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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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SECRET LIFE OF BALLS, THE
SECRET LIFE OF BALLS, THE - 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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WINTER WOLVES, THE
WINTER WOLVES, THE - MARK KELLY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - A pack of wolves tell their cubs about their adventurous and sometimes tragic family history, teaching them lessons about life, family and love.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Good script. Well thought out. Multiple characters. Inherent values such as patience, love, compassion, family rules plus the flip side values of anger, revenge, greed, lack of forgiveness. The script has good potential. Wolves have a subconscious appeal to readers throughout literature and film. This script provides a strong story of territory, family and individuality. It also provides interesting background locations, which can be animated or presented in more traditional cinematic methods. Characters are clear and expressive. The script could be played to a younger audience or developed for a more sophisticated older audience. It is close to a documentary, however the strong story form allows the audience to be a part of journey of this particular family of wolves. The pacing moves easily. However it slows down through some of the flashbacks - not all of them. Some of the flashback stories and character introductions could have been presented through a simpler telling by parent wolves to the cubs leaving the more involved and necessary flashbacks the significance they deserve. Story builds to an upbeat ending. The one drawback is the abundance of flashbacks, which breaks the flow of the story. Some, however, are well placed and introduce a sense of family bloodlines and story line. The story does follow the structural sense of a family facing overbearing threats, being forced to venture into other landscapes, and the back in eventual triumph to resettle. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Good script. Well thought out. Multiple characters. Inherent values such as patience, love, compassion, family rules plus the flip side values of anger, revenge, greed, lack of forgiveness. The script has good potential. Wolves have a subconscious appeal to readers throughout literature and film. This script provides a strong story of territory, family and individuality. It also provides interesting background locations, which can be animated or presented in more traditional cinematic methods. Characters are clear and expressive. The script could be played to a younger audience or developed for a more sophisticated older audience. It is close to a documentary, however the strong story form allows the audience to be a part of journey of this particular family of wolves. The pacing moves easily. However it slows down through some of the flashbacks - not all of them. Some of the flashback stories and character introductions could have been presented through a simpler telling by parent wolves to the cubs leaving the more involved and necessary flashbacks the significance they deserve. Story builds to an upbeat ending. The one drawback is the abundance of flashbacks, which breaks the flow of the story. Some, however, are well placed and introduce a sense of family bloodlines and story line. The story does follow the structural sense of a family facing overbearing threats, being forced to venture into other landscapes, and the back in eventual triumph to resettle. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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SASS AND TRAZ SAVE THE LIBRARY
SASS AND TRAZ SAVE THE LIBRARY - MICHELLE WORTHINGTON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - Sassafras and Alcatraz are twins who couldn't be more different, expect for the fact that they love their local library and their mother is best friends with the librarian. They sit in the library while their mother coaches their older brothers football team. The librarian, Ms Burns, tells them the Mayor is going to demolish the library to make way for a car park and there is nothing she can do about it. When Sass goes down to the basement for the packing boxes, she puts her hands on the old library files that hold the Dewey Decimal Cards and something magical happens. She calls the characters of the books to life. The library is helping them to find a way to fight. Can they find the right combination of characters, including the knights, pirates and scientists, to stop the council and save the library?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I gave Sass and Traz Save The Library 4.5 out of 5 stars due to subject matter. It would benefit from a tighter re-write. The script addresses the conflict technology faces in co-existing or destroying places of learning. The script's writing characters out of their cobwebbed and forgotten drawers and making them dimensional experiences is clever. It falls short only in that a temporary halt to the destruction of the library is achieved and no real concrete understanding is achieved. The script is entertaining with the diverse family of a football player and telepathic twins, one of whom is in a wheelchair. The characters are a strength - a charming bee-hived librarian that reads books aloud while their magical characters - pirates, a pirate's brave daughter dressed in pink, King Arthur and Lancelot, Einstein and tiny, crawling dinosaurs. They all pop up within the story to tell their stories, offer solutions and express their love for their home in the sanctuary of the library. A halt to the demolition, though temporary, might indeed happen and as a team, they do their best. I recommend this for ages 8 to 12, plus adult. Reviewed by Juror #11.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I gave Sass and Traz Save The Library 4.5 out of 5 stars due to subject matter. It would benefit from a tighter re-write. The script addresses the conflict technology faces in co-existing or destroying places of learning. The script's writing characters out of their cobwebbed and forgotten drawers and making them dimensional experiences is clever. It falls short only in that a temporary halt to the destruction of the library is achieved and no real concrete understanding is achieved. The script is entertaining with the diverse family of a football player and telepathic twins, one of whom is in a wheelchair. The characters are a strength - a charming bee-hived librarian that reads books aloud while their magical characters - pirates, a pirate's brave daughter dressed in pink, King Arthur and Lancelot, Einstein and tiny, crawling dinosaurs. They all pop up within the story to tell their stories, offer solutions and express their love for their home in the sanctuary of the library. A halt to the demolition, though temporary, might indeed happen and as a team, they do their best. I recommend this for ages 8 to 12, plus adult. Reviewed by Juror #11.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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ZEPHYR HILLS
ZEPHYR HILLS - AUDREY HACKETT
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - After a traumatic accident leaves an awkward, artistic 13-year-old with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, he uses his comic book drawings to help the lost souls find peace, but doing so may unearth a secret about his town no one wants resurrected.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Zepher Hills is immensely intriguing. It has excellent entertainment value with outstanding characters and a compelling storyline. My favorite characters are Xander and Stone, but truthfully all of the characters are well developed and the dialogue for each one fits really well. I couldn't stop reading this and would love to see how the story develops into a series. It is very youth friendly, especially for older kids. I recommend it for ages 12 through 18, plus adults. There is some minor violence, but it is appropriate to the story and not gratuitous in any way. It is suitable as a consequence to the situation. Here is wishing this writer the best of luck. I would love to see this produced. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Juror #10.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Zepher Hills is immensely intriguing. It has excellent entertainment value with outstanding characters and a compelling storyline. My favorite characters are Xander and Stone, but truthfully all of the characters are well developed and the dialogue for each one fits really well. I couldn't stop reading this and would love to see how the story develops into a series. It is very youth friendly, especially for older kids. I recommend it for ages 12 through 18, plus adults. There is some minor violence, but it is appropriate to the story and not gratuitous in any way. It is suitable as a consequence to the situation. Here is wishing this writer the best of luck. I would love to see this produced. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Juror #10.
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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MY PAL ROSS: HOW I MET ROSS
MY PAL ROSS: HOW I MET ROSS - CATON BERRY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-10
Description - Jeffrey is a young boy on the autism spectrum who seeks comfort and understanding of the world through his new best friend, a terrier puppy named Ross.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - My Pal Ross as a script that addresses a young boy's isolation, heightened by his being on the Autism Spectrum. The background of the physical elements - an absent father, too busy a mother, coldness of fellow students - needs to be better developed so the audience is aware of the autistic child's world. The script shows intelligence and creativity in the writer's awareness that a sense of magic and art can help ease the extreme hurt of a child and allow her to understand that it is Okay to feel that, but that she has it within herself to rise above. This script could, with more attention, be a very useful tool. Also, animating it might heighten the storyline. I recommend this for ages 5-10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #11
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - My Pal Ross as a script that addresses a young boy's isolation, heightened by his being on the Autism Spectrum. The background of the physical elements - an absent father, too busy a mother, coldness of fellow students - needs to be better developed so the audience is aware of the autistic child's world. The script shows intelligence and creativity in the writer's awareness that a sense of magic and art can help ease the extreme hurt of a child and allow her to understand that it is Okay to feel that, but that she has it within herself to rise above. This script could, with more attention, be a very useful tool. Also, animating it might heighten the storyline. I recommend this for ages 5-10 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #11
Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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YOUNG BOY
YOUNG BOY - PANGAEA PRODUCTIONS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - One day, Franklin Young, being raised in the backwoods of Louisiana and struggling with his mother's illness and strained relationship with his father, has a mystical encounter in the woods; trying to convince his best friend of the mysterious event, and dealing with school and his family, this encounter alters life as he knows it and teaches him some valuable lessons along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Young Boy takes the issue of death in a young person's life, in this case a 12-yr-old boy's mother, with whom his love is obvious. By giving the audience the world of a tree house, traditionally a secret place, the story has an escapist touch. It offers a place to go and feel, to think, exchange ideas. The script develops these parallel stories well. The idea that life goes on, bullies in school keep trying, dreams can be real, and belief in self are all core issues. The screenplay is not preachy. It lends itself to blending fantasy and day to day life. The story tackles two boyhood friends that play chess and write, which alone are unique. Because they are shown as intelligent, funny, contemporary and resourceful, the boys are not wimpy or soft. The script is intelligent, clever and insightful. The ending, when he wishes for his mom's strength, is natural and one hopes that indeed, it will happen. The key in the story is perhaps a little clich�, yet it is symbolic and the author's vision and an upbeat resolution to the story. Reviewed by Juror #10, KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Young Boy takes the issue of death in a young person's life, in this case a 12-yr-old boy's mother, with whom his love is obvious. By giving the audience the world of a tree house, traditionally a secret place, the story has an escapist touch. It offers a place to go and feel, to think, exchange ideas. The script develops these parallel stories well. The idea that life goes on, bullies in school keep trying, dreams can be real, and belief in self are all core issues. The screenplay is not preachy. It lends itself to blending fantasy and day to day life. The story tackles two boyhood friends that play chess and write, which alone are unique. Because they are shown as intelligent, funny, contemporary and resourceful, the boys are not wimpy or soft. The script is intelligent, clever and insightful. The ending, when he wishes for his mom's strength, is natural and one hopes that indeed, it will happen. The key in the story is perhaps a little clich�, yet it is symbolic and the author's vision and an upbeat resolution to the story. Reviewed by Juror #10, KIDS FIRST!
Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CHARLIE SURFER
CHARLIE SURFER - FENOMEN TV, FILM & SCENE AS
Series: FOREIGN DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10 - 18
Description - Charlie is 10 years old and diagnosed with Asperger's. He is proud of his diagnosis but sometimes he wishes he could be more like the other boys in his class. Feeling different makes him feel left out at times. Because of his Asperger's Charlie struggles with team sports. But he has found two things he loves to do, surfing and dancing. We follow Charlie through ups and downs at this years surf camp. Freom Norway, in English, filmed in Ireland.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really liked the documentary Charlie Surfer because it shows that you can accomplish anything, no matter the conditions, when you put your mind to it. Charlie was diagnosed with autism, but leads a very normal life. He has a goal to be able to floss while surfing before his summer camp ends. He tries over and over again and never gives up, despite his many failures.

Charlie is a ten-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome. He attends a summer camp for surfing and has an objective to floss while on the surf board. Charlie practices many times and fails many times, but he pushes through. Charlie looks on the bright side of things and tries to forget about the bad.

I like seeing the encouragement his family provides to Charlie and how his little sisters are right by his side. The scenes when Charlie is surfing are very impressive. I also loves how the camera sinks into the ocean when Charlie falls because it is like the viewer sinks with him. I love the beach location; it is super beautiful and the whole short film wraps around Charlie learning to surf in the ocean. The background music in this short film helps put a smile on your face as you watch Charlie grow at surfing. The director, Pia Str�mme, really captures Charlie and his family well. She not only targets Charlie at surf camp, but also reveals some of his life at home with his family. My favorite part of this film is when one of Charlie's surfer instructors tells him to focus on the fun of surfing and not the pain of when you get hurt.

The message of the film is to never give up, no matter how many times you fall.

I give Charlie Surfer 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 15, plus adults. This short film gives a really important message and is inspiring. Reviewed by Winter F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - really liked the documentary Charlie Surfer because it shows that you can accomplish anything, no matter the conditions, when you put your mind to it. Charlie was diagnosed with autism, but leads a very normal life. He has a goal to be able to floss while surfing before his summer camp ends. He tries over and over again and never gives up, despite his many failures.

Charlie is a ten-year-old boy with Asperger's syndrome. He attends a summer camp for surfing and has an objective to floss while on the surf board. Charlie practices many times and fails many times, but he pushes through. Charlie looks on the bright side of things and tries to forget about the bad.

I like seeing the encouragement his family provides to Charlie and how his little sisters are right by his side. The scenes when Charlie is surfing are very impressive. I also loves how the camera sinks into the ocean when Charlie falls because it is like the viewer sinks with him. I love the beach location; it is super beautiful and the whole short film wraps around Charlie learning to surf in the ocean. The background music in this short film helps put a smile on your face as you watch Charlie grow at surfing. The director, Pia Str�mme, really captures Charlie and his family well. She not only targets Charlie at surf camp, but also reveals some of his life at home with his family. My favorite part of this film is when one of Charlie's surfer instructors tells him to focus on the fun of surfing and not the pain of when you get hurt.

The message of the film is to never give up, no matter how many times you fall.

I give Charlie Surfer 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 15, plus adults. This short film gives a really important message and is inspiring. Reviewed by Winter F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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KATE AND AVA
KATE AND AVA - AIKO HILKINGER
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-12
Description - Two young girls solve problems created by magical creatures only they can see
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Kate and Ava is an adventure/fantasy. It is a journey into learning how to cope, learn from one another and listen. It is well written. Author introduces reader to strong characters and their development lends to future episode. Author has a strong visual sense of locations, sets, color and language. She uses a solid mix of humor with wisdom; age old wisdom of good battling evil. The final comment by the younger Kate that 'the coolest part...we actually found a way to help people. And Creatures too' indicates more episode of lessons and adventure as these two clever girls and their pink bunny are called back into the other worldly forest to solve problems which exist no matter the realm. Reviewed by Juror #11. KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Kate and Ava is an adventure/fantasy. It is a journey into learning how to cope, learn from one another and listen. It is well written. Author introduces reader to strong characters and their development lends to future episode. Author has a strong visual sense of locations, sets, color and language. She uses a solid mix of humor with wisdom; age old wisdom of good battling evil. The final comment by the younger Kate that 'the coolest part...we actually found a way to help people. And Creatures too' indicates more episode of lessons and adventure as these two clever girls and their pink bunny are called back into the other worldly forest to solve problems which exist no matter the realm. Reviewed by Juror #11. KIDS FIRST!
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QUIET MOUSE
QUIET MOUSE - JOHN DICKSON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-12
Description - With the help of his loyal but mischievous best friend, an introspective and sensitive nine-year-old with selective mutism struggles to find his voice in a world where he is constantly misunderstood and overlooked.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Quiet Mouse has a lot of potential as a series. It is engaging and the characters likeable. Even more than that, it shows how students with special needs can be treated at home and at school. It is east to understand and relate to and has conflict and resolution. There are some likable characters and some not-so-likable characters, but they all fit a purpose in the story. I recommend this for ages 8 through 12, but it could easily appeal to kids slightly younger or older. I also like how the dialogue fits the characters and I enjoyed reading it. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! juror #12.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Quiet Mouse has a lot of potential as a series. It is engaging and the characters likeable. Even more than that, it shows how students with special needs can be treated at home and at school. It is east to understand and relate to and has conflict and resolution. There are some likable characters and some not-so-likable characters, but they all fit a purpose in the story. I recommend this for ages 8 through 12, but it could easily appeal to kids slightly younger or older. I also like how the dialogue fits the characters and I enjoyed reading it. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! juror #12.
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PIRATE AND A PRINCESS, A
PIRATE AND A PRINCESS, A - MARK KELLY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
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 - This screenplay is entertaining and engaging. I like how well it flows from beginning to ending and that the characters are solid and well developed. The main benefit is entertainment and it is loaded with action, drama and a subtle romance. The dialogue is also a strong aspect and it fits well with the theme. I can picture this one on a big screen with some amazing captivating ocean scenes. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10-18. Reviewed by Juror #11
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WINTER WOLVES, THE
WINTER WOLVES, THE - MARK KELLY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - A pack of wolves tell their cubs about their adventurous and sometimes tragic family story, teaching them lessons about life, family and love.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Congratulations! Accepted. This screenplay has a great story line and many strengths, including excellent character development, believable dialogue and a great theme. It flows well from the beginning to ending. I especially like that the ending does not leave the viewer with any unanswered questions. It is entertaining and also teaches lessons about teamwork and friendship. I would love to see this on a big screen as a family film and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! reviewer #11.
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STRONG SURVIVE, THE
STRONG SURVIVE, THE - RICHARD BROOKS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - After the sudden death of their mother, a 12-year-old boy and his sister have to move in with their estranged father and readjust to their new life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Strong Survive has an excellent storyline, concept and believable characters. There are many strengths and few weaknesses, other than the topic itself, which is heavy. It deals with delicate issues such as addiction and death, yet approaches them in a realistic way that is truthful and engaging. The story flow well and even the minor characters play an important role in the story. It is engaging and also teaches important lessons. It also enhances an older child's understanding of the world. I recommend The Strong Survive for ages 10 through 18, plus adults. Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Juror #10.
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EL CAPITAN & TOBY: THE RESCUE
EL CAPITAN & TOBY: THE RESCUE - RAIN STORY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-18
Description - A super-smooth Chihuahua finds an unlikely friendship with a clumsy Cocker Spaniel who saves him from an animal shelter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this screenplay for two reasons. The first is that it teaches that a dog or pet is not a temporary pet and that animals need to be given a fair chance. The second that it is entertaining, especially the squirrel characters. I love how they help save the day at the end. Although the theme isn't completely original, it has a lot of originality. It flows well and the conflict is resolved in a logical fashion. I give this screenplay 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 through 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11.
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JUVENILE DREAMERS, THE
JUVENILE DREAMERS, THE - JUSTIN FOREMAN
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 5-18
Description - Sometimes the dreams of our parents are passed down through generations in peculiar ways.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This script is refreshing and entertaining. I like that it is fun but also has a wonderful message for children to use their imagination and not give up on their dreams. I also like that the ending is not what I was expecting and that makes it refreshing. I recommend this for ages 5 though 18, plus adults and it 4 out of 5 stars. Nicely written! Well paced.
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VELCRO
VELCRO - JASON CHERTOFF
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 13-18
Description - It's 2030, a decade after a novel virus killed millions of Americans. Much like after any crisis, students are learning about the past in order to prepare for the future. Under the tutelage of fourth grade teacher Fritz Jackal an important lesson is being imparted to young minds about the downfall brought about by ignorance and the need to question authority.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This screenplay is relevant to current times, especially with the pandemic and the President we currently have in the USA. Although, the President in this screenplay has a different name, there are similarities. The characters are a real strength and the flow and pace are another. It does not drag and all conflicts are resolved. It is entertaining, but the biggest benefit is the message that the younger generation can make a stand and make a difference. This really shines throughout the screenplay. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 through 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Juror #11
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BILLTOWN
BILLTOWN - KENNETH R. FRANK
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - After his mother's death leads him and his father to move from New York City to Williamsport, PA, Gus O'Malley finds himself in the middle of an unlikely championship run that brings the host city's team to the finals of the Little League World Series.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this screenplay, even though I was a bit skeptical when the little league baseball theme was introduced. But, I was pleasantly surprise and found it to be much more than just entertaining. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is real and east to relate to. There is conflict between the Dad and his 12-year-old son, although it is subtle and it is resolved at the end. I also like the lesson about teamwork. The story flows easily and it is appropriate for ages 8 through 18 and even adults could learn something from it. I give Billtown 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #9.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed this screenplay, even though I was a bit skeptical when the little league baseball theme was introduced. But, I was pleasantly surprise and found it to be much more than just entertaining. The characters are well developed and the dialogue is real and east to relate to. There is conflict between the Dad and his 12-year-old son, although it is subtle and it is resolved at the end. I also like the lesson about teamwork. The story flows easily and it is appropriate for ages 8 through 18 and even adults could learn something from it. I give Billtown 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Juror #9.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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MESTENGO
MESTENGO - THERESA ANNE CAREY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - Conscripted to serve as a stable boy on a Spanish galleon bound for America, a young orphan's life is forever changed when he befriends a wild Mustang and they must join forces to survive in this high-seas adventure based on the true origins of the wild mustangs of the American Southwest.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful story, beautiful told. Antonio is the hero of this tale, aided by the stallion Mestengo. This would make a simply wonderful film as it is filled with adventure, from the opening scene to the end. From the beginning with a young man in a Catholic orphanage who just doesn't seem to fit in and is bartered off to a ship sailing to the New World. The visuals are well described. The dialogue quite intense and likely. The pace excellent. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful story, beautiful told. Antonio is the hero of this tale, aided by the stallion Mestengo. This would make a simply wonderful film as it is filled with adventure, from the opening scene to the end. From the beginning with a young man in a Catholic orphanage who just doesn't seem to fit in and is bartered off to a ship sailing to the New World. The visuals are well described. The dialogue quite intense and likely. The pace excellent. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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MOSES' PRAYER FOR EASTER, A
MOSES' PRAYER FOR EASTER, A - ROBERT HARMON
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-16
Description - On Easter Weekend, two girls pray "A Moses Prayer" for God to change their Dad's heart and let their family go to church on Sunday.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I give this 3.5 stars out of 5. At first, I believed this was purely entertaining and I really liked the characters. As the story unfolds I discovered that there are subtle lessons about having morals, faith and putting family first. The characters and dialogue are strengths and I can imagine it produced, playing on the big screen, although it would do best around the Easter holiday. It flows well and the content is accurate. I also really like how it ends. I recommend this for ages 8 through 15, and perhaps older.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I give this 3.5 stars out of 5. At first, I believed this was purely entertaining and I really liked the characters. As the story unfolds I discovered that there are subtle lessons about having morals, faith and putting family first. The characters and dialogue are strengths and I can imagine it produced, playing on the big screen, although it would do best around the Easter holiday. It flows well and the content is accurate. I also really like how it ends. I recommend this for ages 8 through 15, and perhaps older.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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