrive at the firehouse to join the children's brigade. I recommend it for ages 7 to 13 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. The dialogue is in German with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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NEW BIG PLANE TRIP, THE - WILLIAM VANDERKLOOT
Series: INDIE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-10
Description - A big Adventure in the air! Fly on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta to London, England! Travel 4,700 miles across five time zones! Discover the whole hidden world that's behind the ticket. View activities that few people ever see. Go behind-the-scenes on a real flight simulator! Watch flight attendant training, visit the test kitchen, and explore the giant underground machines that move over 100,000 bags every day! Learn how weather affects flights and how planes really fly! Meet the whole team who make this BIG plane trip possible! Smart content for curious kids. Curious content for smart kids.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this for its charmingly educational value. It is exceptionally well made, flows well. Has an excellent script and sound quality. The editing and story line are both well executed. There are lots of good visuals and the whole film is very easy for kids to understand. The youth voice-over is a nice touch. All the information is quite very interesting and kids, especially those fond of aviation, will learn a lot. Even adults will discover things they never knew before. Children who have never been on a plane before will really get a kick out of this and it may dispel any fears they might have. I am quite fond of the film as an educational tool in a classroom or home situation. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 12. Reviewed by Michael M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 44 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ANGEL'S LOVE, AN
ANGEL'S LOVE, AN - YVONNE ZUO
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-12
Description - When a six-year-old girl torn between divorcing parents becomes violent and rebellious, she may no longer be allowed to perform at the graduation ceremony. Just as she begins to lose interest in the world around her, she finds a magical friend in her cubby.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a lovely short film! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival in a heartbeat. It invokes heart warming emotions that remind one of the importance of love and friendship. This storyline tells a beautiful story about an extraordinary relationship between a young student and her wonderful teacher. The main character Angel plays the role of the teacher with such heart. Everything makes sense, the story keeps the audience interested. It flows incredibly well, starting in the present, but has many flashbacks to Yang Yang and Angel's special relationship. The overall production deserves the highest rating possible it has very high production quality, talented actors and a beautiful story. Everything makes sense and the story keeps the audience interested. I am very confident that this film will look stunning once translated to the big screen. The sound quality is superb and surpassed my expectations. The visuals are very clear and the story translates spectacularly onto the screen. The cinematography is simple and well thought out. You can easily understand and identify the various settings. The costumes are simple. They consisted mostly of professional and scholarly uniforms. The ending is particularly touching. The story wraps up so perfectly. You should be aware that the dialogue is in Chinese with English sub-titles. I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to kids ages 8 to 12 plus adults. Reviewed by Chandler D and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 32 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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4H 4US
4H 4US - RON JONES
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-14
Description - With team work, mentorship, and lending a helping hand, 4H'ers learn the value of supporting one another for common goals.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a lovely, heart-felt, short documentary about 4H. This shows great examples of how the 4H'ers work together as a team to help everyone accomplish her/his individual goals. It is awe-inspiring, especially in a time when there is so much individualism. Kudos to this great group of kids for what they are doing for they are tomorrow's leaders. It is well produced, a good length, and entertaining as well as educating. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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AGAINST THE TIDE: A JOURNEY FOR CLIMATE HOPE
AGAINST THE TIDE: A JOURNEY FOR CLIMATE HOPE - CHEMA SARRI
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - In 2017, a group of young leaders from states on the front line of climate change and marine degradation joined Peace Boat's 95th Global Voyage in Barcelona as a part of a new programme to highlight these crucial issues. These young women and men, between 19 and 26 years of age, were from the regions of the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Over the following three weeks, they visited Lisbon, Bordeaux, London, Edinburgh, Reykjavik and New York. In every port, they connected with civil society organizations and government agencies bringing their message to citizens and government representatives throughout the voyage. The film portrays their experience and raises awareness about the fragility and vulnerability of the small island states.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film! It is a stunning documentary that tackles the important issues about climate change and features young people talking with other young people about their concerns. This film really resonates with me, because I am an avid supporter of protecting the environment, especially our oceans. The primarily focuses of the film is on rising sea levels due to climate change caused by pollution, carbon emissions and nuclear waste. The film excels at educating its target audience. Most of the spokespersons are young adults whose islands are going to disappear at the end of this century. It is extremely powerful to hear firsthand from these islanders as they tell stories about their beloved islands. Their pleas to governments and countries worldwide to stop polluting and using nuclear technology is especially touching. It really opened my eyes to how bad our environment has become. Some of these adolescents will not have a home in the future. That really points out how dire the situation is. Although the film can be a bit depressing, I love focus on spreading awareness about climate change. It is crucial for Millennials, because they have the power to change the outcome of our planet. Young adults will enjoy seeing their peers traveling around the world and speaking out. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 30 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DREAMS
DREAMS - ATHITHYA KANAGARAJAN
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 7-18
Description - A paper boy wants to invite Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam to his school annual day event. Kalam Sir accepts the invitation too. What happens next is the rest of the short film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an amazingly beautiful short film, unlike many I have seen. I love the part about the young boy preparing for his school's meeting with Dr. Abdul Karam, the former president of India. The acting and the storyline are very appealing, especially the boy. In some ways, it feels a bit rushed for certain plot points. I wanted it to last longer. Despite that, the plot flow wells with no logistical errors. The subject is a well handled tribute to Dr. Karam. It tells a wonderful story that people of all ages can enjoy. The quality of the sound, the camerawork, sets and locations, costumes and special effects are all quite good. There are some extraordinarily beautiful camera angles that almost reveal the boy's innermost thoughts. I love seeing him prepare for the meeting by visiting "the Old Man" and doing research at the library. We see an ambition in the boy that is compelling. We get a glimpse into the lives of the young boy, his school mates, family and community that is very real looking. The excitement of the meeting with Dr. Karam is tangible, from everyone, but especially the young boy. It is a worth-while watch for tweens and teens and a respectful tribute to Dr. Abdul Kalam. It flows well, despite feeling somewhat rushed at times. It is very watchable and inspiring with some upbeat messages, especially at the end. It comes from India with dialogue in Tamil and English sub-titles. Highly recommended to KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18. Reviewed by Arjun N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DAYS OF OUR ROVERS
DAYS OF OUR ROVERS - GERRY ORZ
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - 3D animated web-series about adventures of- Nasa Rovers on Mars
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a stunning piece of animation and a cool, novel idea using the actual Mars Rover as the protagonist. Love that! The animation is top shelf, almost seamless. The voiceover quite appropriately "robotic" sounding. The Mars landscape immediately drew me in and I wanted to see more. Actually I went to NASA's site because I remember reading recently that the Rover is still active after 14 years on the red planet. I love the imaginative tale of this Rover who seems to have a mind of his/her own. Can't wait to see subsequent episodes. My one question is about the music. Does the youth filmmaker have a license to use the copyrighted music? If not, we cannot accept. I give this lovely short 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE FLOWER ARTIST MOVIE, THE
LITTLE FLOWER ARTIST MOVIE, THE - FLORITA BELL GRIFFIN
Series: SHORTS 5-12
Description - 2D, hand-drawn, animated short film inspired by the children's book, "Where Little Flower Got Her Power." The ten-year-old Little Flower is an artist who loves painting flowers. Her big imagination gives her an artistic super power that can bring whatever she paints to life. After her personified flowers are painted, they talk to her. The storyline is developed around the meaning of her favorite flowers, which are associated with memorable incidents that impacted her life. Little Flower exchanges greetings with the Black Poplar, Mugwort and Almond Flowers, whose names mean courage, happiness and hope.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful short film. Hats off to the creator, Florida Bell Griffin whose talent as both a story teller and a filmmaker bring a message of kindness and hope in this animated piece. As a gardener myself, I particularly resonate with the storyline and love the presentation by a young African American girl. I wholeheartedly recommend this for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FRANKENSTEIN'S MANY BRAINS
FRANKENSTEIN'S MANY BRAINS - MOONBASE2020 PRODUCTIONS
Series: STUDENT FILMS 7-13
Description - Igor wanted to be a Baking Assistant but he didn't read the terms and conditions! Now, he has to collect brains for Dr. Frankenstein. How is he going to get out of this mess?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student film is a breath of fresh air. It's adorable and goofy and is sure to entertain people of many ages. The humor and pace are spot on. As a fellow filmmaker, I am delighted to see a fifth grader making films and bringing their dreams to life. I particularly enjoyed the young boy who plays Igor, Angus Grant, who is also the writer/director. His performance is absolutely hysterical. The storyline is a humorous one about being misdirected and not reading the fine print. It is a silly story, guaranteed to make you laugh and is not related to Mary Shelley's classic story, "Frankenstein." I love that it is made as a mocumentary. I always get a kick out of films in this genre and this one is adorable. The story flows fairly well and certainly keeps the audience engaged at all times. The vocabulary and concepts are basic and are appropriate for the target age. It does not have great production qualities. The lighting and audio are pretty fundamental. However, the sets are adorable and clearly identifiable, taking place primarily inside Dr. Frankenstein's lab, where Igor confesses he does not want to handle brains and complains about Dr. Frankenstein. The costumes are homemade, which makes the film even more awesome. I love that a fifth grader has brought his imaginative ideas to life and created this film. Kudos to Angus Grant from Australia. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 7 to 13. Reviewed by Chandler D. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ERIN, OWEN AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
ERIN, OWEN AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER - NICHOLAS JULIUS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - The first film of a TV series, a short film unto itself, but also the opening a the multi-award-winning feature script. Storyline: Scottish siblings, Erin, and Owen, escape the clutches of bullies to barely make it on time for their father's Loch Ness tour boat and they think the day will be uneventful. Little do they know that they will be swept off the tour boat, swallowed by the Loch Ness Monster and brought to the land of Mythatania, where all creatures heard of in myth and folklore have gone to escape the outside world. There they meet The Mytfhitz, a male, bossy unicorn, a level headed female pegasus, an ADHD male yeti and a big, girly sasquatch.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - An interesting and fun to watch beginning of an adventurous show with mythical creatures. I felt drawn to this mythical place in Scotland and its music. The animated characters are very real looking. Their actions are very life like, especially in the close-ups, where their facial expressions and hair movement are extremely detailed. The animation of the water is quite good too, especially when they cross the stream and the bullies fall in. The mystery of the story is compelling. It left me wanting to see more of their adventures and find out what would happen next. This is the first episode of a TV series rather than a complete stand alone story. It ends with the future up in the air. It is still fun to watch. Kids will like the mythical creatures. The animation is quite good and the sound track and visuals are lovely. I recommend this for children ages 7 to 18 and give it 4 stars out of 5. Reviewed by Denise B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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