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MAGGIE, AN ENVIRONMENTAL STORY
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MAGGIE, AN ENVIRONMENTAL STORY
DONNA GUTHRIE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-18
Description - A four-minute, family-friendly, musical animated film about Maggie Mae, a constant shopper who buys things she doesn't need. When she gets buried in styrofoam, tissue, and silly purchases, she learns to recycle and reuse.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BROKEN DOLL
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BROKEN DOLL
FILMSTOFESTIVALS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 11-18
Description - Ariel is a teenager who enjoys figure skating. Sometimes when he passes by the neighborhood football field, the boys who are playing make fun of him for being different. At school, he receives mockery and paper planes from his pals. One of those papers is the invitation to the prom party. He decides to assist. The night of the party, he is getting ready to go. Something triggers inside him and he makes a decision.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 11-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

MY OTHER SON
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MY OTHER SON
FILMSTOFESTIVALS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - Sometimes with the sons, it happens as with the drawing, they do not come out as you imagined. This is Gusti's story. A father who goes through bewilderment and denial, to the most unconditional love for his new son, upon discovering that he has Down Syndrome.
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BOY WHO WOULD BECOME A KNIGHT, THE
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BOY WHO WOULD BECOME A KNIGHT, THE
GIANMARCO D'AGOSTINO
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-15
Description - "The Boy who would become a Knight" tells, with live action and stop motion animations, a moment of transition in the life of Luigi, a child from Florence at the end of the Fourteenth century.

Thanks to the words of the family weaver and a precious embroidered blanket, the adventures of the young Tristan come to life before Luigi's eyes, to teach him what skills a knight must have.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


LITTLE COWBOY, THE
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LITTLE COWBOY, THE
TOBIAS GRUBER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Description - The 10-year-old Valentin wants to become an author. Although he writes great essays, he always stutters while reading and is bullied by his schoolmates. But when cowboy Billy suddenly shows up and decides to take Valentin on a trip, big changes are coming up.
Runtime: 27 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SWEET TASTE OF DARKNESS
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SWEET TASTE OF DARKNESS
MITRA RAEESMOHAMMADI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 15-18
Description - Whatever we see around us is not reality, but it is our perception of reality. An impression that is influenced by our various internal and external factors, and this is only one side of the story, the other side is the inner world and its outer reflection of the human beings that we see... This is a story of a seven-year-old boy who identifies with the character of Batman. He encourages his friends to cross the stairs and the streets in the dark with their eyes closed and his mother, who is tired and disgusted with her life because they both have a common reason with different approaches and views...
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 15-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

WHAT ABOUT MY BAG?
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WHAT ABOUT MY BAG?
SAGE DRAKE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A short quirk comedy about a young essential grocery worker who meets up a very difficult customer during the covid-19 crisis.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

INSIDE OUT (2021)
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INSIDE OUT (2021)
FILMSTOFESTIVALS DISTRIBUTION AGENCY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 14-18
Description - Dami�n suffers bullying from his classmates because of their suspicion about his sexual orientation. Unable to defend himself, he tries to overcome this situation alone, as Agust�n and his band increase their hostility. Bullying scales and continues through social network, when bullies post a video of Dami�n and Sebasti�n -who has a crush on Dami�n-, after forcing them to kiss each other. While watching the video, Dami�n suddenly recognizes himself through other eyes, as he stares Sebastian �s picture of him. Dami�n regrets having rejected Sebasti�n, and finally realizes that the only way out, is through. After suffering a new and more humiliating attack, Dami�n decides to face his fears and let his feelings flow.
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 14-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

DOG YEARS
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DOG YEARS
TIM CLAGUE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 3-7
Description - A preschool live action TV series for 3-6 year olds. Dash the dog tells stories from his time growing up with Anna and her family.
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-7
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

ZAMZOOM'S ANIMAL ADVENTURES
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ZAMZOOM'S ANIMAL ADVENTURES
ROTATING PLANET PRODUCTIONS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-11
Description - Join Zamzoom - an enthusiastic space animal - and his sharp-as-a-whistle partner, Orbie, on an uproarious intergalactic expedition to Earth to discover the planet's most strange and extraordinary creatures. Zamzoom's examinations of the wildlife on planet Earth can make for some silly misconceptions. Thankfully, his partner Orbie is always nearby to set him straight - tapping into Earth's database, Orbie knows how to spit facts. She can be a little overprotective, but it's hard, after all, holding a whole planet's worth of information in her circuits. Together, our odd duo team provides comical debates and science in bite-sized pieces, perfect for kids! Each episode blends exciting 2D animation with real and spectacular wildlife footage.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-11
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

WAMPUS
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WAMPUS
MOLLY E. SMITH
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A young girl's imagination runs wild when her mother tells her of the family legend.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

FAIRY GODMOTHER'S APPRENTICE
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FAIRY GODMOTHER'S APPRENTICE
LESLIE BLOOM
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 9-15
Description - Henry Summers has more angst than the average teenager. He doesn't know his father, and his mother spent her entire life trying to save everyone but him, and now she's dead with nothing to show for it.

One thing might cheer him up, though: ruining his neighbor's Spring Break Restoration Project. Her name is Becca and yes, she's 10 years old. Okay, yes, that is eight years younger than him. But yes, she's a typical do-gooder, like his mother was, and it brings a smile to his face when her hopes are properly dashed.
Runtime: 21 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


RECREATIONS COLLECTION
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RECREATIONS COLLECTION
FLORENCE ROCHE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Creation in action! A web series that offers a collection of video workshops: three artists explore their creative discipline and share it with children ... as well as adults! In each series of workshops, an artist, by doing, presents his or her approach. The works of art are accessible to all, and need no specialized equipment or prior learning.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

I'M A CHILD
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I'M A CHILD
ROZE MCQUEEN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Original song about the misinformation bombarding us from all sides. The challenge is to thread through all the noise to uncover the truth. Only then can we make informed decisions about our lives and the issues that affect them.

Original animated story about a young boys journey to understand the impact of global warming, guided by a shapeshifting rave
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


CHONKER AND LIL' FRIEND
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CHONKER AND LIL' FRIEND
ANDY DUBICK
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 4-11
Description - Chonker is a cat, bigger than most, navigating her new life at Hollywood Elementary School after moving from Farmington for her mom's new job. She meets and quickly befriends Lil' Friend, who is a talented musician and helpful guide for life in the glitzy town of Hollywood. Lil' Friend inspires Chonker by showing her that bullying doesn't have to stop you from thriving. Chonker's parents, and all the adults on the show, support her with empathy and knowledge. The other students at Hollywood Elementary School are a diverse mix of animals and backgrounds, proving that what makes you different makes you special. Through these endearing and relatable characters we learn about real-world issues that children confront everyday like bullying, growing older, and body positivity.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 4-11
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

AWAKEOVER, THE
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AWAKEOVER, THE
STEPHEN BURHOE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A sleepover movie night turns sinister, as the contents of the scary movies become not-so-imaginary.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

PIRATE AND A PRINCESS, A
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PIRATE AND A PRINCESS, A
MARK KELLY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - While evading bloodthirsty rivals, an Irish pirate captain with a multinational pirate crew rescue a shipwrecked maiden, only to find she's Spanish royalty with deadly political enemies.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

WINTER WOLVES, THE
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WINTER WOLVES, THE
MARK KELLY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - A pack of wolves tell their cubs about their adventurous and sometimes tragic family history, teaching them lessons about life, family and love.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

CAT RESCUE
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CAT RESCUE
LIGHT HOUSE STUDIO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - A deep-dive into the issue of pet homelessness and the people working to alleviate it.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

GETTING THROUGH A PANDEMIC: SMALL BUSINESSES
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GETTING THROUGH A PANDEMIC: SMALL BUSINESSES
LIGHT HOUSE STUDIO
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Overview of the reality most small businesses face during a global pandemic.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: TV

DEREK THE SHEEP - THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
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DEREK THE SHEEP - THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER
BEN SIMPSON
Series: SERIES, AGES 8-18
Description - Derek is a sheep and sheep really love grass, there is some really lovely looking grass on the other side of the river...but how will Derek get across to eat it?
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

KENYA'S SYMPHONY
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KENYA'S SYMPHONY
CARLOS DOUGLAS JR
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 3-10
Description - Kenya, a bold five-year old girl, is reluctantly dragged to a symphony by her mother. Through the power of the orchestra, the young girl's passion for music blossoms before her own eyes.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BIRDS, THE
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BIRDS, THE
JOE CHANG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Unspoken and free from any conventional set of characters, The Birds employs a unique ink washed style to offer a heartfelt, imploring of humankind to take the time to truly admire the beauty of birds and to connect with nature.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LITTLE STAR, THE
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LITTLE STAR, THE
HALEY PINE
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8-18
Description - A teenage child star returns home after filming a big movie, expecting his family to treat him exactly like he's been treated in Hollywood.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LUNA, THE WITCH
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LUNA, THE WITCH
ANGELWOOD PICTURES
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - When an innocent young witch botches a love potion she uses on the boy she likes, she must turn to her mother and her great-great-great grandmother for help repairing the damage.

"Luna's greatest power comes not from its fabulous display of supernatural witchery but from its tributes to the strength shared by a loving family and the can-do attitude of women amid even the most extraordinary crises." - Chris Hadley, The Snobby Robot
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


ADNAN
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ADNAN
FESTIVAL FORMULA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Ten year old Adnan has fled Syria with his mother after their family were killed and their neighborhood destroyed. Now settled in the UK, he must use all his creativity to break through her PTSD or risk losing her forever.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BISHWA
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BISHWA
NILAMADHAB PANDA
Series: INDIE FEATURE, AGES 12-17
Description - A rumor starts to grow about the emergence of a ghost, in a tiny fishermen village of India. Bishwa, a born blind kid, gets curious and starts asking for a description of ghost to the people. Clueless, they share their imaginary ideas about how a ghost looks. Fearful of the ghost, the villagers stop stepping out after sunset. The kids do not get to play in the evenings. It confuses Bishwa and he decides to go catch the ghost on his own. What does he discover? Can a blind boy catch a ghost? The film attempts to explore the idea of vision

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-17
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm

SASS AND TRAZ SAVE THE LIBRARY
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SASS AND TRAZ SAVE THE LIBRARY
MICHELLE WORTHINGTON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - Sassafras and Alcatraz are twins who couldn't be more different, expect for the fact that they love their local library and their mother is best friends with the librarian. They sit in the library while their mother coaches their older brothers football team. The librarian, Ms Burns, tells them the Mayor is going to demolish the library to make way for a car park and there is nothing she can do about it. When Sass goes down to the basement for the packing boxes, she puts her hands on the old library files that hold the Dewey Decimal Cards and something magical happens. She calls the characters of the books to life. The library is helping them to find a way to fight. Can they find the right combination of characters, including the knights, pirates and scientists, to stop the council and save the library?

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

UKI
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UKI
LUCIANA ABAD
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 5-18
Description - In frozen Alaska, a child wonders about distance, solitude and boredom. Created by Diego Medvedocky and Luis Aguer
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

THE BAMBOO HAT
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THE BAMBOO HAT
CECILIA LI
Series: INDIE FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - t in Guangxi China, "The Bamboo Hat" is a tender heartwarming story about a grandma-grandson bond that has to withstand the ravages of time, fate and truths. Through his grandmother's boundless patience and devotion, seven-year-old Huolong learns to embrace empathy, humility and the importance of family. The movie puts a spotlight on the left-behind children who live with other family members in the countryside of China.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm

DIGITAL WORLD
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DIGITAL WORLD
AAREEV PANDA
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Dependence of technology and smart phone have alienated children. We are more in virtual world, Hangouts, chat, zoom, video conferencing and mobile phones games. This Virtual world has gone more viral during COVID. I am a middle schooler and I want to grow up like a normal child, play with my friends in playground vs Xbox and go to beach to play with sand vs selfies and Instagram. Will kids of my generation get back to normalcy - let's wait to find out!
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LEMONADE (2021)
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LEMONADE (2021)
TOMMY KELLY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-8
Description - Two young friends experience tragedy when their lemonade stand is destroyed by a storm.
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BLACK LIVES MATTER
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BLACK LIVES MATTER
RYDER KOLL-BRAVMANN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 9-18
Description - A short documentary summarizing the protests that followed the murder of George Floyd and the effects of the BLM movement on a certain high school in Los Angeles.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

FOUR THIRTY
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FOUR THIRTY
MARIANELA DIAZ ROMAN
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-16
Description - Manuel and Lucio are friends; however, Lucio always mocks Manuel and calls him a chicken. One early morning, Lucio challenges Manuel to show his courage by throwing wet toilet paper balls to the passing cars from the terrace without awaking Lucio's father. When a car stops violently and the passenger couple looks for the guilty person, the funny situation gets out of control.
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-16
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LILLY'S LIGHT: THE MOVIE
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LILLY'S LIGHT: THE MOVIE
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 512
Description - Lilly is a loving foster mom and the keeper of an enchanted lighthouse. With her spirited crew of kids, their exotic talking pets and zany friends, Lilly uses joy, love, laughter and song as her tools, and shows everyone that "Life is Full of Possibilities!" The adventure begins when two curious members of Lilly's crew discover the Big Book of Little Adventures in the lighthouse basement. Messenger-pelican, Pel Mel, brings news that newly orphaned Daniel and his pot-bellied pig, Oink, need a home. As sisters Peaches, (Mindy Sterling) and Dee, (Philece Sampler) snicker-bicker, Professor Crabbe, perfects the Illiator. Will and Al Patchitt prepare for guests, while Lilly, the kids and Uncle Fitz take Daniel on a musical journey where they meet Sir Oinks A Lot, the Wizard of Hog (Fred Willard). He discovers the secret of the lighthouse and how to turn the imaginary into magical adventure. As the adventure ends, our story returns us to present day in the lighthouse basement, several years later. We are reunited with slightly older yet familiar faces, introduced to a few new crewmembers, including cousin Kenny Patchitt (Rick Cowling), and the next chapter begins with a new spark of light. Lilly's Light is filled with original music, sparkling sets and strong message points to which children can relate. It "shines a light" on the issue of challenges facing foster children. It is an inspiring and uplifting adventure that will capture the hearts and minds of children and adults everywhere.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I find the musical aspect of Lilly's Light: The Movie appealing, especially for a youth audience. The music will keep children engaged and the songs enhance the storyline, as well as support the moral lessons expressed in each scene. Overall, the songs fit well within the context of the film.

The storyline follows Lilly (Sherry Hursey) genuinely, who is separated by her parents on a stormy night at sea, resulting in her becoming an orphan. She does not let this get to her and she still continues to let her light shine through. Her personal experience motivates her to create a home for orphaned children at her lighthouse.

I like how the story is told non-chronologically. It made me question what was going to happen, or what I was going to discover next. The camera work is well done. Lilly's costumes are delightful! She is very eccentric and her clothes match her character. The best way to describe it is that she dresses like a cool and funky art teacher. I enjoy the location being inside the lighthouse where Lilly's style is prominent as well. The kitchen is painted variations of pastel pinks and mint green. Even the furniture is oddly-shaped and funky and it works well. The walls are painted purple and yellow. The children have beds that suit each one's personality. For example, Katie Lynn's bed is a boat. In general, the lighthouse is very colorful and the d�cor directly correlates to Lilly's personality. Something else to notice is that, in the beginning, Lilly's Lighthouse is very bland and simple. So, the contrast between what Lilly has created for orphaned children is great. I also like the small details like pillowcases are clouds, relating to the saying "head in the clouds" (aka dreaming).

Since this film is a musical, the music definitely drives the action. When there is a plot point or something important happens, the cast breaks out into a song about what just happened. For example, when Daniel is upset about his grandmother, the rest of the kids in the lighthouse describe how they create story books with their imaginations to go on adventures. Their imagination allows them to escape reality for a little bit and come together to bond in creating a story world. I enjoy how the pages in the book look two dimensional at first, then eventually come to life in three dimensions. Sherry Hursey, as Lilly, embodies light with her over-the-top facial expressions. They work well and do not feel awkward, nor forced. You can really see her happiness and love for the kids every time she sings or smiles. With that being said, I would say the actors and the set designers are the key influencers. Even the child actors are great. I love the d�cor and colors of Lilly's lighthouse. It feels fun, safe and welcoming. I love it. Some of my favorite scenes are those with the pigs. They are cute and funny, especially when the pig talks in the kids' imagination world. I also like the costumes that the pigs are dressed in. Children would love those scenes also. This film has some notable talent, including: Sherry Hursey, Mindy Sterling, Brianne Tju, Gregory Paul Martin, Hal B. Klein, Newell Alexander, Fred Willard and Philece Sampler.

There are multiple positive messages in this film: We cannot change the situation, but we can change the way we react to it. People who love you do not need to be your family; they can also be your friends. Be a lighthouse, not a candle flame. With imagination, the possibilities are limitless. Life is full of possibilities. I resonated with many of these messages myself. They are issues that we all have to deal with. You should be aware that it does address the topic of losing a family member, which may be tough for some kids. The film does not go into detail about that and it is not the focus of the film.

I give Lilly's Light: The Movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12, plus adults. The film is engaging and the songs are captivating. The many messages scattered throughout the film will leave children thinking about those messages and morals after viewing. Furthermore, this film speaks favorably about the foster care program. If more foster care homes were ran like Lilly's lighthouse, children would have a more positive outlook on life and connect better with others. Reviewed by Tor F., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lilly's Light: The Movie is a very whimsical film! It is especially creative and has many great messages and entertaining content.

The storyline is about Lilly (Sherry Hursey), who was stranded from her parents at sea and is raised by a fisherman, Uncle Fitz (LeRoy White). Lilly grows up to become a foster mom to three young children. She easily helps others and eventually takes in more kids including Daniel (Vitor Philipe). Lilly reads to her foster kids about all the adventures she has had with other kids.

I enjoyed the fun personalities of all the characters. Everyone is very bubbly. The singing and musical fun is entertaining and lighthearted. The songs are motivating and very catchy. Some songs are a little slow, but for the most part it is upbeat. There are many fun talking animals which is very appealing. I also like the computerized characters that come to life. The background music is magical with lots of sound affects showing off certain moves, songs and games. The film is adventurous and playful. The costuming is especially creative and colorful. There is a point in the film where Lilly and the kids switch to a different time period. The costuming in this era has many medieval renaissance dresses and clothing. The background and setting starts in a colorful, magical lighthouse with has tons of cool inventions. My favorite thing is that the movie promotes imagination and inventions. The film may be a bit long for its intended audience.

There are multiple messages from the film. The recurring message is that life has endless possibilities and you should stay true to yourself. Lilly had to survive and help herself by making a family out of friends. By doing this she has many lessons to teach others. You should know that the film does include topics about orphans and foster kids. You also should know that your child may sing these songs over and over again!

I give Lilly's Light 2.5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. It is currently streaming via Gathr At Home for children and families to watch and sing-a-long together.

Reviewed by Avery P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Lilly's Light: The Movie is a musical that shows people that they always need someone. The characters are fun and the songs have great messages. This film is enchanting and heartwarming.

Lilly's Light: The Movie is about a woman named Lilly, played by Sherry Hursey, who was a foster kid as a child. When Lilly becomes an adult, she uses a lighthouse to create a home for other foster children. A young boy named Daniel, played by Vitor Philipe, just lost his grandmother, his only known family member, making him a foster kid too. Lilly invites him to the family, but he declines and says he doesn't need anyone. But, Lilly and the kids take Daniel's book bag to keep him at the lighthouse long enough to convince him that he needs them after all.

The writers of Lilly's Light: The Movie uses storytelling to tell about the adventures of the foster kids. The scenes switch back and forth between the past and the present as the story is told. The set of the movie is colorful and appealing. For example, the colors of the furniture in the lighthouse give the house an artistic vibe. All of the songs in this film have a positive message. For example, the song "Life Is Full Of Possibilities" gives us the message that anything can happen in life. I like the talking goose, but the part I like the most is when Daniel realizes that he needs Lilly, because even though his grandmother is no longer with him, he has a new family now.

The message of Lilly's Light: The Movie is family isn't just your relatives, but it's the people who love and care for you. There aren't any inappropriate things to look out for in this film. This is actually a family-friendly film.

The music and the message of Lilly's Light: The Movie makes this film worth watching. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 13. Lilly's Light: The Movie is now playing in select theaters and virtually. Be sure to check it out!

Reviewed by Giana N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 9

I really appreciate that it took a lot of hard work and effort to make Lilly's Light: The Movie. Sherry Hursey co-wrote and produced the film, as well as performs in the lead role. It is very creative and is like no film I've ever seen before and is suitable for young children. However, the storyline and themes may be a bit confusing for them. The film has a lot of wavering fantasies and unrealistic things mixed with realistic, half-funny jokes.

The storyline follows a girl who is raised an orphan, Lilly (Sherry Hursey) who, as an adult, opens a foster care center in a lighthouse where she takes children on wonderful and magnificent journeys and brings joy to everyone's life. She helps a boy find happiness and imagination and takes all the children into an imaginary world that they make a scrapbook of to show people in the future.

Even though I didn't resonate with the storyline, the special effects and animation are well executed. There are beautiful transitions between the scenes and the music is very original and enjoyable. There are speaking animals, which are convincing and really funny. My favorite part is when they are in an imaginary pig-style version of Camelot with talking pigs that make jokes. This part is overall hilarious and ties together the deeper parts of the film. It is a bit corny and some of the dialogue isn't very realistic and doesn't draw you into the story.

The film's message is about joy, bravery and making the best out of what one has.

I give Lilly's Light: The Movie 3 out of 5 stars recommend it for ages 6-13, plus some adults. People who really like unique and out of the ordinary fantasy films will particularly enjoy it. It is currently streaming via Gathr At Home for children and families to watch and sing-a-long together. Reviewed by Rosemary K., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The heartfelt film Lilly's Light: The Movie is perfect for young children. I love this movie because of the elements of magic and hope that are embedded throughout. Also, the message is clearly delivered through catchy songs.

This film follows a caring foster mother named Lilly and the keeper of a magical lighthouse. The real fun begins when members of Lilly's crew of children discover The Big Book of Little Adventures in the lighthouse basement. Inside the book, the talking pelican messenger Pel-Mel shows them Daniel, a poor orphan who isn't open to new people in his life. Lilly and her crew take him on a magical adventure where they meet the Wizard of Hog and Sir Oinks A Lot. But will Daniel loosen up and open his heart to new friends?

I really like how the film delivers strong messages through positive, uplifting and inspirational songs. This family-friendly musical is filled with colorful and playful sets that really engage young children. Sherry Hursey who plays Lilly acts with such passion and joy, she is like Mary Poppins in training!

This film conveys many uplifting messages, but the one that spoke to me most is: you have the power to change the way you think.

I give Lilly's Light: The Movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 7 who will absolutely love this film and be begging for a sequel. Lilly's Light: The Movie is currently streaming via Gathr At Home for children and families to watch and sing-a-long together.

Reviewed by Kayla A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


SOURCERER'S APPRENTICE, THE
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SOURCERER'S APPRENTICE, THE
PETER SPARLING
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Description - Calling all kids, parents of kids, or those who are kids in spirit! I am test-screening a new video, my first ever for kids. A retelling of the classic cautionary tale by Goethe, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", my version exploits digital editing effects to clone more than just the apprentice's broom, as in Disney's 'Fantasia". No water effects, however. I'll leave that to Hollywood. I also discovered a two-piano arrangement of the score by Paul Dukas and I think it's really delightful... a bit like the piano arrangement of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka".
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 6-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SWISH
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SWISH
BIG C CREATIVE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - A youth basketball team travels to play at the AAU National championships and discovers friendship along the way.
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 7-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

CROODS, THE: A NEW AGE
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CROODS, THE: A NEW AGE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS - THEATRICAL DIVISION
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Croods: A New Age is sensational because of the clever and colorful graphics, funny and realistic conflicts.

The storyline is about the Bettermans not liking the Croods. They must learn how to get along with one another and they have many adventurous life lessons along the way.

I like the story line because it's relatable to real life. The family conflicts and differences make the movie unpredictable. The characters are well developed. The production is state of the art. It is highly colorful and engaging from start to finish. The film is a great follow-up to the first one. My favorite part is when the main characters, Phil Betterman and Grug, are in the Jacuzzi.

The message in the film is that we do not have to look the same and we all have far more in common than we realize. It's okay to look different.

I give The Croods: A New Age 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. It releases November 26, 2020

Reviewed by Bailey Rae F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10

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


CAR SERVICE, THE
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CAR SERVICE, THE
MARK KIEFER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 10-18
Description - They really don't make them like they used to.
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

WOOT!
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WOOT!
JANICE LIPSKY MEYERS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - Daniel Wilson is not a typical twelve-year-old. He shares an unusual hobby with his father, Jed. They breed and race homing pigeons! As if that wasn't different enough, Daniel escapes the harsh realities of middle school and his home life by living in a secret world where he can converse with the birds. They reveal their secret society, made up of class dynamics by sundry breed (e.g. fantails are the most beautiful, homers and tumblers are high performers). Daniel's favorite bird is Woot, the coolest racing pigeon in the loft. Jed decides to enter Woot into the upcoming Southwest Regional Pigeon Race and solicits Daniel's help training the bird. Despite Woot's initial promise as a champion, he gets lost during the race when a dust storm and monsoon hit. Daniel becomes distraught when Woot doesn't return, facing the scorn not only of his father, but of the class bully. Over Jed's objections, Daniel sets off to rescue Woot but becomes lost himself in the desert. As Daniel and Woot struggle to reunite, they each encounter personified animal allies (e.g. feral street pigeons in downtown Phoenix) and opponents (snakes, hawks and javelinas), making for some hilarious, as well as moving scenes. Ultimately, Woot leverages his homing instinct to save Daniel, proving the value of this derided species and forcing a catharsis for Jed and for Daniel's classmates.

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

JINGLE THE DOG: A CHRISTMAS STORY
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JINGLE THE DOG: A CHRISTMAS STORY
CHRIS BISHOP
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-10
Description - A heartwarming tale about a happy and clueless family pet in a wild Christmas adventure as Jingle the Dog is thrust into the real world. Jingle the Dog is enjoying his holiday time with the family. He senses danger outside the neighbor's house from a hungry raccoon and comes to the rescue of the neighbor's daughter. However, the neighbors see it differently and demand that the dog is sent away.
Runtime: 22 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 3-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOY, A
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DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOY, A
FOURMAT FILM GMBH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 9-18
Description - Autistic boy Daan has a unique perspective on the world. His little sister Millie struggles with his sometimes strange behavior and the lack of attention she gets from their single mother. When Daan accidentally kills her pet bird, emotions overflow - will Millie be able to be there for her brother despite it all? The film encounters the child protagonists at eye level and allows room for both perspectives.
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 9-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

DEEP FEARS
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DEEP FEARS
RYAN CHU
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A sea otter who is afraid of the ocean is challenged to face his fears when he loses his precious pink shell necklace at sea.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

ZEPHYR HILLS
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ZEPHYR HILLS
AUDREY HACKETT
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - After a traumatic accident leaves an awkward, artistic 13-year-old with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, he uses his comic book drawings to help the lost souls find peace, but doing so may unearth a secret about his town no one wants resurrected.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

YANA
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YANA
SARAH BAUR
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Yana, a heroic 10-year-old girl, is given the task of cleaning up the shards of her parents' broken marriage in the attic of her former home. Unprocessed grief and a family secret undermine her grip on reality. A touch of magic and a wee bit of mischief release Yana from the demands of the grown-up world and allow a new friendship to bloom. Just like the main character, the film steps in and out of reality: it's an ode to the healing powers of imagination and the resilience that children derive from it to cope with their problems.
Runtime: 20 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

MARIA THE SUPER HELPER / MARIA LA SUPER AYUDANTE
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MARIA THE SUPER HELPER / MARIA LA SUPER AYUDANTE
LUZ MARIA MACK
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - In this animation and book, you find Mar�a and her siblings discover fun ways to work together as a family. At the same time, they help out with housework and small backyard farming chores, and the best part it's in English/Spanish.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

HARVEST
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HARVEST
HARVEST SHORT FILM
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Summer is bitter that it's Fall's turn to shine as she brings along her season. What drives him over the edge are her pesky leaves interrupting his daily activities. He tries to stop her but as we all know, change is inevitable and he learns that he's better off making a new friend.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

MY PAL ROSS: HOW I MET ROSS
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MY PAL ROSS: HOW I MET ROSS
CATON BERRY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-10
Description - Jeffrey is a young boy on the autism spectrum who seeks comfort and understanding of the world through his new best friend, a terrier puppy named Ross.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-10
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: Screenplay

NO INTERNET
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NO INTERNET
KYLE LAWRENCE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A group of teens have to go an entire year without the internet. They discover there's a clandestine organization pulling the strings and it's up to them to save their town.
Runtime: 26 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

GRAMMAR REALM, THE: REMEMBER S
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GRAMMAR REALM, THE: REMEMBER S
JEREMY ARTHUR
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-8
Description - Do your kids find learning grammar to be a boring, anxiety-inducing nightmare? Well, perhaps a comedic sci-fi fantasy fever dream is just what the teacher ordered. Join S, an ill-mannered, self-centered snake, cast down from his realm of ever-growing plurality by a well-meaning, not-so-all-knowing Sun, and sent on a mission to help lonely, young Brad find a friend. Together they uncover some important lessons about subject-verb agreement, but will it be enough to solve poor Brad's growing existential crisis? Spoiler alert: it won't. But the truths they uncover while exploring the Grammar Realm will help people of all ages to establish a firm foundation in English grammar understanding, while allowing their sense of wonder to thrive.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 1-8
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO



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