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GRIMM, THE
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GRIMM, THE
ILLEHS STUDIO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A creative young boy named Rusty PanNickels gets a rude awakening one morning when he is visited by an unfriendly unwanted quest. This guest so happens to be a magical Gorilla who causes trouble. This is a comical fairy tale for young children, but the whole family can enjoy; engaging colorful 3D characters that light up a child's imagination. And a storyline that encourages the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

ELVIS
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ELVIS
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - A thoroughly cinematic drama, Elvis's (Butler) story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two spanning over 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis's life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an incredible biopic Baz Luhrmann has given us. All inspiring and tragic! Tom Hanks's performance as the villainous Colonel Parker is mind-blowing - sensitive and conniving all at the same time. Hats off to the makeup crew for converting our favorite good guy into the bloated persona of Colonel Parker. Austin Butler's portrayal of Elvis is nothing short of marvelous. I read how he emersed himself into this role for two years, to truly take on Elvis' personality and transformations as accurately as possible. And, he does it! When he is on-screen, you can't take your eyes off of him. When he sings, it is as if Elvis has been reincarnated. Olivia DeJonge's portrayal of Priscilla Presley shines as well. The first two hours of this two hour, thirty seven minute film are a romp (for the most part). Then, Elvis' demise and death follow and, even though I knew the outcome, tears flowed down my face seeing his tragic end on the big screen. I told my sister, "if you want to leave happy, leave after the first two hours." That was partly in jest, and partly in truth, because watching this marvel of a man, whose music still outsells any other single artist, fall apart, is truly a tragedy in the greatest sense. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Elvis is a movie everyone needs to see! One of the greatest biopics is finally here and it does not disappoint. Fans of all generations will love this film for years to come.

Elvis is told from the point of view of Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks) who used to be Elvis's manager. He tells the story of how he met Elvis (Austin Butler) and how the singer took the world by storm. The film covers the years of Elvis's life as a young adult until his passing.

This is an incredible and exciting film. From the opening scene until the credits roll, the movie is a roller coaster of emotions. Austin's performance as the king of Rock n Roll is revolutionary. It's impossible to take your eyes off of him. He truly becomes Elvis with his mannerisms and dancing. Austin's performance is Oscar-worthy, just like the rest of the film. The movie humanizes Elvis, where audiences see him as more than just a performer. It's heartbreaking to see how this larger-than-life legend never lived the life he wanted. The film unites both Elvis fans and non-enthusiasts by showing this icon in a never-before-seen profile. Following Elvis throughout his life and witnessing his love of music made me feel as if he's been a friend of mine for years. Producer/Director/Writer, Baz Lurhmann delivers an incredible film and story here. It is completely engaging, has a perfect mix of modern music and Elvis classics, along with swapping between Elvis and the Colonel's points of view. Archival elements such as newspaper headlines and comic book art are put to good use and the film ends with a video recording of Elvis's last concert. The costumes are spectacular. The scene of Elvis's Las Vegas residency wearing his iconic white suit is beautiful since it looks like the viewers are watching a live performance. This is one movie that you should watch in theaters to capture its greatness. The music blaring; Austin's acting; and the cinematography should be experienced on the big screen.

Elvis offers several themes, but the most important one is to live the life you want to. Elvis's mother warned him of living a life to please others and that he would eventually lose himself, which is exactly what happened. Elvis never lived his life for himself and, in the end, it consumed him.

I give Elvis 5 out 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. It premieres in theaters June 24, 2022.

By Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

A superstar, a revolution, and a change in not only music, but in the world. We all know Elvis Presley from his many hit songs, but who was the man behind the music? Where did he come from? Elvis, starring Austin Butler, will keep you mesmerized as you watch his life unfold, as relationships build and fall apart, and this legend gives the world the music still loved by generations, Elvis exceeded any expectations I had for this rock biopic.

Elvis shares the touching and real story of the King of Rock and Roll from the perspective of his manipulative manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks.) The story starts by revealing how the black musicians that surrounded him in his childhood homes of Mississippi and Memphis inspired him and shaped his sound. When locals start going crazy for this new talent, Parker, in need of a fresh act, goes to hear Elvis sing live at a local radio event. Seeing the potential (musical and financial), Parker begins a complex, self-serving relationship with Elvis, which drives the story forward.

The storyline of this movie is what ultimately sets it apart--instead of following a basic and predictable film plotline, Elvis shows the nonlinear, very human ups and downs of Elvis Presley's career. On the screen, I saw the true story of a man's life. Unlike other films that follow the lives of stars (Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman) Elvis centers around the relationships, and not just between Elvis and the Colonel. We get a close view of his relationships with his family and, more importantly, his fans. The love he received from the enormous crowds was his biggest motivator and director, Baz Luhrmann lets us see it. The lighting, the costumes, the pure joy on every actor's face, and the energy radiating off of the screen was almost tangible.

This film's message is best summed up in a line by B.B. King (Kelvin Harrison Jr.): "If you don't do the business, the business will do you." In other words, if you do not take control over your own life, other things and people will--a lesson Elvis might have learned if he had lived long enough.

I give Elvis 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 12 to 18, plus adults. You can see Elvis in theaters June 24, 2022.

By Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15

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


MISFORTUNE
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MISFORTUNE
LINDA KUDZMAS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Adapted from a Polish folktale, 'Misfortune' tells the story of two sisters; Marta the elder, and Zofia the younger. Marta is very rich, and lives in luxury. Zofia is very poor because Misfortune lives on her stove. Misfortune plagues Zofia, causing disasters that constantly keep her struggling to survive. When Zofia cleverly rids herself of Misfortune, Marta becomes jealous and risks everything to get Misfortune back living on Zofia's stove.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

MAGIC SAPLING
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MAGIC SAPLING
101 STUDIOS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A giant tree sustains all of the people in New York City. A young girl and her friend care for the tree. When her friend leaves for selfish reasons, all responsibility falls on Lucinda. She decides to continue the work on her own. Just as things get really tough, unexpected friends appear to show Lucinda the value of the community that she helps to sustain.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BELOW THE RISE
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BELOW THE RISE
MASSIMO SOTO
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Filmmaker Massimo Soto journeys to Costa Rica to uncover the severity of the sea level rise. He quickly learns that the extent of its effects are significantly worse than originally presumed.
Runtime: 24 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SHUT UP
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SHUT UP
EIGHT PRODUCTIONS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGE 12-18
Description - Roni (12) is ashamed of her Tourette Syndrome. After acting violently towards a classmate who picks on her, she's suspended from school. She stays home alone and her suffering from the tics, leads her to take an extreme and dangerous act.
Runtime: 16 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

THE MERMAID, THE OTTER AND THE BIG POO
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THE MERMAID, THE OTTER AND THE BIG POO
CHARLOTTE SAWYER
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Otters are top of the food chain; they're an important indicator of the health of our rivers. In the last few years, all English rivers have failed to meet quality tests due to the scale of pollution from untreated sewage and agricultural runoff entering the water system.

In this mystical, fun adventure, Lindsey Cole swims down the Bristol Avon as a mermaid, on a mission to save our rivers and find an otter along the way.
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO


WHEN BUGS FLY; TALE OF THE NITE-KITE
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WHEN BUGS FLY; TALE OF THE NITE-KITE
JONI NOWAK
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Tale of a little slug, named Sebastian who desperately wants to fly with his firefly buddies but has no wings. With the help of his woodland friends he fashions a pair of wings out of discarded materials found lying around the pond where a magical nite-flight ensues.
Runtime: 14 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BOXING DAY
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BOXING DAY
GREGORY EDWARDS
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Student film. A man tells the tale of his upbringing in rural Jamaica in this film about tradition, culture and family.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

FRESH MEMORIES
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FRESH MEMORIES
CHRISTIAN LEE
Series: DOCUMENTARY SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - This documentary follows Terry and Eddy, cousins and co-owners of For Good Tea. By making their own boba and boiling milk tea every morning, they hope to inspire and unite the next generation of Americans with just a simple drink.
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

MIMI'S GOOD NIGHT
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MIMI'S GOOD NIGHT
JACKIE ROSS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-6
Description - These children have a hard time going to bed until they fall into their bedtime routine.
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-6
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

THE BRYAN MUSEUM: SPREADING THE LOVE OF TEXAS HISTORY
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THE BRYAN MUSEUM: SPREADING THE LOVE OF TEXAS HISTORY
ESHAAN MANI
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-28
Description - This is the story of The Bryan Museum, an orphanage-turned-Texas history museum in Galveston, TX, and its mission to educate students about the "high adventure" of Texas history.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

NONNA
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NONNA
CINTIA DOMIT BITTAR
Series: FOREIGN ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Little Ana and her grandmother live in the countryside and suffer from the effects caused by the use of pesticides in the region. Years later, when she finds the old house where she lived her childhood, Ana understands that her grandmother's presence there is transcendental.
Runtime: 11 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

5 STARS
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5 STARS
JACK ZHENG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-16
Description - The ignorant David seems to be in trouble again, he crashed into someone's limousine on his bike. Can he figure out a way to exonerate himself before the doorbell rings? And is that method really reliable?
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

RED BOND, THE
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RED BOND, THE
IMAD JACK KARAM
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A hunter encounters a deer in the wild and chases it inside a mysterious cave.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

QUARANTWEEN MUSIC VIDEO
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QUARANTWEEN MUSIC VIDEO
SAMANTHA PICKETT
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A tween sits down to write a song for an art competition about changing the world, but time seems to slow down as she checks her text messages instead.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

FLOUNDERING
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FLOUNDERING
WILLIAM MCKEGG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Charlie and her Granddad Roger ride to the beach to go floundering. There's an unspoken unease beneath this adventure, as Charlie soon has to go back to a school and Roger will revert to living on his own. After an argument and a fall on their way back, they both realize this dependent relationship may not be able to provide the shelter from the dark it has for so long. From New Zealand.
Runtime: 17 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

THE CIRCUS MUST GO ON!
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THE CIRCUS MUST GO ON!
PENKOV� TEREZA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - The Hero of our story is an eight years old little Krist�nka, who sees a ghost of her passed away Grandpa. Her neighborhood feels anxious about it and on recommendation of her teacher she fell to the hands of the doctor Svetlana, who is going to set a trap for the little girl. Is she able to flee? A what will happen when the circus will arrive into town?

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

WE R GONNA GET U!!
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WE R GONNA GET U!!
KEITH OLBERY
Series: FOREIGH SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Tammy is a high school student who is happy and popular. But she starts receiving hurtful messages on her computer and mobile. Her friend's begin avoiding her. She is made fun of at school. Understandably, this has a terrible effect on her. Tammy becomes very depressed and at one point, threatens to harm herself.
Runtime: 15 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SMALL
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SMALL
JONATHAN PAYNE
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Deep in the forest, a shy, young boy comes across a mysterious village composed of buildings no larger than the size of his hands. As a storm fast approaches, the village is vulnerable and he must find a way to protect it.
Runtime: 10 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LEVEL ONE
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LEVEL ONE
CHRISTOPHER BELL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-14
Description - Three friends get together to play a video game. Each player chooses a character that represents their inner-self. Once the game begins, it is almost like they are living through their video game counterparts. Will their real-life relationships change how they play? Who will win?
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LOS MUSSI
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LOS MUSSI
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - The Mussi are three protective elves of childhood and nature that with their action repair and monitor the well-being and balance of human beings on the planet.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

QUINO'S DREAM
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QUINO'S DREAM
PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - The arrival of the first child reveals the difference between loving and accepting how each one is. From Spain; by Santiago Erlich.
Runtime: 8 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

FATHER FIGURE
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FATHER FIGURE
BEN WILLIS-TEFF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8 TO 18
Description - This film explores modern family dynamics through the eyes of a young boy, taking place on America's Independence Day. The story follows Sam, a young boy who loves to draw, as he reluctantly spends the day stuck at home alone with his stepfather. When Sam's father Allan drops him off in the morning, Allan promises to return and take Sam to watch fireworks together that night. As Sam waits for Allan and nightfall grows near, tension builds between Sam and Frank.
Runtime: 9 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SUGAR COATED: THE TRUTH ABOUT EATING DISORDERS
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SUGAR COATED: THE TRUTH ABOUT EATING DISORDERS
AMBREEN QURESH
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Sugar Coated is a collaborative youth-produced social justice documentary film created by high school students across New York City participating in EVC's flagship program. Eating disorders are a mental health issue and have the second highest mortality rate of any psychiatric diagnosis, outranked only by opioid disorders. Why hasn't this been said publicly? How does mental health correlate with eating disorders? How can you cope with mental health issues during a pandemic? How has living through the pandemic increased mental health and eating disorders? 97 percent of individuals hospitalized for an eating disorder were also diagnosed with a mood disorder. Many people in New York City are not concerned about living a healthier lifestyle. In this documentary, we will present how mental health correlates with eating disorders.
Runtime: 23 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

GIGGLE WIGGLE - HOT SUMMMER DAY
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GIGGLE WIGGLE - HOT SUMMMER DAY
MARZENA NEHREBECKA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Giggle Wiggle tells a story of a friendship between a great green gnome Giggle Wiggle and a little girl named Blabberina, who engage (be it willingly or otherwise) in colossal conflicts of tiny nations. In Giggle Wiggle's world, quarrelsome characters are small and silly.
Runtime: 6 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SECRETS OF AN OLD GUN 2
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SECRETS OF AN OLD GUN 2
ROBERT PLAVEC
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 5-15
Description - The fairytale is full of love, friendship, brave and family solidarity. The fairytale takes place in two kingdoms. In the first one rules inexperienced King Jacob with his wife Queen Anna and their daughter Johanna. The second kingdom is ruled by Queen Julia, who has bad luck in her life. And so two treacherous and calculating advisers (Ferenc and Lorenc) enter her life with intention to control her kingdom. Good and justice will eventually prevail because the potter Jan alias the bandit Karaba and the father of Queen Anna will help to solve that situation.

KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-15
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: FeatureFilm

DELHI DAYS
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DELHI DAYS
ESHAAN MANI
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - An Indian immigrant looks back on his childhood days, reminiscing about his house, his school, and his escapades with friends.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

NOT-SO-LITTLE INDIA
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NOT-SO-LITTLE INDIA
ESHAAN MANI
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A profile of one of Houston's most vibrant yet lesser-known ethnic enclaves: the Mahatma Gandhi District.
Runtime: 2 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

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THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ENTHUSIAST
NICOLE MATHESON
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - This is a short film expressing the inner turmoil and flood of emotions that overwhelmed me as I dove into research and learned more about the Anthropocene; knowledge that came at the height of the pandemic, a time when there was nowhere to go and nothing to do, when civilization was turning to nature for escape and safety. I spent hours each day hiking in nature to clear my thoughts, realizing how beautiful our planet truly is. The impact of learning we were destroying it devastated me and I worked through my emotions with creative expression in my artwork and writing. As the director of this film, I am concerned with the importance of respecting the ecology of our ecosystems and the need for Ecocentrism to replace Anthropocentrism to fundamentally alter how humans view themselves in relation to the world around them.
Runtime: 4 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 12-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

SPACE BEAR FRIENDS
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SPACE BEAR FRIENDS
MIKE SCHLEIF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - Bella and Zaara join their classmates Sammy and Fifi and learn about the number 1, the letter A, and apples.
Runtime: 7 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 2-5
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BUGBEAR
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BUGBEAR
OJASWI SHARMA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A jolly kid encounters an unknown phenomenon that fills him with fear. His caring mother has a playful solution for his nightmare. After all, she is a mother!
Runtime: 18 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 10-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

BLOOD BUDDIES
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BLOOD BUDDIES
SUZANNE MOREAU
Series: FOREIGH SHORT, AGES 8-14
Description - A friend in need is a friend indeed - or are they? Two best childhood friends go to their first summer camp together - and it tears them apart.
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-14
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

NICKELS
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NICKELS
CHRIS SAGE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Struggling to connect with his fianc�'s daughter, Craig seeks advice from the monster under her bed
Runtime: 12 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

ALICE
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ALICE
LIZ VAN VERTH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Alice enjoys taking baths but ends up taking an unexpected trip instead. Where will Alice end up next?
Runtime: 1 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

LILY
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LILY
TERI TZANEROS
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Two independent individuals who live in the forest, find each other unexpectedly, forming a connection.
Runtime: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

GIMM, THE
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GIMM, THE
ILLEHS STUDIO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A creative young boy named Rusty PanNickels gets a rude awakening one morning when he is visited by an unfriendly unwanted quest. This guest so happens to be a magical Gorilla who causes trouble. This is a comical fairy tale for young children, but the whole family can enjoy; engaging colorful 3D characters that light up a child's imagination. And a storyline that encourages the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene.
Runtime: 5 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

DREAMER'S PLAYGROUND
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DREAMER'S PLAYGROUND
LAZARUS LAZARIDES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - Dreamer's Playground follows the story of an immigrant father and his mixed-race daughter while they seem to be enjoying a happy time together venturing to a local playground. An unexpected incident creates a misunderstanding which overturns their lives, uncovering the hidden biases that permeates the complex layers of social-cultural behavior
Runtime: 13 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 13-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

IMAGINED
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IMAGINED
TORI LAYNE
Series: FEATURE, AGES 8-18
Description - Loner Liam Harris lives a predictable life, which he intends to leave behind for his childhood happy place: Canada. At least, until Kal appears. She claims to be his Incorporeal Children's Guide (ICG for short), tasked to help him recover from being an adult "failure." What Kal doesn't tell him is that she's not that good at being an ICG - she's made a bet with her boss to "fix" Liam in order to keep her job. To make matters worse, Liam's ex-wife suddenly drops off his three kids with him for the long weekend, right before he's due to move. Liam finds himself surrounded by three people (and one imaginary person) who are entirely too loud, entirely too unorganized, and entirely too young. Add in his crush on his next-door neighbor Jordan, and Liam has a mess on his hands. Still suspicious of whether his imaginary friend is a hallucination, Liam begrudgingly teams up with Kal to navigate the stormy waters of his estranged family. Innovative and whimsical, Imagined leads audiences on a fun, heartwarming adventure sure to entertain the whole family.
Runtime: 95 minutes
KIDS FIRST! Juror Recommended Age: 8-18
Suggested Retail Price: $
Media: VIDEO

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
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DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
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Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 12-18
Description - Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The thrilling Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, written by Michael Waldron, keeps you on the edge of your seat--you silently root for Doctor Strange as he embarks on the daunting journey to save America Chavez. Not only exciting, this film is also heartwarming, as the characters show the viewers the true importance of love. The acting is emotional and grounded in reality, even though the Marvel world is fantastical. Marvel fans will be fully engaged as they travel through the endless and unknown multiverse with Stephen Strange.

The storyline follows Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he tries to save America Chavez's (Xochitl Gomez) powers from being stolen by the indomitable Wanda, the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen.) The unlikely duo must travel deep through the uncharted multiverse in order to defeat Wanda, but along the way, how will Strange and Chavez overcome the seemingly impassable obstacles that they will inevitably face? Wanda just wants her children back, but how much is she willing to sacrifice and destroy in order to return to her content family life?

As usual, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Stephen Strange's beautiful complexity with ease, making his work seem simple. I forget he is even acting. To me he is truly Doctor Strange. Xotchil Gomez, although new to the Marvel Universe, starts off with a bang. She acts in a relatable and comical way, and it is impossible not to root for her with every step. The CGI is scarily realistic and absolutely essential to the story. The marvelous monsters are gruesome, each universe is unique and colorful, and the fight scenes are powerful--all because of the CGI. The music in this movie, by composer Danny Elfman, makes the action even more dramatic and gives the audience a pump of anticipation and adrenaline. Music even plays a pivotal role in one scene as it becomes a tool and a weapon in battle. My favorite part of the movie is the first time Dr.Strange travels with America to a new universe and experiences wonder and fright and ultimately awe.

The message of this film is that love is the most powerful kind of magic. One may be strong or supernatural, but familial love comes before any other superpower. This message is beautiful, relatable, and uplifting, especially for those of us who miss someone we truly love. The film starts really quickly and immediately draws the viewers into to the plot, but there are many macabre scenes that may be frightening to a younger audience.

I give Doctor Strange, into the Multiverse of Madness 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10-18, plus adults. It released in theaters Friday, May 6, 2022.

By Nyara A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

Right from the start, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is action packed and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the duration. The movie evolves the depth of these Marvel characters that we already know and love, and it introduces us to new characters that are likely to be fan favorites.

Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) encounters fourteen-year-old America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) who has the power to travel the multiverse, but she doesn't know how. Strange joins his old and new allies to go on a thrilling and perilous adventure that pushes the limits of the multiverse.

The special effects are not just out of this world, they are out of this universe. Everything from intense fight scenes and portals through the multiverse to scary creatures and witchcraft, the CGI lives up to the high standards of a Marvel movie. My favorite performances in the movie come from Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez and Rachel McAdams. Elizabeth Olsen, as Wanda Maximoff, really sheds new light on her character as she displays a more complex personality. Xochitl Gomez plays America Chavez and brings a very refreshing yet powerful performance. Rachel McAdams (as Christine) shows the audience an independent girl-boss side to her character. Make sure to look out for some surprise cameos and always stay for the credit scenes at the end.

The message of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is to try to make the most of your circumstances as "multiversal" travel isn't usually an option. This movie contains violence and some scenes that will be frightening for the faint of heart.

I give Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. Marvel fans will love this movie. It released in theaters May 6, 2022.

By Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Four Doctor Stranges, epic battles, twists and turns and dimension travel are just some of the thrills you can expect in the new Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness! This film pulls you right into the multiverse with action-packed scenes from the opening credits right up until the credits at the end. The visual effects and cinematography will have feeling like you're traveling through your own multiverse.

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), is having dreams about the universe being in danger and him trying to save a young girl, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). The adventure begins when he encounters her in his real-life universe and learns that she has the power to travel dimensions. They run into Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), also known as the Scarlet Witch, who is on a mission to steal America's powers so she can re-connect with her two sons. It's an all-out battle between happiness vs. sadness, evil vs. good and even dreams vs. nightmares.

The main characters of this film are Stephen "Doctor" Strange, Wanda Maximoff, America Chavez, and Wong (Benedict Wong). I love the different versions of the characters and learning the backstory of each from their own universe. My favorite part of this film is when America and Doctor Strange are falling through tons of dimensions and pass through one that turns them into paint. America even jokes about how hard it is to eat in that universe. The music battle scene between two Doctor Stranges was hilarious and creative. They use their powers to fight each other with music notes while upbeat piano tunes play in harmony. The Marvel character cameos from films such as The Fantastic Four, Captain America, and even a special appearance from the X-men that, once again, will wow Marvel fans.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shows us that just because someone stumbles, and falls, doesn't mean they're lost forever. Many of the characters multi-verse versions didn't always make the best decisions. People deserve to have second chances to become better. Parents should be aware of foul language, gory scenes, some jump-scares, and violence.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is very entertaining. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for kids ages 13 to 18, plus adults. You can watch Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now in theaters only.

By KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Tiana S., age 11

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