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RAG DOLLS
RAG DOLLS - ABOVE THE LINE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-14
Description - Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a young girl discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. For the dolls' very real counterparts, self-control is out of their hands.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very fun and enjoyable short film. I like the film's premise about a little girl who is able to control the adults with rag dolls she found in an antique chest. It makes for some very funny actions by the characters who don't understand what's happening to them. This film is perfect for children because the dolls get to know each other better and they see them in live action form. It makes sense and flows very well. The storyline is consistent and the language is appropriate for its intended audience. The music is very complimentary, almost like what is used in a silent film. It sets the mood and drives the pace. And, it's a happy sound. The quality of the cinematography is high, as is the audio. It should project well on a big screen. Most importantly, I think it will make young viewers laugh. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Ryan R. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! adult juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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MONSTER ISLAND - VISION FILMS
Series: DVD, AGES 5-10
Description - When not-so-popular Lucas finds out he is not really a human, but actually a monster, the news changes his whole world! Embarking on a quest to Monster Island to discover his real roots, Lucas undergoes a journey he will never forget. He finds himself face to face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. Ultimately Lucas learns that being a freak, isn't freaky--it means you're a member of a brand new type of family that you can proudly call your own.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Monster Island is a good film with animation that gave me feel a feeling of eeriness and anticipation. I enjoyed the story line.

Monster Island is about a boy named Lucas, a lonely kid who is getting bullied at school and his overprotective dad won't let him go anywhere without his inhaler. We learn that the reason is not that overexcitement might bring on an asthmatic attack, but an awful metamorphosis. The boy's secret is that he is a monster, like his dad. Lucas discovers his monster identity at the biggest party of the year, in front of all his friends, when he forgets his inhaler. He turns into a monster and scares everyone. His dad shows up with his inhaler and he returns to his human state. His dad explains his origins and his powers. Lucas learns they are from an island called Calvera and sets out to find the island and his Grandmother Carlotta.

The movie is very watchable. One message of the movie is to accept who you. Lucas' uncle is not a monster like the others in his family and he resents it. He becomes a mad scientist and causes problems for the family and Calvera.

Every monster is unique and the animators truly show off great creative talent here. The storyline is simple, easy to understand and makes sense. The coordination between sound and movement is good. The music gives a haunting and scary feeling.

I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 10. Look for this entertaining film on-line at YouTube, Google Play, ITunes and similar. It's available now so go check it out.

Reviewed by Juanita L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

The animation reminded me of early Jimmy Neutron shows. The story is about a 13-year-old boy who finds out his asthma inhaler is actually a device that keeps him from transforming into a monster. He travels to Monster Island to discover who he really is. It's a cute fantastical story with tons of potential that doesn't develop completely. I wanted it to do so much more. But, let's talk about what is good in this movie. The small lessons are great. I loved watching the confused child realize who he is, who his father is and watch him grow to appreciate all of that. It's a great lesson for anyone interested in self discovery. I give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 13. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Monster Island is a great film because of its animation and unique storyline. I love how the monsters are animated. I also adore the storyline. It's something I've never seen before.

Monster Island is about a boy named Lucas who's a monster, but doesn't know it since his dad hid it from him his whole life. His dad has given him a potion to stop him from turning into a monster by hiding it as an inhaler. When Lucas forgets his inhaler at home to go the biggest party of the year, he turns into a monster which scares everyone. Luckily, his dad comes to the rescue with his inhaler which turns him back into a human. His dad explains what's happening and where he got his powers from. Turns out, they're from an island called Calvera. Lucas goes on an adventure to find this island. But will he find it? Watch it to find out!

The animation reminds me of Frankenweenie and Coraline which are some of my favorite Halloween movies. Unlike Frankenweenie and Coraline, Monster Island is all computer animation. However, it looks like claymation. I'm fascinated by the attention to detail. Every monster is unique. There are squid monsters and humongous monsters who tower over people.

I love the characters in this movie. Two of my favorites are the two police officers. I love their banter as they try to catch Lucas, but always fail. I love how the pumpkin monster is the "brains" of their team while the deer head monster is the tough dumb one. They had me cracking up the whole time.

The message of this movie is to accept yourself. Lucas' uncle tries to become a monster since he never became a monster. He felt left out because all of his family are monsters, but he isn't. Although his family loves him either way, he still tries to find a way to become a monster through science.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 10. You can find this incredible movie online now so, go check it out.

Reviewed by Carla P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12
Runtime: 80 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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FLOWER'S EYES, A
FLOWER'S EYES, A - XILANG PRODUCTIONS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Eight students of different ethnic background are learning Mandarin at a tuition class. They are behind in their Chinese schoolwork but are learning happily with their gentle, caring tuition teacher in a colorful natural environment. A beautiful and harmonious bond awakens a pure heart.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A Flower's Eyes is a calming short film perfect for a youth and family audience. The songs are melodious, lovable and made me smile. The story follows students learning Chinese with a warm-hearted teacher who loves her students dearly. The children are adorable and add an innocence that younger audiences will enjoy. In the beginning, the camera's point of view is from the eye of a flower that is watching the children on their way to class. Once in class, the camera stays outside the classroom, so viewers cannot see inside but can hear the laughter and voices of the children. The bond between the sweet children and their teacher is very appealing, as are the visuals of the Malaysian nature and wildlife. I also enjoyed the songs. There are some scenes that don't seem to have a purpose, but the ambience of the film emanates a peaceful and loving feeling. The film flows well most of the time, however some transitions are confusing. For example, there is a scene where the teacher and her son are sitting together and then it switches to showing the teacher teaching her students a song about a snowman. There is a sudden change in topic that doesn't make sense. However, it is still very watchable. The film uses vocabulary and concepts suitable to its audience most of the time, although there is a scene where the teacher mentions menstruating, which I think is unsuitable for younger kids. The visual appeal and soundtrack are what stand out to me most. There are multiple nature shots. These are my favorite and they make it interesting and unique. For example, during the first song, we see a forest in the rain. The close-ups of the leaves show beads of water and small insects crawling around them. The two songs, "The Eyes of a Flower" and "Why is the Snowman Missing" are delightful and suitable for younger kids. The sound quality is consistent and clear throughout the film. The message of the film is that, when you look at the world through a flower's eyes, it is extraordinarily beautiful. I recommend this film for ages 5 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because I believe little children will enjoy the songs, the nature visuals and the bright colors. Reviewed by Sahiba K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE
COSMOSPENGUIN IN SUSHILAND, THE - RUSLANA BERNDL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 2-6
Description - The adventures of the Cosmospenguin (which is just on diet) lead him from his home planet Jupiter up to the light years distant, praised Sushiland. In search of a treasure he meets the frog (which suffers at iron deficiency). His trip to San Francisco ends in the chaos. In his visit in Vienna he saves together with the frog the squirrel (which can shout very loudly). On his odyssey in the desert he hits on the camel Simon (who needs no gasoline). For what is looking the Cosmospinguin on the Sushiland, seems at first unclear. Only after he has travelled around half a planet, finally, the sense of his trip becomes by him conscious ...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The student short, Cosmopenguin In Sushiland is a fun imaginative romp through spectacular locations such as Sushiland, Abu Dabhi and Vienna. It follows a penguin from Jupiter who goes on a bizarre journey around the world with characters like a frog who eats meteorites and a squirrel. It is very childlike, colorful and fun. I appreciate how everyday objects like toy cars and toy penguins are incorporated into the film. It doesn't have amazing production quality, but it has an endearing homemade quality to it. I think children will enjoy it and it could inspire them to make their own films in the future. This short film is very weird, but I believe younger kids could very much enjoy it. I recommend this offbeat tale for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BIBI FUN PARK
BIBI FUN PARK - JOEL STUTZ
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Children see the world as a big fun park. Everything is exciting and adventurous. The loss of a soother is a big tragedy for our small Bibi friends. In this big world, characterized by the unreachable tall tower, Bibi's mother becomes the most precious support children have to grow with happiness.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This well executed piece of animation has a fast pace, a clear storyline and fun and colorful characters. The story about an anthropomorphic animal losing his soother (pacifier in US) is something young kids can relate to. The ending is quite satisfying. I'm recommending this to ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DRAIN RANGERS: EPISODE 4
DRAIN RANGERS: EPISODE 4 - FAITH HANEY
Series: SHORT FILM, AGES 5-12
Description - Too much stormwater can be a big problem! This educational stop-motion animation series illustrates the causes of - and solutions to - dirty stormwater runoff. Join the Drain Rangers as they discover ways we can all help keep our lakes, rivers and streams clean.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is amazing and I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival in the Environment Short Film category. Children will enjoy it because it has unique and interesting animation and a wonderful message about problems children should find interesting. The stop motion animation is really well done. The costumes and sets are also quite good. I love the sound track, which makes the animation spring to life. All the production values are high enough to meet big screen standards. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for school aged children. The main character is a young child. The only potential unappealing factor is the word engineering in the title. Unless, you are a nerd like me, you might take a look at the title and assume the film is going to be boring. The word stormwater in the title is appealing, I believe. When I saw it, I wondered exactly what storm water. I believe the film encourages kids to help protect the environment and it belongs in a youth and family film festival. I recommend it for ages 5 to 12 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MELTDOWN - ZOE COHEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - In this comedic thriller, two guys try to escape from a basement by deciphering hidden clues. Tension heightens when the clues become more and more personal.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This live action student film captures your attention from the get go and holds it through the ending with a big twist. It's well produced with excellent video and audio quality, including sound effects which enhance the thriller aspect of it. It starts out with two teen boys wandering in the dark, not knowing where they are. They find a light switch and then clues about their whereabouts. One boy's face is printed on the head of a pi�ata of sorts and then there's a knocking at the door. Things get weird until, they get weirder. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 13 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MATHXPLOSION
MATHXPLOSION - HODA ELATAWI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Math is everywhere! In fact, outside, inside, everywhere, and every day is a mathXplosion! In each exciting, entertaining, and funny math-short, 'mathemagician' Eric shares secrets from the not-so-hidden world of math, such as measuring the height of a tree using your thumb -- no ladder, no measuring tape, no kidding! But make no mistake, it's not magic, it's math! Discover your own amazing mathematical abilities. Guided by Ontario's elementary mathematics curriculum, these fun math-shorts will give children aged 6 to 8 and beyond, the tools to thrill family and amaze friends!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Move over Bill Nye! Eric Leclerc and his production team have created a really really fun math show that any kid worth their salt will love. The graphics are terrific. The sound effects fun and silly. Great production values all around and a wonderful host. Math is critical to any kid's cerebral repertoire and this short film (hopefully to become a series in the not too distant future) makes learning fun. All Star around. 5 out of 5 stars and recommended for ages 5 to 8. Can't wait to see more! Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Great educational film that deals with measuring the height of an object. The production value is high and the material used is accurate and informative. The camera work is done well and the host of the show is both entertaining and endearing. The script is well written and kids will certainly learn a lot from it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DOCTOR
DOCTOR - YAVUZ UCER
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 13-18
Description - Turkoman Besir and his family forced to flee to T�rkiye from Syria because of their village was bombed in the civil war of Syria. Besir's dream because the civil war was being a doctor and helping people, but after , he Is just smiling and not answering to the question "What's your dream?". The family which fell apart and living different cities because of the T�rkiye's living conditions, trying to continue their lifes. Besir have to work, away his mother and without see her. Then he started to mix trashes and collect waste papers and cardboards.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student short reveals a story about a young boy whose life has been thrown into turmoil thanks to the civil war in Syria. It is well told and brings home the impact this war has on human beings. For Americans who live so far away, it is a lesson with great impact. What if this happened to you? What would you do? Recommend for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 13 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DOGS OUT
DOGS OUT - TONY PAPA
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A man changes the outlook of a small town by convincing everyone to push their dogs out
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very enjoyable, especially for dog lovers. This student short has an interesting concept and subtle political side. It features many adorable dogs and teaches a well-needed message about finding the root to a problem. It has a nonlinear story line, which works. There is no resolve. Instead, there is a comedic ending that leaves it up to the viewer to decide. There is one foul word. All the camera work is well done, especially the drone shots. The sets also are quite believable, visually appealing and the radio station scenes are particularly well done. There is nothing that screams cinematic about this, but it will translate to a big screen just fine. It has enough cute dogs and relevant commentary to be compelling. Its stance on political issues is relevant in today's culture. Using dogs as a euphemism works perfectly. Overall, it is an enjoyable film that I recommend for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 10 to 18 and up. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Keefer B and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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YOU GOT A PROBLEM...
YOU GOT A PROBLEM... - CHARLES MANDRACCHIA
Series: EPISODICS
Description - Uncle Louie and his Italian-American Paisanos solve a problem that the Pizza Man is having with a bunch of kids from a Brooklyn neighborhood. You got a problem, no problem...just call uncle Louie. He'll take care of it! No Problem!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cleverly constructed. I enjoyed the characters and the animation. Quite a different approach to teaching fractions. Not sure how many of the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners will incorporate this into their programming but, I will definitely recommend it. It's off kilter, has a different spin on the mafia and their impact on society. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BEGGARS
BEGGARS - RAVINDER DHAKA TELEFILMS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-15
Description - Desire to live with Self esteem and pride awakes in his heart. When thinking of a person starts changing that thought affected his society as well . Then, along with the man he seems to change the society. In our film "Beggars" a boy has changed the attitude of his beggars society .He taught them and People of his age to live with dignity and pride.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This fictionalized film follows the life story of a young Indian boy trying to get food to eat. Although the characters are made up, the story is a true one about life for boys such as these who live in poverty. The lesson learned by the younger boy is to do something useful for others and get paid rather than simply beg. It's a life changing moment for the younger boy who thrives under the tutelage of the older one and is no longer starving. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it has a great lesson about working hard rather than beg. The scenes are very realistic as they show the life of a street beggar. We see how a stranger helps the young beggar to understand that you need to serve others in order to earn food or money legitimately. The movie starts out sad when we see the beggar boy as very hungry and no one will give him food. Later, he is saved by another boy who shows him how to work hard at small jobs to earn money or food. The most appealing part about the film is the moral of the story. I think children will relate to it because the primary characters are children. The movie flows well. The vocabulary and concepts are suitable for its intended age. The sound, camerawork, sets and locations are all done well and appropriate to the story. I recommend it for ages 5 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CONNECTED: THE FUTURE
CONNECTED: THE FUTURE - ANGELA VAULT
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Description - Two years ago, Alexa Payesko created 'Connected', a documentary about four adorable seven and eight year-old girls who discuss what technology means in their lives. The charming, funny, future rock stars, artists, and teachers explain how iPhones, iPads, and LeapPads inform and dominate their lives. Now, two years later, and two years older, Alexa went back to find how their views on technology have changed. 'Connected: The Future' looks at each girl to see if they are really connected with their technology. They all love their selfies, but as one girl noted in 'Connected', "too much technology isn't good for the brain." Is that how they still feel?
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Connected: The Future is a documentary film about four ten year old girls who compare how technology in their lives in present time versus when they were eight years old. Something that I found interesting, and many viewers will too, was the fact that eight year olds now text and Face Time on their cell phones. When I was eight, I had an iPod that I couldn't text on. I was one of the more fortunate people, as a lot of my friends didn't even have iPods. It is crazy to see how the times have changed. Another thing that many people will find interesting is the fact that the young girls noticed how often their mothers went onto technology and how obsessed they are. My only complaint with the film was that the way the girls use technology didn't change drastically in two years, yet it was still intriguing to see how technology affected these four totally different girls. For these reasons, I think it would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Recommended for ages 5-12. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BOY BY THE SEA, THE
BOY BY THE SEA, THE - VASILY CHUPRINA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - The story of an unlikely friendship. A young boy sitting by the sea, watching the stones he throws disappear beneath the surface. An old lighthouse keeper. A different truth beyond the water.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautifully produced piece from the cinematography to the background music, the acting, direction, costumes and location. The topic of death is a bit heavy for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. I am going to recommend it because of its excellence. I can't promise that many of our KIDS FIRST! Film Fest partners will select it. It does deserve recognition as an outstanding film. I would give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SCARLETT-ANGELINA
SCARLETT-ANGELINA - LORETTE BAYLE
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-15
Description - Scarlett-Angelina is a little girl who knows how to take care of herself, much to the dismay of the small-time crook who kidnaps her. Never underestimate a little girl with good manners.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Well produced, surprise ending. Great locations, visuals, background music and acting. I particularly like the two main characters which are extremely well played and very believable. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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UNDEBATABLE - GAYLA GOEHL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - Julia has cerebral palsy (played by Julia Illy who really does have cerebral palsy) but that's not going to stop her from walking on-stage for the school's debate to be the next sixth grade president. It's undebatable that Julia is the best candidate yet does everyone see her qualifications or her disorder.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Voting, sexism, disability, teens - all good topics for a student film. I love that this film addresses these important issues and the conversations about them are meaningful. Casting a child actor as someone with cerebral palsy who actually has the disease definitely makes a statement in this film. Everyone in the cast seems quite suited to their roles. The visuals are well done as is the audio. The only issue I have with it is the background sounds when the kids are speaking backstage. It's a bit too loud and overshadows the dialogue. The film takes a twist at the end that will pull at your heart-strings and makes us see how everyone has a disability of some sort. Highly recommended for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 10 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reporter.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CRUSHED
CRUSHED - GAYLA GOEHL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-14
Description - The Hurricane runs this small town middle school until the new girl arrives and he develops his first crush. What wouldn't a bully do for love?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Crushed is a sweet short film with a good concept and lesson. The story follows a bully named Braxton. He rules the school with his intimidating behavior and countless victories in arm wrestling. He strolls around the school with his crew who help maintain his reputation throughout the school. Students feel powerless against this bully. One day, a new girl who doesn't fear Braxton arrives. She brings with her hope for the students who cower in fear whenever Braxton appears. Those students rally her to take on Braxton and claim his title in arm wrestling. Little does she know, Braxton is in love with her. On the surface, Crushed already sounds like an original comedy, but it manages to convey a heartfelt message about forgiveness and second chances by the end. I liked the main character. Normally, you don't like the bully in a film such as this one. But the fact that Braxton is both a protagonist and antagonist is very interesting. Braxton is not a great person and he is flawed, but something about his personality and his decision to apologize for how mean he was to his classmates makes his character likable. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DREW'S DANCING DRUM
DREW'S DANCING DRUM - SHERRE CHAPPELL
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Description - Drew loves playing his drum for people until he is bullied by a boy named Malcolm. His dad encourages Drew to go on drumming and befriend the very boy that bullied him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great visuals. Wonderful animations. I love the detailed backgrounds such as the moving fish in the fish bowl. I love the father/son relationship also. Bullies are everywhere and this one is ever so typical as is the boy's reaction. Inviting the bully to join them is perhaps an overly optimistic solution but hey, it works in this film. And, everyone ends up dancing together at the end. Love happy endings. And, I really love the visuals and background music. I recommend this for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and suggest its appropriate age group as 4 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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RAINBOW FIELDS (XHOIHOBOTE DHEMALITE)
RAINBOW FIELDS (XHOIHOBOTE DHEMALITE) - BIDYUT KOTOKY
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - On a soul searching journey back to his native place on hearing the news of the death of a childhood friend, a famous film director has to confront the unresolved vestiges of a terrible childhood accident, before he loses his last chance for redemption and closure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film offers an inside look at children growing up during a violent period in Assam and shows how they are affected. They create a realistic story as a play. The film explores the difference between what is real in a play compared to real life. The film flows very well. It explores the friendship between Pulak and Niyori. We see the protagonist, Niyori, with his family as a adult. When he learns of the death of his childhood friend Pulak, we learn about their childhood adventures. The flashbacks of Pulak and Niyori's childhood are very charming and we can feel and experience how remarkable it was. In one scene, Kuwoli, the younger sister of Niyori sees a group setting fire to a village while on her way to school. It traumatizes her and she refuses to speak. At their wits' end, her parents call her grandfather and he explains to the sisters how film can make something seem real when it is not. He gets Kuwoli to talk again. The scenery of the Indian State of Aasam is stunningly beautiful and calming, especially the scenes of the river bordering the village. This film encourages the idea of keeping promises and dreaming big no matter what happens. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18 and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juanita S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 89 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FREESTYLE
FREESTYLE - ANTHONY WILLIAMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 4-11
Description - Opposite's attract. A playful 2D pup encounters a curious new toy, a 3D basketball that unfortunately has a mind (and stomach) of it's own... .
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun short film that explores a very cute dog fantasy. It is entertaining to watch, although I wish it was longer because it feels as if something is missing. The animation is very well done. The dog is done in 2D animation and, when it moves you sometimes see the drawing lines which seems odd, but is shockingly charming. The music and sound effects are minimal and get the point across. It flows well and will project nicely on the big screen. Kids will love it! I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is perfect for the festival kind of environment. A child would enjoy this. Dogs are a strong subject for children. I recommend it for ages 4 to 11 and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-11 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BEST FRIEND
BEST FRIEND - CORY REEDER
Series: SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - After moving across the country a little girl finds more than a best friend when her parents let her adopt a dog.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film touches your heart in so many ways. Moving cross country can be an emotionally traumatic experience for young children and, this film addresses that straight on. Additionally, the young actress who plays the protagonist has Down Syndrome and plays her role unbelievably well. There are some surprises when the family goes to pick out a rescue dog and meet another family that has also just moved. Can't tell you the ending but, let's just say it is heartfelt and honestly encouraging. A big recommendation for a family film festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful film! It deals with a child moving and turns it into a very charming story. Moving is an issue many kids deal with. This is a story that I personally can relate to. I have been involved in a move so I empathize with the main character, Deirdre. The characters are very likable and relatable. I also think including a dog in a story about a kid moving is a fantastic choice. Dogs have been known who help people with emotional issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. They also help with loneliness associated with moving. This film is very well thought out. I like that the actress who plays the main character actually has Down Syndrome. It's rare to see this condition represented in media and this is a remarkable step forward. The disabled representation doesn't stop there, as the dog chosen by Deirdre's friend, Alvie, has wheels attached to him. Another thing I like about this film is how the kids' parents end up becoming friends. The four of them end up having very entertaining reactions that are very believable. This film flows very well and is easy to watch. The cinematography is very appealing and it has a very charming story. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS
SHIMAJIRO AND THE RAINBOW OASIS - ISAMU HIRABAYASHI
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 3-7
Description - Shimajiro and his friends meet Coco, a girl who was separated from her mother during a severe sandstorm. They decide to help Coco find her mother, leaving Dr. Roarson behind to repair the Dig-Bug so they can all go home. This is the fifth movie starring a tiger boy named Shimajiro, and it was screened in movie theaters around Japan. The movie has been conceived to be a child's first movie theater experience, and has been designed in a way that will hold the attention of a young audience throughout the film. Each child is given a cardboard megaphone that they are encouraged to use at various times by the story's characters to cheer them on or shout a particular phrase, and even use as a weapon to thwart the film's villain. The film itself features a wide variety of entertainment, from sing-alongs to dance-alongs, puppet animation, and regular animation. Japanese screenings of the movie come with a short break in the middle, while the lighting and sound in the theater are adjusted to give the children the most comfortable experience possible.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I was intrigued by this film's title, Rainbow Oasis. I was very curious about what this film was all about, having never hears of a rainbow oasis before. I definitely believe that a child would enjoy this because everything is so colorful and very interactive. The quality is great, especially the animation. The background music fits in nicely and really sets the mood, such as the time they are being chased by a snake. I also like the costumes. A child can easily relate to the storyline. It uses vocabulary and concepts that kids will understand. Coco and her mom live in the desert, so it is awesome to see them wear something different than Shimanjiro and his friends. You can also see the cultural differences. This movie flows very well. I also love that there is a six minute break in the middle of the movie for little kids. The movie makes sense, and even though this is for younger audiences, I was entertained. The only bad thing about this film is that at one point, instead of the characters being animated, they switch to puppets and then back to animation which was confusing. I believe kids ages 3 to 7 will love this, so I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 60 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BENCH, THE
BENCH, THE - HANK ISAAC
Series: SHORTS, AGES 8-14
Description - In this short homage to the days of silent film, "The Bench" tells the story of young love in a familiar triangle of rich versus poor.

Director's statement: "The Bench" began as a workshop for my young actors to challenge them to tell a story without speaking. We decided to follow it through as a finished film with the goal of expressing not just the "look" of the late 1920s but also the naive sensibilities of the period. Please note that the four principal cast members were between 10 and 12 years old at the time of filming.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Gotta love the homage to silent films and this short delivers its message just as clearly as it might had it contained dialogue. As a silent film fan, I am slightly biased. Nevertheless, the production values are quite good, the piano accompaniment classic and the acting by these young students quite admirable. Yup, it's a yes from me. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 14. Adults will most likely get a chuckle to of it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TRIGGA
TRIGGA - MELONI POOLE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 9-18
Description - She'd rather not speak and prefers life as a horse, but the girls at school just won't leave her alone
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A very compelling film about bullying. Based on a true story. This short film by an English filmmaker is about a school-aged girl with an active imagination being bullied at school. She'd rather not speak and prefers life as a horse, but the girls at school just won't leave her alone. It is a little different and I like that it has a happy ending and good acting. The scenes are realistic and the story line flows well. It is a bit unbelievable, but still a good story. It has good visual appeal, enjoyable scenes and settings and an enjoyable soundtrack. I love how the young girl overcomes her problems through her love for horses. Its message is about love and kindness. Although there are some bullying scenes, the violence is not over the top. I recommend this for ages 9 to 18 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Juror, Denise B. and Julie S.
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Runtime: 16 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NOT ONE OF US
NOT ONE OF US - BILL JARCHO
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a 'superior" orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved. On the surface, "Not One of Us" is a child-like fable, but ultimately it's a dark commentary about the walls that get built in the name of greed, violence, and xenophobia . This 8 min. stop motion animated film was created by Bill Jarcho and Sean Burns of Bill & Sean's Excellent Animation. The voices are all in the universal language of gibberish.

Bill Jarcho is an animation director and puppeteer living on Vashon Isl. in Washington State. In the 1980's he was co-founder and creative director of Olive Jar Studios in Boston, where they produced many of the early MTV and Nickelodeon spots, as-well-as music videos, shorts, and TV commercials. Later he worked for Will Vinton Studios in Portland Oregon where he directed episodes of the PJ's (a nationally broadcast animated series on Fox TV). In 2016 he opened Bill and Sean's Excellent Animation with long time friend and fellow animator Sean Burns.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - An emotionally engaging stop motion clay animation film. There is no dialogue. It is truthful and mirrors both historical and current events from the Colonization of America to Donald Trump building a wall. The orange men (symbolizing Trump, Columbus, etc.) attack the innocent multi-colored people after they gave them food and shared their talents with them. With everything going on in today's world, people will see similarities between the film and reality and will connect emotionally. Underlying themes of xenophobia, racism, and violence are sure to stir up some important conversations between parents, kids and friends. I like how this film motivates that type of conversation. However, it is not appropriate for little ones because of the violence. The claymation gives the film an aesthetically pleasing visual appeal. One thing that stands out to me in films is the soundtrack which, for a non-narrative film, is critical. I most definitely think this film deserves a space in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Ella L., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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OUTSIDE
OUTSIDE - LAURA NORRIS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 12
Description - When a lonely little boy finds a strange creature in the woods, he must keep it a secret from his mom or risk losing his only friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Children will greatly enjoy this. The mischievous nature is quite fun. I love the playful nature of this animation. It brings back fantastic memories of being a kid and being fascinated by wild life, but my parents were not all that thrilled by all the new friends I brought home. The story of this short film is very relatable and full of fun bits of imagination that really feel as if it came from the mind of a child. The animation itself is lovely, with a beautiful water color background and simple animations. I really liked the whole thing, but the art is my favorite. I feel there is a great deal love in this project and the simplicity of it is quite heart warming. This story flows very well and is very watchable. The people behind this animation deserve recognition. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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