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KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2018
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2018
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Mallory Lewis
Mallory Lewis
Host of KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Studio Luncheon


Emily Osment (Soccer Mom)
Girl Scout Volunteer
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards

PA Film FestivalPennsylvania Film Festival


Kay Panabaker
(Moondance Alexander,
Prince & the Pauper)
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


Brittany Curran and audience girls
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Now in its nineteenth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals which offers a showcase for short and feature films from major studios as well as independent and student filmmakers. The Festival partners with more than 50 venues nationwide that host screenings of a curated collection of films year-round. When filmmakers submit their films to KIDS FIRST!, it is like submitting it to more than 50 venues. The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is hosted locally by established film festivals such as the Beloit International Film Festival and the University of Hawaii at Manoa's KIDS FIRST!  Film Festival as well as children's museums, nonprofit film centers, schools and other local organizations that showcase films at daily, weekly or monthly screenings.

Kids really do come first at KIDS FIRST!

Youth are given a voice as curators, audience members, critics, volunteer staff and as filmmakers showcasing their original work. Almost one-third of the films accepted every year are from student filmmakers worldwide.


The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival accepts more than 450 films every year from indie and student filmmakers as well as major studios. The programming changes frequently. To find what films are currently playing, visit our online programming page. To be accepted for the festival, programming must meet the KIDS FIRST! criteria including: 1) NO gratuitous violence or abuse; 2) NO inappropriate sexual behavior; 3) NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion; 4) NO condescension toward children; 5) NO replicable unsafe behavior. Additionally, the film must have an uplifting message and be appropriate for an audience of toddlers through age 18. All films are screened by juries of both adults and kids in order to identify the appropriate audience age recommendation.

Note to Filmmakers

Before you submit to us, you should know that KIDS FIRST! partner venues do not pay a screening fee for films that are screened at their events. If you require a screening fee, please do not submit.

To submit a film

We only accept submissions through filmfreeway:

Note to Programmers

Programmers of venue affiliates can view online screeners on our password protected site on vimeo. For access, please contact us.

To become an affiliate of the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival go here.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national nonprofit (501-c-3) organization established 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.

Adam C

Adam C., Pup Star World Tour Event


Boy and mom at KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2009


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