KIDS FIRST! Endorsement
Adult-Approved and Child-Recommended
KIDS FIRST! has been supporting quality children's media for 22 years and is the most highly respected media endorsement program in the country. Unlike an awards program which limits the number of winners, every title that meets our criteria and is approved by our kids' juries receives an endorsement. Our base-line criteria includes:
- NO gratuitous violence or abuse
- NO inappropriate sexual behavior
- NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion
- NO condescension toward children
- NO replicable unsafe behavior
KIDS FIRST! Endorsed Titles Receive
Our endorsement fees are extremely reasonable. And, there is no restrictions on release date.
Films, DVDs, Audio Recordings, Games, Web Series: $100
Apps and Screenplays: $55
TV Series: $200
Films, DVDs, Audio Recordings, Games, Web Series: $150
Apps and Screenplays: $75
TV Series: $300
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
The World's Largest Film Festival for Kids
The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showcases new and classic children's films, TV programs and DVDs from studios, independent producers and youth producers. We partner with more than 50 venues that showcase our selections for their kids and family programming. Accepted titles must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! criteria and be appropriate for exhibition on a large screen. All accepted titles are considered a KIDS FIRST! Best Award, granted annually.
2013 Submission Dates
Start: Sept 15; Stop: Nov 30
Feature 60+ min. $60
Shorts 59 min. or less
Film 12+ min. $50
Student Film 12-min. $30
Late Fee: $20
KIDS FIRST! Recommendation
For TV Series
A KIDS FIRST! recommendation is given to TV series in place of an endorsement. Whereas endorsement requires evaluation of every episode in the series, a "Recommendation" is based on the evaluation of three sample episodes from the same season. Recommended programming must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! criteria and are given a one-, two- or three-star rating indicating good, better and best.
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Every KIDS FIRST! endorsed, recommended or Film Festival title is eligible for a KIDS FIRST! Best Award presented annually. KIDS FIRST! Best Awards honor films, DVDs, TV series, music, screenplays, apps and games that exhibit excellence in filmmaking for children and offer pro-social benefits beyond simply entertainment. Student and independent films are judged in their own categories to provide them the best opportunity for judgment among their peers.
KIDS FIRST! Best 2012 Winners
KIDS FIRST! Best 2011 Winners
KIDS FIRST! Best 2010 Winners
"We live in a society which is anxious to keep our beaches clean of garbage -- and yet we permit our children to grow up contaminated by the raw sewage which passes for popular culture these days.
In our gardens we plant stripling trees and bind their slim boughs with guide-wires to make sure the branches grow straight and true -- and yet we don't devote equal attention to making sure our boys and girls are guided by the noblest values, virtues, and morals which our society hopes to pass on.
Who will help us nourish our children's hopes and dreams with the excellent films and television programs and musical works which, when wisely selected, have the power to guide and inspire our kids?
The answer is KIDS FIRST!, a truly outstanding organization which stands ready to provide us with the highest quality children's media.
Every year, thousands upon thousands of media products are marketed to our children. KIDS FIRST! devotes countless hours to plucking the gems from the rubble and then generously makes them available to all parents and teachers and decent people who care to be part of the crucial enterprise of raising our children to be good and kind people. The entertaining and wholesome films and shows and music they offer in their nation-wide Film Festivals are imbued with the very values we hope our children will come to adopt as they mature into young men and women.
The task of raising decent children in an indecent world is daunting. We need all the help we can get. Thanks to KIDS FIRST! and the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, we have knowledgeable partners at our side to help us lift our children's dreams and aspirations far higher than the 'lowest common denominator' which our increasingly coarsened culture seems ready to settle for.
As long as parents yearn to raise their kids with a vision of society which is inspiring rather than dispiriting, then KIDS FIRST! will always be there to offer it's vision and guidance. They deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our generous financial support."--- Frederick Ayeroff (writer of Soccer Mom and Ace of Hearts) September 27, 2008
"I have worked with KIDS FIRST! for nearly three years. They have done a fantastic job of leveraging our sponsorship dollars and tremendously over-delivering. We find the exposure garnered from this program to be a valuable piece of our marketing plan." Kim Leibowitz, Marketing Director for Animal Planet Media and Discovery Kids Media
We are thrilled to announce that KIDS FIRST! has partnered with John Wood, from Kidzmusic.com to act as our guest juror for kids' music. (CD, digital and spoken word releases) John will lend his capable mind to evaluate and review the music submitted and KIDS FIRST! will promote the endorsed music programs
Audio: Sept 1-Nov 30
Films, DVDs: Sept 15-Nov 30
Games, Apps: Oct 1-Nov 30 Webseries: Oct 15-Nov 30
Screenplays: Year Round
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival
Sept 15-Nov 30
TV Series Deadline
Sept 15-Nov 30
What People Say About KIDS FIRST!
“The KIDS FIRST movie reviewers came to our junket and our premiere, and were among the most eloquent and informed reporters to attend. The training that KIDS FIRST gives to these children provides not only professional skills, but poise and confidence as well. They are a great source of empowerment for young people and a wonderful outlet for anyone who works with children and families.” Eileen Potrock, Big Balloon Adventure Movie, LLC
"KIDS FIRST! not only performs a critical role in providing parents and families with wholesome and trusted entertainment for young children, but is also an invaluable grass-roots marketing resource in creating wide-spread consumer awareness of these films. It is a great cost-effective way to screen films in a targeted environment. We have been working with KIDS FIRST! for years and they have always over-delivered in all aspects," Suzanne Faber, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Starz! Home Entertainment (Anchor Bay)
"I have worked with KIDS FIRST! for several years and they have done a wonderful job in promoting and supporting our family DVD releases. They
are an integral part of our marketing plans and we look forward to many
more opportunities to partner with them in the future"
Cara Grossman, Assistant Project Manager - Family Brand Marketing,
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
KIDS FIRST! plays a crucial role in assisting parents seeking quality entertainment for the entire family. We're thrilled to use their extensive reach and trusted reputation to build awareness for the must own fall family feature, "The Adventures of Food Boy".
VP Content Acquisitions
"It has been a pleasure working with Ranny over the past six years. Ranny is reliable, trustworthy, dedicated to her work and an absolute pleasure to work with. Ranny continues to provide a great service and I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future."
Year first hired: 2002 (hired more than once) Christine Lewison, Genius Products
"We recommend KIDS FIRST! to all of our clients who are producing or distributing children's entertainment content. I can't think of a better value, especially for newly launching TV and DVD properties. KIDS FIRST! generates impactful, meaningful visibility on a grassroots level and beyond - and it's totally turn key!" - Alan Winnikoff, Sayles & Winnikoff Communications
"I just have to say this that you and the Kids First are doing a superb job in gathering and putting these films together for our kids. You have a special eye and knowledge as we watch hundreds and thousands of films each year but it requires someone special to select these films for the children. Thank you for that." Steve Shafa, Exective Director, Tiburon International Film Festival
FAQs for Producers
Answers to frequently asked questions from producers.
KIDS FIRST! and KIDS FIRST! Film Festival are projects of the Coalition
for Quality Children's Media, a nonprofit organization supporting quality children's media since 1991.