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FANGIRLS
FANGIRLS - 0
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-15
Description - Two 'fangirls' sing about their obsession with a particular YouTuber with a hilarious surprise twist at the end.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a fun and cute short film that would play well at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Although the storyline does not have a lot of depth to it, the girls in the film make up for that. Their voices are incredible and make the film heartwarming and fun. The most appealing thing I about Fangirls is the sing by Trinity Rose and Samantha Gangal. They both have beautiful voices and deserve to be recognized. It is such a warm film that girls will enjoy watching and somewhat relate too.

I believe many teenage boys and girls will relate to this film, due to how common fan-girling is! Everyone loves to fawn over their favorite celebrity or idol, so making something like that into a short film, is a great way to show the world what fan-girling really is.

I recommend this for ages 8 to 15, and parent might enjoy it as well. I rate this 4 out of 5 stars for a talented cast and relatable message. I think it will play well at film festivals because of the wonderful singing. Reviewed by Imani B and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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DREAM CATCHER
DREAM CATCHER - RYAN ADKINS
Series: SHORT AGES 5-8
Description - Six-year-old Dorian Hubble escapes his loneliness into the fluid, watercolor World of Dreams with the help of a magical dream catcher and a little imagination. As he journeys through the fantastical world, he finds strength and happiness in this enchanted land filled with creatures both big and small. Dorian returns to his bedroom confident in himself and his dreams, unsure of whether or not his surreal adventure really happened.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully animated short with a message of encouragement and creativity. Love the background music and the song at the end. The animation is smooth. I love the soft, muted pastel colors. The story is one that kids can all relate to. Who has never felt a sense of loneliness? Anyone can relate to this young boy discovering his creativity in his dream world. Or, is it a dream? This is exactly the type of content we look for at KIDS FIRST! I wholeheartedly recommend this for ages 5-8, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TEAM MEOWSA
TEAM MEOWSA - DIANA LEE WOODY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 7-18
Description - Lily is a fiercely dedicated cathlete who made her Olympic debut in the 2018 Pyeongmeow Olympics, competing in the Feather Jump Competition for Team MeowSA. This short documentary traces Lily's journey from rescue kitten with her new sibling Kevin to her dreams of Olympic gold. Her Feather Jump is not to be missed! So curl up in a cozy chair, get a saucer of your favorite milk, and hold onto your whiskers!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cat lovers, this one is for you! This delightful short spoof might be just the thing to toss into your programming to bring laughter and light! I think it's completely charming and everyone, including dog people will get a kick out of it. The commentary is strictly hysterical, drawing upon what I surmise to have been way too many hours on the part of the screenwriter of Olympic competition viewing. The slow motion portion is particularly well narrated. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, including adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GNANAM
GNANAM - VASANTHA CINE CREATIONS
Series: FEATURE 8-18
Description - Two Children born in same day, one in rich family named Gagan and other one in a poor family named Swami. Where as Gagan is a special child and Swamy is born intelligent. Narrators perspective is special child's poses special power, whereas Gagan has a special ability to connect people through stars while looking at sky and listens to thier mind voice. We Dedicate this movie to those great parents.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film confirms how challenging parenting can be! The graphic image of traveling a random path through the starry universe symbolizes the many choices a parent and child must make in a lifetime. It exemplifies that we don't always know exactly where we are going or where we'll end up, but it will be an adventure. Kids need unconditional love. Whether they are gifted or handicapped, all kids need positive reinforcement and someone who believes in them, as well as teaches them. The music includes some very dramatic instrumentals which give the film a lively pulse at times. There is also some very soothing music that helps make the expectant mother feel better. The cinematography highlights some beautiful, lush countryside and bright sunrises and sunsets. It is very appropriate how the camera angle turns everything that the handicapped boy sees in an upside-down perspective. My favorite part is when the young magician tells the intelligent boy, "If you are good at something, don't do it for free." This advice could set the boy on a path of prosperity. The message is to appreciate all the good that your parents have done for you and, in turn, show kindness towards others. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 16, as well as adults. It would make an excellent addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Critic
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Runtime: 92 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GSLV MARK3
GSLV MARK3 - HARISH GOKUL
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8 TO 18
Description - GSLV Mark3 is a two point of view narration told from a girl and also the ISRO team who wants to launch their GSLV mark 3 satellite into the space. There is a beautiful connect between girl and rocket which is about to launch.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this student produced documentary quite intriguing. I wanted to know what a GSLV Mark 3 is and discovered that it is a satellite. The storyline is about dreams coming to light. I found it interesting to learn about India launching a satellite so their internet service is up to par with the rest of the world. The storyline is pretty straightforward and sensible and the film is very easy to watch. I love the little girl who is clearly interested in aerospace. We see here playing with a toy rocket that her dad takes away from her. She imagines it as a real life rocket launching into space. There is deep joy when she rescues the rocket after her dad tosses it away and the next thing we see is an image of her as an astronaut! Who knows what dreams become reality. Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian origin in space. This film appears to be the first of a series about Indians who have ventured into space or pursued a career in space. It's well produced with good visuals, audio and appropriate vocabulary. The location appears to be typical of a working class neighborhood in India. The footage of the space shuttle voyage from India draws the viewer in immediately. The location of the recycling pickup area is pivotal to the storyline. This has an inspiring message about realizing your dreams. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. The dialogue is in Hindi with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BALANCE
BALANCE - RAYMOND LIMANTARA
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 4-8
Description - Balance is a 2D animated short film about a boy and a girl fighting for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create goes out of control. They then realise the only way out is to work together and strive for coexistence.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animated, non narrative film has a wonderful message, but most importantly is a delight to watch. The filmmaker portrays a genuine love for his characters whose styles differ greatly until they reach a compromise. It's fun to watch them execute their painting squabble and see all the colors explode all over the place. I believe younger kids would love it and get the message as well. I recommend it for ages 4-8, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MUSIC BOX, THE
MUSIC BOX, THE - JOE CHANG
Series: SHORTS
Description - The Great Chinese Cultural Revolution was a political campaign in China launched and led by Mao Zedong from 1966 to 1976. Nearly ten million people, including outstanding scientists, artists, intellectuals and ordinary people, died during these "Ten Years of Turnmoil" or "Ten Years of Holocaust." This animated short film is based on a real story and sets in China during the Cultural Revolution in 1967, It is about a young boy Liang Liang, whose family is suddenly taken to the countryside by Red Guards. He is able to grab the only thing he treasures which is a western style music box, and is careful not to expose it to the red guards since it was linked to western culture. The film mirrors tragedies that befall children and families who are forced to leave their homes, due to war, colonization and political campaigns - unfortunately a situation which is all too common today.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This exquisitely animated short expresses such chaos and fear. These emotions, brought on by war and many political campaigns, are made perfectly clear in this film about the Great Chinese Cultural Revolution. It shows the scary plight of refugees from the point of view of children. A family is forcibly removed from their home in China by the Red Guard soldiers. The young boy hangs on to his treasured music box, a symbol of Western culture of which the Chinese government is strongly opposed. The animation is beautifully created. The images reflect the Chinese culture with images of people in traditional garb, landscapes and group settings. It includes some dark, shadowy, mysterious scenes which convey the sense of danger and tragedy in this story. The plume of curling red smoke turning into a devilish visage is one of the cool special effects. This is a non-narrative film where the story is told by the images themselves, enhanced by suitable background music. My favorite part is watching a pair of dancing pandas dancing, signifying a simpler, happier time for the boy and his family. I also enjoyed seeing the image of a piano slowly morphing into a white dove. This really is a film that belongs to be seen and is well suited for a film festival environment. It could easily generate some poignant conversation about the Chinese Revolution and current day political situations as well. Truly, this is one of most beautiful animated shorts I have seen in a while. It's not all happy and frolicking though. It does deliver an important message and reflects on society. The message is that music can be a universal messenger of peace in the world. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 16, as well as adults. Reviewed by Jeff M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PLAYDATE (2019)
PLAYDATE (2019) - MATT AARON KRINSKY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A Boy and a Girl find themselves stuck on a playground with no electronic devices and must rediscover how to play using their imaginations.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this short film enjoyable because it tackles a current social issue of how much technology has taken over our lives, not just for adults but for young children as well. The live action film features two young kids, a boy and a girl, who find themselves on a playground trying to entertain themselves while their parents are in a meeting, without their electronic devices. It's a classic struggle of modern day kids who don't know how to play without their devices. As the storyline develops, the kids turn a cordoned off gazebo into a space ship and actually begin having fun - fun without electronic assistance. The talent is quite adorable. The black girl and the Caucasian boy contrast each other in looks and temperament, to some degree. Yet, they find common ground in the end. The playground set is bright and colorful. The background music is a bit contrite at times, although I enjoyed hearing the opening bars to 2001: A Space Odyssey and the music under the credits is delightful. I think this would make a great discussion starter at a film festival. It's well produced with excellent visuals and audio. It would appeal to ages 8 to 12, as well as adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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STORY TIME!
STORY TIME! - JEROMINE ADER
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - This is a collection of beautiful tales - both forgotten wonders and original stories. The series has been designed to pass on these narratives and to open children's minds to other cultures. Set to beautiful music, each episode takes us on a new journey. With the magic words "Once upon a time..." the wonderment begins and the mischievous storyteller brings to life a cast of extraordinary characters from around the world. This endearing and amusing series is suitable for preschoolers and the whole family. From France.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful. This is exactly the type of programming that resonates with us for inclusion in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Beautifully animated and wonderfully inspiring storyline. The story revolves around the loss of the seasons and a young Native boy who goes out to find the Bear that controls the seasons. His journey is difficult but he perseveres, finding assistance from many along the way. He eventually has to wander into the dream world to find the Bear. This is one episodes from a longer series and I would love to see more from this series. The animation is lovely - bright, simple and mindful of portraying the culture accurately. The background music adds much to the story, without being obtrusive. The storyline is classic Native storytelling and one worth passing down to generations. I highly recommend it, giving it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, as well as adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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KONRAD & PAUL
KONRAD & PAUL - SARAH SCHILL
Series: SHORT AGES 10-18
Description - Paul, an outsider in his class, meets Konrad, a tramp who shows him, that true freedom means being able to choose who you want to be. Even if that means to give a bold guy a decent haircut. From Germany, in German with sub-titles
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a quietly provocative short film that sort of creeps up on you as it unfolds. In the beginning, we watch a young boy cutting his own hair and we're not sure what his situation is. Then, he runs away and the demeaning worlds of his peers echo in his head. He settles on a park bench where tears fill his eyes. A homeless man appears, sits next to him and shares pages of his notebook with the boy. It holds mementos from all around the world. The boy is intrigued and sees this way of life as appealing. He asks to go with him but the tramp tells him it's not all roses and sunshine; it's hard. He asks the boy to cut his hair like the boy's. The resulting hair cut is wild. Now, they both have wild haircuts as they go their separate ways. I like that the films has these layers of mystique. We don't know what the background if of either the boy or the old man. We do see that neither of them fit in exactly, and yet, they are finding their own happiness. The location in the woods seems suiting to their encounter. It's a random, out of the way place, removed from the rest of the world. The camera work is well executed with interesting angles. The costumes are suited to the storyline, nothing too outrageous. Both the boy and the tramp are quite ordinarily dressed. The audio is well done. I especially enjoyed the music at the end. You should know that the dialogue is in German with English Sub-titles. I recommend this to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival because it's thought provocative and perhaps gives insight into another culture. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 16. Reviewed by Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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EAGLE FEATHER
EAGLE FEATHER - PASQUALE ENCELL
Series: FEATURE FILM, AGES 8-18
Description - Eagle Feather is an animated, feature length, family friendly story about Elizabeth, a young American Indian girl, and her single father as they journey into the wilderness early one morning to search for her first ceremonial eagle feather. On their way home father and daughter find a wounded eagle and in an effort to rescue the large bird take it to their family friend and local game warden. He informs our heroes that there have been a string of eagle shootings and that no one has any idea who the culprit may be or why it is happening. Knowing that Elizabeth's family's spirit animal is the eagle and that they still practice many of the old ways the game warden asks her father if he may know a way to help. Her dad does know a way but it will not be easy. Using all but forgotten Native American lore and shamanism the father and daughter begin a race against time that takes them deep into the wilds of the northwestern United States. Along the way her father and other elders teach Elizabeth about her people's ways and culture. Eagle Feather is a fun combination of drama, adventure, comedy and action that is based entirely on real events and the background music that plays continuously throughout is ancient ceremonial songs that were sung and recorded just for this film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I highly recommend this remarkable film, which sensitively portrays Native Americans and their respect for nature and living things. The pace is slow and intentional. It may not be for everyone, but for those who want something more thoughtful than traditional fast paced box office hits, this offers an authentic look into another culture. The story revolves around a Native American family whose spirit animal is the eagle. It begins with a young girl being taken by her father into the forest to find an eagle feature for herself. In the midst of doing that, they come upon an injured eagle that they take to her uncle for healing. While there, they learn about eagle shootings that have been going on and the uncle asks if they can help. It's not an easy passage to follow but they do, using a combination of tradition and experience to find the culprit. The animation is not full range animation so, if you're expecting a Disney level production, this is not it. However, it is completely suitable in telling this story and works quite well. On top of that, the background music that plays throughout is traditional Native music which was recorded just for this film. The voice over talent is excellent. May only concern might be about the audio levels which, even when I boosted them, were a bit low. The message this film delivers is about living in harmony with nature and it's creatures. It's one that Native Americans exemplify and is shared throughout this film. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 14. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 65 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MOKO THE YOUNG EXPLORER
MOKO THE YOUNG EXPLORER - JEROMINE ADER
Series: ANIMATED FEATURE, AGES 4-15, EPISODIC
Description - Moko is a young boy full of curiosity and gifted with a generous imagination. His one and great challenge is to discover the globe in its every corner. Thus, he travels through the African, the Asian, the European and both American continents. He is a true adventurer who loves to meet new people, deal with new situations and feel new emotions. He is both fascinated and scared by all the natural phenomenon surrounding him: stars, rainbows, tornados, seasons... At the end of the episode, a 1-minute segment provides children with the concrete explanation of the encountered phenomenon and an answer to Moko's question.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short is quite charming. I love its shadow style of animation, which reminds me of Indonesian shadow puppets. The storyline is one that kids will relate to - exploring the world we live in. We watch Moko and his friend paddling their boat across the sea, diving in and swimming among the fish and marine life. The animation under the sea is brilliantly colored and makes you want to jump right in and join them. In addition to Moko's fantasy journey, at the end we learn facts about marine life, from coral to fish. I really enjoy the narrator's voice, which is strong yet calming. And, the musical accompaniment at the end is upbeat and fun. This was entered as an episodic so I presume there will be additional shorts from the series, which would be most welcomed. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GIFT OF THE RED FERN, THE
GIFT OF THE RED FERN, THE - ROBYN HARTMAN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-16
Description - This film is based on the true story of how one teacher's act of kindness changed a lonely boy's life. Now a District Attorney in South Carolina, Kevin Brackett, Esq, narrates the letter he sent to his teacher in 2017, sharing the events she set in motion with her caring gesture. Kevin begins his first day of 5th grade at Kenwood Elementary. He is 10-years-old and this is his fifth elementary school. A child of the military, he is always the new kid, shunned, lonely and friendless. His Air Force captain father was transferred from Colorado to Eglin Air Force Base, FL, so his family had to move once again. In Florida Kevin experiences his first hurricane, and then finds a compassionate and loving teacher in Mrs. McSheehy, who takes Kevin under her wing. An entertaining teacher, Mrs. McSheehy's boundless enthusiasm for literature is contagious, and a passion for reading sparks in Kevin's heart. She reads "Where the Red Fern Grows" to the class, and he imagines himself as the main character Billy, running and wrestling with two adorable, rambunctious puppies. But sadly, after only a few months at Kenwood, Kevin's parents buy a house in another school district, and he has to leave Mrs. McSheehy's class. Both are heartbroken. After Kevin has gone on to his 6th elementary school, Mrs. McSheehy is inspired to reach out to him with a thoughtful act of kindness, which brings joy into his life in a way she never could have imagined. Until now. This movie highlights: Children of the Military; the Unsung Heroes who also make sacrifices for our country. Shunning, and how it is just another form of Bullying. How the Right book can ignite a passion in your heart for Reading, and change the course of your Life. How Puppies can brighten anyone's day!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this documentary film and I think others will love it too. It is really outstanding and shows how one person's kindness affects another in such a meaningful way. The story is about a kid, Kevin Bracket and the influence that his 5th grade teacher made on his life. Kevin narrates the letter he sent to Mrs. McSheehy who takes Kevin under her wing when he lands in her class after a tumultuous round of moving from school to school, as a child of a military dad. It's a story about a kid who grows up and becomes a man and thanks to Mrs. McSheehy's kindnesses, it impacted his life in a huge way. Kindness should never be underestimated. What is most appealing about this film is seeing how the boy has to readjust to a new lifestyle each time. He attended 6 different schools in 3 states and 2 countries during that time. It shows how one teacher made such a huge impact on his life. The film is beautifully shot, with re-enactments of children the age that Kevin was at the time the incident took place. It flows well, makes sense and inspires at a deep level. The filmmaker is Mrs. McSheehy's daughter who read Kevin's letter and felt compelled to create a film out of it, not just for her mother but for teachers everywhere who haven't received a letter but have contributed to the lives of the many children they have worked with over the years. The production quality is excellent and the topic is certainly one that kids and adults can relate to, whether or not you have lived the military life. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 16, as well as adults. Reviewed by Sev'n F. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LAPS-AN ANTI-BULLYING SHORT FILM
LAPS-AN ANTI-BULLYING SHORT FILM - IAN LANG
Series: SHORT AGES 8-18
Description - "LAPS" is an Anti-Bullying Short Film centering around a talented young swimmer who is being bullied by some older boys on his team when they recognize his talent. Out of jealousy, the older boys antagonize him until he can't take it anymore. When he finally gets the chance to exact his revenge, he begins to think twice about the consequences of his actions and if it will really put an end to the difficult situation. A heartfelt and honest tale of a boy overcoming adversity, LAPS is a film that families and children of all ages can enjoy.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This non-narrative short film says so much in the expressions and actions of the children. When the protagonist, a young boy, outswims the antagonist, we see the terrible bullying behavior of him and his friends as they antagonize the kid. From tossing his dry clothes into the shower to locking him in a locker and tripping him in the locker room they mistreat him at every opportunity. This is how bullies behave and we see it in its stark and despicable reality. Things escalate until the coach finally catches them red-handed and marches them off. A handshake changes things and we see that friendship is possible, if we only give it a chance. Well written, shot, directed and acted. Stay for the outtakes during the credits. They'll bring a smile to your face. Recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 8 to 18 and rank it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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IN THE LAND OF MOONSTONES
IN THE LAND OF MOONSTONES - NICOLA ROSE
Series: SHORT AGES 12-18
Description - A young girl looks back on an extraordinary time in her life -- winter vacation the year she was eleven, when she went to visit her beloved Russian grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. But it wasn't just any ordinary vacation. That was the winter she fell in love for the first time, with an extraordinary boy just her age. Now, some time later, she remembers the joys and sorrows that followed. Told in live-action and animated drawings, this film is an ode to intergenerational friendships, memories, and the first loves that never really leave us
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I'm quite fond of this charming short because it touches so delicately on first love, coming of age, an affectionate grandmother and The Little Prince. It's woven together so sweetly as a memoir to a turning point in this young woman's youth. The story is a reflection by a young woman on a winter vacation when she visits her Russian grandmother in Brighton Beach, meets a young man who becomes her first love and breaks away from her ordinary life in Westchester where nothing ever happens. It's well shot with excellent cinematography and makes use of animated drawings to bridge between scenes. The narrator and protagonist in the film is quite believable, as is her quite unorthodox grandmother who offers her a draw on her cigarette and the two them cuddle in bed reading The Little Prince. The boy who she falls for is unexpectedly present. He helps open her eyes to doing things that she would normally do and the actor that plays him portrays him in a very laid back way, which makes him seem real. I think kids will relate to this story, especially tweens and teens so I recommend it for ages 12 to 15, as well as adults. And, I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 39 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SYMPHONY OF TRIANGLE, THE
SYMPHONY OF TRIANGLE, THE - SIMO LIU
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-18
Description - The Symphony of Triangle is stop-motion animation that plays with different triangles for fun!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ah yes! This is exactly the type of film we look for. Fun, bright, clever... I love how these triangles reconfigure to make different shapes, all in time with the music. I could watch this for a long time. It's almost meditative. Kudos to Simo Liu for creating such a fun piece. Love to see more of her work. I recommend this for ages 3 to 18, as well as adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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OOGLE
OOGLE - VICTORIA KELEMEN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 9-14
Description - The problems of an 11 year old are worked out in her dreams as she sleeps.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - In order to soothe her worries about being laughed at by peers when she answered a question wrong, Leia has a healing dream about being a search engine wiz. She comes across Lauren, the classmate that made fun of her in class and helps her find the astronomy answer that she missed in class. This heals Leia's mind and spirit and Leia gets back her sense of self. Perhaps the healing dream helps Lauren make amends with Leia as well. This is a very appealing and appropriate short for tweens and young teens. It is very clever and the theme is quite original. Healing dreams is a metaphysical subject that are not talked about much, but they are something most people have likely experienced. I have had a couple that I consciously remember. The story flows well with a clear, middle and end. It's very watchable with good vocabulary and concepts that tween and teens will relate to. It's well produced with good visual and audio quality, good direction and acting. I do have one comment about the abrupt sound adjustment, 2 and 3 minutes in, which may have been done consciously to increase dramatic effect. I found it just a bit too loud. Happy to recommend to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for ages 9 to 14. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NIGHT TERRORS (2018)
NIGHT TERRORS (2018) - TONY PAPA
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-14
Description - A group animation about nightmares or night terrors.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a animated student produced short with various segments relating to night terrors that kids experience. The animation is very rough and imaginative. I love the use of line drawings to create much of this. I'm not sure the age of the filmmaker but, it's an interesting piece that lends itself to discussion. This is well structured and definitely a subject that kids will realte to. The young female narrator talks about her experience with nightmares and how they bother her. While I believe children will relate to the experience of watching and hearing about these nightmares, some of what is talked about or animated could be frightening for a younger child. I recommend this for ages 10 to 14 give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S. and Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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POLAR OPPOSITES
POLAR OPPOSITES - DIANA WEY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-10
Description - A grumpy penguin flees his colony to be by himself, but has to protect his iceberg from a friendly polar bear who wants company.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Polar Opposites is a charming little animation about a grumpy penguin and a friendly polar bear. The penguin does not want to share his ice or food. It is quite fun to see this big kid of a bear invading the grumpy penguin's space and snatching his food. When the penguin has finally had enough of the bear's behavior he separates the two from the ice they were resting on. The two have such distinct personalities that are portrayed without any dialogue, only background music. I love simple animations like this that disguise lessons of friendship and sharing into such a cute little story. I could see this developing into a longer film. The ending resolution is quite satisfying. The characters are cute, funny and engaging. The storyline flows well. The 2D animation is well executed with surprising close ups that delight you. The background music perfectly portrays their various emotions. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It is exactly the type of film we love to share with our audiences. It tells a wonderful story about sharing and friendship, showing that even polar opposites can find common ground (or ice). I recommend this for ages 4 to 10, as well as adults. Reviewed by Rachael V. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult jurors.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO

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REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN - WARNER BROS. ANIMATION
Series: VIDEO, AGES 13-18
Description - After the death of Superman, several new people present themselves as possible successors.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - As a long time DC Comics fan, I love anything DC related. Now, if you combine DC Comics and animation, I'm sold. This movie is great the whole way through and does not disappoint.

Reign of the Supermen is the sequel to the movie The Death of Superman (Oh yeah, by the way, spoiler alert...Superman dies in The Death of Superman). In the wake of Superman's death, four new would-be-heroes take on the Superman name and serve as replacements. However, these new "Supermen" must put their different views aside to work together to defeat a mysterious alien threat.

First off, let's talk about the animation. While the animation looks nice, it feels kind of basic to me. The style is more realistic and so are the colors. The art style emulates the DC Comic style and I like that. I just feel the animation doesn't stand out as much as the story and writing.

Speaking of story, I've watched quite a few of the DC animated movies and, while I like those films, I enjoyed the story in this movie more than any of the other films. This movie is more engrossing. There's something about the mystery of the alien threat and the new Supermen that I find really interesting. I also really like that Lois Lane actually is important to the plot. Even though Lois (Rebecca Romijn) is one of the most well-known DC characters, her entire character has been the damsel in distress since Superman first came out. And even though there are periods of time when she is a superhero, most of them are alternate universes and dreams and, one interpretation made her a hero because the writer of that specific story received accusations of using a misogynistic stereotype. Plus, no one talks about these interpretations. I didn't even know that she has been a superhero until I was researching her for this review. So it really feels like a breath of fresh air for her to be in the spotlight in a way that feels natural. Plus, I like how you can say that journalism is her super power, which makes her stand out.

This movie is pretty funny. An issue that I have with the live action DC movies is that they tend to be too serious for their own good and, when they try comedy, it just doesn't work. However, I laughed a lot at this movie. All the characters are very lively and witty with clear personalities that work well off each other, especially Green Lantern. Kudos to the voice actors.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, and anyone who loves DC Comics. It comes out on digital on January 15, 2019 and on DVD January 29, 2019.

By Calista Bess, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 15
Runtime: 87 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TOPAZ TROOP, THE
TOPAZ TROOP, THE - TORI EWING
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-7
Description - Troop leader Jane, and her ambitious pup, Coco, have planned an adventurous camping trip for The Topaz Troop. After the weather ruins their plan, Jane discovers that Coco is afraid of thunderstorms and Claire, one of the scout members, is afraid of the dark. The Topaz Troop must work together to help Claire and Coco think of unique ways to face their fears, while putting a positive spin on a rainy day.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This show has a lot going for it. The pace reminds me of Mr. Rogers as it takes its time to explore different themes. That's a good thing, especially in contrast to all the fast-paced shows commonly available on TV today. This episode features a group of scouts and their leader getting ready to embark on a camping trip, only to get side railed by bad weather and then discover that one person in the group is afraid of the dark and another is afraid of thunderstorms. Yikes. In true scout fashion, the leader turns lemons into lemonade and they end up overcoming their fears and having a fun time. This is well produced with good video and audio qualities although, at times the audio is difficult to hear. I hope the filmmaker can provide a copy with better audio levels for exhibition. The talent is well cast, from the leader to the 3 scouts to the dog muppet. They are all quite believable and all have good singing voices as well. This is a student production by quite an accomplished filmmaker and it appears that this might be the beginning of a series, which would be quite suitable. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 7. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-7 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE,THE (2019)
LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE,THE (2019) - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 4-18
Description - This is a fable from the rainforest in the Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo told by the children of the Sanza Mobimba kindergarten.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From the Congo comes, The Little Fish and the Butterfly, a visual roller coaster that tells a fable by interesting, unique means with good direction and cinematography. The storyline follows a little fish and a butterfly that live in the same body of water. They get along just fine and one night, they eat together. Then, they fall asleep and the fish wakes up in horror the next morning. The fish finds out that the crocodile ate all his eggs and discovers the unfortunate fact that nature has its own laws, even when they are cruel. This story is told through the reenactment of the tale and the final lesson is that stories like this need to be passed down through generations to live on and continue to be told. It is a live action piece with colorful characters in beautiful costumes. The locations are so well shot, with excellent camera angles and beautiful close-us. The director uses fabulously interesting visuals to tell the story. It flows well and is very watchable. Seeing the fish eggs being eaten is a bit dark, but it is not too dark for the target age group and, it portrays the honesty of nature. I give this short film an age rating of 4 to 18 and 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for inclusion in the film festival. Reviewed by Benjamin P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 16 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NEKO NO HI - CAT DAYS (2019)
NEKO NO HI - CAT DAYS (2019) - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 5-16
Description - Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless case of cat flu. However, according to the doctor, this means that Jiro must be a cat. As father and son try to cope with the boy's new identity, things go awry. Jiro's father wishes him to connect with other cats at the animal shelter, but Jiro gets scratched. Complying with a handbook on raising cats, Jiro's father sends his son outside. This leads to encounters with a friend, with nature and with a wild white cat. In the end, though, everything will feel right again.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I believe a child would enjoy this because of the cute animals and the cool animation. The most appealing thing about it is the animation and the boy's condition. The film flows well, has a structure and it is watchable, but some parts were confusing to me. It uses vocabulary and concepts suitable for the target audience. The sound and visual quality are very good. You can tell that there is a lot of work put into creating this production. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals because it is cute and simple enough for kids and families to enjoy, especially cat lovers. I recommend it for ages 4 to 9 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Jolleen M, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic I love this adorable short film. From Germany, with dialogue in Japanese, the crisp animation is very modernistic and minimalistic. In fact, the art design is so clever that I could easily watch this film all day without the audio. Yet, the voice over talent is well cast and their voices enhance the characters in a remarkable way. The storyline is surprising, particularly when the doctor tells Jiro's father that he must be a cat because he has cat flu, which only cats get. Jiro's dad sends him outside to play and he has an encounter with a cat in the woods which could be frightening to younger kids. The ending has a comforting resolution and all is well. This would play well at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 5 to 16, as well as adults. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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2ND CLASS
2ND CLASS - MARKUS KAATSCH
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Charlotte has got a new job as a second-grade teacher. One night she is attacked by a nazi and is severely injured. When she comes back to her students she discovers that one of her students is the son of that nazi
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very dramatic short film about how love conquers hate. The storyline is not easy at first but, in the end, you are happy with how things turn out. The film begins with Charlotte getting hired for her new teaching job and then we see her in the classroom. Next, we see her she walking with some friends and they run into some kind of a race rally going on. They walk over to see what is going on and she is attacked by the demonstrators. Her friends come to her rescue and she ends up in the hospital, severely injured. When she returns to her class, she recognizes the father of one of her students as her assaulter. She pulls him aside and demonstrates an important message about how truth and love conquer hate. The boy doesn't know that her father is the culprit and it's a moot point. Her point is well taken in the context in which it takes place. The film is well shot and well paced. I didn't like watching Charlotte attached by the Nazi agitator. However, it's critical to the message of the film. The actors give quite believable performances, particularly Hannah Alem Davidsson who plays Charlotte. She has an underlying strength that predominates her in every scene. The background music is subtle yet enhances the scenes. The dialogue is in Swedish with English sub-titles. I recommend this to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals for ages 12 to 18 as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SUGARBUG
SUGARBUG - SAGE DRAKE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A young woman goes on a crazy adventure to get to her "Sugarbugs" on time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ok, I'm a cat lover so I definitely found this amusing. It's well produced, has a good pace, nice camera work, good acting and a surprise ending. Love the cats! For every dog lover, there is an equal and opposite cat lover! This has a light touch to it and will make a nice addition to any youth and family film festival. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DONUT THIEVES FROM VARGON V
DONUT THIEVES FROM VARGON V - MOONBASE2020 PRODUCTIONS
Series: SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Robots are invading the Earth to steal the irresistible donuts! What will the Earthlings do....?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This Australian student production from elementary and middle school students is campy in the most adorable way. I love the space suits made out of cardboard boxes and the audio track which is distorted to make you think the two kids are talking to us from space. I love how the beginning starts with text similar to the opening of Star Wars. It's a good take off. So is the set with the "Breaking News" scrolling across the top. The make up with drawn on mustaches and beards is fun as are the titles. The kid cast appear to be having a wonderful time making this film. There are some issues with audio that is a bit uneven, such as when the kids are outdoors and we heard the wind. But, the quirky storyline and delivery make it something that I think elementary and middle school kids will enjoy. You just have to remind them that this IS a STUDENT PRODUCED film. Recommended for ages 5 to 12. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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