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SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR TODAY

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SO MUCH TO LIVE FOR TODAY
ALAN CHRIEST / POWERSPASH PROJECT
Series: SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic -
Description - Music Video celebrating life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is my new happy video. I watched it twice, then shared it with one of our other jurors who was having a difficult day. It made her smile as much as it did me. A short music video that celebrates life through a collection of images of fun activities by kids, young and old. This fast paced montage shows quick clips of images of people doing fun and cool things, from rollercoasters, to diving into a pool, to rafting rapids, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, dancing, standing on a mountaintop, parachuting, exercising with your child, running, winning a race, playing basketball, a cat drinking water, a child eating ice cream, hula hooping, marching in the band, playing tennis, juggling, making a snow angel, and oh... so much more. The background music is perfect - upbeat and fast paced. If you didn't feel so happy before you watched this, you certainly will burst out into a smile or more after you do. Quick edits work well for this short film. Kudos to filmmaker Alan J. Chriest for another fun and uplifting short film. The film's message is that there are lots of reasons to smile, just take a look at some. I give So Much To Live For Today 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is my new happy video. I watched it twice, then shared it with one of our other jurors who was having a difficult day. It made her smile as much as it did me. A short music video that celebrates life through a collection of images of fun activities by kids, young and old. This fast paced montage shows quick clips of images of people doing fun and cool things, from rollercoasters, to diving into a pool, to rafting rapids, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, dancing, standing on a mountaintop, parachuting, exercising with your child, running, winning a race, playing basketball, a cat drinking water, a child eating ice cream, hula hooping, marching in the band, playing tennis, juggling, making a snow angel, and oh... so much more. The background music is perfect - upbeat and fast paced. If you didn't feel so happy before you watched this, you certainly will burst out into a smile or more after you do. Quick edits work well for this short film. Kudos to filmmaker Alan J. Chriest for another fun and uplifting short film. The film's message is that there are lots of reasons to smile, just take a look at some. I give So Much To Live For Today 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MELODY

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MELODY
LAUREN E. ROMAN
Series: STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic -
Description - A father, out of loneliness, sings his daughter into existence, but as she grows older, her curiosity leads her to a dangerous new voice.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully executed short animation college student film that touches your heart and reminds you of the connectedness between parents and their children. A father, out of loneliness, sings his daughter into existence, but as she grows older, her curiosity leads her to a dangerous new voice. This animated college student short takes a look at the loneliness of a young man who invents his own daughter by singing her into existence. The animation is well done; the background music is subtle and appropriate. I love the images of the man and his baby girl. We watch her growing up and the interaction with her dad changes as she wants to explore a wider world. The dad longs for her to remain the infant in arms that she once was, but she is discovering her new voice and new self. The film's message is about creating our own reality and learning to grow and change with it. I give Melody 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautifully executed short animation college student film that touches your heart and reminds you of the connectedness between parents and their children. A father, out of loneliness, sings his daughter into existence, but as she grows older, her curiosity leads her to a dangerous new voice. This animated college student short takes a look at the loneliness of a young man who invents his own daughter by singing her into existence. The animation is well done; the background music is subtle and appropriate. I love the images of the man and his baby girl. We watch her growing up and the interaction with her dad changes as she wants to explore a wider world. The dad longs for her to remain the infant in arms that she once was, but she is discovering her new voice and new self. The film's message is about creating our own reality and learning to grow and change with it. I give Melody 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MY SUPERPOWER

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MY SUPERPOWER
MAXWELL WILLIAM ANDREWS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic -
Description - In his search for his superpower, nine year old Maxwell discovers that his words have the power to help and to harm.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Superpower is great, simply because we are shown a different approach to superpowers than the norm we are used to seeing. My Superpower is a short film that showcases a journey of a nine-year-old in search of his superpower, only to discover that his words have the power to help or to harm.

The New Zealand based writer, director, producer and star of this film is nine years old himself and deserves credit for an exceptionally well made film. The storyline is simple and appropriate for young ones seeking to discover themselves. The cinematography is simple and easy, which gives it the sense of discovery. I particularly love his use of close-ups, stop motion, shadows and a bit of claymation. Also, the animated words are a cool addition. I should add that some shots are out of focus and some are a bit shaky, but it doesn't detract from the overall film. The protagonist, Maxwell William, showcases great enthusiasm for having a natural superpower. I was drawn to it from the beginning simply because we are left to our imagination to determine what might be the power that Maxwell is excited about. If you are looking for a lovely film made by an elementary age student, with a great message, look no further, you have found it here!

The message is that a superpower doesn't have to be what we only see in movies but can be something that helps people. I give My Superpower 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Superpower is great, simply because we are shown a different approach to superpowers than the norm we are used to seeing. My Superpower is a short film that showcases a journey of a nine-year-old in search of his superpower, only to discover that his words have the power to help or to harm.

The New Zealand based writer, director, producer and star of this film is nine years old himself and deserves credit for an exceptionally well made film. The storyline is simple and appropriate for young ones seeking to discover themselves. The cinematography is simple and easy, which gives it the sense of discovery. I particularly love his use of close-ups, stop motion, shadows and a bit of claymation. Also, the animated words are a cool addition. I should add that some shots are out of focus and some are a bit shaky, but it doesn't detract from the overall film. The protagonist, Maxwell William, showcases great enthusiasm for having a natural superpower. I was drawn to it from the beginning simply because we are left to our imagination to determine what might be the power that Maxwell is excited about. If you are looking for a lovely film made by an elementary age student, with a great message, look no further, you have found it here!

The message is that a superpower doesn't have to be what we only see in movies but can be something that helps people. I give My Superpower 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12. Reviewed by Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ROBOTS DON'T TELL JOKES

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ROBOTS DON'T TELL JOKES
KELLI CALDWELL
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-18
Topic -
Description - Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes..." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe? Stop-motion using mainly wood scraps and metal pieces.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a wonderful film! Fun, spunky, great music and great message. This is exactly what fits into a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe?

Love this short film, from the music to the intent. And, the animation is adorable. It gives Robots personalities and human qualities, which endears them to us. The visuals are superb - plus bright and colorful. The stop-motion animation makes use of various stuff from wood scraps and metal pieces to children's blocks and clacking teeth. The film's message is a protest against the automation and dehumanization of everything as it anthropomorphizes "robots." I give Robots Don't Tell Jokes 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a wonderful film! Fun, spunky, great music and great message. This is exactly what fits into a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him "robots don't tell jokes." Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe?

Love this short film, from the music to the intent. And, the animation is adorable. It gives Robots personalities and human qualities, which endears them to us. The visuals are superb - plus bright and colorful. The stop-motion animation makes use of various stuff from wood scraps and metal pieces to children's blocks and clacking teeth. The film's message is a protest against the automation and dehumanization of everything as it anthropomorphizes "robots." I give Robots Don't Tell Jokes 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STORY OF THE OPERA, THE

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STORY OF THE OPERA, THE
YUE ZHANG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic -
Description - In order to compile a children's recitation book of ancient poems, Ms.Qingmu goes to visit Mr. Yao in Zhufeng Village. There, Ms. Qingmu meets a girl named Douya who has talent as an opera singer and she invites her to come to the city to learn. Two singers, Qianqian and Zixuan are jealous of Douya and they bully her. In order to beat Douya at the Elite Youth Art Competition, Nana deliberately makes Douya eat fruit shake, which makes her hoarse. When the results are released, Nana doesn't win; all the students talk about Nana, but Douya helps her out. Ms. Qingmu has no money to continue running the school and Douya's mother loses her job. Just as they are going to return to the village, Douya receives an admission letter from the Opera School.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Story of the Opera offers a great window into Chinese culture on so many levels. The story unfolds slowly to reveal life in the countryside of China and how Chinese teachers and students conduct themselves. I like the characterization of the protagonist and the antagonist. I enjoyed the chanting and poems and, despite the bad behavior from jealous girls (part of the character arc) and some of the teacher's misguided techniques of teaching, the film is very good! This film is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

The storyline follows a teacher and her students who are learning poems, intonations and songs from the Chinese opera. Competition is encouraged and therefore inspires a bit of jealousy among students, leading to some bullying and hurt feelings. The story is very gentle by American bullying standards and viewers will be sympathetic to all of the characters!

One thing that I find a little disturbing (as a teacher myself) is the way that the teacher always points out who was 'the best' singer. This aggravates jealousy, which in turn leads to bad behavior by some of the less advanced children. The cinematography shows the beautiful landscapes of the Chinese countryside, and close-ups of the faces of all of the characters. It is undramatic, but a supportive part of the production. The costumes are in alignment with the genre of the film. Kids wear uniforms and opera costumes while the teacher is beautifully clad in flowing gowns appropriate for a Chinese artist. The sets suit the story, both indoors and outdoors. The classroom is a bit different than American classes today, and I enjoyed looking at how they are different. The background music is mostly Western classical music underscores. The source music is Chinese opera and poetry, using the Arhu (2 stringed instrument) and gongs. The sound mix is not great as the underscore music sometimes fades out as the scene ends, rather than threading the images together. The music enhances the film's story. I was unable to read the actors names in the credits as they are written with Chinese calligraphy, but the star character is the teacher, Ms. Qingmu who is a kind and dedicated supporter of the arts. Douya is a farm-girl who comes to the city to study opera and excels far beyond her regional status. All of the children show their emotions and move the story forward. The production is cohesive and beautifully portrayed due to contributors at all levels. My favorite part of the film is when the children are singing or reciting poems to each other. Children singing is the sweetest sound on earth, regardless of the language and whether one understands what is being said.

The film's message is that kindness is a more powerful value than even talent! Kindness heals all wounds. I give The Story of the Opera 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults Cross-cultural education is always a plus in film. The differences in this film vs. American films are rich, plus we learn about Chinese education and opera. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Story of the Opera offers a great window into Chinese culture on so many levels. The story unfolds slowly to reveal life in the countryside of China and how Chinese teachers and students conduct themselves. I like the characterization of the protagonist and the antagonist. I enjoyed the chanting and poems and, despite the bad behavior from jealous girls (part of the character arc) and some of the teacher's misguided techniques of teaching, the film is very good! This film is in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

The storyline follows a teacher and her students who are learning poems, intonations and songs from the Chinese opera. Competition is encouraged and therefore inspires a bit of jealousy among students, leading to some bullying and hurt feelings. The story is very gentle by American bullying standards and viewers will be sympathetic to all of the characters!

One thing that I find a little disturbing (as a teacher myself) is the way that the teacher always points out who was 'the best' singer. This aggravates jealousy, which in turn leads to bad behavior by some of the less advanced children. The cinematography shows the beautiful landscapes of the Chinese countryside, and close-ups of the faces of all of the characters. It is undramatic, but a supportive part of the production. The costumes are in alignment with the genre of the film. Kids wear uniforms and opera costumes while the teacher is beautifully clad in flowing gowns appropriate for a Chinese artist. The sets suit the story, both indoors and outdoors. The classroom is a bit different than American classes today, and I enjoyed looking at how they are different. The background music is mostly Western classical music underscores. The source music is Chinese opera and poetry, using the Arhu (2 stringed instrument) and gongs. The sound mix is not great as the underscore music sometimes fades out as the scene ends, rather than threading the images together. The music enhances the film's story. I was unable to read the actors names in the credits as they are written with Chinese calligraphy, but the star character is the teacher, Ms. Qingmu who is a kind and dedicated supporter of the arts. Douya is a farm-girl who comes to the city to study opera and excels far beyond her regional status. All of the children show their emotions and move the story forward. The production is cohesive and beautifully portrayed due to contributors at all levels. My favorite part of the film is when the children are singing or reciting poems to each other. Children singing is the sweetest sound on earth, regardless of the language and whether one understands what is being said.

The film's message is that kindness is a more powerful value than even talent! Kindness heals all wounds. I give The Story of the Opera 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults Cross-cultural education is always a plus in film. The differences in this film vs. American films are rich, plus we learn about Chinese education and opera. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 46 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GIULIA E IL CAPOPOSTO

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GIULIA E IL CAPOPOSTO
ANTONIO MARIA CASTALDO
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic -
Description - Giulia e il Capoposto is a small fairy tale based on a true story. Giulia has recently lost her father and she wishes to communicate with him. She decides to buy a balloon to which she attaches a letter which, flying up into the sky, will reach her father. However, when the balloon begins to rise, something goes wrong. It is thanks to the intervention of the chief of the fire brigade that Giulia will be able to make her wish come true.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Giulia E Il Capoposto is a sweet short film that I found heartwarming.

Giulia e il Capoposto, is based on a true story about a young girl who recently lost her father and she wishes to send something to her dad in Heaven, but it gets stuck in a tree. Thanks to the intervention of the fire chief, she is able to make her wish come true.

I love Giulia (Tal�a Savoldo) because she is so sweet and I love that she wants to "keep in touch" with her father even after he has passed. I also love the commander in guard (Andrea Comini), because he is nice enough to help Giulia with her letter. All the actors are really excellent and make use of gestures and facial expressions, which is important, since the majority of the film is silent. The camera work is quite good. I love the angles they use on Giulia's close-ups as they really catch her worried looks. I love the costumes as they capture the era the film takes place in. My favorite scene is when the commander in guard rescues the balloon and the note and gives it to Giulia; he shows so much kindness and care for her. I feel this film will definitely capture the audience's attention and will warm their hearts. The dialogue is in Italian with English subtitles.

The film's message is that when you want to achieve something, you should know that there will be other people around to help and support you, whether it is friends, family or even strangers. I give Giulia E Il Capoposto 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Ari P., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Giulia E Il Capoposto is a sweet short film that I found heartwarming.

Giulia e il Capoposto, is based on a true story about a young girl who recently lost her father and she wishes to send something to her dad in Heaven, but it gets stuck in a tree. Thanks to the intervention of the fire chief, she is able to make her wish come true.

I love Giulia (Tal�a Savoldo) because she is so sweet and I love that she wants to "keep in touch" with her father even after he has passed. I also love the commander in guard (Andrea Comini), because he is nice enough to help Giulia with her letter. All the actors are really excellent and make use of gestures and facial expressions, which is important, since the majority of the film is silent. The camera work is quite good. I love the angles they use on Giulia's close-ups as they really catch her worried looks. I love the costumes as they capture the era the film takes place in. My favorite scene is when the commander in guard rescues the balloon and the note and gives it to Giulia; he shows so much kindness and care for her. I feel this film will definitely capture the audience's attention and will warm their hearts. The dialogue is in Italian with English subtitles.

The film's message is that when you want to achieve something, you should know that there will be other people around to help and support you, whether it is friends, family or even strangers. I give Giulia E Il Capoposto 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Ari P., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


#NANAROCKS

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#NANAROCKS
LETICIA AGUDO
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic -
Description - A woman celebrates her 78th birthday, accompanied by her two granddaughters. The eldest, Rachel, regales her with loud attention, gifts, and photos she incessantly posts online. The youngest, Rosie, quietly works away cleaning, cooking, and sorting Nana's meds. Rachel almost kills her diabetic Nana with a high-sugar multi-coloured cake and Rosie rushes to the rescue with a timely insulin jab. Meanwhile, Rachel, has been obliviously posting about her "Sweet Nana" beside them. Still, Nana seems to enjoy Rachel's disrupting visits the most, and has come to take Rosie's hard-working quiet nature for granted. Until... Rosie falls ill, and Nana gets a weary visit from Rachel to help her with the chores. When Rachel pelts out of the house, Nana has no food, a shoddy cleaning job and a broken telly. Moved by seeing the last container of food prepared by Rosie, Nana embarks on an epic cross-country journey on her mobility scooter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film provides an Interesting study in contrasts between two grandchildren who are visiting their grandmother. The eldest granddaughter regales her with loud attention, gifts and constantly posts photos online. Meanwhile, her younger sister quietly cleans, cooks and sorts grandma's meds. Nana enjoy the levity of the older and takes the younger's quiet nature for granted until she falls ill

Well produced - good camerawork and good audio -- fun background music. As the director points out, there are few coming-of-age films about older women. This is a fun comedy starring a 78-year-old woman who pursues her granddaughter on her mobility scooter and cane. I love her tenacity and love how both granddaughters connect with her in their own separate ways. I love how Nana goes to take care of Rosie even though it means climbing a mountain of stairs.

The film's message is that this is what it's like taking care of our older parents or grandparents. It's not always easy, but it's all worthwhile and, sometimes they have to take care of the younger ones. I give #NanaRocks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film provides an Interesting study in contrasts between two grandchildren who are visiting their grandmother. The eldest granddaughter regales her with loud attention, gifts and constantly posts photos online. Meanwhile, her younger sister quietly cleans, cooks and sorts grandma's meds. Nana enjoy the levity of the older and takes the younger's quiet nature for granted until she falls ill

Well produced - good camerawork and good audio -- fun background music. As the director points out, there are few coming-of-age films about older women. This is a fun comedy starring a 78-year-old woman who pursues her granddaughter on her mobility scooter and cane. I love her tenacity and love how both granddaughters connect with her in their own separate ways. I love how Nana goes to take care of Rosie even though it means climbing a mountain of stairs.

The film's message is that this is what it's like taking care of our older parents or grandparents. It's not always easy, but it's all worthwhile and, sometimes they have to take care of the younger ones. I give #NanaRocks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MULBERRYHOOD

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MULBERRYHOOD
PEDRO AUGUSTO ALMEIDA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic -
Description - It's the summer of 2004. Three boys play ball in a parking lot. Two brothers interfere with the game. One ball.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mulberryhood offers a blast from the past as we are privy to watching a close knit group of young boys pursue their passion - soccer.

It's the summer of 2004. Three boys play ball in a parking lot. Two brothers interfere with the game. One ball. Well produced with great camera work, especially in terms of following the movement of the boys and the ball. Good audio recording also. The story takes place in the early 2000's showing the camaraderie of a group of young boys in a town in Portugal as their relationship is tested due to who owns the soccer ball. Filmmakers Pedro Augusto Almeida and Jorge Dias draw from their own real life experiences to bring us a "blast from the past" in this short film. The setting is authentic as we watch these boys move about throughout their neighborhood, seeking to pursue the game they love so well. Using non actors is a smart way to maintain its authenticity and it works well here. The ending speaks volumes for the kindness of the era.

The film gives us a glimpse into another time and another reality, emphasizing the type of friendships established decades ago. I give Mulberryhood 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mulberryhood offers a blast from the past as we are privy to watching a close knit group of young boys pursue their passion - soccer.

It's the summer of 2004. Three boys play ball in a parking lot. Two brothers interfere with the game. One ball. Well produced with great camera work, especially in terms of following the movement of the boys and the ball. Good audio recording also. The story takes place in the early 2000's showing the camaraderie of a group of young boys in a town in Portugal as their relationship is tested due to who owns the soccer ball. Filmmakers Pedro Augusto Almeida and Jorge Dias draw from their own real life experiences to bring us a "blast from the past" in this short film. The setting is authentic as we watch these boys move about throughout their neighborhood, seeking to pursue the game they love so well. Using non actors is a smart way to maintain its authenticity and it works well here. The ending speaks volumes for the kindness of the era.

The film gives us a glimpse into another time and another reality, emphasizing the type of friendships established decades ago. I give Mulberryhood 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LEGEND OF QUALICUM BAY, THE

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LEGEND OF QUALICUM BAY, THE
JIM GARRISON
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic -
Description - A nine-year-old girl overcomes her fear of being bullied at school after confronting a mythical cougar in the woods of Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Delightful and so appropriate for a youth and family audience. Well produced, with terrific youth actors. The theme of bullying is so appropriate.

A nine-year-old girl overcomes her fear of being bullied at school after confronting a mythical cougar in the woods of Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island. What a wonderful, coming-of-age short film. Great production values, with excellent camera work and audio. Superb casting. Sienna Garrison who plays Sienna and Oliver Mawhinney, who plays Oliver are both outstanding. The topic of bullying is so prevalent these days with kids and the context of Sienna overcoming her fears, with the help of her new friend, Oliver is perfect. The setting of Qualicum Bay is beautiful and a great location for this adventure. Kudos to Jim Garrison for creating such a meaningful short film. It's a perfect fit for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The film's message is about facing your fears. There is a scene of cutting into a fish which shows blood oozing. Nothing scary but it's just a heads up for parents of queasy kids.

I give The Legend of Qualicum Bay 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Delightful and so appropriate for a youth and family audience. Well produced, with terrific youth actors. The theme of bullying is so appropriate.

A nine-year-old girl overcomes her fear of being bullied at school after confronting a mythical cougar in the woods of Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island. What a wonderful, coming-of-age short film. Great production values, with excellent camera work and audio. Superb casting. Sienna Garrison who plays Sienna and Oliver Mawhinney, who plays Oliver are both outstanding. The topic of bullying is so prevalent these days with kids and the context of Sienna overcoming her fears, with the help of her new friend, Oliver is perfect. The setting of Qualicum Bay is beautiful and a great location for this adventure. Kudos to Jim Garrison for creating such a meaningful short film. It's a perfect fit for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The film's message is about facing your fears. There is a scene of cutting into a fish which shows blood oozing. Nothing scary but it's just a heads up for parents of queasy kids.

I give The Legend of Qualicum Bay 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


STAGE PRESENTS

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STAGE PRESENTS
GREG JESCHKE
Series: DOCUMENTARY SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic -
Description - Stage Presents: The Gifts of a Shared Experience in Theater is an engaging, intimate film that uses time to reveal what was gained by a group of youngsters who performed together in children's theater. Their presence on stage resulted in the presents they still keep with them a decade later. Stage Presents has been recognized as an Award Winner at the 19th annual Black Swan International Film Festival.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the positive message Stage Presents provides, allowing everyone to participate in their passions, despite their young age. In this musical, you are accepted; no matter who you are or where you come from.

Stage Presents is a documentary that interviews children who participated in Seussical Junior in 2012, and interviewing them once again 10 years later.

I like that the storyline continues a decade later. It emphasizes the Seussical participants' perspective and how it developed over time. We hear their opinions about theater and how it changed their lives. The quality of the camerawork is suitable for exhibition, despite it being a bit shaky at times - however, that adds to the effect of being in a chaotic theater. The vibrant costumes suit the story because they provide an energetic atmosphere to the musical. Seussical costumes are typically colorful. The film is primarily shot at the theater where the musical was performed. It suits the story by making the audience feel as if they were in the theater with the subjects. The music the kids perform adds to the story by showing us how much fun they were having and how it helped them come out of their shell. The subjects start off as little kids performing in Seussical Junior. 10 years later, they revisit their participation and describe how it changed their lives.

The director and producer of this film, Greg Jeschke, is remarkable. He really helps portray the message these kids are trying to bring to the world. My favorite part is how a decade later, the kids who were a part of the musical continue to share their love for theater. To me, it hits close to home because I also have a passion for theater. The older footage is lower quality and more pixelated than the current footage. Other than that, it's terrific and the older footage doesn't detract from the storyline.

The film's message is to pursue your passions and create your own opportunities. We are reminded to live our lives to the best. After watching this film, young kids may definitely be motivated to follow their dreams.

O give Stage Presents 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! film festival because it inspires kids to follow their dreams and provides motivation to others. Kids and parents would really benefit from watching this title. By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love the positive message Stage Presents provides, allowing everyone to participate in their passions, despite their young age. In this musical, you are accepted; no matter who you are or where you come from.

Stage Presents is a documentary that interviews children who participated in Seussical Junior in 2012, and interviewing them once again 10 years later.

I like that the storyline continues a decade later. It emphasizes the Seussical participants' perspective and how it developed over time. We hear their opinions about theater and how it changed their lives. The quality of the camerawork is suitable for exhibition, despite it being a bit shaky at times - however, that adds to the effect of being in a chaotic theater. The vibrant costumes suit the story because they provide an energetic atmosphere to the musical. Seussical costumes are typically colorful. The film is primarily shot at the theater where the musical was performed. It suits the story by making the audience feel as if they were in the theater with the subjects. The music the kids perform adds to the story by showing us how much fun they were having and how it helped them come out of their shell. The subjects start off as little kids performing in Seussical Junior. 10 years later, they revisit their participation and describe how it changed their lives.

The director and producer of this film, Greg Jeschke, is remarkable. He really helps portray the message these kids are trying to bring to the world. My favorite part is how a decade later, the kids who were a part of the musical continue to share their love for theater. To me, it hits close to home because I also have a passion for theater. The older footage is lower quality and more pixelated than the current footage. Other than that, it's terrific and the older footage doesn't detract from the storyline.

The film's message is to pursue your passions and create your own opportunities. We are reminded to live our lives to the best. After watching this film, young kids may definitely be motivated to follow their dreams.

O give Stage Presents 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. I recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! film festival because it inspires kids to follow their dreams and provides motivation to others. Kids and parents would really benefit from watching this title. By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 36 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LOST LETTERS AND WHERE DO THEY GO

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LOST LETTERS AND WHERE DO THEY GO
ANA GRACA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic -
Description - Rupert Bell, a 7 years-old aspiring pilot, is bored at home when the mailman arrives with a miss-addressed letter. When Rupert ventures out onto the streets on a mission to find the right addressee - an apparent grumpy old lady named Clarabella - he finds out that first impressions can be miss-leading and that they actually share a mutual passion.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a charming short film from British/Brazilian director Ana Graca. Moving at a deliberate slow pace, we see a new friendship evolve due to a misaddressed letter. The story follows Rupert Bell (Louie Stow), a 7-year-old aspiring pilot, who is bored at home when the mailman arrives with a misaddressed letter. When Rupert ventures out trying to find the right addressee - an apparently grumpy old lady named Clarabella (Elsa Annushka) - he finds out that first impressions can be misleading and that they actually share a mutual passion.

Nicely produced with excellent camera work, audio and casting. Louis Show, who plays the young protagonist, Rupert Bell, really climbs into his role and you resonate with his situation. Elsa Annushka, as Clarabella, has a kind and quiet presence, beginning when she brings a bandage to patch up Rubert's scraped knee. The background music lends an element of suspense and drive as Rupert discovers the misaddressed letter and decides to track down its proper recipient. I love the costuming, especially Rupert's pilot's hat, which shows us his passion for flying - that, plus the scene where he glances up at an airplane in the sky above. When Clarabella shows the photograph of herself and an airplane, Rupert's reaction is adorable and a new friendship begins to unfold.

The film's message is about loneliness and friendship - and how can they have many different shapes. In this case, two very different people find a common bond in their interest in airplanes. I give Lost Letters And Where Do They Go 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a charming short film from British/Brazilian director Ana Graca. Moving at a deliberate slow pace, we see a new friendship evolve due to a misaddressed letter. The story follows Rupert Bell (Louie Stow), a 7-year-old aspiring pilot, who is bored at home when the mailman arrives with a misaddressed letter. When Rupert ventures out trying to find the right addressee - an apparently grumpy old lady named Clarabella (Elsa Annushka) - he finds out that first impressions can be misleading and that they actually share a mutual passion.

Nicely produced with excellent camera work, audio and casting. Louis Show, who plays the young protagonist, Rupert Bell, really climbs into his role and you resonate with his situation. Elsa Annushka, as Clarabella, has a kind and quiet presence, beginning when she brings a bandage to patch up Rubert's scraped knee. The background music lends an element of suspense and drive as Rupert discovers the misaddressed letter and decides to track down its proper recipient. I love the costuming, especially Rupert's pilot's hat, which shows us his passion for flying - that, plus the scene where he glances up at an airplane in the sky above. When Clarabella shows the photograph of herself and an airplane, Rupert's reaction is adorable and a new friendship begins to unfold.

The film's message is about loneliness and friendship - and how can they have many different shapes. In this case, two very different people find a common bond in their interest in airplanes. I give Lost Letters And Where Do They Go 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BE A GREEN HERO

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BE A GREEN HERO
DONNA BRITTON-BUKEVICZ
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic -
Description - Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet animated short that teaches younger viewers how to help the environment.

Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero! This delightful short music video features a team of puppets that teach kids about the environment and how to make positive impact on planet Earth. I love the Muppet style puppets; they are adorable and diverse. The music is fun and meaningful.

The film uses images and music to make a far-reaching, long-term impact on the lives of children by teaching them how to help our environment. I give Be A Green Hero 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults, By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a sweet animated short that teaches younger viewers how to help the environment.

Learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle right every day with catchy upbeat songs sung by fun puppets (Mr. Recycle man, Chef Green and Daisy). Our song lyrics will teach children (and adults) how to "Think Ecologically" and Be a Green Hero! This delightful short music video features a team of puppets that teach kids about the environment and how to make positive impact on planet Earth. I love the Muppet style puppets; they are adorable and diverse. The music is fun and meaningful.

The film uses images and music to make a far-reaching, long-term impact on the lives of children by teaching them how to help our environment. I give Be A Green Hero 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adults, By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MOMO IN DUBAI

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MOMO IN DUBAI
ZAKARIA ZARGANY
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 8-12
Topic -
Description - Momo in Dubai' is a children's movie narrating the life of a middle class Kerala (India)family travelling to UAE to spend their summer vacation with their NRI father. The movie is narrated in a humorous style and approaches the shift from expectations of a family to the realities they are required to confront.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Momo In Dubai is a light, fun film that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face this holiday season. With a unique plot and superb performances, it's sure to be a hit with kids everywhere.

The storyline follows a young boy from Kerala traveling to Dubai to spend the summer vacation with his father, who works there. It humorously approaches the reality that sometimes we have to adjust our expectations.

The story is one that I wish had been made a long time ago - it's a special story that needs to be told. Some of my best friends have parents who work in foreign countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE and have to live there, and their lives mirror, to a degree, that of Momo's. I love how the plot keeps you guessing as to what will happen next, and it allows ample room for each character to develop. The production quality is superb. The camerawork is great! Coverage is consistent throughout the film, and I especially love the scenes in Momo's town in Kerala and during his escapade with his neighbor. The closeup shots of Momo truly draw out the emotion on the young actor's face. The film was shot in Kerala, in southern India, and in Dubai. I love the verdant scenery in Kerala and how it contrasts with the desert in the UAE. The sets certainly suit the story. The background music does not necessarily stand out, except in some scenes, such as when Momo sees his father off on the bus to the worksite, where it deepens the emotions and enhances the development of the story. Aneesh Menon as Momo's father Muthutty is a bit of an enigmatic figure. I'm unsure as to whether that was intended or not; perhaps his character needs a bit more time to develop. One thing that is odd is that his kids refer to him by his given name. Anu Sithara as Momo's mother is one of my favorite characters. She's strong and independent, but also showcases superb motherly instinct, and Sithara does justice to the role. Arthrey Biju as Momo steals the show though, with his dynamic performance and superb wit and comic timing. The director Ameen Aslam shines in this production -- it's not as simple a concept as it appears, including filming in two countries, but it is executed beautifully thanks to Aslam's work. The writing by Ashif Kakkodi is also spectacular and truly helps tie the film together. The character of Momo is my favorite part of the film -- he's every kid rolled into one. Despite having boundless energy during the day, he shuts off completely after 7pm. He's raucously funny but also deeply sensitive. And he has ambitions, not just for himself, but for his whole family...even if it is sometimes influenced by a desire to brag to his friends.

There are various messages in this film. One is that if there is a will, there is a way; another is that family always sticks together; and another is to never be afraid to explore. Note that it shows kids doing risky things that kids might imitate. I give Momo In Dubai 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. pecial interest for festivals looking for films about Indian culture, Emirati or travel. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Momo In Dubai is a light, fun film that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face this holiday season. With a unique plot and superb performances, it's sure to be a hit with kids everywhere.

The storyline follows a young boy from Kerala traveling to Dubai to spend the summer vacation with his father, who works there. It humorously approaches the reality that sometimes we have to adjust our expectations.

The story is one that I wish had been made a long time ago - it's a special story that needs to be told. Some of my best friends have parents who work in foreign countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE and have to live there, and their lives mirror, to a degree, that of Momo's. I love how the plot keeps you guessing as to what will happen next, and it allows ample room for each character to develop. The production quality is superb. The camerawork is great! Coverage is consistent throughout the film, and I especially love the scenes in Momo's town in Kerala and during his escapade with his neighbor. The closeup shots of Momo truly draw out the emotion on the young actor's face. The film was shot in Kerala, in southern India, and in Dubai. I love the verdant scenery in Kerala and how it contrasts with the desert in the UAE. The sets certainly suit the story. The background music does not necessarily stand out, except in some scenes, such as when Momo sees his father off on the bus to the worksite, where it deepens the emotions and enhances the development of the story. Aneesh Menon as Momo's father Muthutty is a bit of an enigmatic figure. I'm unsure as to whether that was intended or not; perhaps his character needs a bit more time to develop. One thing that is odd is that his kids refer to him by his given name. Anu Sithara as Momo's mother is one of my favorite characters. She's strong and independent, but also showcases superb motherly instinct, and Sithara does justice to the role. Arthrey Biju as Momo steals the show though, with his dynamic performance and superb wit and comic timing. The director Ameen Aslam shines in this production -- it's not as simple a concept as it appears, including filming in two countries, but it is executed beautifully thanks to Aslam's work. The writing by Ashif Kakkodi is also spectacular and truly helps tie the film together. The character of Momo is my favorite part of the film -- he's every kid rolled into one. Despite having boundless energy during the day, he shuts off completely after 7pm. He's raucously funny but also deeply sensitive. And he has ambitions, not just for himself, but for his whole family...even if it is sometimes influenced by a desire to brag to his friends.

There are various messages in this film. One is that if there is a will, there is a way; another is that family always sticks together; and another is to never be afraid to explore. Note that it shows kids doing risky things that kids might imitate. I give Momo In Dubai 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. pecial interest for festivals looking for films about Indian culture, Emirati or travel. By Eshaan M., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 105 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BOY'S DREAM, A

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BOY'S DREAM, A
ZHE ZHANG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic -
Description - In 2004, Yeerxiati, a 9-year-old boy who lost his mother as a child, lived here with his grandparents in the deep mountain pasture in Northern Xinjiang. The boy's lamb also lost its mother since childhood and has been taken care of by the little boy. One day, Yeerxiati's father returned to the grassland to pick up his son to study in the city. The little boy who just arrived in the city can't quickly adapt to urban life, and the lamb often appears in Yeerxiati's fantasies and dreams. After a long time, one day, Yeerxiati's grandfather suddenly died, and his grandmother was received by his father to the city. Yeerxiati gradually realized that his life was changing
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a beautiful, touching story of resilience. This sweet boy loses his mother and his life undergoes a series of changes, which he struggles to adapt to, but does. Heartfelt and honest.

In 2004, Yeerxiati, a 9-year-old boy who lost his mother as a child, lives with his grandparents in the deep mountain pastures in Northern Xinjiang. The boy's lamb also lost its mother and has been taken care of by the little boy. One day, Yeerxiati's father comes to the grassland to pick up his son to study in the city. The little boy arrives in the city and has difficulties adapting to urban life, plus he misses the lamb, which often appears in his dreams. After a while, Yeerxiati's grandfather dies, and his grandmother moves to the city to join him and his father. Yeerxiati gradually realizes that his life is changing.

Beautifully shot with great landscape views of Northern Xinjiang. We don't have much time to establish Yeerxiati's life in the mountains, as very soon after the film starts his father comes to get him. We do see a lot of mischievous behavior by the school children at Yeerxiati's new school and his reaction to them. He struggles with everything in the city, including what appears to be his father's new wife. When Yeerxianti's grandfather passes, he goes to the mountains with his dad to clear out his home and realizes that his life will never be the same. But, we see how he is adjusting to life in the city, even excelling at school. I smiled when his class applauds at his recitation at the end.

This film is dedicated to the hometown where the filmmaker grew up and it's a quiet memory to a life from the past. I give A Boy's Dream 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a beautiful, touching story of resilience. This sweet boy loses his mother and his life undergoes a series of changes, which he struggles to adapt to, but does. Heartfelt and honest.

In 2004, Yeerxiati, a 9-year-old boy who lost his mother as a child, lives with his grandparents in the deep mountain pastures in Northern Xinjiang. The boy's lamb also lost its mother and has been taken care of by the little boy. One day, Yeerxiati's father comes to the grassland to pick up his son to study in the city. The little boy arrives in the city and has difficulties adapting to urban life, plus he misses the lamb, which often appears in his dreams. After a while, Yeerxiati's grandfather dies, and his grandmother moves to the city to join him and his father. Yeerxiati gradually realizes that his life is changing.

Beautifully shot with great landscape views of Northern Xinjiang. We don't have much time to establish Yeerxiati's life in the mountains, as very soon after the film starts his father comes to get him. We do see a lot of mischievous behavior by the school children at Yeerxiati's new school and his reaction to them. He struggles with everything in the city, including what appears to be his father's new wife. When Yeerxianti's grandfather passes, he goes to the mountains with his dad to clear out his home and realizes that his life will never be the same. But, we see how he is adjusting to life in the city, even excelling at school. I smiled when his class applauds at his recitation at the end.

This film is dedicated to the hometown where the filmmaker grew up and it's a quiet memory to a life from the past. I give A Boy's Dream 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 36 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BETWEEN THE LINES

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BETWEEN THE LINES
DOM LEE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Shy book lover Jane is unexpectedly tasked with saving her beloved library from closure...but help arrives in a surprising way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Between the Lines is officially my favorite short film of the week. It is so incredibly imaginative and exceedingly well produced. Plus, it's a musical!

The story follows shy book lover, Jane, who is unexpectedly tasked with saving her beloved library from closure, and help arrives in a surprising way.

What a cool and unexpected film this is and it is so well produced with great camera work and audio recording. I really love the actors' performances, especially Alex Stewart who leads as Jane. But Adam Kurton, Tim McGill, Naomi Richards, and the rest of cast are equally strong. Most importantly, it's a musical, with full out choreographed musical performances that are absolutely terrific. We have songs sung by Lawrence Livingston, Sherlock Holmes and more. Kudos to Grace Hancock for her outstanding music and lyrics; they are absolutely delightful. The choreography by Rebecca Melvin Phillips is stunning. The locations are superb, from the library to the park tea party hosted by the White Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood's romp through the woods, and more. This could easily be expanded to a full length feature film or Broadway show.

The film's message is about the importance of preserving our libraries; that is where the magic comes from in the form of unforgettable characters that live in our minds forever. I give Between the Lines 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Between the Lines is officially my favorite short film of the week. It is so incredibly imaginative and exceedingly well produced. Plus, it's a musical!

The story follows shy book lover, Jane, who is unexpectedly tasked with saving her beloved library from closure, and help arrives in a surprising way.

What a cool and unexpected film this is and it is so well produced with great camera work and audio recording. I really love the actors' performances, especially Alex Stewart who leads as Jane. But Adam Kurton, Tim McGill, Naomi Richards, and the rest of cast are equally strong. Most importantly, it's a musical, with full out choreographed musical performances that are absolutely terrific. We have songs sung by Lawrence Livingston, Sherlock Holmes and more. Kudos to Grace Hancock for her outstanding music and lyrics; they are absolutely delightful. The choreography by Rebecca Melvin Phillips is stunning. The locations are superb, from the library to the park tea party hosted by the White Rabbit, Little Red Riding Hood's romp through the woods, and more. This could easily be expanded to a full length feature film or Broadway show.

The film's message is about the importance of preserving our libraries; that is where the magic comes from in the form of unforgettable characters that live in our minds forever. I give Between the Lines 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MYSTERIOUS PLACES

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MYSTERIOUS PLACES
ANDREW LEOPARD
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young boy finds a mysterious map which leads him on a hunt, where he comes across a mysterious friend. Where this map, and this mysterious friend lead him, nobody knows.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The short film Mysterious Places shows some promise, although the true mystery is hard to determine. Viewers are set up within the multiple scenes for a mystery and it is quite enjoyable yet, in the end, the storyline falls short in holding your suspense.

The story follows a young boy who finds a map that takes him on a journey to solve a mystery. The map takes him to a variety of locations which appear to be checkpoints, but what that mystery is is unclear.

The idea of the young boy finding a map that leads him on a mysterious journey is quite exciting. The film is adventurous and has the element of suspense to it. The young boy is determined to solve this mystery which engages the audience. His curiosity and perseverance keeps us interested until the end of the film. The cinematography and camera work is excellent. Scenes are captured with a great deal of detail and angles are perfect. Scenes flow nicely and transitions are great. The costumes are suitable for the age of the actors and perfect for the script. The sets and locations fit the script and are perfectly chosen. Some of the locations are ominous which goes well with the theme. The music choices for multiple scenes are loud and overpower the action of the scenes. I felt that the music takes away from the film and is a bit irritating at times. The main character (Ryan Savarese) is fun to watch as he makes several stops displayed on his map in an attempt to solve the mystery. His energy and enthusiasm held my interest. The film was produced by a fifth grader student, which is quite a feat and I commend them for their work. My favorite part of the film is the final scene which takes the young boy to a secluded shed-like structure in an overgrown garden. This scene has viewers in suspense as we wait to find out what the mystery is all about.

The film has potential, but I was disappointed in the ending. Still, it is well made, considering the age of the creator. So, you decide. The message of this film is about perseverance. When solving a mystery, you have to examine clues very carefully, have considerable dedication, and never give up. The young boy does just that!

I give Mysterious Places 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The short film Mysterious Places shows some promise, although the true mystery is hard to determine. Viewers are set up within the multiple scenes for a mystery and it is quite enjoyable yet, in the end, the storyline falls short in holding your suspense.

The story follows a young boy who finds a map that takes him on a journey to solve a mystery. The map takes him to a variety of locations which appear to be checkpoints, but what that mystery is is unclear.

The idea of the young boy finding a map that leads him on a mysterious journey is quite exciting. The film is adventurous and has the element of suspense to it. The young boy is determined to solve this mystery which engages the audience. His curiosity and perseverance keeps us interested until the end of the film. The cinematography and camera work is excellent. Scenes are captured with a great deal of detail and angles are perfect. Scenes flow nicely and transitions are great. The costumes are suitable for the age of the actors and perfect for the script. The sets and locations fit the script and are perfectly chosen. Some of the locations are ominous which goes well with the theme. The music choices for multiple scenes are loud and overpower the action of the scenes. I felt that the music takes away from the film and is a bit irritating at times. The main character (Ryan Savarese) is fun to watch as he makes several stops displayed on his map in an attempt to solve the mystery. His energy and enthusiasm held my interest. The film was produced by a fifth grader student, which is quite a feat and I commend them for their work. My favorite part of the film is the final scene which takes the young boy to a secluded shed-like structure in an overgrown garden. This scene has viewers in suspense as we wait to find out what the mystery is all about.

The film has potential, but I was disappointed in the ending. Still, it is well made, considering the age of the creator. So, you decide. The message of this film is about perseverance. When solving a mystery, you have to examine clues very carefully, have considerable dedication, and never give up. The young boy does just that!

I give Mysterious Places 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RISE, FALL, HOPE

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RISE, FALL, HOPE
PEDER HILL
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - 14-year-olds explore humanity's stumbling struggle for sustainability.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rise, Fall, Hope is a documentary film which highlights the concept of sustainability and its importance for our generation and for future generations.

I really enjoyed the way the concept of sustainability is explained - methods are simplistic, yet perfect for a young audience. Causes and effects are highlighted as are solutions to the problems. The set is a school studio with a green screen. There are a variety of people in this short documentary; each has an important role in teaching about sustainability and its importance. This film is a good example of "simple is good." The cinematography and camera work are not high quality but they are sufficient to give the film what it needs for success. The camera is shaky at times and transitions between scenes are not smooth. The film is a cooperative effort of a team of students. The film is a team effort between high school students, each contributing to the project. The final scene shows how the film was made and how fun the cooperative effort was. The last scene is enjoyable and I'm glad it was included. My favorite part is the theme and its educational message. Eyes and ears need to be wide open when it comes to making a difference for our world's diminishing ecosystems. There can never be enough educational resources about sustainability and improving human's bad habits.

The film's message is about responsibility and commitment, emphasizing how we must all do our part, be responsible, and be committed to making a difference for Mother Earth. I give Rise, Fall, Hope 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rise, Fall, Hope is a documentary film which highlights the concept of sustainability and its importance for our generation and for future generations.

I really enjoyed the way the concept of sustainability is explained - methods are simplistic, yet perfect for a young audience. Causes and effects are highlighted as are solutions to the problems. The set is a school studio with a green screen. There are a variety of people in this short documentary; each has an important role in teaching about sustainability and its importance. This film is a good example of "simple is good." The cinematography and camera work are not high quality but they are sufficient to give the film what it needs for success. The camera is shaky at times and transitions between scenes are not smooth. The film is a cooperative effort of a team of students. The film is a team effort between high school students, each contributing to the project. The final scene shows how the film was made and how fun the cooperative effort was. The last scene is enjoyable and I'm glad it was included. My favorite part is the theme and its educational message. Eyes and ears need to be wide open when it comes to making a difference for our world's diminishing ecosystems. There can never be enough educational resources about sustainability and improving human's bad habits.

The film's message is about responsibility and commitment, emphasizing how we must all do our part, be responsible, and be committed to making a difference for Mother Earth. I give Rise, Fall, Hope 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WILLOW'S TALE

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WILLOW'S TALE
MARLENE SHARP
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-12
Topic - Family
Description - With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Every film festival needs films that are "just for fun" and Willow's Tale is just that. It will make you giggle as you follow little Willow's antics in the real world and her dream world.

With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!

Delightful animation, very colorful and dynamic. I love a cat that daydreams, especially when those daydreams are as fun and wacky as Willow's. The cat has two very different personalities, or life experiences - one of domestic contentedness, the other of a wildly adventurous kitty that travels worldwide and beyond. The juxtaposition of these two lives made me giggle as I love Willow's inventiveness. This is a fun romp that would play well in any children's or family film festival.

The film's message is that there are two sides to every coin, or cat - even if one is entirely make believe. I give Willow's Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Every film festival needs films that are "just for fun" and Willow's Tale is just that. It will make you giggle as you follow little Willow's antics in the real world and her dream world.

With animation by the neurodiverse artists of The Center for Learning Unlimited's Brainstorm Productions, here comes a motion picture that is the kitten's whiskers! Willow, a highly creative cartoon black cat, lives a domesticated life indoors with her human mama. However, her wild daydreams take her on flights of fancy around the world . . . and beyond!

Delightful animation, very colorful and dynamic. I love a cat that daydreams, especially when those daydreams are as fun and wacky as Willow's. The cat has two very different personalities, or life experiences - one of domestic contentedness, the other of a wildly adventurous kitty that travels worldwide and beyond. The juxtaposition of these two lives made me giggle as I love Willow's inventiveness. This is a fun romp that would play well in any children's or family film festival.

The film's message is that there are two sides to every coin, or cat - even if one is entirely make believe. I give Willow's Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BETTERAVE & THE DRAGON

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BETTERAVE & THE DRAGON
ORANE DELONGEAS
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8 -12
Topic - Family
Description - Betterave, a young teenager, crosses the mountain to meet the legendary White Dragon, master of the Beyond. She has a favor to ask him : resurrect her dog. Dragon can't fulfill her request, but he nevertheless takes her to bid her final farewell to her deceased pet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ah, my favorite film of the day. Delightfully created and a wonderful message make this perfect for KIDS FIRST!

The storyline follows Betterave, a young teenager, who crosses the mountain to meet the legendary White Dragon, master of the Beyond. She has a favor to ask him - resurrect her dog. Dragon can't fulfill her request, but he nevertheless takes her to bid her final farewell to her deceased pet.

What a beautifully created short animated film. I love the visuals which look like crayon drawings that have come to life. The storyline is so touching and one that any pet owner will relish. The voice talent for the young girl and the dragon are perfect. The dialogue is in French with English subtitles, which are very easy to read and on screen long enough that you have time to read them. I highly recommend the for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It has all the charm of a fairytale and the sensitivity of a young girl for her dog.

The film's message is to be true to yourself and you will get what you need. I give Betterave & the Dragon 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Ah, my favorite film of the day. Delightfully created and a wonderful message make this perfect for KIDS FIRST!

The storyline follows Betterave, a young teenager, who crosses the mountain to meet the legendary White Dragon, master of the Beyond. She has a favor to ask him - resurrect her dog. Dragon can't fulfill her request, but he nevertheless takes her to bid her final farewell to her deceased pet.

What a beautifully created short animated film. I love the visuals which look like crayon drawings that have come to life. The storyline is so touching and one that any pet owner will relish. The voice talent for the young girl and the dragon are perfect. The dialogue is in French with English subtitles, which are very easy to read and on screen long enough that you have time to read them. I highly recommend the for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It has all the charm of a fairytale and the sensitivity of a young girl for her dog.

The film's message is to be true to yourself and you will get what you need. I give Betterave & the Dragon 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LE BALLON BLEU (THE BLUE BALLOON)

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LE BALLON BLEU (THE BLUE BALLOON)
KATHERINE GRIFFIN
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. The 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge has a single scene with a girl and a blue balloon. Le Ballon Bleu is her story and the origin story for the red and blue balloons at the heart of that classic children's film. Like the film it celebrates, this is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship. The film showcases many of the same Parisian locations as the 1956 classic French film to connect the two stories visually, as the filmmakers designed the film so that it could be intercut seamlessly with the original. It is in French with English subtitles. And, this film was shot entirely on iPhone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As a long time fan of The Red Balloon, I was looking forward to watching this film which is based on it. I was not disappointed. It's true joy.

A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. As a takeoff of the 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge Le Ballon Bleu is the origin story of the red and blue balloons. It is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship.

What a little delight. This short film is so reminiscent of the class film, the Red Balloon and takes place in many of the same Parisian locations as the original. The youth actors are delightful and their costuming is classic of the 1950s. Well shot, surprisingly on an iPhone. It is in French with English subtitles, but the dialogue is minimal. It does move pretty slowly, so for your action focused audience, they will need to slow themselves down to appreciate this one.

I give Le Ballon Bleu (The Blue Balloon) 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - As a long time fan of The Red Balloon, I was looking forward to watching this film which is based on it. I was not disappointed. It's true joy.

A curious blue balloon leads a girl on an adventure through the streets of Paris, but when she crosses paths with a little boy and his red balloon, it becomes clear there's a greater magical force at work between the balloons. As a takeoff of the 1956 classic French film Le Ballon Rouge Le Ballon Bleu is the origin story of the red and blue balloons. It is a story about the magic and innocence of childhood and the importance of friendship.

What a little delight. This short film is so reminiscent of the class film, the Red Balloon and takes place in many of the same Parisian locations as the original. The youth actors are delightful and their costuming is classic of the 1950s. Well shot, surprisingly on an iPhone. It is in French with English subtitles, but the dialogue is minimal. It does move pretty slowly, so for your action focused audience, they will need to slow themselves down to appreciate this one.

I give Le Ballon Bleu (The Blue Balloon) 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SUPERHEROES

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SUPERHEROES
RAFAEL DE ANDRADE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Famous superheroes take care of adult problems, but children also have their superheroes, always ready to help solve their dilemmas. Anonymous heroes may be closer than we think, and in this fun movie, they will be taken back.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Adorable and one hundred percent relatable. This is a perfect film for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

Famous superheroes take care of adult problems, but children also have their superheroes, always ready to help solve their dilemmas. Anonymous heroes may be closer than we think, and in this fun movie, they will be taken back.

What a fun film, starting with a great premise - superheroes for kids that tackle kid needs. The child actors are adorable and on target. Nice camera work; great close-ups of the kids' faces and their hands as they draw. Miguel Cortes, who plays the superhero, is terrific. It's funny that we always see him eating, but he is always ready to come to the rescue of the other kids, whether it's to cook a meal, retrieve a ball, help clean up a room or play a game with someone. Good choices for locations; good backgrounds and animation. Nice live action shots. My favorite scene is when the superhero retrieves the soccer ball and escapes from the barking dogs - by a hair. When one girl's parents fight, superhero comes to help her prepare a romantic dinner for them. I love seeing the mom come home from the salon and smiling when she sees the dinner table all prepared. I love the surprise ending...

The film's message is that superheroes come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Not every superhero looks like Spider-man!

I give Superheroes 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Adorable and one hundred percent relatable. This is a perfect film for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

Famous superheroes take care of adult problems, but children also have their superheroes, always ready to help solve their dilemmas. Anonymous heroes may be closer than we think, and in this fun movie, they will be taken back.

What a fun film, starting with a great premise - superheroes for kids that tackle kid needs. The child actors are adorable and on target. Nice camera work; great close-ups of the kids' faces and their hands as they draw. Miguel Cortes, who plays the superhero, is terrific. It's funny that we always see him eating, but he is always ready to come to the rescue of the other kids, whether it's to cook a meal, retrieve a ball, help clean up a room or play a game with someone. Good choices for locations; good backgrounds and animation. Nice live action shots. My favorite scene is when the superhero retrieves the soccer ball and escapes from the barking dogs - by a hair. When one girl's parents fight, superhero comes to help her prepare a romantic dinner for them. I love seeing the mom come home from the salon and smiling when she sees the dinner table all prepared. I love the surprise ending...

The film's message is that superheroes come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Not every superhero looks like Spider-man!

I give Superheroes 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


REVOLUTIONARIES

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REVOLUTIONARIES
CARLOS HUMBERTO TEJEDA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Dressed as a revolutionary, Panchito, a little 9-year-old boy, finally arrives at his elementary school classroom only to realize that all the other children are wearing their uniform, now he must decide whether to face his classmates or hide.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really resonated with this short film, as it reminded me of similar experiences in my own young life. Well presented, this is perfect for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival audiences.

Dressed as a revolutionary, Panchito, a 9-year-old boy, arrives at his elementary school classroom only to realize that all the other children are wearing their blue uniforms and he hides, afraid to be embarrassed. Well made short film with very good camera work, audio, and acting. I particularly enjoyed the performance by Diego Garcia who plays Panchito. The topic is well chosen and one that young kids can easily relate to - it's not unusual to be something that is in direct opposition to the rest of your group. My favorite part is the conversation between Panchito and the other boy in the restroom, each sitting on the floor of his own stall.

The film's message is how every small problem seems like a big deal when you are a young child and, looking back at it, we see the courage it took to overcome some situations. Bravo for Panchito. I give Revolutionaries 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really resonated with this short film, as it reminded me of similar experiences in my own young life. Well presented, this is perfect for our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival audiences.

Dressed as a revolutionary, Panchito, a 9-year-old boy, arrives at his elementary school classroom only to realize that all the other children are wearing their blue uniforms and he hides, afraid to be embarrassed. Well made short film with very good camera work, audio, and acting. I particularly enjoyed the performance by Diego Garcia who plays Panchito. The topic is well chosen and one that young kids can easily relate to - it's not unusual to be something that is in direct opposition to the rest of your group. My favorite part is the conversation between Panchito and the other boy in the restroom, each sitting on the floor of his own stall.

The film's message is how every small problem seems like a big deal when you are a young child and, looking back at it, we see the courage it took to overcome some situations. Bravo for Panchito. I give Revolutionaries 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


POWER FORWARD

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POWER FORWARD
WEI HUNTER
Series: SHORT, AGES 8 - 12
Topic - Family
Description - 'Power Forward' is a family-friendly short film about a pre-teen boy who moves into a new neighborhood in the American South, and his struggle with the bullying and racism that he encounters there. This passion-project short film is bilingual because many students AND families are bilingual. We believe it is our duty as artists to help kids share their stories and allow them to be heard.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very powerful short film and excellent topic, well told. A family-friendly short film about a pre-teen boy who moves into a new neighborhood in the American South, and his struggle trying to fit in.

This short live action film truly touches my heart as I remember how difficult it can be moving into a new neighborhood or a new city. This is well produced with excellent camera work, great audio, and good acting. The young people are particularly well represented here. And, the storyline is well developed in the short amount of time. Anyone that has ever moved to a new neighborhood will relate to this.

The film's message is that change is never easy, but it is well worth the effort. I give Power Forward 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Very powerful short film and excellent topic, well told. A family-friendly short film about a pre-teen boy who moves into a new neighborhood in the American South, and his struggle trying to fit in.

This short live action film truly touches my heart as I remember how difficult it can be moving into a new neighborhood or a new city. This is well produced with excellent camera work, great audio, and good acting. The young people are particularly well represented here. And, the storyline is well developed in the short amount of time. Anyone that has ever moved to a new neighborhood will relate to this.

The film's message is that change is never easy, but it is well worth the effort. I give Power Forward 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


BROWNWHITE

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BROWNWHITE
RUCHAMA EHRENHALT
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - From the perspective of Israeli biracial kids, BrownWhite explores how skin color influences the development of identity. Weaving their lived experiences with findings from academic research, the film reveals their dilemmas around identity in a world that's more complicated than brown or white. From Israel
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - BrownWhite is a short informational film that I enjoyed watching; it is simple and straightforward, feeding you with relevant information about biracial children and clearing common misunderstanding that many tend to have.

BrownWhite shows us the perspective of Israeli biracial children from different age groups and the challenges the kids face as they grow up, because they are neither "brown" nor "white."

Growing up, I was naive and had the belief that mixed people can simply fit in with either of their environments. This film shows how the Israeli biracial children undergo the pressure of having to choose between their racial identity and tend to be discriminated, regardless. Some would find it hard to grow up with a true identity because of this. The film contains clips of young kids talking about their personal experiences of what they dealt with and how they identify themselves. This made an impact on me as it portrays the message quite clearly. The documentary develops in such a way that it captures your attention from start to finish. We see how this topic tends to be quite sensitive for some.

The concept behind BrownWhite is to inform and teach people to be more understanding when talking to a biracial person and to respect the choices they make regarding their racial identity. It also encourages biracial kids to embrace their true identity and be happy with who they are, rather than who they are not. I give Brown/White 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. By Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - BrownWhite is a short informational film that I enjoyed watching; it is simple and straightforward, feeding you with relevant information about biracial children and clearing common misunderstanding that many tend to have.

BrownWhite shows us the perspective of Israeli biracial children from different age groups and the challenges the kids face as they grow up, because they are neither "brown" nor "white."

Growing up, I was naive and had the belief that mixed people can simply fit in with either of their environments. This film shows how the Israeli biracial children undergo the pressure of having to choose between their racial identity and tend to be discriminated, regardless. Some would find it hard to grow up with a true identity because of this. The film contains clips of young kids talking about their personal experiences of what they dealt with and how they identify themselves. This made an impact on me as it portrays the message quite clearly. The documentary develops in such a way that it captures your attention from start to finish. We see how this topic tends to be quite sensitive for some.

The concept behind BrownWhite is to inform and teach people to be more understanding when talking to a biracial person and to respect the choices they make regarding their racial identity. It also encourages biracial kids to embrace their true identity and be happy with who they are, rather than who they are not. I give Brown/White 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. By Eunnet C., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ROCKING IN THE WIND

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ROCKING IN THE WIND
ALISSA SOPHIE LARKAMP
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - The little stone is at his place, they gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watches the wind - how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer wants to sit still. Can the wind grant them theirs wish?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rocking in the Wind is an enjoyable short abstract animated film that would fare well with a youth audience.

The story is about a little stone that is at his place, gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watch the wind and how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer want to sit still.

Beautifully animated, with soft almost watercolor like treatment, accompanied by a lovely musical score, this short film would make a nice addition to any children's film festival as an interstitial. The storyline about the stone wanting a different life, is one we can all relate to, and makes an interesting discussion starter.

The film's message is about wanting to make changes in your life. I give Rocking in the Wind 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Rocking in the Wind is an enjoyable short abstract animated film that would fare well with a youth audience.

The story is about a little stone that is at his place, gets visitors and can experience the world at a different pace, but as they watch the wind and how it plays with leaves and pebbles by whirling them around - they no longer want to sit still.

Beautifully animated, with soft almost watercolor like treatment, accompanied by a lovely musical score, this short film would make a nice addition to any children's film festival as an interstitial. The storyline about the stone wanting a different life, is one we can all relate to, and makes an interesting discussion starter.

The film's message is about wanting to make changes in your life. I give Rocking in the Wind 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LOUPETOO

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LOUPETOO
SOUREH CINEMA CENTER
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Mr. Kamali is the owner of a sanitarium who treat the patients by teaching them to make toys. The toys are creative, so they are very attractive for the children. But the toy studio shut because of sabotage and it led to patients' critical mental status. Mr. Kamali tried a lot to solve the problem but he couldn't do anything and he got terribly disappointed and sad. And then an angel of hope appeared...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Mr. Kamali is the owner of a sanitarium which treats patients by teaching them how to make toys. The toys are creative, so they are very attractive for the children. But the toy studio shuts down due to sabotage and it leads to patients' critical mental status. Mr. Kamali tries to solve the problem, but he can't do anything and he gets terribly disappointed and sad. And then an angel of hope appears.

This Iranian animated film is certainly unusual. The characters are unusual and a bit odd. I particularly enjoy the music that is interspersed and the choreographed moves that accompany it. They definitely lift this to another level. I also like the jokes, which are very kid friendly. "It's like a smart phone with no camera." The production quality is quite good; my only issue is the audio level which jumps around a bit. The dialogue is in Persian with English subtitles and they are easy to read.

The film's message is that help comes from unusual places at time, just accept it. I give Loupetoo 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Mr. Kamali is the owner of a sanitarium which treats patients by teaching them how to make toys. The toys are creative, so they are very attractive for the children. But the toy studio shuts down due to sabotage and it leads to patients' critical mental status. Mr. Kamali tries to solve the problem, but he can't do anything and he gets terribly disappointed and sad. And then an angel of hope appears.

This Iranian animated film is certainly unusual. The characters are unusual and a bit odd. I particularly enjoy the music that is interspersed and the choreographed moves that accompany it. They definitely lift this to another level. I also like the jokes, which are very kid friendly. "It's like a smart phone with no camera." The production quality is quite good; my only issue is the audio level which jumps around a bit. The dialogue is in Persian with English subtitles and they are easy to read.

The film's message is that help comes from unusual places at time, just accept it. I give Loupetoo 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 87 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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COME ONE COME ALL - THE SALIDA CIRCUS
NATHAN WARD
Series: DOCUMENTARY SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - Come One Come All is a 27 minute documentary telling the story of a small mountain town circus and its incredible power to change lives for the better. The Salida Circus is a social circus, using the circus arts to address social justice, promote personal wellness and create community among children and adults. Through unicycling, trapeze and juggling knives, the circus is changing lives.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Did you ever want to join the circus? Come One Come All - The Salida Circus is a fascinating and engaging documentary about a social circus. This relatively new movement uses circus arts as a medium for social justice and social good. The film shows how people are empowered though performing circus acts. It makes me want to run away and join the circus.

The documentary is about a social circus in Salida, Colorado. It addresses the history of the movement, details about this particular circus, and how both the adults and children train and benefit from the activities. The story line is very uplifting and motivational. The camera follows the performers from all angles and makes the audience feel as if you are viewing the circus in person. The colors are very vibrant. The performers' circus costumes fit the story line perfectly. The documentary is primarily filmed at the training location in Colorado, but there are also shots taken in Belfast, Ireland and other international locations.

We observe the adults and children who participate in the circus. The best parts of the film are watching the performances by the acrobats. It is as though you are performing with them.

The message of the film is that anyone can follow their dreams if they focus and work hard enough. I give Come One Come All - The Salida 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Did you ever want to join the circus? Come One Come All - The Salida Circus is a fascinating and engaging documentary about a social circus. This relatively new movement uses circus arts as a medium for social justice and social good. The film shows how people are empowered though performing circus acts. It makes me want to run away and join the circus.

The documentary is about a social circus in Salida, Colorado. It addresses the history of the movement, details about this particular circus, and how both the adults and children train and benefit from the activities. The story line is very uplifting and motivational. The camera follows the performers from all angles and makes the audience feel as if you are viewing the circus in person. The colors are very vibrant. The performers' circus costumes fit the story line perfectly. The documentary is primarily filmed at the training location in Colorado, but there are also shots taken in Belfast, Ireland and other international locations.

We observe the adults and children who participate in the circus. The best parts of the film are watching the performances by the acrobats. It is as though you are performing with them.

The message of the film is that anyone can follow their dreams if they focus and work hard enough. I give Come One Come All - The Salida 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Pamela L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 27 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOW CAN WE FIND OUT WHAT PLANTS NEED TO SURVIVE? WITH CHRIS!

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HOW CAN WE FIND OUT WHAT PLANTS NEED TO SURVIVE? WITH CHRIS!
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris!" is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher, Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars! Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she'll need to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris is going to need food! She decides she will need to grow her own food on the spaceship to last her long journey with hydroponics! First, she'll need to know what plants need to survive. To find out, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Love this. This is a superb educational film that is entertaining and fun to follow. It's designed perfectly for a young audience.

This entertaining and educational film is part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally - themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars. Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she needs to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris will need food; she decides to grow her own food using hydroponics on the spaceship to last her long journey. To learn how to do that, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer.

Beautifully produced short documentary using a live host with a puppet sidekick. Great camerawork; excellent audio; superb presentation. This is a great way to present information in an entertaining way. The host, Chris, is a bit stiff in her delivery, but her puppet Lucia makes up for that, being more animated and more childlike. The information presented is well grounded and the language is suitable for its audience.

The message is about what plants need to grow and thrive. I give How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris! 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Love this. This is a superb educational film that is entertaining and fun to follow. It's designed perfectly for a young audience.

This entertaining and educational film is part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally - themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. Hydroponics Teacher Chris Anderson kicks off this film by embarking on a trip to Mars. Traveling to space makes Chris think about what she needs to bring to space to survive. Besides water and oxygen, Chris will need food; she decides to grow her own food using hydroponics on the spaceship to last her long journey. To learn how to do that, she launches an experiment with her friend Lucia to see what plants need to grow. In the end, Chris finds out that with a little bit of help, anyone can be a space farmer.

Beautifully produced short documentary using a live host with a puppet sidekick. Great camerawork; excellent audio; superb presentation. This is a great way to present information in an entertaining way. The host, Chris, is a bit stiff in her delivery, but her puppet Lucia makes up for that, being more animated and more childlike. The information presented is well grounded and the language is suitable for its audience.

The message is about what plants need to grow and thrive. I give How Can We Find Out What Plants Need to Survive? With Chris! 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HOW TO KNOW IF SOMETHING IS ALIVE?

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HOW TO KNOW IF SOMETHING IS ALIVE?
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-8
Topic - Family
Description - Environmental education is more critical than ever. We cultivate students' connection to the natural world at a young age through school garden programs, so they want to conserve it for the rest of their lives. Using V-Tubing, we're anthropomorphizing the plants and creatures they find in their gardens into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. "How to know if something is alive?" is an entertaining and educational film, aiming to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home. In this film, Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter, and an owl.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film offers a fun and interactive way that young children can learn about different things that happen in the natural world. The characters are cute and personable and their vocabulary is definitely age appropriate for its intended audience.

Using V-Tubing, this short film anthropomorphizes plants and creatures you can find in your garden into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter and an owl. This film helps engage students in STEM learning, while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home.

This short animated film offers environmental lessons in an entertaining format through talking plants and animals. The visuals also include live action shots of various creatures, big and small. It also poses questions for kids to answer about things in nature. It's a cute format, simply put together in such a way that kids can easily watch and learn on their own, or be guided by an older person. The need for environmental education is more critical now than ever before and this short film helps deliver messages that little ones can easily understand and learn from.

The film's intent is to teach young children about things that happen in the natural world and emphasize the importance of protecting our environment.

I give How To Know If Something Is Alive? 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This short film offers a fun and interactive way that young children can learn about different things that happen in the natural world. The characters are cute and personable and their vocabulary is definitely age appropriate for its intended audience.

Using V-Tubing, this short film anthropomorphizes plants and creatures you can find in your garden into friends and teachers, fostering a deeper connection with the natural world. Sunny the Sunflower navigates through different natural environments during a tornado trying to remember who she is and what her name is with the help of a shark, an otter and an owl. This film helps engage students in STEM learning, while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we have to call home.

This short animated film offers environmental lessons in an entertaining format through talking plants and animals. The visuals also include live action shots of various creatures, big and small. It also poses questions for kids to answer about things in nature. It's a cute format, simply put together in such a way that kids can easily watch and learn on their own, or be guided by an older person. The need for environmental education is more critical now than ever before and this short film helps deliver messages that little ones can easily understand and learn from.

The film's intent is to teach young children about things that happen in the natural world and emphasize the importance of protecting our environment.

I give How To Know If Something Is Alive? 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CAN WE PRACTICE COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS ON EARTH AND ON MARS?

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CAN WE PRACTICE COMMERCIAL HYDROPONICS ON EARTH AND ON MARS?
GREEN OUR PLANET
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In the film, Farmer Tom blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought back from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful STEM-focused short film. It is well presented with great visuals and a terrific narrator.

This is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we call home. The film's narrator, Farmer Tom, blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.Lovely production: great visuals and excellent audio. Terrific message - this ties in well with KIDS FIRST!'s climate change collection. I love the way they present information about how to farm hydroponically. Farmer Tom ( ) makes an excellent presenter; he's vibrant, enthusiastic and well informed. I love how the film presents questions for the audiences, in an effort to make this show interactive for them, and gives them time to discuss their answers with a partner. The use of greenscreen easily makes Farmer Tom appear to be speaking from inside a space ship or from Mars itself. A lot of useful information is presented in an easy-to-follow format.

The film teaches us how to analyze how we could plant a hydroponic garden on Mars. I give Can We Practice Commercial Hydroponics on Earth and on Mars? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a delightful STEM-focused short film. It is well presented with great visuals and a terrific narrator.

This is an entertaining and educational film, a part of the Virtual Academy's environmentally-themed STEM series. This collection aims to help teachers engage students in STEM while sparking curiosity and care for the one planet we call home. The film's narrator, Farmer Tom, blasts off from Earth in his vessel, the Green our Planet Orbiter. His mission: to plant seeds brought from Earth on a hydroponic farm on Mars. Why does he have to go about farming differently on Mars than we do here? He sets out to find answers to this question and more while demonstrating how unique planet Earth is and exploring a new sustainable form of growing food.Lovely production: great visuals and excellent audio. Terrific message - this ties in well with KIDS FIRST!'s climate change collection. I love the way they present information about how to farm hydroponically. Farmer Tom ( ) makes an excellent presenter; he's vibrant, enthusiastic and well informed. I love how the film presents questions for the audiences, in an effort to make this show interactive for them, and gives them time to discuss their answers with a partner. The use of greenscreen easily makes Farmer Tom appear to be speaking from inside a space ship or from Mars itself. A lot of useful information is presented in an easy-to-follow format.

The film teaches us how to analyze how we could plant a hydroponic garden on Mars. I give Can We Practice Commercial Hydroponics on Earth and on Mars? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ASCENT

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ASCENT
ESHAAN MANI
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - "Ascent" follows the journey of Sanjna Pandit, a high school student and Bharatanatyam dancer, as she prepared for and performed her arangetram, the debut three-hour performance in the Bharatanatyam dance form.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a lovely documentary about a dance form I had no knowledge of previously. Produced by high school filmmaker Eshaan Mani, this truly is perfect for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The documentary Ascent follows the journey of Sanjna Pandit, a high school student and Bharatanatyam dancer, as she prepares for and performs her arangetram, the debut three-hour performance in the Bharatanatyam dance form.

I really resonated with this documentary and the dancer's pursuit to learn about the traditional Bharatanatyam form. The images used throughout the film are excellent, ranging from interviews with Sanjna Pandit to archival photographs of traditional dancers. I love some of the close-ups of Sanjna when she is in full costume and make-up. The filmmaker meshes stills with moving images in an almost seamless way, drawing you in and following the dancer's journey. The background music of what appears to be traditional Indian music enhances the film throughout, without overwhelming the narrative. I loved learning more about the history of this dance form and its meaning.

The film's intent is to share the history of the Bharatanatyam dance form and the journey of Sanjna Pandit as she studies it and prepares for her performance.

I give Ascent 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Linda C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a lovely documentary about a dance form I had no knowledge of previously. Produced by high school filmmaker Eshaan Mani, this truly is perfect for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The documentary Ascent follows the journey of Sanjna Pandit, a high school student and Bharatanatyam dancer, as she prepares for and performs her arangetram, the debut three-hour performance in the Bharatanatyam dance form.

I really resonated with this documentary and the dancer's pursuit to learn about the traditional Bharatanatyam form. The images used throughout the film are excellent, ranging from interviews with Sanjna Pandit to archival photographs of traditional dancers. I love some of the close-ups of Sanjna when she is in full costume and make-up. The filmmaker meshes stills with moving images in an almost seamless way, drawing you in and following the dancer's journey. The background music of what appears to be traditional Indian music enhances the film throughout, without overwhelming the narrative. I loved learning more about the history of this dance form and its meaning.

The film's intent is to share the history of the Bharatanatyam dance form and the journey of Sanjna Pandit as she studies it and prepares for her performance.

I give Ascent 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Linda C., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HEROES

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HEROES
ROBERTO SANCHEZ
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Rigo, the new kid in town, finds himself being bullied by some of the local kids. A chance encounter with Miguel, a comic book store owner, introduces Rigo to the vast world of superheroes. But are they fiction or real?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great start to what appears an episodic show. The topic, bullies, is so endemic in this country and the solution, heroes, doubly so. I thorough enjoyed this first episode by writer/director Roberto Sanchez and can't wait to see more.

Rigo, the new kid in town, finds himself being bullied by some of the local kids. A chance encounter with Miguel, a comic book store owner, introduces Rigo to the vast world of superheroes. But are they fiction or real?

Superheroes come in all different shapes and sizes, fiction and non-fiction. This film leads us to believe that the line between fiction and non-fiction is narrower than we think. When a young boy has an unexpected encounter at the comic book store with its owner his world changes. I love how the book store owner influences Rigo in a positive way. This film has great video and audio, plus good acting and special effects. I particularly enjoy Roberto Sanchez's portrayal of the shop owner and Caleb Martinez as Rigo. Bryson Robinson plays a believable nasty antagonist. The film's message is how the power and influence of comic books have an effect on some people's lives.

I give Heroes 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Great start to what appears an episodic show. The topic, bullies, is so endemic in this country and the solution, heroes, doubly so. I thorough enjoyed this first episode by writer/director Roberto Sanchez and can't wait to see more.

Rigo, the new kid in town, finds himself being bullied by some of the local kids. A chance encounter with Miguel, a comic book store owner, introduces Rigo to the vast world of superheroes. But are they fiction or real?

Superheroes come in all different shapes and sizes, fiction and non-fiction. This film leads us to believe that the line between fiction and non-fiction is narrower than we think. When a young boy has an unexpected encounter at the comic book store with its owner his world changes. I love how the book store owner influences Rigo in a positive way. This film has great video and audio, plus good acting and special effects. I particularly enjoy Roberto Sanchez's portrayal of the shop owner and Caleb Martinez as Rigo. Bryson Robinson plays a believable nasty antagonist. The film's message is how the power and influence of comic books have an effect on some people's lives.

I give Heroes 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RIGHT ONE, THE

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RIGHT ONE, THE
ANTHONY DEPTULA
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A young girl is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an interesting and charming short film from Anthony Deptula. I love the role of the young girl who knows what she wants immediately when she sees it.

A young girl (Nora Harriet) is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.

Well produced; good visuals and excellent audio. Great background music! This non-narrative film, written and directed by Anthony Deptula, is driven by the background music, which pushes it along from start to finish. Nora Harriet is well cast as the young girl and so expressive. When she first sees her instrument (I believe it's a baritone horn), her eyes are as big as plates! Her parents pay her no heed; they walk out carrying a violin and the big brass instrument is tossed into the trash. But, much to our surprise it escapes and inadvertently has a wild night on the town until finally finds its way to the girl who picks it up and immediately begins to play.

The film's message is that sometimes only you know which one is the right one. I give The Right one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an interesting and charming short film from Anthony Deptula. I love the role of the young girl who knows what she wants immediately when she sees it.

A young girl (Nora Harriet) is forced to pick between a violin and a cello only to discover the right instrument for her is something entirely out of the ordinary.

Well produced; good visuals and excellent audio. Great background music! This non-narrative film, written and directed by Anthony Deptula, is driven by the background music, which pushes it along from start to finish. Nora Harriet is well cast as the young girl and so expressive. When she first sees her instrument (I believe it's a baritone horn), her eyes are as big as plates! Her parents pay her no heed; they walk out carrying a violin and the big brass instrument is tossed into the trash. But, much to our surprise it escapes and inadvertently has a wild night on the town until finally finds its way to the girl who picks it up and immediately begins to play.

The film's message is that sometimes only you know which one is the right one. I give The Right one 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


D.A.D.

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D.A.D.
JAMES A SIMS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a digital android doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this short film. It delivers an inspiring and fun message to parents who put work before family.

A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a Digital Android Doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.

What an interesting film and a message for workaholic dads everywhere - if you don't spend enough time with your children, something else will replace you. In this case... a robot. The film has great production values with excellent camera work and audio recording. The two girls, played by Gabriella Sims and Isabella Sims and the D.A.D., played by Darien Sills-Evans are well cast. They all play their characters quite realistically. The plot is well developed; I particularly enjoyed the scene when the robot D.A.D. is teaching the girls to ride hovercrafts. It drives home the idea that you can be replaced by a robot if you are absent enough. Kudos to writer/director James A. Sims for a well-developed short with a message.

The film's message is a funny and inspiring reminder for dads everywhere not to lose sight of what is most important to you.

I give D.A.D. 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this short film. It delivers an inspiring and fun message to parents who put work before family.

A workaholic father comes home to discover his twin daughters have built a Digital Android Doppelg�nger that they lovingly call D.A.D.

What an interesting film and a message for workaholic dads everywhere - if you don't spend enough time with your children, something else will replace you. In this case... a robot. The film has great production values with excellent camera work and audio recording. The two girls, played by Gabriella Sims and Isabella Sims and the D.A.D., played by Darien Sills-Evans are well cast. They all play their characters quite realistically. The plot is well developed; I particularly enjoyed the scene when the robot D.A.D. is teaching the girls to ride hovercrafts. It drives home the idea that you can be replaced by a robot if you are absent enough. Kudos to writer/director James A. Sims for a well-developed short with a message.

The film's message is a funny and inspiring reminder for dads everywhere not to lose sight of what is most important to you.

I give D.A.D. 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


KIND OF FISHY

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KIND OF FISHY
ALEKSANDER NORDAAS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - A unique fish tale - made with driftwood. Dive in with the fun, fast and furious fish in this animated children's short film! There's life in everything - if you just imagine. Just like Danny Driftwood does, as he creates his own underwater world in a bucket; with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down here, magic dwells --new friends, exploration - and an angry halibut. Can Danny and his two friends trick it and escape?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Enjoyable fantasy animation with amazing visuals.

The story offers a unique fish tale made with driftwood. Danny Driftwood creates his own underwater world with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down there, magic dwells! New friendships, exploration - and an angry halibut.

This animation of this short film is outstanding with beautiful colors and realistic looking settings. The lead character, Danny Driftwood, makes an almost believable live creature as he explores his underwater world. New friendships are made and an angry critter tries to attack him and his newfound friends. But every escapes unharmed.

The message is about how a creative mind can conjure up stories out of the simplest inanimate objects. I give Kind of Fishy 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Enjoyable fantasy animation with amazing visuals.

The story offers a unique fish tale made with driftwood. Danny Driftwood creates his own underwater world with rocks, sand, leaves - and driftwood. And down there, magic dwells! New friendships, exploration - and an angry halibut.

This animation of this short film is outstanding with beautiful colors and realistic looking settings. The lead character, Danny Driftwood, makes an almost believable live creature as he explores his underwater world. New friendships are made and an angry critter tries to attack him and his newfound friends. But every escapes unharmed.

The message is about how a creative mind can conjure up stories out of the simplest inanimate objects. I give Kind of Fishy 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


COMMON THREAD

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COMMON THREAD
FRANK FAZZIO
Series: ENVIRONMANTAL SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Climate and global warming are mental health crises, and our children are among the most vulnerable. The Common Thread project joins global filmmakers speaking with children worldwide about their concerns for the planet and future. These children and filmmakers are not celebrities or activists, but they have a Common Thread - They all want a sustainable and livable planet and future for their generation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I absolutely love the informational documentary, Common Thread. It provides key facts and stories that describe how global warming and climate change hurt our Earth.

Climate and global warming are mental health crises, and our children are among the most vulnerable. Common Thread is about people from around the world telling their individual stories about climate change. They hope the world will listen. The Common Thread project joins global filmmakers speaking with children worldwide about their concerns for the planet and future. These children and filmmakers, not celebrities or activists, but they have a Common Thread in that they all want a sustainable and livable planet and future for their generation.

I like seeing people from all over the world speak out about what is happening in their corner of the world. This film really illustrates how global warming and climate change are affecting the entire planet--not just one location - the ENTIRE PLANET!. The quality of the camerawork is quite good; the vibrant scenes of the ocean and forests are impressive. The different locations - Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, Zimbabwe - are beautifully shot. The speakers are quite articulate. Subtitles are used when they are not speaking English. A lot of the speakers are young people. The somber background music is sorrowful and demonstrates that global warming can make lives depressing. Every day, droughts, fires, and floods are destroying environments. That is partially due to the emissions humans created for producing things. The speakers in this film share the same "common thread"-- they are all being affected by global warming. Even though they have contrasting weather conditions and physical locations, they each have related stories to tell. The director, writer and producer, Frank Fazzio, gives each person an opportunity to tell their story. In this way, the audience can understand how climate change negatively impacting lives worldwide. My favorite part of the film is when Yi-Yun You from Taiwan brings up alternative energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, rather than burning fossil fuels.

The message of this film is that humans must do their part to resolve climate change. This message includes what will happen to our planet if we don't take action now.

I give Common Thread 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It provides information that the whole family could benefit from. This film's special interest topics are the environment and multi-cultural. By Sydney S. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I absolutely love the informational documentary, Common Thread. It provides key facts and stories that describe how global warming and climate change hurt our Earth.

Climate and global warming are mental health crises, and our children are among the most vulnerable. Common Thread is about people from around the world telling their individual stories about climate change. They hope the world will listen. The Common Thread project joins global filmmakers speaking with children worldwide about their concerns for the planet and future. These children and filmmakers, not celebrities or activists, but they have a Common Thread in that they all want a sustainable and livable planet and future for their generation.

I like seeing people from all over the world speak out about what is happening in their corner of the world. This film really illustrates how global warming and climate change are affecting the entire planet--not just one location - the ENTIRE PLANET!. The quality of the camerawork is quite good; the vibrant scenes of the ocean and forests are impressive. The different locations - Taiwan, Mexico, Germany, Zimbabwe - are beautifully shot. The speakers are quite articulate. Subtitles are used when they are not speaking English. A lot of the speakers are young people. The somber background music is sorrowful and demonstrates that global warming can make lives depressing. Every day, droughts, fires, and floods are destroying environments. That is partially due to the emissions humans created for producing things. The speakers in this film share the same "common thread"-- they are all being affected by global warming. Even though they have contrasting weather conditions and physical locations, they each have related stories to tell. The director, writer and producer, Frank Fazzio, gives each person an opportunity to tell their story. In this way, the audience can understand how climate change negatively impacting lives worldwide. My favorite part of the film is when Yi-Yun You from Taiwan brings up alternative energy sources, such as hydroelectricity, rather than burning fossil fuels.

The message of this film is that humans must do their part to resolve climate change. This message includes what will happen to our planet if we don't take action now.

I give Common Thread 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It provides information that the whole family could benefit from. This film's special interest topics are the environment and multi-cultural. By Sydney S. and Julie S, KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


GRAMMY GREEN THUMBS

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GRAMMY GREEN THUMBS
ANNIE CREMONT
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-8
Topic - Family
Description - Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine and her friends. Along the story, she will understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding herself and discover different aspects of life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A charming short animated fantasy about a young girl and her grandmother experiencing magic in the garden.

Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine, her grandmother, and her friends. During the story, she learns to understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding her and discover different aspects of life.

This sweet animated short film is a delightful way to expose young children to the magic that nature has to offer. It is well produced with sweet animation, a charming protagonist, and a nice pace. My one concern is about the inaccuracy of information when the sunflowers grow to full height in a few hours. However, in the spirit of fantasy, I can accept it.

The film's message is that having an open heart is one of the ways to see the magic of life.

I give Grammy Green Thumbs 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A charming short animated fantasy about a young girl and her grandmother experiencing magic in the garden.

Grammy Green Thumbs is a tale about a young girl called Elaine, her grandmother, and her friends. During the story, she learns to understand the power of nature, the respect for everything surrounding her and discover different aspects of life.

This sweet animated short film is a delightful way to expose young children to the magic that nature has to offer. It is well produced with sweet animation, a charming protagonist, and a nice pace. My one concern is about the inaccuracy of information when the sunflowers grow to full height in a few hours. However, in the spirit of fantasy, I can accept it.

The film's message is that having an open heart is one of the ways to see the magic of life.

I give Grammy Green Thumbs 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ATTACK OF SQUIRRELZILLA

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ATTACK OF SQUIRRELZILLA
MARK CONNELLY
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Viral mutant squirrel wreaks havoc and destruction. Are you 6 feet away.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Okay, Attack of Squirrelzilla totally made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair. Clever use of imagination.

Viral mutant squirrel wreaks havoc and destruction. Are you 6 feet away?

This is an interesting production using miniature model cars and life sized squirrels, and comic-like subtitles. What a fun and unusual way to create a "monster" film. Most of the time the cars never move, and we never see anyone in the car, we only see their dialogue. The cut-away to an actual human, at a computer, which we presume is someone inside the tank, is perfect. The film's message is that you should be wary of squirrels.

I give Attack of Squirrelzilla 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Okay, Attack of Squirrelzilla totally made me laugh so hard I fell off my chair. Clever use of imagination.

Viral mutant squirrel wreaks havoc and destruction. Are you 6 feet away?

This is an interesting production using miniature model cars and life sized squirrels, and comic-like subtitles. What a fun and unusual way to create a "monster" film. Most of the time the cars never move, and we never see anyone in the car, we only see their dialogue. The cut-away to an actual human, at a computer, which we presume is someone inside the tank, is perfect. The film's message is that you should be wary of squirrels.

I give Attack of Squirrelzilla 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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SUZIE HICKS THE CLIMATE CHICK
SUZIE HICKS
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - An environmental educator and her anxious puppet co-host travel the world to learn about climate science, all while working together with local communities to inspire action.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the educational documentary Suzie Hicks the Climate Chick and its message about climate change. It has humor, facts, and stories from many different people in Los Angeles. This is exactly the type of film that KIDS FIRST! loves!

The storyline follows Suzie Hicks, an environmental educator who travels to Los Angeles together with her puppet to learn about climate science and share information with us.

I like that the content consists of multiple people's stories about how climate change is affecting them. It really puts into perspective how everyone must do their part to reduce the impacts that arise from climate change. The camera angles, especially relating to the storyline, added to the plot and are a nice extra touch. They use some stop motion claymation that is really impressive. The main character, Suzie Hicks is played by Susannah Hicks herself. She has a passion for spreading awareness about climate change. Sprout, the puppet, help her develop confidence and minimize her levels of stress. It's comforting to know that other people feel similar emotions. Suzie Hicks' dedication to this show is remarkable. She directs, writes and stars in it. My favorite part of the film is when Suzie and Sprout play the Wheel of Consequences. It's an interesting way to learn facts. Sometimes, the quality is a bit pixelated, but overall, the production values are high enough to meet big screen standards.

The message of this film is that anyone can do their part to change climate change. Peaceful protests, reducing energy, and simply spreading awareness are all active and simple solutions.

I give Suzie Hicks the Climate Chick 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. This is suitable for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it's very informational and entertaining, especially for kids. The whole family will benefit from watching this film. This qualifies as the special topics of the environment and educational. By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love the educational documentary Suzie Hicks the Climate Chick and its message about climate change. It has humor, facts, and stories from many different people in Los Angeles. This is exactly the type of film that KIDS FIRST! loves!

The storyline follows Suzie Hicks, an environmental educator who travels to Los Angeles together with her puppet to learn about climate science and share information with us.

I like that the content consists of multiple people's stories about how climate change is affecting them. It really puts into perspective how everyone must do their part to reduce the impacts that arise from climate change. The camera angles, especially relating to the storyline, added to the plot and are a nice extra touch. They use some stop motion claymation that is really impressive. The main character, Suzie Hicks is played by Susannah Hicks herself. She has a passion for spreading awareness about climate change. Sprout, the puppet, help her develop confidence and minimize her levels of stress. It's comforting to know that other people feel similar emotions. Suzie Hicks' dedication to this show is remarkable. She directs, writes and stars in it. My favorite part of the film is when Suzie and Sprout play the Wheel of Consequences. It's an interesting way to learn facts. Sometimes, the quality is a bit pixelated, but overall, the production values are high enough to meet big screen standards.

The message of this film is that anyone can do their part to change climate change. Peaceful protests, reducing energy, and simply spreading awareness are all active and simple solutions.

I give Suzie Hicks the Climate Chick 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. This is suitable for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it's very informational and entertaining, especially for kids. The whole family will benefit from watching this film. This qualifies as the special topics of the environment and educational. By Sydney S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 30 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


JILLY GOATS GRUFF

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JILLY GOATS GRUFF
JULIA RUDNITZKY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Jilly Goats Gruff definitely made me laugh. It's cleverly constructed and well made. Definitely suitable for younger audiences.

In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.

This is a fun college student produced short film that younger viewers will enjoy. It's a take off on a classic fairytale with humans playing animal characters, thanks to clever costuming. The camera work and audio recording is spot on. The storyline is fun and delivers a good message. I can see this as an interstitial at a kids and family film festival.

The message is "don't be too greedy or you might end up like that old troll - in the water under the bridge."

I give Jilly Goats Gruff 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Jilly Goats Gruff definitely made me laugh. It's cleverly constructed and well made. Definitely suitable for younger audiences.

In the magic world of Wisconsin, a Norwegian fairytale comes to life. Three Jilly Goats stand up to a mean Troll. A colorful story of girl power told by aspiring young actresses and college film students.

This is a fun college student produced short film that younger viewers will enjoy. It's a take off on a classic fairytale with humans playing animal characters, thanks to clever costuming. The camera work and audio recording is spot on. The storyline is fun and delivers a good message. I can see this as an interstitial at a kids and family film festival.

The message is "don't be too greedy or you might end up like that old troll - in the water under the bridge."

I give Jilly Goats Gruff 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


FIVE LITTLE DUCKS

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FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
KELLI CALDWELL
Series: MUSIC VIDEO, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. Can you keep up with which little duck is where? Created for children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Five Little Ducks is a cute and creative rendition of the classic nursery rhyme. The singing, in combination with unusual needle-felted animation provides a clever version of the nursery rhyme.

Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. This short film puts a unique twist on an age-old children's song. Created in collaboration with children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.

This film features the song, Five Little Ducks and encourages views to try and keep up with the location that each duck is moving to. The stop-motion needle-felted animation is quite unusual and every character has an adorable look. One of the ducks even wears glasses. One wears a headband. One wears a purple hat. The background is a lake made of felt that the ducks swim about in. I really enjoy the singing which is sort of a bluegrass or country genre, which is in stark contrast from how we usually hear this song. The song is accompanied by the sounds of ducks quacking, which made me giggle. My favorite part is when the frog appears and starts watching the ducks line up. It adds another element to the story.

The film's purpose is about teaching young kids how to count to 5 and how to recognize different critters by their physical attributes or behaviors.

I give Five Little Ducks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Five Little Ducks is a cute and creative rendition of the classic nursery rhyme. The singing, in combination with unusual needle-felted animation provides a clever version of the nursery rhyme.

Not your typical version of Five Little Ducks. This short film puts a unique twist on an age-old children's song. Created in collaboration with children's musician Kelli Welli in needle-felted stop-motion animation.

This film features the song, Five Little Ducks and encourages views to try and keep up with the location that each duck is moving to. The stop-motion needle-felted animation is quite unusual and every character has an adorable look. One of the ducks even wears glasses. One wears a headband. One wears a purple hat. The background is a lake made of felt that the ducks swim about in. I really enjoy the singing which is sort of a bluegrass or country genre, which is in stark contrast from how we usually hear this song. The song is accompanied by the sounds of ducks quacking, which made me giggle. My favorite part is when the frog appears and starts watching the ducks line up. It adds another element to the story.

The film's purpose is about teaching young kids how to count to 5 and how to recognize different critters by their physical attributes or behaviors.

I give Five Little Ducks 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


HANDWRITTEN

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HANDWRITTEN
JAIME SUNWOO
Series: ANIMATED BIOGRAPHY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - After discovering old diaries and notebooks, artist Jaime Sunwoo examines her shapeshifting penmanship and wonders why she's never had a consistent style. Through playful paper puppetry and animation, she reflects on what handwriting means to her personally, its significance throughout history, and its relevance in our computerized world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I appreciate the creativity of Handwritten. The style and the message are my favorite elements. This is an animated short documentary. The filming technique uses a combination of puppetry, animation, and still photos to tell the story of Jaime Sunwoo and the impact of her handwriting on her life. I also appreciate the message conveyed in this short film about how something as simple as handwriting can tell a deeper story about who you are.

This film is a unique autobiography by Jaime Sunwoo and a personal reflection on the significance of handwriting - for herself and for others throughout history. It showcases the power of handwriting and how it can be a tool to dissect a person's personality, mood or emotions. It highlights how powerful our writing is and how it can speak to the place we are in life.

This film includes multiple production styles, and it's worthwhile viewing. It is a fun and unique topic. I like how the story progresses - it's a gradual slow burn and keeps the viewer wondering where this film is taking you. You're captivated and fully invested when you realize it is a short autobiography about handwriting. That approach to developing the report is impactful. There are some entertaining camera angles and animation pop-ups. The camerawork and animation give the film dimension and make it fun to watch. The writer of this film is also the subject and the director. It's impressive to see someone assume numerous roles in telling their own story. My favorite part is when they examine the different styles of handwriting and how you can begin to recognize a person based on their handwriting.

The message is to write in the way that you want to be. This has a deeper meaning. I think the director is trying to encourage people to be themselves and embrace all the unique facets of their identity.

I give Handwritten 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Hanadie K., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I appreciate the creativity of Handwritten. The style and the message are my favorite elements. This is an animated short documentary. The filming technique uses a combination of puppetry, animation, and still photos to tell the story of Jaime Sunwoo and the impact of her handwriting on her life. I also appreciate the message conveyed in this short film about how something as simple as handwriting can tell a deeper story about who you are.

This film is a unique autobiography by Jaime Sunwoo and a personal reflection on the significance of handwriting - for herself and for others throughout history. It showcases the power of handwriting and how it can be a tool to dissect a person's personality, mood or emotions. It highlights how powerful our writing is and how it can speak to the place we are in life.

This film includes multiple production styles, and it's worthwhile viewing. It is a fun and unique topic. I like how the story progresses - it's a gradual slow burn and keeps the viewer wondering where this film is taking you. You're captivated and fully invested when you realize it is a short autobiography about handwriting. That approach to developing the report is impactful. There are some entertaining camera angles and animation pop-ups. The camerawork and animation give the film dimension and make it fun to watch. The writer of this film is also the subject and the director. It's impressive to see someone assume numerous roles in telling their own story. My favorite part is when they examine the different styles of handwriting and how you can begin to recognize a person based on their handwriting.

The message is to write in the way that you want to be. This has a deeper meaning. I think the director is trying to encourage people to be themselves and embrace all the unique facets of their identity.

I give Handwritten 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Hanadie K., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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MY BASKETBALL JOURNEY - YEAR 1
RICO KING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a documentary about my journey to accomplishing my basketball dreams. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on my first team this is year one of my basketball journey.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I immensely enjoyed My Basketball Journey - Year 1. The story is so captivating that when it ended, I wanted more. The story follows a young boy named Malcolm chasing his basketball dreams. It is inspiring to watch someone chase their dreams, despite the many obstacles. For example, the boy starts his basketball career at the height of COVID and he and his family get stuck in a different country for six months which keeps him from being able to train and play. Witnessing the triumph over these adversities is motivating.

This student made documentary follows the one year journey of a young aspiring basketball star. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on his first team, this is year one of a boy's basketball journey.

Unlike the numerous documentaries that tell the story of sports' prodigies and how they made it to the top, this film offers a more realistic perspective that allows viewers to see a raw and transparent look into the highs and lows of reaching for success. This honest approach makes this documentary relatable and inspiring simultaneously. I enjoyed the storyline and how it develops. I appreciate how the story unfolds. It is organized chronologically and makes you feel as if you are there with Malcolm throughout his one year journey. Malcolm is the writer, director and star of this film and he is as charming a kid as they come - personable and considerate. Good use is made of video clips, showing him in younger days, to clips showing more advanced moves that demonstrate his athletic growth. The combination of older footage, blog-style camera work, voice-over, and professional shots all add up to a believable story. As a documentary, the character development is that of Malcolm's as we watch his athletic progression over the years.

The film's message is to keep preserving and never give up!

My Basketball Journey - Year 1 gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect film for KIDS FIRST! It is motivational, especially someone who has big dreams or fears failure. It is both educational and inspiring. Plus, Malcolm is African American. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I immensely enjoyed My Basketball Journey - Year 1. The story is so captivating that when it ended, I wanted more. The story follows a young boy named Malcolm chasing his basketball dreams. It is inspiring to watch someone chase their dreams, despite the many obstacles. For example, the boy starts his basketball career at the height of COVID and he and his family get stuck in a different country for six months which keeps him from being able to train and play. Witnessing the triumph over these adversities is motivating.

This student made documentary follows the one year journey of a young aspiring basketball star. From missing layups to winning a silver medal on his first team, this is year one of a boy's basketball journey.

Unlike the numerous documentaries that tell the story of sports' prodigies and how they made it to the top, this film offers a more realistic perspective that allows viewers to see a raw and transparent look into the highs and lows of reaching for success. This honest approach makes this documentary relatable and inspiring simultaneously. I enjoyed the storyline and how it develops. I appreciate how the story unfolds. It is organized chronologically and makes you feel as if you are there with Malcolm throughout his one year journey. Malcolm is the writer, director and star of this film and he is as charming a kid as they come - personable and considerate. Good use is made of video clips, showing him in younger days, to clips showing more advanced moves that demonstrate his athletic growth. The combination of older footage, blog-style camera work, voice-over, and professional shots all add up to a believable story. As a documentary, the character development is that of Malcolm's as we watch his athletic progression over the years.

The film's message is to keep preserving and never give up!

My Basketball Journey - Year 1 gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me and I recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. This is a perfect film for KIDS FIRST! It is motivational, especially someone who has big dreams or fears failure. It is both educational and inspiring. Plus, Malcolm is African American. By Hanadie K. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV


HOW ARE YOU, R�RA?

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HOW ARE YOU, R�RA?
REDBIT PICTURES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - An Atayal boy "Jack", who grows up in the city, has to stay at his grandfather's house in the Balung tribe during summer vacation. Jack follows his grandfather to the mountain but accidentally gets lost. He meets a girl who wears traditional clothing named R'ra("Lala"). During the journey, Jack finds out the precious secret of Atayal people and Lalashan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lovely short film that shows how a city boy becomes enlightened to the treasures of the forest. The story follows an Atayal boy named Jack, who lives in the city and stays at his grandfather's house in the Balung tribe during his summer vacation. Jack follows his grandfather to the mountain and accidentally gets lost. He meets a girl who wears traditional clothing named R'ra (Lala). During the journey, Jack finds out the precious secret of Atayal people and Lalashan.

This short film follows a young boy as he discovers his heritage. Accustomed to life in the big city, he seems quite estranged and out of place when he initially arrives at his grandfather's house. Tied to his cell phone, he reluctantly becomes involved in the local community. The production is very well made with good camera work and audio. The close-ups of Jack's face and the forest critters are great The lighting is a bit dim at times, but it doesn't detract from the film.. I love the scene where the grandfather plays a stringed instrument with his mouth. The cinematography of the mountainous landscapes is stunningly beautiful. I also love when Grandpa prays to the mountain spirits to treat his grandson kindly before they enter the forest of the tall trees. After being separated from his grandfather, Jack encounters the girl his age and his exploration of the forest deepens and he learns about a whole new group of critters through her guidance. He begins to have a whole new appreciation of the forest. Or, was he separated? Did he meet the girl in his dream? That is an unanswered question.

The film's message is that the forest holds so much more magic than any videogame.

I give How are you, R'ra? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lovely short film that shows how a city boy becomes enlightened to the treasures of the forest. The story follows an Atayal boy named Jack, who lives in the city and stays at his grandfather's house in the Balung tribe during his summer vacation. Jack follows his grandfather to the mountain and accidentally gets lost. He meets a girl who wears traditional clothing named R'ra (Lala). During the journey, Jack finds out the precious secret of Atayal people and Lalashan.

This short film follows a young boy as he discovers his heritage. Accustomed to life in the big city, he seems quite estranged and out of place when he initially arrives at his grandfather's house. Tied to his cell phone, he reluctantly becomes involved in the local community. The production is very well made with good camera work and audio. The close-ups of Jack's face and the forest critters are great The lighting is a bit dim at times, but it doesn't detract from the film.. I love the scene where the grandfather plays a stringed instrument with his mouth. The cinematography of the mountainous landscapes is stunningly beautiful. I also love when Grandpa prays to the mountain spirits to treat his grandson kindly before they enter the forest of the tall trees. After being separated from his grandfather, Jack encounters the girl his age and his exploration of the forest deepens and he learns about a whole new group of critters through her guidance. He begins to have a whole new appreciation of the forest. Or, was he separated? Did he meet the girl in his dream? That is an unanswered question.

The film's message is that the forest holds so much more magic than any videogame.

I give How are you, R'ra? 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 19 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


MISADVENTURES OF BEAR, THE

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MISADVENTURES OF BEAR, THE
1 SOUL PRODUCTION
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - This is a short fantasy film for kids about a women whose attempts to sleep keep getting interrupted. And it is all thanks to one mischievous teddy bear.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Misadventures of Bear is a short, live action, fantasy film about a woman whose attempts to sleep keep getting interrupted, thanks to one mischievous teddy bear. Fun film, silly storyline, but enjoyable. I love the filmmaker's sense of humor. Nice camerawork, even the night shots are easy to watch, thanks for good lighting. Good sound effects and background music. I particularly like how the music enhances the drama the third time the girl has to get up to turn off the TV and it only escalates from there. We are caught in the mystery of not knowing who or what keeps turning on the TV set until the last few minutes of the film when "bearmation" takes over and we discover the culprit. Nice acting by Kelly Lynn Pancho Walker as Sleepy Woman. Kudos to Jonah Lee Walker for writing, directing and producing a fun short film. The film's message is "never underestimate the power of your teddy bear. I give The Misadventures of Bear 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Misadventures of Bear is a short, live action, fantasy film about a woman whose attempts to sleep keep getting interrupted, thanks to one mischievous teddy bear. Fun film, silly storyline, but enjoyable. I love the filmmaker's sense of humor. Nice camerawork, even the night shots are easy to watch, thanks for good lighting. Good sound effects and background music. I particularly like how the music enhances the drama the third time the girl has to get up to turn off the TV and it only escalates from there. We are caught in the mystery of not knowing who or what keeps turning on the TV set until the last few minutes of the film when "bearmation" takes over and we discover the culprit. Nice acting by Kelly Lynn Pancho Walker as Sleepy Woman. Kudos to Jonah Lee Walker for writing, directing and producing a fun short film. The film's message is "never underestimate the power of your teddy bear. I give The Misadventures of Bear 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


SELFIES

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SELFIES
GEORGE SFARNAS
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Topic - Family
Description - Everyone takes selfies with friends and family. But what about that one elusive selfie you just can't seem to capture? Is the pursuit worth it? Little Grapies think it is! Come along for the ride, the perfect selfie awaits.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Selfies is a sweet short animated film with a contemporary theme that even preschoolers can appreciate. I love the bright colors and the simple storyline. The story follows two characters taking selfies with each other, as well as others as they travel about to different locations. This sweet little animated short is well produced, uses bright colors that are appropriate for its intended preschool audience, simple background music and an easy to follow storyline. It would make a great interstitial at any film festival. The two main characters are little circle like critters who's sole interest is in taking selfies and they do that quite well, in many different ways and places. The message here is that you can take a selfie most anywhere. I give Selfies 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Selfies is a sweet short animated film with a contemporary theme that even preschoolers can appreciate. I love the bright colors and the simple storyline. The story follows two characters taking selfies with each other, as well as others as they travel about to different locations. This sweet little animated short is well produced, uses bright colors that are appropriate for its intended preschool audience, simple background music and an easy to follow storyline. It would make a great interstitial at any film festival. The two main characters are little circle like critters who's sole interest is in taking selfies and they do that quite well, in many different ways and places. The message here is that you can take a selfie most anywhere. I give Selfies 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


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TRAINING PEDRO
IGOR MARINHO
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Topic - Family
Description - Pedro is a boy who has everything to become of the best soccer players in the world, except talent.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this short film, Training Pedro, which addresses persistence and hard work. Pedro is a boy who has everything to become of the best soccer players in the world, except talent. What a lovely and compelling story. My heart went out to Pedro watching him try his best to do something for which he has no aptitude. He is persistent, if nothing else. We see him practicing day in and day out, night and day, without much improvement. The camerawork is excellent, with lots of interesting angles and a variety of shots from close-ups of the net to long shots showing the neighborhood where Pedro plays. In the end, Pedro surprises us. The film's message is to keep on trying and never give up. I give Training Pedro 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I really enjoyed this short film, Training Pedro, which addresses persistence and hard work. Pedro is a boy who has everything to become of the best soccer players in the world, except talent. What a lovely and compelling story. My heart went out to Pedro watching him try his best to do something for which he has no aptitude. He is persistent, if nothing else. We see him practicing day in and day out, night and day, without much improvement. The camerawork is excellent, with lots of interesting angles and a variety of shots from close-ups of the net to long shots showing the neighborhood where Pedro plays. In the end, Pedro surprises us. The film's message is to keep on trying and never give up. I give Training Pedro 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ALICE IN CYBERLAND

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ALICE IN CYBERLAND
FABRICIO BITTAR
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Alice in the Cyberland tells the story of Alice, a girl who is one of the biggest YouTubers in the country, famous for her videos and personality, although, in reality, she is a spoiled and arrogant girl. She is close to reaching the mark of 40 million followers and intends to make a special event on her channel to celebrate the record of the channel "The Rabbit Hole". Then everything changes when she is sent to the digital world and needs to face all her fears to save the day and return home.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Alice in Cyberland is a terrific allegory for kids and adults, in the computer age. The mix of "real life" and animated sets explodes with imaginative characters and artistic designs. The story-line uses savvy inside jokes for those who understand "computerese." The characters struggle with values -- friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and social media ethics throughout the story, so the audience witnesses the evolution of conscious learning from naughty to nice.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Cyberland falls down the rabbit hole, but this time, into her computer. She visits the "trash bin," the motherboard and the "forget it" folders, each time with a new challenge and all without remembering her password. "Alice Admin" is guided by new fans and friends along the way, until she gets a few tough lessons about friendship and the cost of fame.

This film is an extraordinary feat. The acting coaches and director should be congratulated, as well as the editors and production staff. At first I didn't like the way Alice related to others; she is disrespectful. But the awakening that her experience gives her while inside the computer engaged me and made me want to see how things evolved. The theme of this film is digital engulfment, so the animation, production and editing give viewers a smooth show using a mouse, memes and imaginary bosses such as Queen of the Motherboard, or the evil Virus. It's adorable and clever. The costumes are true to the genre, and the characters that Alice meets are total archetypes, with appropriate, spectacular costuming. The sets are all animated and very interesting. Remember that they are digitally created to represent the inside of a computer. This film did not have a big budget, but it is so creatively laid out that it can and will hold the interest of most young viewers. There are five or six songs that are sung by different characters, and many times in a lively Brazilian style. As a composer, I was impressed and delighted by the songs. The underscore is crisp and feels appropriate throughout. The special effects are fun! They are not always believable, but the whole film is a fantasy that brings a smile to one's face. One scene that I just loved is when her fan, Lucas, sends hundreds of emails to help Alice climb up to the rooftop. Confused? Sound crazy? Yup, that's because it is completely crazy and imaginative. That is part of the film's genre -- somewhat slapstick. Alice (Lorena Queiroz ) is appropriately cast as a cute little YouTuber, as is her friend/rival, Raisa (PietraQuintella). The film is well cast and the level of professionalism with this group of pre-teen actors and adult actors is spot on. My favorite part is the climax when Alice had to release all of her blooper photos onto her channel, becoming totally vulnerable and authentic to her fans and subscribers. She does it for a good cause - humility - and the lessons she learned, similar to "do unto others as you would have them do to you." The film is experimental and clever. The film is from Brazil with dialogue in Portuguese and English subtitles. I love that it gives us insight into another culture.

The film's message is that you have to be careful not to sacrifice everything for your advancement in life via career or work. Be true to you friends and family and stay balanced.

I give Alice in Cyberland 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Alice in Cyberland is a terrific allegory for kids and adults, in the computer age. The mix of "real life" and animated sets explodes with imaginative characters and artistic designs. The story-line uses savvy inside jokes for those who understand "computerese." The characters struggle with values -- friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and social media ethics throughout the story, so the audience witnesses the evolution of conscious learning from naughty to nice.

Like Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Cyberland falls down the rabbit hole, but this time, into her computer. She visits the "trash bin," the motherboard and the "forget it" folders, each time with a new challenge and all without remembering her password. "Alice Admin" is guided by new fans and friends along the way, until she gets a few tough lessons about friendship and the cost of fame.

This film is an extraordinary feat. The acting coaches and director should be congratulated, as well as the editors and production staff. At first I didn't like the way Alice related to others; she is disrespectful. But the awakening that her experience gives her while inside the computer engaged me and made me want to see how things evolved. The theme of this film is digital engulfment, so the animation, production and editing give viewers a smooth show using a mouse, memes and imaginary bosses such as Queen of the Motherboard, or the evil Virus. It's adorable and clever. The costumes are true to the genre, and the characters that Alice meets are total archetypes, with appropriate, spectacular costuming. The sets are all animated and very interesting. Remember that they are digitally created to represent the inside of a computer. This film did not have a big budget, but it is so creatively laid out that it can and will hold the interest of most young viewers. There are five or six songs that are sung by different characters, and many times in a lively Brazilian style. As a composer, I was impressed and delighted by the songs. The underscore is crisp and feels appropriate throughout. The special effects are fun! They are not always believable, but the whole film is a fantasy that brings a smile to one's face. One scene that I just loved is when her fan, Lucas, sends hundreds of emails to help Alice climb up to the rooftop. Confused? Sound crazy? Yup, that's because it is completely crazy and imaginative. That is part of the film's genre -- somewhat slapstick. Alice (Lorena Queiroz ) is appropriately cast as a cute little YouTuber, as is her friend/rival, Raisa (PietraQuintella). The film is well cast and the level of professionalism with this group of pre-teen actors and adult actors is spot on. My favorite part is the climax when Alice had to release all of her blooper photos onto her channel, becoming totally vulnerable and authentic to her fans and subscribers. She does it for a good cause - humility - and the lessons she learned, similar to "do unto others as you would have them do to you." The film is experimental and clever. The film is from Brazil with dialogue in Portuguese and English subtitles. I love that it gives us insight into another culture.

The film's message is that you have to be careful not to sacrifice everything for your advancement in life via career or work. Be true to you friends and family and stay balanced.

I give Alice in Cyberland 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


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THE QUILT: A LIVING HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC
SEAN KITHAS
Series: FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - In the setting of the historic Carver Center in San Antonio, Texas, aunt and niece explore the history of African American music. Aunt Cynthia, a music history buff, teaches her niece Lauren about music genres born and formed by African American history and culture. They cover music during the times of slavery, Negro Spirituals, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Harlem Renaissance, Gospel, Civil Rights movement, Soul and R&B, and Hip Hop. Aunt Cynthia inspires Lauren's curiosity about history by making it relevant to music. She uses the layers of a quilt to explain how African American music of the past connects to contemporary music. Lauren feels empowered by making the music cultural connection throughout generations. This educational documentary for children is produced by Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), a performing arts nonprofit in San Antonio, TX.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a terrific documentary! This is exactly the type of film that our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival venue partner love. Educational and entertaining! Ever wonder about how African American music evolved? The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music provides an entertaining and engaging way to learn about the history and influence of Black music.

This beautifully illustrated documentary teaches about the evolution of African American musical styles from slave songs to spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, music of the Harlem Renaissance period, gospel, music of the civil rights movement, R&B and hip-hop. It is written and narrated by author Cynthia Freeman Gibbs and her 14-year-old niece Lauren Anya Hunter.

This film is truly a joy to watch. The information is presented in a clear and concise way that will leave you wanting more.. The filmmakers utilize a wide range of media to tell the story - graphic art, photography, dance, recordings, movies, and videos of live performances. It is easy to be swept away by the music; it is outstanding. The cinematography and camera work are also excellent. I am amazed by the crispness of the old photographs, especially those from during the Civil Rights era. The documentary was filmed at the Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas where many of the famous musicians featured in the film performed. The film includes excerpts of performances by leading figures in Texas music including jazz scholar and performer Aaron Prado, pianist Arlington Jones, vocalist Beverly Houston, mezzo-soprano Veronica Williams, trombonist Ron Wilkins, blues singer and guitarist Marc "Mockingbird" Smith and Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, a musician and San Antonio poet laureate. The metaphor of the quilt is used, according to the director Julya Jara, to illustrate "the interconnectedness of all the people and cultures and how big an impact African American culture has made." My favorite part is the use of an African American dancer, shot in black and white, weaving dance and music with the history of slavery.

The film's message is to emphasize the importance of African Americans and their cultural influence on music throughout history and today.

I give The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. This documentary is an entertaining way to learn about the various styles of African American music and its connection to history and culture. By Pamela L. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a terrific documentary! This is exactly the type of film that our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival venue partner love. Educational and entertaining! Ever wonder about how African American music evolved? The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music provides an entertaining and engaging way to learn about the history and influence of Black music.

This beautifully illustrated documentary teaches about the evolution of African American musical styles from slave songs to spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, music of the Harlem Renaissance period, gospel, music of the civil rights movement, R&B and hip-hop. It is written and narrated by author Cynthia Freeman Gibbs and her 14-year-old niece Lauren Anya Hunter.

This film is truly a joy to watch. The information is presented in a clear and concise way that will leave you wanting more.. The filmmakers utilize a wide range of media to tell the story - graphic art, photography, dance, recordings, movies, and videos of live performances. It is easy to be swept away by the music; it is outstanding. The cinematography and camera work are also excellent. I am amazed by the crispness of the old photographs, especially those from during the Civil Rights era. The documentary was filmed at the Carver Community Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas where many of the famous musicians featured in the film performed. The film includes excerpts of performances by leading figures in Texas music including jazz scholar and performer Aaron Prado, pianist Arlington Jones, vocalist Beverly Houston, mezzo-soprano Veronica Williams, trombonist Ron Wilkins, blues singer and guitarist Marc "Mockingbird" Smith and Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson, a musician and San Antonio poet laureate. The metaphor of the quilt is used, according to the director Julya Jara, to illustrate "the interconnectedness of all the people and cultures and how big an impact African American culture has made." My favorite part is the use of an African American dancer, shot in black and white, weaving dance and music with the history of slavery.

The film's message is to emphasize the importance of African Americans and their cultural influence on music throughout history and today.

I give The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. This documentary is an entertaining way to learn about the various styles of African American music and its connection to history and culture. By Pamela L. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm


LOVE LETTERS FOR NEW BEDFORD

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LOVE LETTERS FOR NEW BEDFORD
NEW BEDFORD CREATIVE
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8-18
Topic - Family
Description - Artists, educators, poets, journalists, authors, vocalists and more share their love for the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the number one fishing port in the United States.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a refreshing short documentary profiling the unique city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Artists, educators, poets, journalists, authors, vocalists and more share their love for the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the number one fishing port in the United States.

What a lovely documentary about the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. As we listen to the diverse group of people who speak in this film, you can feel their love for their community and understand why it means so much to them. We hear from writers and visual artists, gallery owners, musicians, educators, poets, journalists, historians, storytellers and more. What I took away from this is the pride these people have for their community and the love for their neighbors. The film is well produced with clear video and audio, great editing. It moves at a quick pace with lots of visuals. You come away with a very sincere understanding of this community.

The film shares the love for the City of New Bedford, from a diverse group of people who live there.

I give Love Letters for New Bedford 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a refreshing short documentary profiling the unique city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Artists, educators, poets, journalists, authors, vocalists and more share their love for the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the number one fishing port in the United States.

What a lovely documentary about the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. As we listen to the diverse group of people who speak in this film, you can feel their love for their community and understand why it means so much to them. We hear from writers and visual artists, gallery owners, musicians, educators, poets, journalists, historians, storytellers and more. What I took away from this is the pride these people have for their community and the love for their neighbors. The film is well produced with clear video and audio, great editing. It moves at a quick pace with lots of visuals. You come away with a very sincere understanding of this community.

The film shares the love for the City of New Bedford, from a diverse group of people who live there.

I give Love Letters for New Bedford 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO



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