2012 KIDS FIRST! Best Awards Winners Announced

KF_BestAwards_forwebsite.jpgIndies and even student-produced films take their bows alongside major studio releases as KIDS FIRST! honors the films of 2011 that achieved the double goal of excellence in filmmaking and value in social messaging. Among the KIDS FIRST! Best Awards winners announced today are Paramount Home Entertaiment’s Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (first, second and third place, respectively, in the 8-12 age group), and Walt Disney Company’s Prom, Front Porch Entertainment’s Who Is Simon Miller? and NBC’s Game Time: Tackling the Past (first, second and third place, respectively, in the 12-18 age group).

All films that screen at KIDS FIRST! film festivals are eligible for the KIDS FIRST! Best Awards. Entries are pared down to to the top 300, from which the final winners are, ultimately, selected by our senior jury, comprised of child development specialists, media professionals and film programmers. Visit kidsfirst.org/filmfestival/2011/Best2011Winners to see the complete list of this year’s winners. Shorts, foreign films, documentaries, student productions in different age categories and TV shows are among the other programming that is honored by KIDS FIRST! for its quality and value as not only entertainment for children but offering pro-social benefits as well. The more than 30 categories may include some special awards that vary from year to year. Check out the winners of previous years and see what the filmmakers say about the award.

While KIDS FIRST! is pleased to honor these filmmakers for providing quality entertainment, the filmmakers regularly turn credit back to KIDS FIRST!: “I believe it is crucial that quality programming be available for today’s children and the support and encouragement you give producers to provide such programming is invaluable. I thank you so much for your help!” says Pamela Pedder, screenwriter of I CAN Fairytales’ Dinosaur Adventure series.

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