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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.
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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.
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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!
Juror Recommended Age: 5-112 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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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.
Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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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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ANIMALL
ANIMALL - JOSEPH DIFRANCESCO
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-16
Description - It's a revolutionary concept. The Animall is a state-of-the-art shopping mall and zoo, brilliantly combined as one. With strong plexiglass barriers, shoppers wander about only inches away from some of the most ferocious predators of our time.-- But then, hiding out following a bout of mischief, a small group of kids finds itself trapped inside long after closing. All night they try on clothes, in-line skate, play paintball, and........tease the animals. Until sunrise, the mall would indeed be their oyster. Only, around midnight, a couple of inept thieves enter through a skylight and inadvertently short out the electrical system. Now the kids, as well as the crooks, are trapped until dawn. And the animals are on the loose.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I didn't know what to expect at first when I read that this was a mall/zoo combo and it surprised me with its unique story line. I give this screenplay 4 points out of 5 because of its entertainment value, its subtle message about seeing someone for who they are and its likeable characters. I especially like that the characters are all quite different. They are a strong part of the story. It flows well, the dialogue is realistic and conflict is resolved. I wasn't surprised that the bad guys didn't win and it is refreshing to see Marty save the day. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I didn't know what to expect at first when I read that this was a mall/zoo combo and it surprised me with its unique story line. I give this screenplay 4 points out of 5 because of its entertainment value, its subtle message about seeing someone for who they are and its likeable characters. I especially like that the characters are all quite different. They are a strong part of the story. It flows well, the dialogue is realistic and conflict is resolved. I wasn't surprised that the bad guys didn't win and it is refreshing to see Marty save the day. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Juror Recommended Age: 8-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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JUNIOR HIGH GENIE
JUNIOR HIGH GENIE - AUDREY HACKETT
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - An 11-year-old girl finds her life remarkably complicated when she finds a jeweled bracelet inhabited by a male teenage genie who won't leave until he grants her three wishes.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Although the beginning and middle of the story are very engaging, the ending leaves much to be desired. The conflict is not quite resolved. However, the ending could lead into another story so it could continue as a series. The characters are quite likable and the dialogue is realistic. It is appropriate for ages 12 through 18. It is entertaining. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by D.B.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Although the beginning and middle of the story are very engaging, the ending leaves much to be desired. The conflict is not quite resolved. However, the ending could lead into another story so it could continue as a series. The characters are quite likable and the dialogue is realistic. It is appropriate for ages 12 through 18. It is entertaining. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by D.B.
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PROOF POSITIVE
PROOF POSITIVE - MONIKA NAIDOO
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - When a tragic accident sends his best friend into a wheelchair and a dangerous, self-destructive tailspin, a desperate high school senior must act fast to prove that there is still a big and beautiful world out there full of places to see and people that care. PROOF POSITIVE is an inspirational drama that proves how much healing power not-so-random acts of kindness can have.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed this teenage drama for many reasons. The characters are realistic and very likable. I can picture them all in my mind because they are described so well. The characters' dialogue is realistic and believable and the entire story flows well. There is quite a lot of conflict and I like how well everything is resolved. It starts out well, the middle is strong and the ending leaves no unanswered questions. Teenagers in today's world could learn about friendship and compassion and be entertained at the same time. I recommend this screenplay for ages 12-18, perhaps older and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed this teenage drama for many reasons. The characters are realistic and very likable. I can picture them all in my mind because they are described so well. The characters' dialogue is realistic and believable and the entire story flows well. There is quite a lot of conflict and I like how well everything is resolved. It starts out well, the middle is strong and the ending leaves no unanswered questions. Teenagers in today's world could learn about friendship and compassion and be entertained at the same time. I recommend this screenplay for ages 12-18, perhaps older and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! juror
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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FIRST DATE, THIRD DATE
FIRST DATE, THIRD DATE - MAC MCSTRAVICK
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - A young football coach from Rocin High School in Texas, saw a beautiful woman at a boat race, just before he fell into the Rocin River. Now, he learns, he must teach Sex Ed. at the high school and finds out that the unknown woman is his community contact for the class.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Accepted! We give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Very good short screenplay. The characters are very likable and the dialogue is realistic. I would like more of the backstory, but the story makes sense and flows well. I recommend for ages 14 through 18 and maybe even young adults. It has a good message that it's okay to not be perfect and it's okay to make mistakes. I would love to see this turned into a film. I think it has merits and could be developed into a feature also. Reviewed by D.B. KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Accepted! We give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Very good short screenplay. The characters are very likable and the dialogue is realistic. I would like more of the backstory, but the story makes sense and flows well. I recommend for ages 14 through 18 and maybe even young adults. It has a good message that it's okay to not be perfect and it's okay to make mistakes. I would love to see this turned into a film. I think it has merits and could be developed into a feature also. Reviewed by D.B. KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer.
Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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MYSTERIOUS TRASHMAN
MYSTERIOUS TRASHMAN - EVAN KIMBALL
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGE 5-18
Description - Kids find an Alien collecting trash, they decide to help it out.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this film because it has a very unique storyline. The youth actors are absolutely adorable. They are Chinese and speak a combination of Mandarin and English. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the kids act with the alien. It's cool that the kids are nice to the aliens, because we usually see the aliens attacking people or vice versa.

This storyline follows four children who run into an alien and wonder why he is digging in the trashcans. We find out that he needs trash to rebuild his spaceship. The kids take off around their neighborhood to find trash and help the alien or "Mysterious Trashman," as they like they call him.

I like that the kids help the alien without hesitation. I have to say that the Alien costume and the spaceship at the end are pretty campy. But, it doesn't detract from telling a good story. Another thing I particularly like is that it is about recycling. At one point the kids have to resort the trash because it hasn't been done right. The sound effects are quite well done. There's a bit when they make rain appear and disappear and that is well done. The child actors stand out the most because this short film is predominately about them and their efforts to help the alien. My favorite character is the alien, Mysterious Trashman.

The message is about the importance of recycling and being kind to others.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 18 plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this film because it has a very unique storyline. The youth actors are absolutely adorable. They are Chinese and speak a combination of Mandarin and English. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the kids act with the alien. It's cool that the kids are nice to the aliens, because we usually see the aliens attacking people or vice versa.

This storyline follows four children who run into an alien and wonder why he is digging in the trashcans. We find out that he needs trash to rebuild his spaceship. The kids take off around their neighborhood to find trash and help the alien or "Mysterious Trashman," as they like they call him.

I like that the kids help the alien without hesitation. I have to say that the Alien costume and the spaceship at the end are pretty campy. But, it doesn't detract from telling a good story. Another thing I particularly like is that it is about recycling. At one point the kids have to resort the trash because it hasn't been done right. The sound effects are quite well done. There's a bit when they make rain appear and disappear and that is well done. The child actors stand out the most because this short film is predominately about them and their efforts to help the alien. My favorite character is the alien, Mysterious Trashman.

The message is about the importance of recycling and being kind to others.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 18 plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer.
Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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SPACE BEARS - THE STARPOWDER SPACE GEM
SPACE BEARS - THE STARPOWDER SPACE GEM - MIKE SCHLEIF
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-9
Description - Best friends Becca and Zoe help an old friend restore life to the Great Slumber Tree.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I think this series could have a big following because it reminds me of famous kid shows, like the Baby Einstein series. The storyline is simple to understand and the 2D animation is cute.

The story follows Becca and Zoe, two friends that help an elderly bear and three little bears find the sleepy fairies so the bears can hibernate easier. I like that the animated bears are different colors so we can easily tell them apart and that the story includes a rocket ship in space. I also like the story that the bears need fairy dust to sleep. The story line is most interesting when the bears are in space helping bears on Earth.

The point of view of the animation includes close-up shots as well as far away shots. It is neat seeing the rocket ship go out of frame in one of the scenes.

I like the pajamas on the little bears and the space gear (especially on the Robot Bear, voiced by Erica Opromollo) is cool. I like that one of the little bears has a yellow blanket with white stars. It is super cute. I like the scene of the elderly bear sitting in his chair with the little bears sitting on a green rug in front of him while there is a fire in the fireplace. It looks cozy to me. The music is upbeat and sets a fun tone to the film. It appears that possible relatives of the director, Mike Schleif make up the voice talent, since Madison Schleif and Julianna Schleif are listed in the credits. The little bears have cute little voices, so I like the voice talent. The animation is strong and simple, so it should translate to the big screen pretty well. The only thing I don't care for is how the bears walk as it is not very realistic. But, other than that, I'm a fan and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The message of the film is about helping others. My favorite character is the brown bear with the blanket (Lilli Mason) because she is so cute. I think her blanket won me over. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 9. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I think this series could have a big following because it reminds me of famous kid shows, like the Baby Einstein series. The storyline is simple to understand and the 2D animation is cute.

The story follows Becca and Zoe, two friends that help an elderly bear and three little bears find the sleepy fairies so the bears can hibernate easier. I like that the animated bears are different colors so we can easily tell them apart and that the story includes a rocket ship in space. I also like the story that the bears need fairy dust to sleep. The story line is most interesting when the bears are in space helping bears on Earth.

The point of view of the animation includes close-up shots as well as far away shots. It is neat seeing the rocket ship go out of frame in one of the scenes.

I like the pajamas on the little bears and the space gear (especially on the Robot Bear, voiced by Erica Opromollo) is cool. I like that one of the little bears has a yellow blanket with white stars. It is super cute. I like the scene of the elderly bear sitting in his chair with the little bears sitting on a green rug in front of him while there is a fire in the fireplace. It looks cozy to me. The music is upbeat and sets a fun tone to the film. It appears that possible relatives of the director, Mike Schleif make up the voice talent, since Madison Schleif and Julianna Schleif are listed in the credits. The little bears have cute little voices, so I like the voice talent. The animation is strong and simple, so it should translate to the big screen pretty well. The only thing I don't care for is how the bears walk as it is not very realistic. But, other than that, I'm a fan and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals.

The message of the film is about helping others. My favorite character is the brown bear with the blanket (Lilli Mason) because she is so cute. I think her blanket won me over. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 9. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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ASTA'S JOURNEY
ASTA'S JOURNEY - FREIA TITLAND
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 7-10
Description - A film steeped in Norse mythology and folklore, Asta's Journey tells the story of a young girl on the eve of her 9th birthday. Asta's wishes come true as she embarks on an adventure through a magical forest in order to save a new friend.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This story is based on a young girl and fairy tales and it is entertaining. I really like the characters and the story flows well. I also like the gentle reminder of when you lose someone special they are not forgotten. I give this 3 stars out of 5 and recommend it for children ages 7 through 10. It is engaging and I like the dialogue. The downside is there just may not be enough adventure to keep some children's interest and it is somewhat predictable. Reviewed by D.B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This story is based on a young girl and fairy tales and it is entertaining. I really like the characters and the story flows well. I also like the gentle reminder of when you lose someone special they are not forgotten. I give this 3 stars out of 5 and recommend it for children ages 7 through 10. It is engaging and I like the dialogue. The downside is there just may not be enough adventure to keep some children's interest and it is somewhat predictable. Reviewed by D.B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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