January 1st, 2013
Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013 Film Critic Search. The search is officially closed and voting is over.
Now we have the supreme pleasure of working with our talented judges: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures, Ben Lyons, E! film critic and frequent contributor to ‘Good Morning America,’ and Thelma Adams, whose debut novel Playdate, was an O Magazine pick, was the film critic at Us Weekly for 11 years following six years at the New York Post.
More importantly, we get our first good glimpse of the potential new KIDS FIRST! Film Critics faces.
Good luck to you all - welcome to 2013!
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December 11th, 2012
Please support our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics programs with a tax-deductible donation. Any amount helps! Click here to make a quick donation, or contact us for more information.
Have you entered your audition review in the 2013 KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Search yet? No? What are you waiting for? It’s already time to vote (but there’s still time to enter too.)
Whether you enter or not, you can still help us choose the next KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. After all, if you get our newsletter, follow us on facebook, listen to our KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions radio show or even watch our reviews online, you have a vested interest in who will be the new faces on our reviews.
So let’s get out the vote.
- Visit our Film Critic Search page at 2013critic.kidsfirst.org/vote/ This will take you to the Browse & Vote Here page.
- Click on any or all of the videos to watch the audition.
- Hover your mouse over the stars beneath the video. They should turn from gray to yellow as you hover, and click on the number of stars you’d like to give that person.
- If you really love the video, leave a nice comment!
- Vote on as many videos as you like. Come back to the page (or refresh) in order to cast your vote for the same video again.
- Click “like” under the video and post it to your facebook page. Let all your friends know so they can vote too.+
October 15th, 2012
KIDS FIRST! recently announced the opening of our 2013 KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Search Campaign. With 5 great titles to view and review, your child might be the next KIDS FIRST! Star!
Now you ask, what does the Search have to do with media literacy? I’ll tell you. A good review has many elements to it. But anyone can tell you what a movie is about. As a film critic, it’s your job to look at the deeper message. That is, what is the story really trying to tell us? How does the moral of the story apply to our every day lives?
Once you’ve identified the deeper message, next you will need to think about how the message is delivered. By this I mean, did the characters act as you would have expected them to? Do they treat each other well and display positive behaviors? If not, was there a lesson learned or a consequence for negative behavior?
Often we watch media like sponges, absorbing the images without looking deeper at what we are consuming. When you write your KIDS FIRST! review, challenge yourself to really consider the film maker’s true message to the audience. Include this in your review and you are sure to stand out among the other entries!
Enter the 2013 KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Search Contest now!
September 12th, 2012
Did 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.
November 22nd, 2011
Want 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:
- 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.
- 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!
September 1st, 2011
Our 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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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!
November 17th, 2010
Join 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!
October 25th, 2010
Want 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!
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!