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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.
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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 - 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 - 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
Juror Recommended Age: 3-9 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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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
Juror Recommended Age: 7-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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CASTLE
CASTLE - RACHEL DOMAN
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - Castle follows a young girl, Raegan, struggling with Asperger's Syndrome when she is taken in by her school chess club led by popular Kennedy. An unlikely friendship between the two girls and the game reveals an sanguine alliance between Raegan's unique mind and the game of chess and forces Kennedy to adapt, and thrive, in developing society beyond the basic social dynamics of school and develop a new human connection.

When a devastating meltdown puts their relationship to a heightened test, the bitter truth of reality sets in.

The theme of human connection is imagined through a castle rooted in a heroic fairytale from Raegan's past and evolves an inspiring journey from a childhood dream.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - At first, I wasn't quite sure if young Raegan had Asperger's because there are only a couple of subtle hints. I like that the script really portrays what it may be like to be a girl with Asperger's and how difficult it is to make friends. I like the characters and felt they represented teenagers quite well. It is insightful and may teach an understanding for those on the spectrum. I found the story unique and appropriate for ages 12 through 18. I also liked the descriptive writing style and give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - At first, I wasn't quite sure if young Raegan had Asperger's because there are only a couple of subtle hints. I like that the script really portrays what it may be like to be a girl with Asperger's and how difficult it is to make friends. I like the characters and felt they represented teenagers quite well. It is insightful and may teach an understanding for those on the spectrum. I found the story unique and appropriate for ages 12 through 18. I also liked the descriptive writing style and give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:



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DAWN RIDGE
DAWN RIDGE - ELIZABETH ADAMS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 7-10
Description - DAWN RIDGE explores a young boy's feelings about losing his family home. Wyatt rows up in a special place - a fantastic old western ranch that once hosted hundreds of visitors a day, but is no longer as popular in a world that has forgotten the lure of six-shooters and lassos. Wyatt's ??fascination with the ??abled Lost Adams ??old sends on him on a journey to save the property and remain on the ranch. From bedtime to horse chases, his living?? room becomes the rowdy saloon it was meant to be. DAWN RIDGE rides head-first into the ??feelings of?? loss, ??growth, and love that come with ??getting older.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What is missing are more specific details about why the family of three is moving away from the old west type of town. I did understand that the Mother and Father are most likely not making enough money and are in the red, so to speak. But all I learned is that they are moving somewhere with snow so that will be a new adventure. I like the use of imagination and found the over all dialogue entertaining, but the theme isn't as original as I would like. There is a slight message of being positive about the future but that isn't a strong message either. It is appropriate for ages 7 through 10. I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. Over all, the characters are a strong point but I would like more of a story.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What is missing are more specific details about why the family of three is moving away from the old west type of town. I did understand that the Mother and Father are most likely not making enough money and are in the red, so to speak. But all I learned is that they are moving somewhere with snow so that will be a new adventure. I like the use of imagination and found the over all dialogue entertaining, but the theme isn't as original as I would like. There is a slight message of being positive about the future but that isn't a strong message either. It is appropriate for ages 7 through 10. I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. Over all, the characters are a strong point but I would like more of a story.
Juror Recommended Age: 7-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media:


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SPEED BAG
SPEED BAG - JOSEPH EDWARDS
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 10-18
Description - Speed Bag tells the story through the eyes of a young boy that falls prey to bullying. At the brink of hopelessness, he discovers a mystical speed bag that teaches him an extraordinary skillset. Through the support of his mother, a former boxing coach and the neighborhood grocery store owner he learns that a compassionate heart is more powerful than a clinched fist.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is more than your typical teenage bully drama where good wins over the bad. There's a magical twist to it. The characters are well developed and aren't just a group of undefined teenagers. I really like Mr. Earl and Freddie's Mom and feel they are very positive characters in this story. All of the dialogue is realistic and naturally flows. I like how the conflict is resolved. It is quite appropriate for ages 12 to 18. I give this 4 out of 5 stars because it is engaging and has a message that being a bully really isn't okay and is also refreshing that the bully learns what it is like to be bullied first hand without the story being too violent. Very nicely written.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is more than your typical teenage bully drama where good wins over the bad. There's a magical twist to it. The characters are well developed and aren't just a group of undefined teenagers. I really like Mr. Earl and Freddie's Mom and feel they are very positive characters in this story. All of the dialogue is realistic and naturally flows. I like how the conflict is resolved. It is quite appropriate for ages 12 to 18. I give this 4 out of 5 stars because it is engaging and has a message that being a bully really isn't okay and is also refreshing that the bully learns what it is like to be bullied first hand without the story being too violent. Very nicely written.
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HERE BE DRAGONS
HERE BE DRAGONS - STEVE BRUMWELL
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 12-18
Description - After discovering a mysterious old hermit in an abandoned coal mine, four friends searching for their missing classmate team up with him to fight off the machinations of a local businessman using dark magic to further his sinister ambitions. A young boy who has lost his belief in magic, an old man who has lost his faith in humanity....together they must face down a powerful evil.... When their classmate goes missing, four pre-teen friends set off into the wild countryside outside their remote Welsh village where they stumble into a disused coal mine. Inside they are terrified by the presence of a decrepit old hermit who looks at least a hundred years old and smells like a thousand cigar smokers. They run in fear and soon find themselves lost in the cavernous and obsidian dark of the mine, to their surprise the Old Man finds them and leads them to the exit. They explain about their missing friend but the Old Man has heard or seen nothing of him. He tells the friends he is waiting for something or someone but cannot remember what it is, just that he knows he is supposed to be here right at this moment.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I really enjoyed the story and I have to admit that, besides Harry Potter, I am not big on stories of dragons and warlocks. This was engaging and entertaining and I really like how well the conflict is resolved. The characters are engaging and the dialogue holds your attention, especially the humor. There is also a message of friendship and teamwork and good winning over evil. I give this 3.5 points out of 5 and recommend for ages 12 through 18 years old.
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TROPHY HUNTER
TROPHY HUNTER - BILL JARCHO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A little boy with a BB gun fantasizes of being a big game hunter. Selected: 9th Balne�rio Cambori� International Film Festival; International Film Festival of Larissa
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow, I am such a fan of Sean Burns' work. Kubo and the Two Strings is one of my all-time favorite animated films. It is so brilliant. He is brilliant. Thanks for submitting your short film to our festival. We are honored. This short film tackles a not uncommon situation of a boy with a love for playing with guns. We watch him stalk the wildlife in his own backyard until he finally gets a hit, leaving him unsatisfied and aware of the value of living things. The animation is remarkable in its attention to details and beautiful color palette. The music and sound effects are spot on. The storyline is told without dialog and we get the message loud and clear. My favorite part is when the boy realizes he did wrong by killing the bird. It's heart-breaking. My second favorite part is watching him discard the gun by the tree and seeing the tree grow year by year, season by season. Beautiful piece. 5 out of 5 stars. Recommended for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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KARMA OF BOCCE, THE
KARMA OF BOCCE, THE - DUNCAN PUTNEY
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 8-18
Description - A young boy meets a young girl at a local park. They watch her grandfather and his elderly friends play bocce as she reads the boy a story, his imagination is set free and he watches the heavens move with every toss in the old men's game.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an engaging short with a powerful message about the importance of having an imagination. The characters are very descriptive. I felt as if I could picture them and their dialogue is very real and easy to relate to. I recommend this for ages appropriate for ages 8 to 18 and adults. I can see this on the big screen and I give this 4 stars out of 5. Very well written.
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LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, THE - EPISODE 3
LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, THE - EPISODE 3 - ASH COTTRELL
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - THE LISTIES are odd couple housemates who love to have adventures. Just staying alive can be a fun challenge for them, literally. Recently, Matt was worried he was dying. He thought his bum was broken - there was a crack down the middle. On top of this their landlady, an impossibly high achieving and quick witted eight year old ABERNATHY PEANUTS, won't stop hammering on the door with a list of demands - well it's more a list of DEMAND seeing as there's only one thing on the list: PAY YOUR RENT! The Listies have got bills, bills, bills so they need to get to werk, werk, werk! The only thing is, they're not exactly what you would call employable. In fact they've been fired from literally every proper job they've ever had, (apart from when they were human cannonballs, when they weren't fired, because they didn't fire, so they were fired (if you catch my drift). In every episode of THE LISTIES WORK FOR PEANUTS, Matt and Rich have to get a job to pay their rent to their eight year old landlord, Abernathy Peanuts - and if they don't... they'll be out on their BEEPs!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Where to start. This is episode 3 of a series so you don't quite know the backstory, but it doesn't hamper understanding this clip. It is well produced and quite current in terms of the social media maven/influencer that hires the two goofy guys for her campaign. The topic of replacing poo for chocolate certainly has no socially redeeming value to it, but it is funny and kids would get a kick out to it. It works for kid and family festivals for a bit of comic relief. The camera work is very good. The actors are spot on, especially the "odd couple." Love the visual graphics. Fun. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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SARAH MACDOUGAL MEETS THE GHOST OF BEETHOVEN
SARAH MACDOUGAL MEETS THE GHOST OF BEETHOVEN - KEVIN REEVES
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-14
Description - A disenfranchised girl is bored with life until the ghost of Beethoven appears and sparks a renewed interest in the piano, her friends, and life in general.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet story about a girl and the power of music to inspire. It's fun to see Beethoven portrayed in modern day as a ghost. The music is beautiful! The story is about a young girl reluctantly learning to play Beethoven's music who meets the ghost of Beethoven who befriends her, teaches her how to play better and inspires a love of classical music and adds a spark to her life.

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

It's a sweet story and Sarah's relationship with her friends is nicely portrayed. Also, the music is beautiful and it might inspire some young viewers to take playing piano seriously. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 14. Reviewed by Michael F. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
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CLYDE AND BEAR
CLYDE AND BEAR - ARAM KATZ
Series: SCREENPLAY, AGES 9-18
Description - One was a boy with no friends. The other was a dog, abandoned and forgotten. Together, they built a bond that could never be broken and shared adventures that they would remember for a lifetime.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - At first, I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading about bearlike aliens and when I found out it is a boy's game and use of his imagination, I found the story much more intriguing. The characters are easy to relate to and are a strong point of the screenplay. The bullying seemed a bit over the top at first and then it fit with the story. My favorite characters are Bear and Clyde's mom, but all the characters are engaging. It teaches kids a lesson about bullying and also about friendship. Even with a talking dog it feels very real and, although I would have really liked to know if Bear lives, it still has a very good ending. I give this screenplay 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 through 18. Some adults may even learn something about compassion and friendship. Reviewed by Denise B, KIDS FIRST! Juror
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