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HERE BE DRAGONS
HERE BE DRAGONS - STEVE BRUMWELL
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - After discovering a mysterious old hermit in an abandoned coal mine, four friends searching for their missing classmate team up with him to fight off the machinations of a local businessman using dark magic to further his sinister ambitions. A young boy who has lost his belief in magic, an old man who has lost his faith in humanity....together they must face down a powerful evil.... When their classmate goes missing, four pre-teen friends set off into the wild countryside outside their remote Welsh village where they stumble into a disused coal mine. Inside they are terrified by the presence of a decrepit old hermit who looks at least a hundred years old and smells like a thousand cigar smokers. They run in fear and soon find themselves lost in the cavernous and obsidian dark of the mine, to their surprise the Old Man finds them and leads them to the exit. They explain about their missing friend but the Old Man has heard or seen nothing of him. He tells the friends he is waiting for something or someone but cannot remember what it is, just that he knows he is supposed to be here right at this moment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed the story and I have to admit that, besides Harry Potter, I am not big on stories of dragons and warlocks. This was engaging and entertaining and I really like how well the conflict is resolved. The characters are engaging and the dialogue holds your attention, especially the humor. There is also a message of friendship and teamwork and good winning over evil. I give this 3.5 points out of 5 and recommend for ages 12 through 18 years old.
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TROPHY HUNTER
TROPHY HUNTER - BILL JARCHO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A little boy with a BB gun fantasizes of being a big game hunter. Selected: 9th Balne�rio Cambori� International Film Festival; International Film Festival of Larissa
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow, I am such a fan of Sean Burns' work. Kubo and the Two Strings is one of my all-time favorite animated films. It is so brilliant. He is brilliant. Thanks for submitting your short film to our festival. We are honored. This short film tackles a not uncommon situation of a boy with a love for playing with guns. We watch him stalk the wildlife in his own backyard until he finally gets a hit, leaving him unsatisfied and aware of the value of living things. The animation is remarkable in its attention to details and beautiful color palette. The music and sound effects are spot on. The storyline is told without dialog and we get the message loud and clear. My favorite part is when the boy realizes he did wrong by killing the bird. It's heart-breaking. My second favorite part is watching him discard the gun by the tree and seeing the tree grow year by year, season by season. Beautiful piece. 5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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KARMA OF BOCCE, THE
KARMA OF BOCCE, THE - DUNCAN PUTNEY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - A young boy meets a young girl at a local park. They watch her grandfather and his elderly friends play bocce as she reads the boy a story, his imagination is set free and he watches the heavens move with every toss in the old men's game.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an engaging short with a powerful message about the importance of having an imagination. The characters are very descriptive. I felt as if I could picture them and their dialogue is very real and easy to relate to. I recommend this for ages appropriate for ages 8 to 18 and adults. I can see this on the big screen and I give this 4 stars out of 5. Very well written.
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LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, THE - EPISODE 3
LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, THE - EPISODE 3 - ASH COTTRELL
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - THE LISTIES are odd couple housemates who love to have adventures. Just staying alive can be a fun challenge for them, literally. Recently, Matt was worried he was dying. He thought his bum was broken - there was a crack down the middle. On top of this their landlady, an impossibly high achieving and quick witted eight year old ABERNATHY PEANUTS, won't stop hammering on the door with a list of demands - well it's more a list of DEMAND seeing as there's only one thing on the list: PAY YOUR RENT! The Listies have got bills, bills, bills so they need to get to werk, werk, werk! The only thing is, they're not exactly what you would call employable. In fact they've been fired from literally every proper job they've ever had, (apart from when they were human cannonballs, when they weren't fired, because they didn't fire, so they were fired (if you catch my drift). In every episode of THE LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, Matt and Rich have to get a job to pay their rent to their eight year old landlord, Abernathy Peanuts - and if they don't... they'll be out on their BEEPs!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Where to start. This is episode 3 of a series so you don't quite know the backstory, but it doesn't hamper understanding this clip. It is well produced and quite current in terms of the social media maven/influencer that hires the two goofy guys for her campaign. The topic of replacing poo for chocolate certainly has no socially redeeming value to it, but it is funny and kids would get a kick out to it. It works for kid and family festivals for a bit of comic relief. The camera work is very good. The actors are spot on, especially the "odd couple." Love the visual graphics. Fun. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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SARAH MACDOUGAL MEETS THE GHOST OF BEETHOVEN
SARAH MACDOUGAL MEETS THE GHOST OF BEETHOVEN - KEVIN REEVES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-14
Description - A disenfranchised girl is bored with life until the ghost of Beethoven appears and sparks a renewed interest in the piano, her friends, and life in general.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet story about a girl and the power of music to inspire. It's fun to see Beethoven portrayed in modern day as a ghost. The music is beautiful! The story is about a young girl reluctantly learning to play Beethoven's music who meets the ghost of Beethoven who befriends her, teaches her how to play better and inspires a love of classical music and adds a spark to her life.

The story is a bit predictable and the pace is a bit slow. However, the photography and color palate are very pleasing. A scene where Sarah plays the Moonlight Sonata in front of an audience is particularly well shot. The modern day dress for the girl works fine and Beethoven's attire seems true to his time. The sets are varied, from the home to school to an auditorium to outside in a park, all very pleasing. The music is very well-played and definitely drives the story, given that it is essential to the plot. The ghost appears and disappears and the visual effects are fine although subdued. The two main actors playing Sarah and Beethoven perform quite well. Tere are some nice scenes with Sarah and her friends who want her to play soccer with them instead of practice the piano, but by the end they come to appreciate her talent. The production design is very good. Visually the film would look fine on a big screen, but its short-comings, such as slow pacing, may be more apparent than on a TV screen or computer. The message of the film is about being open to new experiences and you might become inspired. Good friends will stick by you even if you need to spend time on something other than them. I particularly enjoyed learning details about Beethoven, such as that his Moonlight Sonata was named by someone after he died and not by Beethoven himself and that, in anger, he once threw an unwanted entree at a waiter! My favorite part is when Beethoven tells Sarah he wants to rewrite a section of his famous Moonlight Sonata.

It's a sweet story and Sarah's relationship with her friends is nicely portrayed. Also, the music is beautiful and it might inspire some young viewers to take playing piano seriously. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Michael F. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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CLYDE AND BEAR
CLYDE AND BEAR - ARAM KATZ
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 9-18
Description - One was a boy with no friends. The other was a dog, abandoned and forgotten. Together, they built a bond that could never be broken and shared adventures that they would remember for a lifetime.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - At first, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading about bearlike aliens and when I found out it is a boy's game and use of his imagination, I found the story much more intriguing. The characters are easy to relate to and are a strong point of the screenplay. The bullying seemed a bit over the top at first and then it fit with the story. My favorite characters are Bear and Clyde's mom, but all the characters are engaging. It teaches kids a lesson about bullying and also about friendship. Even with a talking dog it feels very real and, although I would have really liked to know if Bear lives, it still has a very good ending. I give this screenplay 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 through 18. Some adults may even learn something about compassion and friendship. Reviewed by Denise B, KIDS FIRST! Juror
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L'HARMONIE DE LA VIE
L'HARMONIE DE LA VIE - PHILIP MARCOCCIO
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - PAR Avion AIRMAIL, a teachers intuition, kindred spirits, and true love . The harmony of life at work in the lives of two children.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet, simple short that is about friendship and love. I liked that it starts at present day and then goes back to 1965 when the two main characters are only 8 years old. It is an appropriate love story for ages 8 through adult. Its main benefit is entertainment but it also teaches about love, hope and friendship. It made me smile and I like the characters and their dialogue and how well the story flowed. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 8 through 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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BECOMING LANA LIU
BECOMING LANA LIU - DAVID J SCHROEDER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - Lana Liu, disguised as a boy, enters a Chinese martial arts academy, only to be discovered. She fights to support her grandmother, and begin her journey to the home of her father, the USA.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a short screenplay about a teenage girl who, as Shi Fu says, "will go far." I really enjoyed the characters and the dialogue is engaging and believable. It is most suited for teenagers and young adults. It is entertaining and it teaches an important lesson. I give it 3.5 out of 5 points and look forward to seeing even more about Lana Liu. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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RUPERT BECOMES
RUPERT BECOMES - DAVID J SCHROEDER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A pink Irish ogre, RUBERT, discovers his origin and creators in an animation studio.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Rubert is a pink ogre who sports a bowler hat and dances through the forest. Although he seems a bit dazed and confused, he learns a lesson about existentialism. I found the characters quite likable, although I admit my prejudice to being a big butterfly fan. I recommend this for teenagers and college students as it would be a great introduction to learning about free will and this philosophy concept. I think it would be best shown in a classroom setting but that may just be the teacher in me. I found this original and engaging and rank it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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FLYBOY
FLYBOY - TREVOR LAWRENCE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - In the vile orphanages of the 1940s there flourishes a monthly flying class whose devious design is to keep overcrowded children docile by toying with the imagination. The program is a rousing success until one child does the unthinkable, and sparks a revolution.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This script has an original theme and is inspirational with its message of hope. Its greatest strength is the message of hope and a happy ending. It flows well especially from the middle to the ending. The weakness is that it took me more than a few pages to get into it and understand exactly what was going on and I feel that this may be the case with many people. The characters are well developed and the story flows quite well, especially from the middle to the end. There are very few punctuation, grammatical or spelling mistakes. I found the theme interesting. I recommend for ages 12 though 18. This script has it all, from conflict to bad to good to friendship. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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OGGLESWOG THE DRAGON
OGGLESWOG THE DRAGON - MONIQUE AMADO
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-18
Description - An isolated and wingless dragon is transformed through his friendship with a brave and compassionate young girl.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wasn't sure what to expect with a fantasy story about a talking dragon and I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are very likable and easy to relate to. The story is quite solid and flows well. It is quite entertaining and has some very important moral lessons that most children in today's world need to learn, especially about judging others and that violence is not always the answer. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 8 through 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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DOOR, THE
DOOR, THE - ROBERT COX
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 9-18
Description - Carl is an eleven year old with serious health problems. He has a brain tumor that he is being treated for, but the loss of hair and the fear the other children in his class have of him has made his life even more miserable. The constant teasing and shunning he receives makes him dread going to school. His mother and he have moved in with his grandfather when his Carl's own father deserts them, after telling his wife and son that he can't deal with the strain of caring for a sick child. At his chemo treatment, he meets Evan, a boy about his age who has leukemia and is also undergoing chemo. They begin a friendship that make their illnesses easier to bear and makes even the problems Carl has had in school easier to take. Evan's friendship with Carl has a benefit as well. Carl, with a little help from his grandfather, coaxes Michael, Evan's father, into allowing Evan to go trick or treating., something he has never done. This clears the way for a relaxing of the over protectiveness Michael has shown in the past. Carl's grandfather passes away, and soon afterward, a door begins to appear in Carl's room, pushing out of the wall, a door only he is able to see. Carl's grandfather spoke earlier to him of how dying was like opening a door between one room and another and Carl is convinced that his grandfather is waiting for him on the other side of that door, but there is also the fear that it is only a manifestation of his illness. As Carl's health declines, Evan, who is also losing the struggle with his own illness, confesses to Carl that since he has only his father for family, that when he dies there will be no one waiting for him and that that the thought of being alone frightens him. Carl promises that he will not leave Evan alone, calming his friend's fears. Seeing that the door is fully formed and thinking that he doesn't have much time left, Carl begs his mother for a favor; a drive around town to look at the Christmas lights. Michael, who has become an important part of the family, bundles Carl up and carries him to the car. The four of them drive around, looking at the lights, Evan excited by the sights and Carl knowing that he may be for seeing them for the last time. Then, late one night, the door opens.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed reading this script because it was realistic and it flows really well. The characters are a real strength in the script and I could really picture every single character. I like that it takes some really tough subjects like death, cancer and a parent abandoning his wife and child when times get tough and actually is not just sad but empowering and positive. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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CONCERT, THE
CONCERT, THE - STEVEN PROWSE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A group of kids try to prove their grandfathers' innocence of the largest theft of artwork in history. A small budget project that has already won four screenplay competitions last year.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Greatest strengths are the story line and the tween characters. The dialogue is pretty believable. The setting in Boston is appropriate. It's a cross between Goonies and Oceans 11, with tween heroes and contemporary twists. The kids use their technology to do research and track down the culprits in the story, making it very contemporary. They play detective in an effort to clear their grandfather's good name. 8 of 10 points. The screenplay makes a lot of sense until it comes to a conclusion on page 64 but then circles back to recount the last portion of the story, almost play by play. That does not make sense. We already come to a conclusion and then it's recapped. A bit of that might make sense but not to the degree shown here. Kenzie is the strongest character both as leader of the "band of 5" and the granddaughter of Harry Miller. The other kids are pretty well developed though none stands out as much as Kenzie does. Herne the cop is fairly well developed but the others don't stand out much. Kenzie's wit and good nature are well played and Herne is the brute of her jokes at times. In terms of pro-social modeling, Kenzie exemplifies her love of family in wanting to clear her grandfather's name. She is also a positive role model when dealing with her peers in the "band of 5." Again, it is Kenzie's lead to investigate and solve the mystery of the missing artwork as well as the scholarship funds. She is relentless. The ending is horribly messy. It ends at page 64 and then starts back in again. It's almost as if the writer forgot to delete that version of events. I didn't see any glaring grammar or spelling errors. I do have some issues with mild profanity (Damned, pg. 30) and inappropriate language for youth (I needed that. Was it good for you too.) (wife having an affair with their accountant). Just unnecessary in a script geared for a youth audience. YES - Meets or exceeds the KF criteria, is appealing and engaging. For the most part, I found this screenplay well thought out and well written. I could easily visualize it transformed into a film on the big screen. The characters are engaging and interesting. They storyline is appealing. The shortcomings are some mild profanity, inappropriate language with sexual references and an awkward ending. If those are fixed, I would give it a higher score. As it is now, I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and accept it for KIDS FIRST!
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PLACE OF THE GODS,THE
PLACE OF THE GODS,THE - STEPHAN VINCENT BENET
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - Considered to be forbidden by the villagers, main character Surreal is guided by her instincts and regardless sets out on her own to discover "The Place of the Gods." Once there, she comes across significant realizations.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I rate this 3 out of 5 points, because it lacks a strong storyline and substance. Although it is based on a short story by Stephan Vincent Benet, not everyone has read this story. I am not sure if all teenagers will get what's going on here and it is most suitable for teens. Recommended age: 12-18 It lacks a strong story line and focus. Although I get the main point, I don't easily picture it on the big screen. It is an interesting read but feels that it needs more of a story line. From the stand point of a script, I feel as if I was reading a book or essay, not a screenplay because there are so many descriptive words of what is going on. Stronger dialogue would help a lot. The target audience is for older teens and adults, since it is after the world is pretty much destroyed. The storyline needs further development. It lacks strong direction and sort of fizzles out without taking us anywhere. I rate this 3 points because the storyline needs more work. It shows how the protagonist realizes that the Presidents were human, not Gods. But it also insinuates that they were not intelligent and I had a hard time with this reasoning. Presidents such as Lincoln and Washington were not Gods, only men. I don't think the theme is strong enough. There should be more of a main point. I give this 10 points out of 25, because the storyline is not a strong and lacks development. I could see this developing into something very interesting, but as it is we just get a glimpse of one scene. I would like to see the writer develop this into a full length script. The characters lack depth. The main character, SURREAL is the strongest and although the other characters are minor, I would like to see them more developed. I didn't really feel like I got to know or understand them. I rate this aspect with 6 points. This is where it is really lacking. I give this 6 points. I don't feel that it gives children a real understanding of the world, especially with the focus of how Presidents were before the apocalypse. There is a lesson, but it is not strong. The story line really needs more development. Surreal seems to think that life in her day is much more intelligent, but, I don't see how SURREAL really proves that in the script. I wouldn't say that the script encourages questioning or probing. It could, with more development. It is suitable for the intended age group. The storyline needs more substance and a reason for its purpose. I would like to see a stronger focus and I would to see teenagers curious about the purpose of the story. There are not too many grammar and spelling mistakes. Qualified yes. Meets KIDS FIRST! criteria. Needs more work. It's possible that if I read the short story this script is based on, I might better appreciate the adaptation. However, a screenplay should stand on its own and not require the reader or viewer (once produced) to go back to the original source material. I accept this with the caveat that this is a good start, but needs further development. As it is, I do not find the story line strong enough. The main character is likable, but I the minor characters lack development as does the entire story line. It's a good start.
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MONSTER COMMANDOS
MONSTER COMMANDOS - JERMAINE JONES
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 13-=18
Description - Five pre-teens use SWAT Team tactics to stop monsters from invading their neighborhood. The Spirit of Fear is an evil spirit from the Land of Torment who cruelly conquered the peaceful world of Meerkaworld - the land of the Meerkats. After seizing their Earthworld Portal Key, he opened up the portal from the Monsterworld to Planet Earth to launch his monsters upon the planet to terrorize children. But in the process of opening the portal, the portal key was swooped in and lost on Earth. The Spirit of Fear feeds off children's fear in order to grow bigger and more powerful everyday until he himself can enter Earth and be able to put fear into all of Earth's people. Several of the Meerkats were able to escape his reign into Earth where the Meerkats' alpha male leader formed a five member team to stall the Spirit of Fear's scheme until the Earthworld Key is found...the Monster Commandos
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started reading this. I understood that it was about a team called Monster Commandos and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it's about a group of teens. The story line is creative and flows well. The development of the characters shines through. The characters are my favorite part of the script. It is entertaining and treads lightly on family issues such as abuse and divorce. I would have liked to see more of a resolution between Justin and his abusive Mom, but in reality there isn't always a happy ending. I give this 3 out of 5 stars recommend it for ages 13 though 18. Happy to give this a KIDS FIRST! endorsement. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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TRUE FAIRY TALE OF THE MYTHICAL SUPERHERO,THE
TRUE FAIRY TALE OF THE MYTHICAL SUPERHERO,THE - LEANN BARNA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - Princess Lillian, the daughter of a cowardly king, must shed her fear as she searches for her lost knight that was snatched by a dragon. Fog Rider, a mediocre superhero, hunts for his magical orb that can destroy both of their worlds before the evil witch can discover its power. The two unlikely allies learn to work together to achieve their goals. But their secrets and lies create unexpected twists as they battle exceptional creatures, like spider-snakes and a deadly, foul-smelling unicorn.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I recommend this script. My favorite aspect are the characters. I like that Princess Lillian is a strong girl role model and Fog Rider is much more than expected. The story line flows well, is unusual and refreshing. I give this 21 points out of 25; recommend it for ages 10 through 18. The characters are solid. I like that most of the conflict is solved and there is a happy ending. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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ARIZONA SUNRISE
ARIZONA SUNRISE - JOHN MARTINS 3RD
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - In present-day Arizona, with the help of his basketball coach, a teenage boy overcomes his parents' separation, and, death of his best friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this screenplay. It meets and exceeds the KIDS FIRST! criteria, is appealing and engaging. At first I wasn't sure where this story was heading. I knew there was a death of a fellow basketball student and that Brandon was the main character and he was very likable. I had no idea how the story would develop. It develops quite well, dealing with two heavy topics in an appropriate manner. It addresses the theme of an addicted family member and one about a pointless death. I love the characters, especially Brandon who deals with a personal conflict. I also like Coach Alvarez and feel that his behavior as a teacher and coach make a difference with his students. He is a great role model. They storyline is very engaging, flows well and the themes are presented in the best of ways and resolved. The dialogue feels quite natural and believable. As a parent of a teenage myself, I can actually picture the young teens having these discussions and it seems very realistic. I can imagine this on the big screen. It has the right combination of a compelling storyline, believable characters and themes that are relatable to today's youth and families. I also like that it is positive, uplifting and inspirational, even with the student's death. It is well thought out and well written. The conflict and resolution may not stare you in the face, but are definitely there. For example, when Brandon needs to decide about forgiving. The characters and the dialogue are the strongest aspects of the screenplay. Not every character is likable, but not every character is supposed to be. The ones I like the most are the likable ones, but the two troubled teens in jail are also well done and important to the overall story. There is an entertainment aspect to this screenplay and there are also lessons about learning to forgive and of letting go and moving on. The theme of addiction in a family and death of a friend are both covered very well and in a realistic way. This film may stimulate teenagers to discuss these two topics, since many of them are not only aware of both issues, but may have experienced one or the other, or both - especially that of an addicted family member. The topic is very appropriate for today's teens and families. I found the content very accurate and very limited spelling or grammar mistakes. Very well written. I recommend this for teenagers as well as adults. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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HARROWING WEEK WITH GRANDMA, A
HARROWING WEEK WITH GRANDMA, A - LISA DOAN
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - A law and order kid spends a week with his outlaw Grandma. After Grandma commits an outlandish felony, Andrew Crandall has to decide which is more important - rules or family?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The overall story is a bit unbelievable and quirky and that is part of its appeal. The characters are likable and the story flows well. I like that it has humor and is engaging yet there is a subtle message about family and giving second chances. I recommend this for teenagers and adults as well and would rate this 4 stars out of 5 and recommend it for ages 12 to 18. It is quirky, different and interesting. In an unique way it teaches that family members can learn to love each other or at least tolerate each other and deserve second chances. One of the greatest strengths is that the story is different and has humor. The characters are quite well done and I even found myself liking Grandma and although I am glad she's not my Grandma, the character really adds to this story. I would have liked to have more detail in exact location in the very beginning of the story but over all, it was quite well done. I do think that teenagers will find it fun to watch. Grandma is not your typical Grandma and she actually is a bit twisted but I actually felt more compassion towards this character as I continued to read and I think that viewers would feel the same way. Also, I think a lot can be done with the scenes when Andrew and his friend stay with Grandma. it is a fun story that has entertaining value. The plot is engaging and has a few twists. The characters are quite well done and it flows well. There is a bit of conflict between the characters because Grandma was a bad Mom to her son (the Dad in the story) and I felt the resolution was not over the top but that it ended well and was resolved. it is entertaining yet there is a subtle message about family and giving family members another chance even if they don't completely change. I think this is a valuable lesson for teenagers to learn and although most teenagers won't have Grandmas like this one it may make them appreciate their grandparents or see the in a different light.
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LASER RACERS
LASER RACERS - JENNIFER COOTS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - Emmi, excited to join a youth racing team, finds herself immersed in the futuristic game and in life's unexpected struggles. With the support of her teammates, she finds that friendship can carry you through your toughest challenges.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a great story with lots of potential. It flows well and the characters are extremely well developed. I like how it is more than just a story about skate racing. It teaches about compassion and even has a couple of scenes that made me tear up. It is engaging and I think that it would be fun to see the actually skate racing on the big screen. I loved the characters especially Jet and Starcaster but their team mates were also quite intriguing. The only weakness is that there are a few grammar and spelling mistakes but they can be easily fixed and I do highly recommend this script. I would give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. Accepted! Reviewed by D.B.
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CAPTAIN REDLOCKS
CAPTAIN REDLOCKS - KEVIN KRAFT
Series: SCREENPLAY
Description - HOLLY STEPHENSON, 17, is the daughter of starship CMDR. RICHARD STEPHENSON, with whom she has been undertaking the loving labor of fully restoring an archaic spaceship, Bradbury, which they hope to enter in a space show in a year's time. But on the eve of her 18th birthday, alien invaders, slave drivers, possessing superior weapons, appear just outside our space and abducts the crew of the IDS Victorious--including Holly's father. All Coalition efforts to neutralize this new threat are easily thwarted, the sleek, STATE-OF-THE-ART ships vulnerable to the Vammorian technology. With bold, and perhaps foolish, determination, Holly commandeers an obsolete starship called Bradbury, which seems more suitable for a museum than battle, and, along with her brother and her snarky CPS personal computer named Cyprus, she sets off in pursuit of her father around the galaxy. Adding to the struggle is this: the neural transmitter both daughter and father had implanted within their brains, since recalled due to adverse effects to the bearers, are all that link them over the light-years. Will Holly find and rescue her dad before succumbing to the increasingly deleterious effects? Or will her raw determination be enough from keeping Bradbury fighting long enough to find and rescue her father and deliver a crippling blow to the hostile invaders she races to engage?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The story line could be more engaging with maybe a few twists and unpredictable scenes. It is overly predictable. There are quite a few grammar mistakes especially with the misuse of your and you're. That being said I give this a Qualified Yes and, with changes could rate higher. I like the characters and they are a strength in the script and I love that the main character who pretty much is the hero in the story is a female. I think that is a real positive in the script. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12.
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MOMO: AN INSPIRTAIONAL THRILLER
MOMO: AN INSPIRTAIONAL THRILLER - KEVIN KRAFT
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 9-18
Description - In the wake of his father's death, Mark Taylor thinks he and his son, Evan need some quality time together. He is certain that a weekend at the family cabin in the Missouri woodland presents the perfect opportunity and will strengthen their bond. But as darkness falls, their stay becomes a terrifying fight for survival against a savage night creature straight out of the annals of cryptozoology, with little more than faith, desperate courage and a single cabin door providing their only means of defense. With Mark badly injured, dawn too far away, their generator running out of power, and no means of calling for help, they are ultimately left with a single heart-rending option that might let one of them survive to see another day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - MOMO is a thriller and that is what makes it entertaining. The story flows well and the characters are well developed and I liked the dialogue between the Dad and his son. There is meaningful dialogue about being who you are and not changing fro someone else. There is also a happy ending and I liked that the main characters didn't die. I recommend for tweens and teenagers ages 9 through 18 and I would give this an over all score of 20 points out of 25.m Reviewed by DB., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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INWORLDER
INWORLDER - KEVIN KRAFT
Series: SCREENPLAY FOR AGES 12-18
Description - RON PETERSON works for the enigmatic Halley-Byrd Institute. Several months after his wife leaves him and his adopted daughter subsequently runs away, he is give a case which involves two young adults who have been admitted into the hospital with injuries sustained in a cave-in at a construction site--found inside a heretofore hidden cave! Ron reports to the hospital where he is introduced to a girl, who looks to be of Native American descent, dressed in suede and leather, but whose clothing appears to have electronic components sewn within. The other youth, a boy, dies in the next room, his injuries too severe. After a briefing with hospital administrators, whose cooperative history with the Institute goes back some time, Ron visits the girl, now conscious, in her hospital room. While she speaks a Native American tongue, and no translator is available, Ron manages to bridge the communication gap enough to learn her name is ELIYSO. Eliyso bridges the gap significantly when powerful hunters, BALOS and WILANA, toting futuristic weapons storm the hospital in search of the slave girl, and the only way she can communicate the danger imminent is by initiating a telepathic link--a "joining" with Ron, which allows them both to speak either of their languages. After barely evading capture, and cut off from his supervisor, Ron learns from Ellie that she hails from a subterranean civilization. She knows she must journey "west" to the only safe haven for her What's more, the "joining" is more than telepathic in nature; it is symbiotic. And with each passing moment, the bond between Ron and continues to grow in strength. Can Ron get Eliyso where she needs to be, before the "topworld" sun hastens her demise or Balos and Wilana catch up with them to drag her in chains back into the depths?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this script because the story line is well developed as are the characters. It has entertainment value and I believe that teenagers will enjoy the action and that it is unpredictable. I rate this 20 points out of 25 and recommend it for ages 12 through 18 years old. I like that there is slight humor and that it flows well.
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RIDIN ON DUKE'S TRAIN
RIDIN ON DUKE'S TRAIN - IMAGERY FILM, LTD
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - This film is set in 1939, on the cusp of World War II. It follows a young African-American orphan boy (Danny) who narrowly escapes a KKK lynching and then literally stumbles upon bandleader Duke Ellington's private rail cars, is discovered as a stowaway, and is "adopted" by Ellington and the members of his band. Danny's adventures with the Ellington family lead to his eventual achievements in life as an adult.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am impressed with how engaging this story is. My favorite aspect are the characters and how it shows a time in the 30s when jazz was popular and also gives a glimpse of how whites treated blacks. It isn't overly violent and is primarily a positive story. The dialogue is extremely believable and it flows well from beginning to end. Recommended.
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VERY BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER!, THE
VERY BEST CHRISTMAS TREE EVER!, THE - MARK STEPHENS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 3-8
Description - Zoey wants to be the very best Christmas tree in the whole wide world, but the holiday season isn't going anything like she'd planned. Before Christmas Day comes and goes, Zoey needs to be adopted by people whose love will bring to her the most rare of all Christmas magic! A half-hour animated Christmas special for children ages 5 to 105
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed this holiday script that addresses not giving up and also shows a view of Christmas with a non-materialistic view and shows the special family bond of a family that is homeless. This is definitely a feel good move and appropriate for young children and would be a great family friendly movie. I rate this 4 stars out of 5 stars because I really enjoyed the characters and their dialogue as well as the unique story line. The scenes are very detailed and I could see this as a beloved annual holiday TV movie. I recommend for ages 3 to 8 and their families.
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FROGSPAWN CODE, THE
FROGSPAWN CODE, THE - CHRISTOPHER SANSONE
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - Milton Riggles, age 14, nerd, loser, president of the Frog Club becomes involved in a life and death situation when his science teacher and mentor disappears and weird sightings of humanoid frogs jumping around the neighborhood. Milton and his side-kick Jenny begin to focus on the Frogspawn Laboratory Industry. When our undaunted duo begin their investigation they encounter the evil Doctor Prince, head of Research and Experimentation at the Frogspawn Corporation headquarters. A villain ready to cash in on gene splicing with a miracle drug that can change the course of human evolution and the coming of global warming. Now Milton and Jenny are in a nail-biting situation to stop the sinister Doctor Prince from turning the world into evil huphibians. Sometimes evolution makes a giant leap, sometimes it just takes a hop.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A definite yes. This is an interesting and engaging story and the characters are a very strong part of the screenplay. There are a couple of subtle messages for teens about not judging others too quickly and getting to know them, but most of its value is entertainment. The story flows well and there is conflict and resolution with a good ending. It is a bit predictable, but I think it would be well received by teenagers. (mine enjoyed the story) Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror. Recommended for ages 12 to 18. Ranked 4 out of 5 stars.
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FEARLESS AND FLUFFY
FEARLESS AND FLUFFY - DILPREET KAUR WALIA
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - The friendly Grim Reaper Junior is not a chip off the old block, leaving his dad open to being hoodwinked by the evil Birthday Candlewicks.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screen play is not what I expected and I mean that in a good way! The ones I thought would be bad are the good guys and the ones I thought would be good...are bad. This is a refreshing change! I really like the imagination and creativity of the characters and the story line and could see this as a movie that tweens and teens would enjoy. I recommend it for ages 8 through 18. I also like that it is entertaining but has a message about not changing for others and being yourself. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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