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I've had an amazing experience with KID FIRST! so far. I absolutely love it! I remember when I first joined. (more.) Zoe Cannella, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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Zoe C. and Lin-Manuel Miranda

I found KIDS FIRST! by online research and never imagined it was going to be a total life-changing experience for my daughter. (more) Mariana Medina Cannella, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic parent

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I’ve had an amazing journey with KIDS FIRST! I have been able to interview amazing people and even complete my dream assignment of covering Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards. KIDS FIRST! has allowed me to get more experience as an entertainment journalist and film critic. Plus, I get to see hundreds of movies for free before they come out. I also get to talk to really cool people. I love being a KIDS FIRST! Reporter! 

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Photo: Katherine S., Tom Hanks, Toy Story 4 Premiere.
I have learned so many important things from KIDS FIRST! The most important things are: learning a huge depth of industry knowledge, team work, accountability, how hard work pays off, commitment, time management, conversational skills, creative writing skills, peer reviewing skills, how to make friends via Zoom and how to take criticism from Ranny and the editors in stride. It’s taught me how to learn and grow with each mistake I make. Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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Thank you doesn’t even begin to describe how thankful Nathalia and I are. What an amazing experience KIDS FIRST! has been for us. (more) Connie Chavarria & Nathalia Jackson 

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Abigail Zoe L., Justin Timberlake at Trolls premiere

I want to give KIDS FIRST! a shout out, as it's been five years now that our daughter, Abigail has been a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. We see tremendous growth in Abigail's reporting, particularly in being more articulate and poised. (more), David Lewis, Parent

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Your program not only teaches kids how to be better communicators, more pleasant company and knowledgeable movie gurus, it gives them so much more. These kids will be able to socialize and speak properly, write great essays, participate intelligently in debates and become confident leaders. (more), Kate O., Mom, Gerry O.


Are you a kid, age 9 to 16 who


  • loves, really loves films?
  • loves talking about the latest films?
  • envisions talking with celebrities on the Red Carpet?
  • Imagines a future for yourself in the entertainment Industry?

Then, boot camp

Audition to join our amazing team!

Next deadline: October 15, 2022

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Watch our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics On Assignment!

KIDS FIRST! Film Critics take you behind the scenes of Hollywood's newest releases. Our team of 65 youth reporters, ages 9 to 21, give kids and families a kids' point of view as we interview A-list celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Shia LaBeouf, Trace Adkins, Eva Longoria, George RR Martin, Joe & Anthony Russo, Sir Patrick Stewart, Kelly Clarkson and more. Steven Spielberg

Our KIDS FIRST! interviews and reviews are published on the KIDS FIRST! website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest), our YouTube Channel, a weekly podcast and are distributed to online and print publishing partners (, Kidsville News, GRAND Magazine, SoCal City Kids, Press4Kids, and more) All our reporters are influencers themselves, with a combined social media reach of over 1,000,000. More at:


Too busy to become a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic? Or, too old? Join our Volunteer Reviewers!
For kids...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form.
2. Read our tips on creating reviews.
3. Send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

For adults...

1. Fill out our Volunteer Form.
2. Then, read our juror's manual. 3. Then, send us a review of a current film, rated PG-13 or younger.

Are you a current Film Critic or Juror?

Use these evaluation forms.

Meet our KIDS FIRST Film Critics.
Watch Calista B., one of our Film Critics talk about her experience.


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What is KIDS FIRST!?

KIDS FIRST! is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, nonprofit (501-c-3) organization founded in 1991 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.

Office Address:
KIDS FIRST! / Coalition for Quality Children's Media
112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505.989.8076
Email: [email protected]





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