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CONGRESS KID
CONGRESS KID - WILLIAM HODGES
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - After boldly qualifying and winning a special election with the help of a mentoring experienced politician, a bright ten-year-old independent congressman from Indiana has just thirty days to make his mark in Washington. Facing the scrutiny and ridicule of his House colleagues as well as heavy resistance from a plotting, power hungry K-Street lobbyist, the young boy must decide whether to continue escaping the turmoil of Capitol Hill in order to see the sights of the nation's capitol or to get down to business and pass meaningful, historic legislation. With the help of his campaign manage and the K-street lobbyist who has a change of heart, the boy passes legislation for his home town and returns to a hero's parade
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script gives value to a young boy's wish to make things better for his mom and he also provides for the community. His goal is for advanced farming technology to be given to them. Perhaps an unlikely achievement for a ten-year-old, the story nonetheless allows for the possibility of such a thing happening. The young man uses his intelligence and alertness of what is around him, does not give up, listens to his good older friend as a guide, and stays with the truth of his goal. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The script gives value to a young boy's wish to make things better for his mom and he also provides for the community. His goal is for advanced farming technology to be given to them. Perhaps an unlikely achievement for a ten-year-old, the story nonetheless allows for the possibility of such a thing happening. The young man uses his intelligence and alertness of what is around him, does not give up, listens to his good older friend as a guide, and stays with the truth of his goal. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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PHATAMOS
PHATAMOS - PISARNO D'AMICO
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - A first responder, whose young son receives radiation, risks promotion by joining forces with an animated plushie to rescue forsaken stuffed animals.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Phantamos is the story of a magical stuffed toy that is thrown away and then rescued by two first responders - one of whom presents the toy to his young son who is undergoing chemotherapy. This rescued Two first responders (partners) have a side project of saving tossed out 'plushies,' better known as children's stuffed treasures. One partner, taking a newly rescued plushie to his son who suffers from cancer treatments, realizes all too soon that this strange looking child's toy is no ordinary stuffed animal, but one of magic that can talk, walk, read and tell stories.

Phantamos, magically animated at creation, uses his gift for the good in his friendship with the young Finn, as if this was meant to be.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus Adults. Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Phantamos is the story of a magical stuffed toy that is thrown away and then rescued by two first responders - one of whom presents the toy to his young son who is undergoing chemotherapy. This rescued Two first responders (partners) have a side project of saving tossed out 'plushies,' better known as children's stuffed treasures. One partner, taking a newly rescued plushie to his son who suffers from cancer treatments, realizes all too soon that this strange looking child's toy is no ordinary stuffed animal, but one of magic that can talk, walk, read and tell stories.

Phantamos, magically animated at creation, uses his gift for the good in his friendship with the young Finn, as if this was meant to be.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus Adults. Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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AUTISM THE HAPPY KINGDOM
AUTISM THE HAPPY KINGDOM - YADIRA CALDERON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - The Royal Family of Autism must decide to remain in their castle or show everyone there is no need to be afraid of being different.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story, as the author states in voiceover, is dedicated to the magic of autism. The characters belong to kingdoms and are kings, queens, princes and princesses, yet the children are kept apart through the parental fear of differences. A party is planned, kingdoms accepted and the beauty of it, the sheer art of it, these reluctant families learn how much they are just like each other, only with different sets of problems. The resolution is real, not overworked or preachy, and is as simple as initiating programs to benefit the community or simply sitting on a bench together watching the sunset. I give this screenplay 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Linda C., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story, as the author states in voiceover, is dedicated to the magic of autism. The characters belong to kingdoms and are kings, queens, princes and princesses, yet the children are kept apart through the parental fear of differences. A party is planned, kingdoms accepted and the beauty of it, the sheer art of it, these reluctant families learn how much they are just like each other, only with different sets of problems. The resolution is real, not overworked or preachy, and is as simple as initiating programs to benefit the community or simply sitting on a bench together watching the sunset. I give this screenplay 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Linda C., KIDS FIRST!
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MASTER AND THE ROSE, THE
MASTER AND THE ROSE, THE - JIM KUEHNIS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A low-caste Indian boy searches for joy by studying an ancient stone arch, which leads to encounters with a mysterious wizard. The arch's secrets are revealed by completing five challenges, but a narcissistic British soldier pursuing the wizard stands in the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The ending sums of the screenplay of a young boy, born into the untouchable caste of an old system declared unjust in 1948 yet still present today, searching to better himself, gain respect through increased wealth and step outside of his caste. He is guided by the great mystic and her rose if he chooses to listen. The screenplays purpose as author states is that life in it's brief course contains all the realities of our existence, but a day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12-18., Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The ending sums of the screenplay of a young boy, born into the untouchable caste of an old system declared unjust in 1948 yet still present today, searching to better himself, gain respect through increased wealth and step outside of his caste. He is guided by the great mystic and her rose if he chooses to listen. The screenplays purpose as author states is that life in it's brief course contains all the realities of our existence, but a day well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12-18., Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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DON OF VIRGIL JR. HIGH, THE
DON OF VIRGIL JR. HIGH, THE - DEON HAYMAN
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - Based off the multi-award winning short film, and set in the early 1990's, during the golden era of Hip-Hop and Alternative Rock music: DONALD, a nerdy Junior high school kid, goes on a mission to gain popularity by any means necessary. He eventually succeeds and creates a band of geeks and outcasts, whom are forced to find ways to wittingly retaliate against their newfound rivals, the established popular kids.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Donald is a 12-year-old African-American junior high math team nerd sitting in the principal's office. His voiceover begins the story with the theme of power, bullying, hottie vs. plain. The film starts out in the cafeteria where the strata of jock and geek are clearly defined and the geeks are banned to sit on a pile of rocks at lunchtime. The screenplay takes this well-used theme of ridicule and creates interesting challenges with diverse characters providing a story with layered lessons from which adults could learn. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Donald is a 12-year-old African-American junior high math team nerd sitting in the principal's office. His voiceover begins the story with the theme of power, bullying, hottie vs. plain. The film starts out in the cafeteria where the strata of jock and geek are clearly defined and the geeks are banned to sit on a pile of rocks at lunchtime. The screenplay takes this well-used theme of ridicule and creates interesting challenges with diverse characters providing a story with layered lessons from which adults could learn. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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LONG WAY HOME, A
LONG WAY HOME, A - STEVEN BOGART
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGE 8-18
Description - An orphaned dragon raised by a duck must rediscover her true origins when a treacherous army threatens the only home she's ever known.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The idea of perceiving of oneself as an ugly duckling and then becoming a swan is not new, nor is the issue of domination of one culture over another. Set in a realm of magic and rare creatures along with the ordinary is a good approach to this age-old struggle.

A Long Walk Home addresses concerns for children (and adults) of fitting in, feeling left out and ugly, to understanding that one is often simply a fish out of water and is uniquely beautiful within. With the breaking and rejection of the manipulative Helmut, the characters obtain strength and identity. The story of a young dragon that is jettisoned as an egg into the unlikely hands of a compassionate woman who, living in a community of ducks, owls, guinea pigs, foxes and a French seagull, manages to raise her to "Be Brave" and overcome challenges in her journey to reunite with her birth family.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18., Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The idea of perceiving of oneself as an ugly duckling and then becoming a swan is not new, nor is the issue of domination of one culture over another. Set in a realm of magic and rare creatures along with the ordinary is a good approach to this age-old struggle.

A Long Walk Home addresses concerns for children (and adults) of fitting in, feeling left out and ugly, to understanding that one is often simply a fish out of water and is uniquely beautiful within. With the breaking and rejection of the manipulative Helmut, the characters obtain strength and identity. The story of a young dragon that is jettisoned as an egg into the unlikely hands of a compassionate woman who, living in a community of ducks, owls, guinea pigs, foxes and a French seagull, manages to raise her to "Be Brave" and overcome challenges in her journey to reunite with her birth family.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18., Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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CHRISTMAS TIME TRAVELERS, THE
CHRISTMAS TIME TRAVELERS, THE - TRAVIS PARK
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - The Christmas Time Travelers by L. M. Haynes is a very original and fascinating Christmas story - one which is definitely a unique twist on the First Christmas for kids growing up, especially if they are dog lovers!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A scientist, while showing his time machine to a young friend, is distracted by Christmas carolers and leaves his time machine unattended. His curious dogs enter and off they go 2000 years in time to discover a baby in a manger. They return with a bit of proof that the baby is Jesus. Will anyone believe it? Should the scientist tell the world? Only an Angel has the answer. Very interesting episodic story. I particularly like the involvement of an adult, such as the scientist, as a mentor who is patient, fun, educated, and has a sense of humor. I give Christmas Time Travelers 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A scientist, while showing his time machine to a young friend, is distracted by Christmas carolers and leaves his time machine unattended. His curious dogs enter and off they go 2000 years in time to discover a baby in a manger. They return with a bit of proof that the baby is Jesus. Will anyone believe it? Should the scientist tell the world? Only an Angel has the answer. Very interesting episodic story. I particularly like the involvement of an adult, such as the scientist, as a mentor who is patient, fun, educated, and has a sense of humor. I give Christmas Time Travelers 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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YOUNG LEONARDO
YOUNG LEONARDO - MARTA ANN JORGENSEN
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - Eleven-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is the nerdy tech Dennis the Menace of the Renaissance. He lives in the sleepy hamlet of Vinci where he alternately amazes and terrorizes his family, father, Ser Piero and stepmother, Albiera. Most of his inventions are brilliant catastrophes but it's really not his fault. Every time he tries to be a normal boy who obeys the rules, his pet crow, Crow, whispers an incredibly great idea that's sure to work (this time). But no one believes that the crow keeps egging him on because Leonardo is the only one who hears him talking. Crow knows just how to tap into Leonardo's big dream of becoming the first human in history to fly. The boy is given an ultimatum...learn a trade!! So, his father sends him to Baker's Apprentice School in Florence. He's quickly thrown out for mischief. Starving and alone, Leo and Crow wander through Florence and find the Guiseppifruuti School of Art, where they meet the evil, flamboyant Guiseppifrutti (a 15th Century Salvador Dali type). Leo becomes a student. While there, he learns about the Master's plan to bomb Florence to destroy his rivals and also meets eleven-year-old, Lisa, a poor street girl who want to learn to paint. Leonardo and Lisa must save the day!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - As Leonardo catapults himself across the plaza to save his friend Mona Lisa and stop the bomb, a jealous master artisan made to ruin his competitor, the conflicts are all resolved. The script presents master artist, Leonardo da Vinci as an eleven-year-old whose belief in his art and invention arouses conflict at home with a restrictive step-mother. Although a loving father, Petro aligns with his wife which causes further conflict. The story takes form through new characters, actions, friendships and the reader experiences the mind of an historic master artist at a young age and how he became free to become the great master he was, with Mona Lisa at his side. It is an entertaining journey, even if fantasy, to see what Leonardo Da Vinci might have faced to become the great man he did.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - As Leonardo catapults himself across the plaza to save his friend Mona Lisa and stop the bomb, a jealous master artisan made to ruin his competitor, the conflicts are all resolved. The script presents master artist, Leonardo da Vinci as an eleven-year-old whose belief in his art and invention arouses conflict at home with a restrictive step-mother. Although a loving father, Petro aligns with his wife which causes further conflict. The story takes form through new characters, actions, friendships and the reader experiences the mind of an historic master artist at a young age and how he became free to become the great master he was, with Mona Lisa at his side. It is an entertaining journey, even if fantasy, to see what Leonardo Da Vinci might have faced to become the great man he did.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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TOY FACTORY
TOY FACTORY - MICHAEL WHITTAKER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - Children attending a new boarding school quickly realize that things are not as they seem. Ms. Kelly and her bumbling side kick are more like drill instructors than teachers, and just what are they hiding? Can the children outsmart their teachers? Can the children come together to work as a team? Most of all, can they discover the secret of the "Toy Factory"?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Families bring their nine-year-old daughters to a boarding school which is a front for something entirely different. It is a toy factory and assembly line inspired by two school leaders' sinister plan to kidnap Santa Claus. They want the only remaining toy outlet for Christmas and thus, money. The girls, through creative problem solving, manage to thwart the twisted plans of these two women once they come together as a team. The women ultimately go to jail and while the primary camp leader still hates everything including food and living things, her cohort decides she'd rather be kind than mean. The girls are reunited with their families. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Families bring their nine-year-old daughters to a boarding school which is a front for something entirely different. It is a toy factory and assembly line inspired by two school leaders' sinister plan to kidnap Santa Claus. They want the only remaining toy outlet for Christmas and thus, money. The girls, through creative problem solving, manage to thwart the twisted plans of these two women once they come together as a team. The women ultimately go to jail and while the primary camp leader still hates everything including food and living things, her cohort decides she'd rather be kind than mean. The girls are reunited with their families. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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MILEY CHASE THE SCIENCE ACE
MILEY CHASE THE SCIENCE ACE - LARRY LITTLE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - Based on the musical - MILEY CHASE THE SCIENCE ACE. Miley Chase, a lonely, nerdy 10-year old science whiz, discovers the notes of her recently retired grandmother - a former mathematician and scientist - and builds a time machine. When Tyler -- her sports minded neighbor who thinks that science is dumb, accidentally activates the time machine -- they are catapulted back in time where they encounter future leaders as children and encourage them to follow their dreams and change the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The author takes the notion of time travel and puts it in the hands of a smart, scientific minded ten-year-old girl through an invention of a quirky grandmother. Fumbling with the machine, her shy school mate pushes the right button and they both time travel to ??? BC Alexandria, Egypt where they witness young Cleopatra racing her chariot, hounded by jealous brothers. The chariot crashes, Miley and Tyler befriend her, fix the chariot. Miley helps her with Cleo's low self-esteem, and together they form a friendship. The story ends with Miley and Tyler back in real time, in the gym with grandma, showing their gifts of an Egyptian scarab and a golden ring to grandma who is staying young on her treadmill. "It's about mind and body. You have to develop both." The audience can intuit future travels by all three in the future. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 15, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The author takes the notion of time travel and puts it in the hands of a smart, scientific minded ten-year-old girl through an invention of a quirky grandmother. Fumbling with the machine, her shy school mate pushes the right button and they both time travel to ??? BC Alexandria, Egypt where they witness young Cleopatra racing her chariot, hounded by jealous brothers. The chariot crashes, Miley and Tyler befriend her, fix the chariot. Miley helps her with Cleo's low self-esteem, and together they form a friendship. The story ends with Miley and Tyler back in real time, in the gym with grandma, showing their gifts of an Egyptian scarab and a golden ring to grandma who is staying young on her treadmill. "It's about mind and body. You have to develop both." The audience can intuit future travels by all three in the future. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 15, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CREEK DWELLER IN THE BAYOU, THE
CREEK DWELLER IN THE BAYOU, THE - MELISSA CAUDLE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGE 5-12
Description - Seven cousins meet a magical creature in the Lousiana Bayou.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script couches the lessons of listening to the rules, learning to play and watch out for one another, not judging a living being by its physical differences with colorful storytelling. Kindness towards one another is a sub-current of the script propels the adventure of children finding a magical creature who simply wants to play too and be kind. Surprise twist is that the grandmother knows this creek creature, which indeed, is another story she will share at another time. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The script couches the lessons of listening to the rules, learning to play and watch out for one another, not judging a living being by its physical differences with colorful storytelling. Kindness towards one another is a sub-current of the script propels the adventure of children finding a magical creature who simply wants to play too and be kind. Surprise twist is that the grandmother knows this creek creature, which indeed, is another story she will share at another time. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CATERPILLAR'S TALE, A
CATERPILLAR'S TALE, A - CARLOS PEREZ
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-10
Description - A young caterpillar, determined to learn why all his older friends go up the Great Tree and never come back down, takes off on a solo journey to climb the Great Tree and find out.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - For an animated short, this is worth pursuing. I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. The characters are entertaining and diverse. Love exists. Caring exists. Challenge exits. It could be tighter, with less descriptive short story-type notations. The story of a cocoon to a butterfly has many usages. It shows the innocence of kids playing against the backdrop of a Giant Tree where older members go to what appears to be their final unexplained call or death. The truth behind this final unavoidable call is explored by the searcher of the group as he follows his friend up the tree. The author introduces elements of the natural food chain - the wasps, the spider, the praying mantis and the human being. Ultimately, nature cannot be stopped; cocoons give way to butterflies and, if you are lucky, as in this script, you will continue to experience love and fly away together as the two main characters that leave. Sadly or not, it is a concern not to be pursued and hence, the young caterpillars are no wiser than before and are by themselves. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - For an animated short, this is worth pursuing. I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. The characters are entertaining and diverse. Love exists. Caring exists. Challenge exits. It could be tighter, with less descriptive short story-type notations. The story of a cocoon to a butterfly has many usages. It shows the innocence of kids playing against the backdrop of a Giant Tree where older members go to what appears to be their final unexplained call or death. The truth behind this final unavoidable call is explored by the searcher of the group as he follows his friend up the tree. The author introduces elements of the natural food chain - the wasps, the spider, the praying mantis and the human being. Ultimately, nature cannot be stopped; cocoons give way to butterflies and, if you are lucky, as in this script, you will continue to experience love and fly away together as the two main characters that leave. Sadly or not, it is a concern not to be pursued and hence, the young caterpillars are no wiser than before and are by themselves. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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SPENCER, 1928
SPENCER, 1928 - VERONICA TABARES
Series: SCREENPLAY
Description - It's 1928 and Edwin's birthday. He and his friends are camping out in the backyard to celebrate. This is new for Edwin, who has had trouble making friends at school. But Emma, Edwin's twin sister, isn't allowed to campout because she's a girl. She's told girls need to stay at home. When she complains to her brother he tells her it's "just how things are" and "boys do, girls watch." For revenge, Emma and her friends play an elaborate prank that makes the boys believe they are being haunted. It works and sends the tough boys running home, screaming. Only Edwin isn't running or screaming. He's missing.

Edwin has managed to dream himself to another world and a city made of circus tents. There he finds the inhabitants aren't human, but animal-like.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Myth has a tendency to embrace lessons and our understanding of the world. This script has a strong mythical element as travel to another universe suggests. The locations, designs, costumes, potential for visual storytelling in more than one media are enormous. The writer has taken a fantasy and blended it well with a seemingly simple family whose young son had disappeared. The family has secrets, which the young sister, his twin, intuitively knows and they, with determination, help her find her brother, sensing that he is in an unknown universe. They sense each other; she sees him on a dragon; he sees her searching. They connect emotionally. This connection becomes physical when she enters his universe, becoming very inventive in doing so. They work together; outsmarting the malicious circus Ringmaster of the new universe, finding the den for the sad stolen dragon, the home for a child and a little girl lost. Together the twins return home on the wings of a grateful master dragon. Upon their return and telling their story, the parents' secrets are revealed. The family becomes more unified in the truth about themselves and their acceptance and love for one another. The story is told boldly, with humor, color, surprise and multiple barriers to overcome - all in the service of traveling home. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Myth has a tendency to embrace lessons and our understanding of the world. This script has a strong mythical element as travel to another universe suggests. The locations, designs, costumes, potential for visual storytelling in more than one media are enormous. The writer has taken a fantasy and blended it well with a seemingly simple family whose young son had disappeared. The family has secrets, which the young sister, his twin, intuitively knows and they, with determination, help her find her brother, sensing that he is in an unknown universe. They sense each other; she sees him on a dragon; he sees her searching. They connect emotionally. This connection becomes physical when she enters his universe, becoming very inventive in doing so. They work together; outsmarting the malicious circus Ringmaster of the new universe, finding the den for the sad stolen dragon, the home for a child and a little girl lost. Together the twins return home on the wings of a grateful master dragon. Upon their return and telling their story, the parents' secrets are revealed. The family becomes more unified in the truth about themselves and their acceptance and love for one another. The story is told boldly, with humor, color, surprise and multiple barriers to overcome - all in the service of traveling home. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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PEARL OF WISDOM
PEARL OF WISDOM - MARLENE SHARP
Series: SCREENPLAY
Description - As the self-appointed head of her school's new 2-Steppers Comedy and Counseling Club, 12-year-old Pearl cuts a commanding presence. Under the noses of faculty, staff, parents, and cliques, Pearl assembles her angst-ridden peers into an unofficial group of humorists, who pan for proverbial comedy gold in the hills and valleys of middle school. The 2-Steppers use wit to anticipate and navigate (as in, handle/maneuver/finesse/weather the storm of) every manner of tween annoyance . . . from mundane homework assignments to epic family feuds. There are plenty of missteps, but no worries! These are elemental to the kids' work-in-progress, public comedy
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - There is a school, the Weeping Willow Middle School. Four kids that are not friends and actually have no friends, gather on broken down steps leading to nowhere. They are required by the school counselor to form a club, which they do, a rather unorthodox comedy club called the 2 Steppers Comedy. Pearl is selected to head this self-help group, a rather unorthodox group. The story is of the success, fears and problems of this group which creates its own language and acts out the kids' fantasies as they experience individual flashbacks, while attempting to create performances. I give this script 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - There is a school, the Weeping Willow Middle School. Four kids that are not friends and actually have no friends, gather on broken down steps leading to nowhere. They are required by the school counselor to form a club, which they do, a rather unorthodox comedy club called the 2 Steppers Comedy. Pearl is selected to head this self-help group, a rather unorthodox group. The story is of the success, fears and problems of this group which creates its own language and acts out the kids' fantasies as they experience individual flashbacks, while attempting to create performances. I give this script 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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JEREMY
JEREMY - JONATHAN TURNER SMITH
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - Jeremy truly wants to do the right thing and stand up for what he believes in even if it means being tormented by the biggest bullies in school. But with the help of his new friend, Margaret, and her Native American Grandfather, he soon learns that bravery and courage can make a superhero out of anyone - even a third grader.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - For the record, it is difficult to give this screenplay a strict rating. I give the author credit for the characters and the initial concept. This script addresses how a young boy is introduced to bullying, Biblical readings in school and making friends. He finds support from his Bible reading and church active parents. With his new friend he learns about the Native American culture. Her grandfather gives Jeremy his animal name and tells of his personal acceptance of God as the one that allows his visions. Jeremy comes to terms with the bully and these lessons as the story progresses to the final scene. The grandfather is dying, yet expresses that he 'has overcome the world.' This screenplay seems written within its Biblical context, with the author's voice teaching children how best to cope with society in its last days. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - For the record, it is difficult to give this screenplay a strict rating. I give the author credit for the characters and the initial concept. This script addresses how a young boy is introduced to bullying, Biblical readings in school and making friends. He finds support from his Bible reading and church active parents. With his new friend he learns about the Native American culture. Her grandfather gives Jeremy his animal name and tells of his personal acceptance of God as the one that allows his visions. Jeremy comes to terms with the bully and these lessons as the story progresses to the final scene. The grandfather is dying, yet expresses that he 'has overcome the world.' This screenplay seems written within its Biblical context, with the author's voice teaching children how best to cope with society in its last days. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CHRISTMAS KID, THE
CHRISTMAS KID, THE - CARMEN LINDSAY
Series: SCREENPLAY
Description - An orphaned boy wishing for family is visited by the real Saint Nicholas, who inspires him to spread the true meaning of Christmas and help a depressed teacher learn to live again.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - An orphaned boy ends up in a group home, terribly missing his family he visited by the real Saint Nicholas who inspires him to spread the true meaning of Christmas. In the process of doing so, he affects many people's lives including a depressed teacher and the caregiver at the group home.

Its greatest strengths are in the character development, particularly of the protagonist, Baker, but also of Sherry, the caretaker, Quin, her husband and the depressed teacher. Another strength is in the storyline and its uplifting ending. Its greatest weakness is that the scenes are oftentimes brief and choppy. Also, there is a lack of transition between some scenes which makes you wonder how "they got there."

There is definitely some commercial potential here. First, it has a Christmas theme, which is always popular. Second it has a Christian theme, which appeals to that niche market. Third, it addresses disenfranchised kids, struggling to survive in this world. To some degree it also addresses disenfranchised adults and their struggles. Last, it has an uplifting ending and a spirit of hope, which is paramount to what we look for at KIDS FIRST

The story concept is not entirely original, but it definitely has an original twist to it. Orphaned kids dealing with problems is a theme that goes back to decades, if not centuries, in storytelling. The success of the young boy as a YouTuber, is a contemporary twist. On one hand, the flashbacks to Baker with his parents provide a good backstory to what happened to his parents and how he was orphaned. However, the clarity of the plot falls short at other times. There are several times when the scene jumps from one to the next without a clear transition of what happened or why. An example is on page 56, when Baker suddenly moves into Val's apartment. We say him packing things up on the previous page/scene, but have no idea where he is going or with whom. That definitely needs some smoothing out. Another issue I have is "who got the money and why." All of a sudden Baker is an overnight success and the next thing we know Val is buying a house. Why did she get the money? There are strict laws about this in terms of child entertainers and I felt uncomfortable that Val suddenly can buy a house but we don't see Baker with money. Then, there's the issue of Baker's coughing while at Val's house and working in small, enclosed spaces with toxic chemicals. We never find out what caused Baker's coughing, but it's sort of implied that the chemicals might have caused that.

Structurally, it's pretty good, with the exception that there are too many very very short scenes and too many characters at the group home to keep track of. We are not really engaged in the group home boys, so following them is disadvantageous. It makes for a choppy flow in the story development. I think some of these could be eliminated without losing the gist of the story. The character description and development are definitely where this screenplays shines, particularly with Baker, the protagonist. His development is pretty believable as he slowly changes. Sherry, the caretaker at the group home is also well developed as is her husband Quin. Val and Hobbs are also pretty well defined and developed. The other boys from the group home are rather inconsequential, although how they came around to "rescue" him at the end was refreshing, especially since they had been so mean to him previously. It is very stereotypical that they only liked him once he became famous, so there is that to consider. I think most tweens and teens can easily relate to all of these characters.

The pace of the screenplay is pretty consistent and holds your interest. As stated before, my only issue is that it is sometimes very choppy and not all transitions are clear to the audience.

As far as accuracy, there may be some issues about things such as the social worker, Val, taking Baker in to life with her. I was more concerned about her benefitting financially from his success. Otherwise, it seems pretty on target.

Grammatically, there are a few errors, but for the most part it's entirely acceptable.

The only changes I would recommend are 1. Eliminate the choppiness and 2. Even out the transitions that are unclear.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #12, KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - An orphaned boy ends up in a group home, terribly missing his family he visited by the real Saint Nicholas who inspires him to spread the true meaning of Christmas. In the process of doing so, he affects many people's lives including a depressed teacher and the caregiver at the group home.

Its greatest strengths are in the character development, particularly of the protagonist, Baker, but also of Sherry, the caretaker, Quin, her husband and the depressed teacher. Another strength is in the storyline and its uplifting ending. Its greatest weakness is that the scenes are oftentimes brief and choppy. Also, there is a lack of transition between some scenes which makes you wonder how "they got there."

There is definitely some commercial potential here. First, it has a Christmas theme, which is always popular. Second it has a Christian theme, which appeals to that niche market. Third, it addresses disenfranchised kids, struggling to survive in this world. To some degree it also addresses disenfranchised adults and their struggles. Last, it has an uplifting ending and a spirit of hope, which is paramount to what we look for at KIDS FIRST

The story concept is not entirely original, but it definitely has an original twist to it. Orphaned kids dealing with problems is a theme that goes back to decades, if not centuries, in storytelling. The success of the young boy as a YouTuber, is a contemporary twist. On one hand, the flashbacks to Baker with his parents provide a good backstory to what happened to his parents and how he was orphaned. However, the clarity of the plot falls short at other times. There are several times when the scene jumps from one to the next without a clear transition of what happened or why. An example is on page 56, when Baker suddenly moves into Val's apartment. We say him packing things up on the previous page/scene, but have no idea where he is going or with whom. That definitely needs some smoothing out. Another issue I have is "who got the money and why." All of a sudden Baker is an overnight success and the next thing we know Val is buying a house. Why did she get the money? There are strict laws about this in terms of child entertainers and I felt uncomfortable that Val suddenly can buy a house but we don't see Baker with money. Then, there's the issue of Baker's coughing while at Val's house and working in small, enclosed spaces with toxic chemicals. We never find out what caused Baker's coughing, but it's sort of implied that the chemicals might have caused that.

Structurally, it's pretty good, with the exception that there are too many very very short scenes and too many characters at the group home to keep track of. We are not really engaged in the group home boys, so following them is disadvantageous. It makes for a choppy flow in the story development. I think some of these could be eliminated without losing the gist of the story. The character description and development are definitely where this screenplays shines, particularly with Baker, the protagonist. His development is pretty believable as he slowly changes. Sherry, the caretaker at the group home is also well developed as is her husband Quin. Val and Hobbs are also pretty well defined and developed. The other boys from the group home are rather inconsequential, although how they came around to "rescue" him at the end was refreshing, especially since they had been so mean to him previously. It is very stereotypical that they only liked him once he became famous, so there is that to consider. I think most tweens and teens can easily relate to all of these characters.

The pace of the screenplay is pretty consistent and holds your interest. As stated before, my only issue is that it is sometimes very choppy and not all transitions are clear to the audience.

As far as accuracy, there may be some issues about things such as the social worker, Val, taking Baker in to life with her. I was more concerned about her benefitting financially from his success. Otherwise, it seems pretty on target.

Grammatically, there are a few errors, but for the most part it's entirely acceptable.

The only changes I would recommend are 1. Eliminate the choppiness and 2. Even out the transitions that are unclear.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #12, KIDS FIRST!
Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE - IVY VALE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - Josh and Rachel's close friendship is tested when a school cyberbully threatens to expose secrets in this modern coming out, coming of age feature film musical comedy set in a New York City school.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Out of My Comfort Zone is a coming of age, coming out, teen musical comedy set in a NYC school. It addresses topics relative to today's teens and tweens - bullying epidemic, sexual orientation, friendship, and secrets. It provides a platform to introduce these in a non-threatening way, with positive role models and positive solutions. Humor and original music are sprinkled throughout.

This pretty accurately depicts the point of view of teens, their culture and language. It also may be particularly relevant for kids from a NYC high school, or any other major city. I think kids in more rural areas have a different POV about certain things. The pace is pretty good. There aren't any real lags. It moves along at a good clip. From reading the background on this, it appears to have been produced live already, so again, I will say that I would have enjoyed hearing the music that goes along with the screenplay.

For the most part, the characters are all well-defined and their dialogue follows suit. Josh and Rachel are typical high school super stars. Viper is the underdog that turns around in the end. Phoebe is the most interesting to me because I couldn't figure out why she was siding with Viper. The other kids are also pretty true to form. The only plot hole for me is Viper's backstory. We overhear a brief conversation with his dad, who is a jerk, but that's it. There is no discussion between him and Phoebe about the influence his dad has had on him. We don't see him directly deal with his dad. There is only that one conversation, which seems taken out of context as there is no further development.

Although the concept of a teen musical isn't new (Glee, Dirty Dancing) this takes some unique twists that make it stand out. It definitely is relevant to teens/tweens and their families today. Coming out is still something that kids put off, as it is not always accepted by their parents; stories such as this help give kids the confidence to step forward in spite of their fears.

Definitely it has commercial potential. Following the popularity of highly successful films such as High School Musical and coming out soon, In the Heights and Spielberg's reboot of West Side Story, the genre of teen musicals reaches way back. It's the perfect topic for a summer blockbuster! Its greatest strengths are in the topics it addresses, the positive role models, the positive solutions to problems, its humor and use of appropriate language such as a teen today would use. Its greatest weakness really is that there is no way to listen to the music. The reader can appreciate the lyrics, but I would have liked to have been able to listen to the actual music. The structure is pretty good. We have the initial conflict, the escalation of it, the behind-the-scenes reveal and the public reveal.

The main plot follows MVP Josh and Rachel whose friendship is tested when a school bully threatens to expose his secret. Sub-plots involve other kids and their relationships and the character Viper's backstory. Josh's conflict is in feeling anxious about being gay. He hasn't revealed that to his BFF Rachel, his parents, and certainly not the school where he is MVP in football! He finally tells Rachel. Viper overhears him and reveals his "secret" via his blog, denial ensues until he finally has the courage to announce it to the entire school. It is pretty predictable, but handled in a sensitive and believable way. I wasn't surprised at all, but I felt good about how his conflict was resolved.

I give this script 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Out of My Comfort Zone is a coming of age, coming out, teen musical comedy set in a NYC school. It addresses topics relative to today's teens and tweens - bullying epidemic, sexual orientation, friendship, and secrets. It provides a platform to introduce these in a non-threatening way, with positive role models and positive solutions. Humor and original music are sprinkled throughout.

This pretty accurately depicts the point of view of teens, their culture and language. It also may be particularly relevant for kids from a NYC high school, or any other major city. I think kids in more rural areas have a different POV about certain things. The pace is pretty good. There aren't any real lags. It moves along at a good clip. From reading the background on this, it appears to have been produced live already, so again, I will say that I would have enjoyed hearing the music that goes along with the screenplay.

For the most part, the characters are all well-defined and their dialogue follows suit. Josh and Rachel are typical high school super stars. Viper is the underdog that turns around in the end. Phoebe is the most interesting to me because I couldn't figure out why she was siding with Viper. The other kids are also pretty true to form. The only plot hole for me is Viper's backstory. We overhear a brief conversation with his dad, who is a jerk, but that's it. There is no discussion between him and Phoebe about the influence his dad has had on him. We don't see him directly deal with his dad. There is only that one conversation, which seems taken out of context as there is no further development.

Although the concept of a teen musical isn't new (Glee, Dirty Dancing) this takes some unique twists that make it stand out. It definitely is relevant to teens/tweens and their families today. Coming out is still something that kids put off, as it is not always accepted by their parents; stories such as this help give kids the confidence to step forward in spite of their fears.

Definitely it has commercial potential. Following the popularity of highly successful films such as High School Musical and coming out soon, In the Heights and Spielberg's reboot of West Side Story, the genre of teen musicals reaches way back. It's the perfect topic for a summer blockbuster! Its greatest strengths are in the topics it addresses, the positive role models, the positive solutions to problems, its humor and use of appropriate language such as a teen today would use. Its greatest weakness really is that there is no way to listen to the music. The reader can appreciate the lyrics, but I would have liked to have been able to listen to the actual music. The structure is pretty good. We have the initial conflict, the escalation of it, the behind-the-scenes reveal and the public reveal.

The main plot follows MVP Josh and Rachel whose friendship is tested when a school bully threatens to expose his secret. Sub-plots involve other kids and their relationships and the character Viper's backstory. Josh's conflict is in feeling anxious about being gay. He hasn't revealed that to his BFF Rachel, his parents, and certainly not the school where he is MVP in football! He finally tells Rachel. Viper overhears him and reveals his "secret" via his blog, denial ensues until he finally has the courage to announce it to the entire school. It is pretty predictable, but handled in a sensitive and believable way. I wasn't surprised at all, but I felt good about how his conflict was resolved.

I give this script 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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SEEING EYE, THE
SEEING EYE, THE - ELIZABETH LEWIS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 6-12
Description - The story is part of a trilogy of short film scripts that include Fishing for Love and Ruthie. The setting is the Laurentians north of Montreal in the summer during the 1950's. The scene is at a small family hotel beside a lake. The story centres on the relationship between a young boy and a blind man. The boy, Stewie, craves attention and discovers that he can have a relationship with the blind man. Mr. Goldfarb has a seeing eye dog , which, in the days before accessibility rights , presents problems.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay, through clever location and dialogue, shows how children that open up to someone with a perceived disability (blindness) can learn and laugh with them. This is shown by the child who asks to see his book in Braille and one who asks the gentleman to "watch' him dive off the pier. By introducing an adult that expresses disapproval of a well-mannered seeing eye dog being in a dining room, contrasts with the children. The children enjoy the dog, so necessary to the man, and actively include their blind older friend into their lives and activities. The script is a short vignette, well written and paced, and could be a short illustrative tool by itself, or placed within a larger screenplay of a family oriented film. I also like that the title does not include the word "dog" as the story itself reveals the "seeing eye" as that of the observer who sees the personalities of all. It's a good metaphor. I give this script 4.5 out of t stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 12 plus adults.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This screenplay, through clever location and dialogue, shows how children that open up to someone with a perceived disability (blindness) can learn and laugh with them. This is shown by the child who asks to see his book in Braille and one who asks the gentleman to "watch' him dive off the pier. By introducing an adult that expresses disapproval of a well-mannered seeing eye dog being in a dining room, contrasts with the children. The children enjoy the dog, so necessary to the man, and actively include their blind older friend into their lives and activities. The script is a short vignette, well written and paced, and could be a short illustrative tool by itself, or placed within a larger screenplay of a family oriented film. I also like that the title does not include the word "dog" as the story itself reveals the "seeing eye" as that of the observer who sees the personalities of all. It's a good metaphor. I give this script 4.5 out of t stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 12 plus adults.
Juror Recommended Age: 6-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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LITTLE RED ROOSTER
LITTLE RED ROOSTER - DIANA SHOYKHET
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A young boy takes on the school bully in an egg-eating competition in order to win back his grandmother's rooster
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This script deserves KIDS FIRST! endorsement and acceptance by the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It addresses the profound effect that nurturing over possessive, jealous encouragement makes on a young child or teenager. The sequence and action have an inevitable ripple effect. When presented with choice, a child cannot help but act out the values of the adult in charge. Perhaps, in this script. Favio Jr. could be made a bit more sympathetic when led off to juvie as his lies are uncovered. He needs a chance. The script opens with an innocent situation with a happy family who possess something unique - a very old rooster named Deborah. Deborah is like gold to an impoverished youngster looking over from another trailer. He steals it and his father approves. He protects his father's illegal egg producing business. Things go downhill. The wrong boy, grandson Patrick, is sentenced to juvie. Patrick uses his wits to make friends and tackle unpleasant tasks. Teamwork is what counts. His rescue comes from his ex-war vet Grandma who, in a blaze of glory executes his escape, but not without the evidence to prove her grandson's innocence to the judge. The rooster is recovered. They celebrate. Father and son go to their respective jails. Fade out.

In this reader's mind there is wondering and hope that Favio Jr. will find some tools with which to change his outlook and approach to the life that awaits him. I give Little Red Roster 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This script deserves KIDS FIRST! endorsement and acceptance by the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It addresses the profound effect that nurturing over possessive, jealous encouragement makes on a young child or teenager. The sequence and action have an inevitable ripple effect. When presented with choice, a child cannot help but act out the values of the adult in charge. Perhaps, in this script. Favio Jr. could be made a bit more sympathetic when led off to juvie as his lies are uncovered. He needs a chance. The script opens with an innocent situation with a happy family who possess something unique - a very old rooster named Deborah. Deborah is like gold to an impoverished youngster looking over from another trailer. He steals it and his father approves. He protects his father's illegal egg producing business. Things go downhill. The wrong boy, grandson Patrick, is sentenced to juvie. Patrick uses his wits to make friends and tackle unpleasant tasks. Teamwork is what counts. His rescue comes from his ex-war vet Grandma who, in a blaze of glory executes his escape, but not without the evidence to prove her grandson's innocence to the judge. The rooster is recovered. They celebrate. Father and son go to their respective jails. Fade out.

In this reader's mind there is wondering and hope that Favio Jr. will find some tools with which to change his outlook and approach to the life that awaits him. I give Little Red Roster 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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211 HOME, THE
211 HOME, THE - JIM HUGGINS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A heartwarming and poignant story, The 211 Home is the story of 13 year old Daniel O'Malley. A young man who loves baseball but hates the gift he just received; a ragged, worn-out old glove from his grandfather. Focused on the embarrassment and ridicule he'll receive from his friends, his frustrations at the unfairness of life are about to explode. ?Set in a crowded airport at the busiest time of year, Daniel begins to learn lessons about what's really important in life from an unlikely duo; a retired union worker and a soon to be retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. ?The question is, will he learn the true lesson about giving before it's too late? ?After all, grandfathers don't live forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The audience is teens that understand how wanting something can shadow their relationship within their family. In this case, a baseball mitt reflects how the young boy looks to others, his measure of worth. The script takes this difficult concept, one which a family might not understand, and looks at it through the eyes and hearts of two characters outside of the family dynamic. This all takes place in an airport. The father arriving, the two new men departing, a friend gets lost. It is a place of activity. Other than one overly lengthy flashback, which, though interesting, should be shorter, thus the script is strong and interesting.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The audience is teens that understand how wanting something can shadow their relationship within their family. In this case, a baseball mitt reflects how the young boy looks to others, his measure of worth. The script takes this difficult concept, one which a family might not understand, and looks at it through the eyes and hearts of two characters outside of the family dynamic. This all takes place in an airport. The father arriving, the two new men departing, a friend gets lost. It is a place of activity. Other than one overly lengthy flashback, which, though interesting, should be shorter, thus the script is strong and interesting.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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DEATH OF A SNOWMAN
DEATH OF A SNOWMAN - DANIEL GUYTON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - A young girl attempts to comprehend her mother's death, with the help of her snowman friend.

Note: Script is in the very early stages of being animated as a personal project and is not attached to any production studio. I am open to collaborating with a production studio, however.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clever script. It's quite good for a short. The curiosity of the child reflects questions we all have asked and continue to ask. The snowman is an appropriate symbol for a teacher. He is wise, listens and is witty, with an edgy sense of humor. The brief escape into imagination, projecting snowmen and angels, is clever as part of their communication. The script is short, well developed as the child questions life and death, essence, heaven and looks at solutions which lie within her as the snowman points out before the fade out. This, if made into a short film - animated, puppetry or with live actors, should be viewed with family. This is a subject that needs to be shared as the questions raised and philosophy given are not easily answered or understood. They should be talked about and this story, with its clean characterizations, dialogue and resolve with the little girl going into the house to hug and be hugged by her father, is a story to be watched together. I recommend this for ages 8 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Clever script. It's quite good for a short. The curiosity of the child reflects questions we all have asked and continue to ask. The snowman is an appropriate symbol for a teacher. He is wise, listens and is witty, with an edgy sense of humor. The brief escape into imagination, projecting snowmen and angels, is clever as part of their communication. The script is short, well developed as the child questions life and death, essence, heaven and looks at solutions which lie within her as the snowman points out before the fade out. This, if made into a short film - animated, puppetry or with live actors, should be viewed with family. This is a subject that needs to be shared as the questions raised and philosophy given are not easily answered or understood. They should be talked about and this story, with its clean characterizations, dialogue and resolve with the little girl going into the house to hug and be hugged by her father, is a story to be watched together. I recommend this for ages 8 to 12 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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FISHING FOR LOVE
FISHING FOR LOVE - ELIZABETH LEWIS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - The story takes place in the summer north of Montreal in the 1950's. Jake is a bully and unruly. He organizes a fishing trip. There are not enough rods for all the boys so he begs Grandpa for his fishing rod. Grandpa gives in reluctantly. They return at dusk. Grandpa's fishing rod was dropped in the lake. Jake promises to get it back. Miraculously, hours later he returns with Grandpa's fishing rod which looks ruined. Jake works all night. Next morning they find Jake asleep on the rug with the perfectly restored fishing rod. In the final scene, gone is the bullying and Jake has become somewhat of a leader.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story has solid potential. The subject is an irresponsible, disrespectful 13-year-old who gains a conscience. Characterization is strong. Father is an often-absent ladies' man; mother a pretty, ineffective woman who believes her son is just a bit large for his age; Grandpa and Grandma are two iconic Jewish figures - one wearing a kippah, the other in a floral dress. I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story has solid potential. The subject is an irresponsible, disrespectful 13-year-old who gains a conscience. Characterization is strong. Father is an often-absent ladies' man; mother a pretty, ineffective woman who believes her son is just a bit large for his age; Grandpa and Grandma are two iconic Jewish figures - one wearing a kippah, the other in a floral dress. Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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OUT OF THE PARK
OUT OF THE PARK - GREGORY BONDS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - After getting hit in the head by a baseball, an awkward little boy wakes up to discover that balls can talk and need his help to find their missing friends.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script is a clever spin on the evils of stealing through the genre of fantasy adventure. The characters, in this case balls of all known sports, like ghosts, become visible and heard by the hero Willie, who is truthful, caring and clever. They form an unlikely team to defeat the burly Russian thieves who steal the sports balls, insert drones and manipulate them to win events. But these balls have energy and their communities which are being torn apart. Willie becomes their hero with the help of his friends and a very aware Grandma Maes. So good hearts prevail; evil doers are captured; new friendships made, if just for that magic moment in time.

I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults, Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The script is a clever spin on the evils of stealing through the genre of fantasy adventure. The characters, in this case balls of all known sports, like ghosts, become visible and heard by the hero Willie, who is truthful, caring and clever. They form an unlikely team to defeat the burly Russian thieves who steal the sports balls, insert drones and manipulate them to win events. But these balls have energy and their communities which are being torn apart. Willie becomes their hero with the help of his friends and a very aware Grandma Maes. So good hearts prevail; evil doers are captured; new friendships made, if just for that magic moment in time.

I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults, Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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OFFSIDE KIDS, THE
OFFSIDE KIDS, THE - JOHN KESTNER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - In the midst of his parents' messy divorce, an aspiring teen soccer prodigy lies his way into a struggling orphanage to put together an unconventional team to win a summer league.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The script addresses children separated from their families through divorce or death and placed in an orphanage or elsewhere. Some feel dumped and alone. The script places a young boy in the fellowship of diverse kids his own age, away from his divorcing parents, and gives him the resources, challenges, conflicts with which he becomes a stronger young man with a deeper respect for being part of a team. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11, KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The script addresses children separated from their families through divorce or death and placed in an orphanage or elsewhere. Some feel dumped and alone. The script places a young boy in the fellowship of diverse kids his own age, away from his divorcing parents, and gives him the resources, challenges, conflicts with which he becomes a stronger young man with a deeper respect for being part of a team. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11, KIDS FIRST!
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CHONKER AND LIL' FRIEND
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!® Adult Jurors say - I give this script 3.5 out of 5 stars. It has potential. Author has written fun characters with a diversity of cultures, in this case animal groups - even a flying squirrel. It is a colorful script and the young cat, Chonker, is very likable as is her vital, talent-driven Lil' Friend. Singing, positive rap lyrics and holding hands all suggest friendship and breaks barriers. Shooting for the stars is a good goal. This script has value which is why I would have liked to believe the Chonker really understands herself and accepted herself in the end. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I give this script 3.5 out of 5 stars. It has potential. Author has written fun characters with a diversity of cultures, in this case animal groups - even a flying squirrel. It is a colorful script and the young cat, Chonker, is very likable as is her vital, talent-driven Lil' Friend. Singing, positive rap lyrics and holding hands all suggest friendship and breaks barriers. Shooting for the stars is a good goal. This script has value which is why I would have liked to believe the Chonker really understands herself and accepted herself in the end. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 4-11 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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PIRATE AND A PRINCESS, A
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!® Adult Jurors say - Good Script. Good sub stories. Believable characters based on pirate lore throughout history. Cinematic opportunity for director to make a rollicking, semi-historic film that contains real values, strategic decision making, vivid sea fights with canons and fire, love, companionship, life paths. Reviewed by Juror #11. Recommended for ages 12 to 18, plus adults.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Good Script. Good sub stories. Believable characters based on pirate lore throughout history. Cinematic opportunity for director to make a rollicking, semi-historic film that contains real values, strategic decision making, vivid sea fights with canons and fire, love, companionship, life paths. Reviewed by Juror #11. Recommended for ages 12 to 18, plus adults.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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