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FILM OF CINEMA, A
FILM OF CINEMA, A - THIAGO B. MENDON�A
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - "Father, what's cinema?"
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this film. One thing that appealed to me is the interest and love that Isabel has for her father's filmmaking career, which is in crisis. She asks, "what is cinema?" I enjoyed her excitement and creativity to make a film as part of a classroom project with her fellow classmates. It is very interesting to watch Bebel volunteer to use her father's equipment before she asks him permission. We see in her an element of stubbornness that leads to her father first objecting to her using his equipment to showing her how to use it. I believe tweens and teens will enjoy this film because it's message is about beauty, love and caring for others. It shows family fun and closeness. This film shows some film history and introduces us to the some of the early inventors of film and cinema, Lumiere and M�li�s. We see glimpses of acting by silent screen stars Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Bebel interviews family members, friends and a stranger she encounters on the street. In her interviews, she asks each person three moving questions: 1. What is life?; 2. What do you like most?; 3. What is your biggest dream? We also see the beautiful countryside of Brazil. I recommend this film for ages 8 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. The visuals of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chapman interwoven with Bebel's story adds a sense of inspiration and art. I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You should know that the dialogue is in Portuguese with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 90 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HOT CUP OF JUSTICE, A - KEEFER C. BLAKESLEE
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - A film noir parody about a detective who solves the case of the missing latte.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I do recommend this short film for Kids First! I think that even though it has a campy feel (Much like older Batman) the noir was done very well. The acting was good and the story was simple enough to follow, but complicated enough to keep your attention. These kids did very well and I feel like with enough encouragement we could see another exciting installment of A Hot Cup of Justice!
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: - Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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INDEFINABLE - BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - The topic of gender is one that is widely discussed in today's society. A teenager encourages people to define their own genders, unfettered by traditional societal gender binaries that can limit those who are trying to define their genders. They want people who are having a difficult or confusing time defining their own genders to know that the whole process is a journey of self-discovery and self-love.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Indefinable is a short personal essay narrated by a youth who relates to being androgynous, with the freedom of being able to dress comfortably and not have to worry about fitting into traditional ways our society expects girls to present themselves, such as not having body hair. The film is narrated by one person and is supported by images of several diverse youths, all of whom seem happy and comfortable with who they are. The film encourages the viewer to find their own path and use the labels to which they personally relate, not limited to binary roles of male or female. It is a reminder that, especially as a youth, it's okay to consider yourself a work-in-progress and not feel pressured to have everything figured out. The film is thoughtfully written, has a clear beginning, middle and end, relating a personal experience to a more general perspective. It invites questions that could be raised in a discussion that follows a screening of this film. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NEW HOME, A - BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - A teen discusses his experiences of immigrating to the U.S. from the Philippines. He goes through hardships and learns to overcome them. He comes to closure with his conflicts and gives a word of advice to immigrants coming to America.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A New Home is a thoughtful personal portrait that illuminates the experience of immigrating to the U.S. at a young age. The film concisely captures the essence of its theme. In just one minute we meet the subject, learn about his background, the challenges that he had to overcome, especially bullying and the wisdom that he gained from the experience. The filmmaker uses music, an interview and video of the teen in his new city. Recommended viewing for schools, especially those where U.S.-born youths may not understand the impact of their actions on a new student. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 1 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TRIBAL PRIDE - BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Description - Native American youth have important roles in preserving their culture, the land, and water. Through the Tribal Youth Ambassador program, they share their story of uplifting their community through creating apps, making videos, educating others, and more. This story is not centered around tragedy, but around empowerment and resilience.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Tribal Pride is an engaging hopeful documentary about the Tribal Youth Ambassador Program. In four short minutes, the film introduces the audience to the background of the program, the youth participants and the work that they do. Interviews with the young people and their mentors are skillfully woven with footage from the traditional crafts and the museum that this program supports. Tribal Pride acknowledges the historical trauma of the Native American people, and at the same time focuses on resilience of the people and hope for the future. It captures the passion of the young people for their traditions and respect for the elders, inviting the casual observer to learn more about the culture. This film is strong technically, an example of excellence in the craft of documentary filmmaking. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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OUR TREASURE - BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - The Aikuma Project preserves threatened languages by sharing stories as they are told by people in their language. By traveling around the world, collecting stories told by different communities, and transcribing them onto the Aikuma app - Aikuma has spearheaded the Treasure Language Storytelling Initiative. The Aikuma Project dedicates their time to the preservation of languages and the conservation of the diverse linguistic culture which exists globally. By sharing their stories, Treasure Language Speakers are able to find their voices, and realize a new meaning to their ability to speak their native language.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Our Treasure is a sensitive documentary that introduces the audience to a project that preserves languages, especially those that are spoken and not necessarily written around the world. We meet people from various backgrounds who are brought together through The Aikuma Project to tell stories and share music. This film sheds light on the importance of preserving the rich diversity of languages that make up the fabric of American society, even though the country is officially monolingual. The filmmakers achieve that goal through interviews, stories, photographs, event footage and a demo of the Aikuma app. What is unique about this documentary subject is the way it brings together a number of bilingual communities that all face the same challenges and opportunities. In short, this is a film about hope. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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YA-KA (OUR WATER) - BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - Indigenous struggles in America today are mostly hidden from public eye. As solidarity with the "No DAPL" movement has grown, more Native movements become more visible. This film aims to highlight the connection these movements have with what sustains all life: water. Elders and young activists alike share their stories and personal truths about water and their fight for it.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ya-Ka is a thoughtful, engaging documentary about an important topic that gets minimal attention in mainstream media. It links the past to the present, from events that took place in 1969 Alcatraz to the recent events at Standing Rock. The people who share their stories in the film come across as very natural. Getting the subjects to trust and open up is one of the most difficult tasks for a documentary director. The filmmaker succeeds here. The interviews with elders and youth activists highlight the common thread of the connection to the land and life-giving water. The film skillfully uses historical photographs and Standing Rock footage to engage the viewer. Since this is a short film, it barely scratched the surface of the issues. It has potential to be developed into a longer documentary. Excellent work from a talented young filmmaker. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12-18. Reviewed by Katarzyna K., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CROW'S PEAK
CROW'S PEAK - JOHN MCDONALD
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Drake and Frank learn a valuable life lesson after being invited to a party.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This comedy/horror short takes a different look at making sure you know who has invited you to a party before you go. I have to admit that I like it although, by KIDS FIRST! standards it would be considered marginal in terms of meeting the baseline criteria. But the humor infiltrates the entire show, it's well produced. I love the animation and the creepy characters. This is something I would program for Halloween if I was a programmer. It's fun and, in the long run, safe. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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AMAZING GRACE
AMAZING GRACE - JULIE MONEY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-14
Description - How a young girl navigates her way through life with her Father by her side, when he can't be there. It's about growing up. It's about resilience. This is Grace's real story. There are five episodes in this first series all around five minutes long.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this. It takes on the difficult subject of how a young girl manages to tackle life's hiccups without her dad who's passed away. But, has he? In this short film, he comes to her almost as real as the day to coach her. The acting by both the young girl and the dad is quite lovely. Both seem to live inside their roles and, if I didn't know they were acting, I would believe they are who they play. Nice background music, not too obtrusive. Well shot, staged and delivered. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 8 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BAKE SHOP GHOST, THE
BAKE SHOP GHOST, THE - LORETTE BAYLE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - In a haunted bake shop, a determined young woman struggles to find the perfect recipe to satisfy a hungry spirit. Based on a best-selling children's book, this film provides enchantment for all ages.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a perfect short film. It has a charming story, delightful characters, lovely acting and is beautifully shot. I rate this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18 as well as adults. It would make a wonderful addition to a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CALLING ALL ZEROS
CALLING ALL ZEROS - JOSHUA HORNE
Series: FAITH-BASED FEATURE, AGES 7-12
Description - Unlikely heroes form a support group in a backyard tree house to deal with a notorious school bully.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bullying is such a big issue these days both in and out of school. This short film tackles the issue head on with a cast of adorable characters and a relevant storyline. The camera work, audio work, theme song and sets are all quite well done. I particularly love the youth actors that I think a youth audience will relate to. I recommend this to ages 7 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 52 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FREE ADVICE WITH ADAM CHERNICK
FREE ADVICE WITH ADAM CHERNICK - SONDRA CHERNICK
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Each week on "Free Advice" 11 year-old stand-up comedian Adam Chernick helps conflicted and confused adults solve their real world problems using just his humor, honesty and heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my, Adam Chernick is not only an adorable 11 year old but his advice to adults is pretty profound. This kid could become the next Ann Landers or Jay Leno, it's hard to tell which way he might go. He's a stand up comedian with a heart and a level of understanding that most adults lack in a big way. I definitely recommend this short film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and highly recommend that the festival bring Adam in to speak to the audience. I can't think of any adult filmmaker who could be more genuine than this dude. Recommended for ages 8 to 18 as well as adults. 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TREETOP FAMILY: SPARROWS LEARN TO FLY
TREETOP FAMILY: SPARROWS LEARN TO FLY - SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - It's a big day in the old oak tree! The baby sparrows are learning to fly! Featuring the original song, "Flap Your Wings Together," from the makers of Super Simple Songs. Treetop Family is a delightful series for children all about family and friendship. Join the sparrows, the mice, the possums, and the squirrels as they sing, and play, and discover the world around them...together. There's always something new to learn in the old oak tree. Treetop Family....home for you and me.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short 2 D animated piece from Super Simple Songs is just that, super simple. And, I might add quite charming as well. It's an innocent piece showing how the baby birds learn how to fly. Probably not accurate in a scientific way but nonetheless, charming and appropriate for its intended audience - preschoolers. Lovely pastel colors, a wonderful tune and simple, uncluttered animation. Recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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BUMBLE NUMS: UNDERWATER WATERMELON SALAD
BUMBLE NUMS: UNDERWATER WATERMELON SALAD - SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - The Bumble Nums is a brand new cartoon full of counting and cooking fun! The Bumble Nums are going underwater for the secret ingredient for their next yum yum dish! Join Humble, Stumble, and Grumble in this children's cartoon as they go diving for underwater watermelons and then make a delicious Underwater Watermelon Salad!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This cheery animated short has a lot of things going for it. Nice 2D animation, good music and a reasonably good story line. Although not scientifically accurate, its fantasy is charming and fun. It also embed some stealth learning such as big, bigger, biggest. I recommend it for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PIT STOP: RUNNING ON EMPTY
PIT STOP: RUNNING ON EMPTY - SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - The race cars are having a showdown in the desert in Episode 3 of the car racing cartoon for kids, Pit Stop! But will the scorching hot conditions leave gas tanks bone dry? And can Racer #4 talk herself into the fastest race of her life? Whose race car will cross the finish line first? It's a hot one!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This four minute animated show is absolutely adorable, has great colors and the dialogue is clear and age appropriate. After I finished this episode I looked up other episodes on YouTube to share with my 20-month-old son. The 2D animation is very well done. The backgrounds as well as the moving images are clear and seamless. The facial expressions are absolutely precious. There are quite a few jokes that are fun for kids as well as their parents. I believe a child would enjoy watching number 4 talk to herself. I might add that I'm glad they have a female race driver among the group. It flows very well and the content is appropriate for its intended audience. I'd love to see this series become event longer. It has great potential in that way. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 2 to 5 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PAPER PUPPET PLAYHOUSE: THE THREE LITTLE PIGS & THE BIG BAD WOLF
PAPER PUPPET PLAYHOUSE: THE THREE LITTLE PIGS & THE BIG BAD WOLF - SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - The Three Little Pigs is a fairly tale about three little pigs who each build new homes before being visited by the Big Bad Wolf. One pig takes the easiest way and builds a house out of straw. The second pig also chooses an easy way and builds his house out of sticks. The third little pig builds a strong house out of brick. Which house do you think will be the safest and strongest?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wholeheartedly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. The whole Paper Puppet Playhouse is fantastic and so well done that I placed it on a playlist from YouTube so that I can watch the rest of the series. The narrator is quite engaging. Listening to his versions of the various characters is quite engaging. It makes you appreciate the talent of this voice over artist. The animation is wonderfully adorable and really immerses you in the story. It's simple 2D animation which is appropriate for its intended audience. My son is 20 months and thoroughly enjoyed this in every way. The storyline flows very well and is very suitable for its target audience. Watching the wolf trying to blow the houses down is really funny because the animation softens the aggressive wolf. This would look fantastic on the big screen. I think it's a great take on the story. I recommend this for ages 2 to 6, but I greatly enjoyed it myself. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for preschool programming for your festival, this is one that fits the bill! Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CARL'S CAR WASH: GUS'S GARBAGE TRUCK
CARL'S CAR WASH: GUS'S GARBAGE TRUCK - SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 3-6
Description - Yikes! Gus's garbage truck is trashed! What a stinky mess! Time to head to Carl's Car Wash to get this rubbish truck all cleaned up! Can Carl can choose the right car wash settings to get Gus's garbage truck sparkling clean?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend Carl's Car Wash: Gus's Garbage Truck for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's very cute and well done. I love watching educational shows that are meant for pre-school aged children. It always gives me ideas regarding how to teach toddler my son. I love how the show embeds learning moments when Gus takes his garbage truck to the car wash and Carl selects the type of vehicle, the level of messiness and other things. Also, Carl the viewer helps the customer count tokens. Very nice early math and language skills. There are funny little jokes that small children will appreciate. The animation is simple and brightly colored which helps hold kid's attention. The voices and background noises are well done and help keep you interested in the story. It has a great structure and is well designed for its target audience. One of our favorite things is during the actual car wash. The bubbles are fun to watch and brightly colored. My son loved that. I want a car wash like this. The only thing I am a bit disappointed is lack of cultural diversity. All the characters are white. Darn, this is cutely educational and I highly recommend it but, for lack of diversity have to mark it down a bit. I believe this is well suited for ages 3 to 6 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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THAT ONE SMILE
THAT ONE SMILE - TAMESHA SCOTT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - (Drama) Two sisters separated at birth and brought together through their love of music and each other...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This short film is well executed and delivers a highly believable story although the ending is a bit far fetched. The acting is superb. The camera work and audio are well done and it flows well. For a short film, it truly draws you in and holds your attention. I found myself wishing it was longer. Recommended for ages 10 to 15 as well as adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WELCOME TO CAMP APOTAMPKIN
WELCOME TO CAMP APOTAMPKIN - TAMESHA SCOTT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Jasper's mom finds a summer camp online and sends him, site-unseen to a camp for monsters and vampires
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Hysterical. This short film plays with the disconnected mom and the teen kid when she unwittingly sends him off to the perfect camp for him. It's well shot, well acted and well scripted for a young teen audience. Recommended for ages 12 to 16 and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HEAVENS HARD PITCHES
HEAVENS HARD PITCHES - TAMESHA SCOTT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A young girls searches for answers to her father's identity and the reason she was sent to foster care.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow, this heart-wrenching story brought tears to my eyes. It's a bit slow moving but that pace is actually suitable to the storyline. Well scripted, acted and produced. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 12 to 18 as well as adults. Anyone who has experienced foster care, in any way, will particularly resonate with this well thought out piece. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FRIENDS FOREVER
FRIENDS FOREVER - BIN LU
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Description - The movie is about two friends who really want to be each other, and ended up having a very unexpected adventure...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Adorable. This film by 6th grade student Vinca Lu warms my heart. It gives such insight into these two young girls, their friendship and dreams. Very well scripted, acted, shot and edited. I believe middle school students will thoroughly relate to the circumstances of these two girls and their lives. Recommended for ages 10 to 15 as well as adults. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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OK - IAN LANG
Series: FEATURE 5-12
Description - Young Matthew has struggled a lot over the past two years. Losing his mother to cancer, dealing with bullies, and now moving to a new town to get a "fresh start", it seems like everything in his world is upside down.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Bullying is such a prevalent topic these days, both in and out of school. This film shows the interaction between boys, bullies and friends and a father, and the issues they are all dealing with. The acting is quite good. The script, quite realistic. The sets and background music all take you to a place in middle America that many of us can relate to. There is no diversity shown here, as everyone is white, middle class. In spite of that, I find it commendable and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 13. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 50 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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MOM GOT EATEN BY A SPIDER DEMON
MOM GOT EATEN BY A SPIDER DEMON - STRETCH FILMS INC.
Series: SHORT AGES 8-12, ANIMATION
Description - A horror comedy about twin 'goosies' who rescue their mom after she becomes possessed by a spider demon.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This absolutely wacky animation and creative slapstick is thoroughly entertaining. It gets a bit violent for a kids' cartoon, almost like Itchy and Scratchy form the Simpsons. Much like classic Looney Tunes shorts, it provides enough absurd humor and insane animation for kids to enjoy! It is filled with creative visuals, slapstick comedy and nutty humor that will appeal to both a kid and adult audience. The quirky animation looks as if a coloring book was brought to life. This short's suspension of disbelief and unbalanced reality makes it charming. While at times it can get violent, it's harmless. The expressions of the characters are exactly what animation is supposed to do, over-exaggerate. Mouths are able to be bigger and eyes can become more revealing. Sound however may be obnoxious. There are a lot of screaming birds. The characters are clever and funny. The colors and backgrounds are quite amazing. This is the work of an animation genius, although not for those who take things too literally. This exemplifies humor and heart. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Keefer B and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DISHA'S BOAT
DISHA'S BOAT - AMIT KAPOOR
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - One afternoon, Disha, a vivacious 10 year old, comes home from school. She discovers her mother's new game and is very excited about it. Inquisitive and engrossed in her mother's hand written notes, Disha's task is simply to follow the instructions, have fun and do every activity independently. What challenges are in store for Disha?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this movie for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it has an appealing message about how a mom indirectly guides her daughter towards being independent and wonderfully charming actors. The movie flows well with main character, Disha's mom, communicating with her through sticky notes to guide her along. The movie quickly shows Disha becoming more independent. It's also little confusing in some aspects, such as the ending. The protagonist's acting is very realistic. Disha is quite adorable. Also, the background music is quite appropriate and adds greatly to the story. A child will enjoy the movie's theme about the mom continuously guiding her daughter through day to day tasks and helping her to be more independent. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for its target audience. I enjoyed the camerawork and the scenes of everyday life in India. Disha's costume, whether it's her school uniform or dress all look appropriate. I think this makes a wonderful addition to any youth or family film festival that wants to examine childhood and international families. It is shot in India, in English and is very easy to understand. I recommend this for ages of 6 to 12 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SHAKE IT OFF
SHAKE IT OFF - KRISTI VETICA
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - When a popular elementary school girl is treated like an outcast by her friends she learns how to cope through dance.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an inspiring short film about a young girl who achieves her goals, follows her dreams and overcomes the bullying directed at her. It is a great family movie and has a very strong message that will definitely spark a conversation between parents and their children. Shake It Off tells kids that you can put your mind to something and make it happen. The script is a little cheesy and predictable, but the production quality is pretty high and the cast especially the lead, quite outstanding. The protagonist is absolutely adorable and a great dancer to boot. The cinematography is quite good and the cast and crew deliver a pretty fantastic movie that families will enjoy, especially those interested in dance. The most appealing thing about this film is its message: just because someone tells you that you can't do something, doesn't mean it's true. The film flows well and makes a lot of sense. The subject is handled well, although there is not really give a good explanation as to whether the bullies are reprimanded. Bullying is serious business, especially when directed at younger kids. This story avoids making the situation too depressing while at the same time it doesn't sugarcoat anything. I believe a child would enjoy this because it's entertaining to watch and it sends out a great message. I recommend this film for ages 7 to 11 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for two categories: bullying and dance. Reviewed by Ella L. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 23 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-11 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WHAT GOES UP
WHAT GOES UP - JEANNETTE SAVAGE
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8-12
Description - Imaginative little girl Abby is going to explore the stars. She even has her own a cardboard spacecraft. But the destiny of stars is to collapse, and when tragedy strikes suddenly, Abby must learn how to find light in the dark.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think it's a great little film that shows that children are resilient and that they can overcome life's biggest obstacles. The story is about a little girl named Abby who has a big imagination. She is very interested in space exploration and her mother tells her that she can do whatever she puts her mind to, telling her to "reach for the stars." She spends a lot of time playing in her spaceship, which is constructed out of empty boxes. When she is in her ship, she travels to space. Midway through the movie, her mother dies and she has a hard time coping. She destroys her space ship, seemingly to give up on her dreams. But things turn around for her and her father and she begins to put more effort into completing her homework and doing well in school. Her father sends her to a space camp with a note saying "the sky's the limit," the words her mother used to say. He fixes her spaceship and she gets excited about learning again. The film flows very well and the story makes perfect sense. Visually, the cinematography is very clear, as is the sound quality. I particularly enjoyed the background music. It is empowering to children and, though the topic heavy - coping with Death of a loved one - it is addressed sensitively. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Amanda M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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