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2013 Finalists!
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Thelma Adams
Mark Cuban
Ben Lyons
George Pennacchio

Judges for 2013 search are Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures, Ben Lyons, E! film critic and frequent contributor to ‘Good Morning America,’ and Thelma Adams, whose debut novel Playdate, was an O Magazine pick, was the film critic at Us Weekly for 11 years following six years at the New York Post.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics describe their experience

Cheyenne Nguyen

Anthony Aranda

Raven Devanney


Brianna Beaton


MOrgan Bertsch

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Imagine... redThe Red Carpet!

Meeting and interviewing celebrities!
Seeing the latest films before anyone else!
YOU on a microphone talking about their latest movie!

2014 Contest Open to All U.S. Kids
Ages 7 - 14

Entries & Voting Start: October 2013
Voting Ends Midnight, December 31, 2013


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(Click image to play) Harry Potter producer David Barron interviewed by Raven Devanney; Cars 2 producer, John Lasseter interviewed by Anthony Aranda

Official Film Titles for Competition



ScoobyDooSanta Paws 2

Big Top Scooby-Doo!
E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial, 30th Anniversary
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Princess Bride, 25th Anniversary
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

Meet our 2012 KIDS FIRST! Film Critics:

KIDS FIRST critics

Anthony Aranda, Camille Bajema, Brianna Beaton, Morgan Bertsch, Victoria Burns, Casey Chandler, Julia Chestnut, Raven Devanney, Blake Hawes, Jennifer Huntoon, Hunter Willow Jones, Cheyenne Nguyen, Julianna Noone , Talia Rashba, Ajay Sharma

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Invite You to Join Us

Raven Devanney
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Casey Camille
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Parents describe their KIDS FIRST! Film Critics' Experience

Parents describe their kids' participation best. Talia Rashba's parents commented, "Written and oral communications are two of the best assets one can develop, and being a kid's film critic is a fantastic way to achieve this! With the KIDS FIRST thorough training, she now has real tools to help her formulate her opinions, communicate her thoughts and inspire others to evaluate what they are being offered in the media." More comments here.

Why Do You Want Your Child Involved?

We don't expect everyone who enters to pursue a career as a film critic. But, the skills the child learns simply by entering the campaign are useful. And, the winners are coached by leading professionals who help them develop skills that will last them a lifetime. On top of that, it's a blast! They get to see all the new film and DVD releases, meet celebrities and industry professionals and more...

Involve your school, library, community center, film center.

Contact our office for assistance and to receive a free DVD of one of the official search titles. (Supplies are limited and offer is only open to nonprofit organizations.)

Our Amazing Sponsors & Supporters!

KIDS FIRST! is thankful to have some fantastic sponsors and partners again this year! Thanks to Amazon.com, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video for their support!


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“The KIDS FIRST! movie reviewers came to our junket and our premiere, and were among the most eloquent and informed reporters to attend. The training that KIDS FIRST! gives to these children provides not only professional skills, but poise and confidence as well. They are a great source of empowerment for young people and a wonderful outlet for anyone who works with children and families.” Eileen Potrock, Marketing Consultant, BIG Balloon Adventure Movie, LLC.

Supporting Organizations

This campaign is supported by a group of national advocacy organizations whose combined membership is more than 17 million including: National Coalition of Women's Organizations, National Education Association and others.

KIDS FIRST! Film Criticss Search is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, 21-year-old, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.


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