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Send us your screenplays!

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

KFLOGO.jpgDid you know that KIDS FIRST! also endorses screenplays? We love screenplays because they are like children themselves. One day they hope to grow up to be stories on screen. They show tons of potential, they spark our imaginations and give us a glimpse of something special before most people have ever heard of them.

Every screenplay evaluated by KIDS FIRST! receives a designation as approved or not accepted, just like the other products we review. However, whether we are able to recommend the title or not, every entry also receives a full written adult review by our specially trained screenplay jurors. This evaluation is extremely comprehensive, and screen-writers tell us, is very useful as they move forward with their project. Endorsed screenplays receive our KIDS FIRST! approved logo and recommendation letter as well.

Even better – we now accept screenplay submissions year-round! In the past, screenplays were reviewed quarterly with our film festival entries (which we now accept twice per year.) Now that we’ve moved them from our film festival to our endorsement program we are able to make the process ongoing. And, there’s just one flat fee, so no more worrying about late deadlines.

Although screenplays are no longer part of our film festival program, they are still eligible to win a KIDS FIRST! Best Award in their category!

You can submit your screenplay online – on our website or through Withoutabox. Only $55 for CQCM members; $75 for non-members and a $5 discount through Withoutabox if you are a member with them. Re-submissions are only $25 if done within 6 months of the original.

Turnaround time is quicker than ever right now, so send them in! We have great folks just waiting to read the next blockbuster film!

All endorsed screenplays must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! Baseline Criteria and be appropriate for any age group 18 and under.

Great New Jury Classes – Available When You Are!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

CartoonComputerGuy.jpgWant to become a Juror, but can’t seem to make it to any of the online classes? Started your jury training and still haven’t finished part 2 because of your busy schedule? Well, I have good news! Whether you want to take a live webinar, or train during your free time, the option is now all yours!

Our Juror Training Webinar is now available in a recorded version! This means you no longer have to work around our schedule, the whole program is available online and by email. Even if you choose the recorded option, you will still receive a personal trainer to take you through the process. The class can be completed in as little as two days if you wish!

NEW LIVE CLASS DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON! Live classes are fun and interactive, though the content is the same as the recording.

Here is what you need to do to get signed up:

  1. Go online and fill out our online application form. If you are already signed up, and just need to complete the course, then all you need to do is email the Jury Manager for instructions. On the form, please note whether you prefer the live class or the recorded version of the webinar. If you need to request a fee waiver for the class, please note that on the form as well.
  2. Pay the $10 admin fee.The admin fee covers our cost to provide this training. A limited number of waivers are available. Payment instructions and waiver decisions will be provided after the online application has been completed.

Once you’ve completed the application process, you will receive all the instructions you need. Contact us with your questions and check out the Jury Web Page for more information.

Don’t delay! With new movies out all the time, independent films, games and now iPhone, iPod and iPad apps in for review, it’s a great time to become a juror!

Jury Class Update

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Stock Image - Happy smiling familyOur recorded class is getting rave reviews! Available when you are, they are the most flexible option available to become a KIDS FIRST! juror. If you’ve been putting off the training because of your busy schedule, now is the perfect time to get started. Work at your own convenience, your own pace and you don’t even have to worry about the screaming kids and barking dogs in the background!

Want a more fun and interactive experience? New classes are now opening for November 15 and 17. It’s a 2-part class, so you need to attend both of those dates to complete the program.

Click here to register for the live class or the recorded webinar! Want to know more? Check out our Jury Page, or send a message. I’d love to hear from you!!

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Did You Know That KIDS FIRST! Evaluates More Than Just Movies?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

We all know how important it is to help our kids learn to navigate their world and make good life decisions. Media is one of those all-pervasive messages in most of our kid’s lives. That’s why learning to make educated choices is so important.

At KIDS FIRST! our Adult and Child Jurors evaluate more than just movies! KIDS FIRST! evaluates audio CDs, independent productions, feature films, TV series, interactive games like Nintendo DS and Wii and now we even review iApps for your iPhone, iPad or iPod! As a juror, you are only asked to evaluate media that fits in your child’s age group, when you are available and for equipment you already possess. It’s flexible, fun, educational and it helps others making media decisions for their own families.

If you still haven’t signed up to take the Jury Training Class… What are you waiting for? Consider this your personal invitation. To ensure a spot in an upcoming class, register here. New class dates will be announced shortly for the Spring sessions. Each session of classes lasts approximately one hour per class (two classes per session) and all you need is internet access and a telephone or headset to join. Your $10 admin fee is all you ever pay, and you’ll get lots of free children’s media!

Winter Jury Classes Announced!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

FamTV.jpgJoin us for our upcoming Jury Training classes! Do you worry about what your kids watch on TV, in the movies and in interactive games? Here’s your chance to get involved in media literacy in your own community, while helping families across the country make good media purchasing and viewing decisions.

Become a KIDS FIRST! Juror and start your own Junior Film Critics Program! You can also build up a hefty media library to donate to your favorite charitable organization, school or library, OR keep them for yourself! Review independent films and larger production titles. Listen to new children’s music and play the newest interactive games.

Our upcoming class dates are as follows:

Feb 15 and 17 at 10 am MT (noon ET)
More dates to be announced soon, sign up now to reserve your spot!

For more information, email us or call 505-989-8076. Register online now!

Jurors! Share Your Love For Film With Your Community!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

KF_FilmCriticsLogo1.jpgWant to share your love for children’s films and media literacy? Want to get your school or other community organization involved in your jury? Here’s your chance…

Join the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ Weekend, November 8-14, for an event that teaches kids strong critical thinking, writing and public speaking skills. Host your very own movie party and screening of Velveteen Rabbit. The DVD is free for schools and libraries and all the marketing materials you need are available online. Partnering with another organization will help you to build good community relationships. Although you cannot charge for entry, a non-profit organization can raise funds through raffles, food sales and other creative endeavors. The Velveteen Rabbit is a great family film, especially suitable for kids ages 6-15.

Contact us today to host your very own free screening! After all, everyone loves a free movie!

Just a reminder… vote for your favorite reviewer on wonderworldtv! Voting closes on October 31 and 20 kids will be chosen as finalists in our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Search. Make sure your favorite gets in. Vote today!

Jurors – Don’t Let Your Kids Miss Out!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ Campaign is an awesome opportunity for any kid ages 6-15, but jurors have an even better chance of being chosen! Why is that? Because your jurors already know how to evaluate children’s media.This is an amazing opportunity for your son or daughter, or another member of your children’s jury!

The KIDS FIRST! first annual Film Critics’ search is a national campaign to find 5 kids who will serve as official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for one year. The lucky winners will be flown to LA to attend red carpet events, will attend advance screenings of new films, interview celebrities on and off the red carpet and write reviews and blogs about films for kids and families. One lucky winner who evaluates the director’s cut of Velveteen Rabbit will also win a $10,000 scholarship!

All entries must be completed by October 20. So get your written review in today — you’ll want the extra time to make sure it’s just right. Receive a prize just for entering!

While You’re Waiting – 4 new class dates announced!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

GirlComputer.JPGWhile you are patiently waiting to have access to the pre-recorded version of our Jury Training Class, we are also announcing our dates for LIVE classes in August and September. For both months, we are offering convenient evening and day time classes..

Evening Classes:
August 9 and 11 (Mon and Wed) at 8 p.m. ET
September 20 and 22 (Mon and Wed) at 8 pm. ET

Day Classes:
August 24 and 26 (Tues and Thurs) at noon ET
September 14 and 16 (Tues and Thurs) at noon ET

You will need to be available on both evenings in a series in order to complete this 2-part training.
We still have some FREE spaces left, but this offer might end VERY soon, so sign up now to reserve your space. After that, there will be a $10 admin fee (previously $40, so it’s still a great bargain!)

Questions? Contact us by email, visit us online or call the office at 505-989-8076.

New! Free Jury Training to the First 50 Registrants

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Fact: The average American child will spend more time watching television and playing videogames than he or she will spend in school. You have a right to be concerned about the amount of time kids spend on media.

Won’t you join us to teach children healthy media habits that last a lifetime? Become a
KIDS FIRST! Juror and start your own Junior Film Critics Club in time for summer!

Best of all, we’re offering free training to the first 50 people who sign up for an April or May Jury Training!

And we’ve got 4 new classes scheduled for you to choose from:

April 27 and April 29 at 8pm EST
May 3 and May 5 at 2pm EST
May 10 and May 12 at 8pm EST
May 17 and May 19 at 8pm EST
(It’s a 2-part class, so you will need to attend both sessions in order to complete your training.)

Everyone who completes a jury registration form, will be automatically be enrolled in this month’s
KIDS FIRST! sweepstakes. You could win cool new DVDs for your family, but that doesn’t even
compare with the amount you can add to your media library once you’ve become a juror.

With your support, KIDS FIRST! can reach millions of kids and change their behavior from being
passive to active viewers. When we change kids’ behavior, we change the behavior of families and
our communities. Everyone benefits.

Want to learn more? Visit our Jury Page or contact our Jury Manager. Sign up today!

Toddlers as Critics

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Many people feel strongly that kids under the age of two should not be exposed to TV, including DVDs or films shown on the television set. It is important to understand your motivations and to feel comfortable with your decisions around media watching with very young children.

However, you may not feel this way, or you may realize that your kids are being exposed to media anyway – at friends houses, day care, etc. If that’s the case, then it’s never too early to make sure your young ones are watching programs that are age-appropriate and enjoyable. And, who better than to let parents know what is good for their toddlers, than the kids themselves!

At KIDS FIRST! juries of young children already engaged in media watching, help us evaluate products for their own age set. When working with such a young jury, generally ages 1-3, specific concerns arise and our Adult Jurors use a special set of skills.

Children at this age should not be glued to the screen and are not expected to sit still and be attentive. It’s okay for them to shift their attention to other things and to get up and move around. When our Jurors do an evaluation with them, they will notice whether the program engages the children part of the time and when it does so. In their evaluation, they might mention things such as: “The kids all bounced along to the music” or said, “again, again.” Jurors note whether the program is engaging for parents by offering suggestions of things they can do with their infant or toddler during or after viewing.

Media should always be viewed by an adult in advance. Also look for online reviews which will give you some insight into whether you would find the content appropriate. Internet searches can help, and you can find our wonderful juror reviews on the KIDS FIRST! website. If you’re interested in starting your own jury, with toddlers or any age kids, contact us or visit our jury website for more information.

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