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Calling all NYC area kids!
Enter between February 1 and February 28 to become a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics

On redThe Red Carpet!

Meeting and interviewing celebrities!
Watching the latest films before anyone else!
Talking on the radio about the latest movies!

Open to All U.S. Kids living in the greater New York City area
Ages 7 - 16


1. Prepare: Read through our tips on submitting the best review possible.

2. View: Watch one of the official films - Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Planes, Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, Dear Dumb Diary and Christmas Bounty.

3. Write your review. Keep it at approximately 400 words. Upload this to our submission page once the competition is underway.

4. Video yourself giving film review. It should be between one minute and one and a half minutes. Refer to our tips on creating your video for help.

5. Upload your video review to our search website.





6. That’s it. We will announce the winners on or around March 20. 2014.

Everyone wins! Every contestant will get a coupon for a free skin from our partner Zing Revolution for your mobile device.

Watch some of our most recent reviews.

Watch our reporters on the red carpet and at press junkets.  

Our 2013 Film Critics


Anthony Aranda, Jailene Arias, Keefer Blakeslee, Brianna Beaton, Stacy-Love Belizaire, Valdi-Agaelle Belizaire, Morgan Bertsch, Victoria Burns, Adam Chernick, Raven Devanney, Cassandra Hsiao, Molly Jackson, Johntae Lipscomb, Cheyenne Nguyen, Patrick Nguyen, Gerry Orz, Canela Roey and Jaheem Toombs.

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.

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KIDS FIRST! Film Criticss Search is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, 22-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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