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POLIANGULAR
POLIANGULAR - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Searchers pursue mysterious objects that seem to be unreachable. They want to find out what those secret forms are and what will happen once they catch them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fascinating piece of animation, expertly executed. Very surreal images and storyline. Alexandra Castellanos Solis is certainly a filmmaker to keep your eye on. This piece touches on so many ideas and thoughts, allowing the viewer to interpret it for herself. I had to watch it two times, read the synopsis again, and I'm still pondering the meaning. Love that. I highly recommend this for older viewers, age 12 to 18, plus adults and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GINA
GINA - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - This is an animated short film about the protagonist Gina, who from a young age utilizes a chicken suit as a means to deal with her fears. Her mother recognizes this in Gina early on and seeks out therapy so she can learn to cope. Gina's mom suddenly dies when her daughter is a teenager and Gina has to overcome her fears all on her own. She successfully breaks through, and is free to become the dancer she always dreamed of being.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What makes this film appealing is the realistic story line about conquering one's fears and thriving. The 2D animation style is appealing and flows well with the script. The overall theme is not new, but story is told in an original way.

I like the overall theme and the animation style. I particularly enjoyed the Latin soundtrack. I also enjoyed the nightmarish dream sequence and the point-of-view shot of dancers morphing into goblins when Gina first enters dance class as a child. The dancers' costumes dance represent Latin culture quite well. The sets and locations in the dance class, at home and in the psychiatrist office are all relevant to the overall storyline. For me, the music definitely drives the story line and is very relevant, especially for the climax dance sequence near the end.

The message of the story is that one has to conquer her fears in order to make her dreams come true. I like that Gina's mother gets help for her child through finding her a psychiatrist. Sadly, since a mental health stigma still exists today, it might invite people who watch the film to seek services, if needed, for themselves or their child.

My favorite part is Gina, when metaphorically she sheds her chicken suit and becomes the free-spirited dancer. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. I recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You should know that the dialogue is in Spanish with English Sub-titles. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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EMERGENCY BRAKE, THE
EMERGENCY BRAKE, THE - POWELL RIVER DIGITAL FILM SCHOOL
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 3-18
Description - A collection of works by students who are passionate about the state of their world and future. Animated to the powerful words of Greta Thunberg.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my! Best video submission by students. Beautifully executed. Brilliant narration by Greta Thunberg. This should be seen by every school child in the world, as well as by our leaders in politics, education and spirituality. Thank you for your extraordinary work. Highly recommended for ages 3 to 18, plus adults. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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KAZUMI RACECAR PIG
KAZUMI RACECAR PIG - DAVID MCBRIDE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Little Kazumi is afraid of anything different than what he is used to in his Pig culture. One day, Kazumi finds himself in a world of different when he gets stranded on an alien planet. He will need to face these new things if he wants to get back ho.me. Kazumi may even find out that different can be great and make a friend or two along the way
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my, this completely exemplifies what KIDS FIRST! looks for in programming for young children. The theme about embracing differences is right on target and so needed today. The animation is well done, the background music charming. The narration is in rhyming prose which is fun and catchy. I love this in everyday. It truly entertains and inspires as it educates children to not be afraid of things that are different from what they know and are accustomed to. Beautiful in every way. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, although older kids and adults would enjoy it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TEI TEI
TEI TEI - MARK LESCHINSKY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A heartwarming story about an unusual friendship of two children living in different countries in different time periods. An 11-year-old boy named Johnny, a talented young chess player has found his best friend Dashenka, a 10-year-old Russian girl living with her pet rabbit in 1963. Both children are dreaming about flying to space. Johnny wants to go back in time to meet Dashenka.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am such a fan of student films, especially those that show true insight and thoughtfulness, like this one does. 13-year-old Mark Leschinsky is to be commended for creating an interesting story line and executing it in a remarkably good production. Yes, there are some continuity issues such as there was no priority mail in 1963 and the types of devices plugged into the electric outlet at the girl's home didn't exist at that time. But, that's something for studios to worry about. What I love is the storyline, the acting which is pretty believable, the use of black and white for the 1963 scenes and I love Mark's personal statement at the end. Kudos to you my friend. Definitely give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an interesting plot! I love the idea of a soul mate who is trapped in a different place and time. It adds both the conflict and the fascinating sci-fi theme. This film is about a boy seeking his Tei or soul mate. The only problem is that his Tei lives in another place in time. Despite the distance, they share a love of space and science. What I like about the storyline is that it features two completely different locations and eras, as well as some thought provoking scientific ideas and history. The bunny shots are a unique and interesting way to transition between scenes. Also, the director use photography to differentiate the time eras. The current time scenes are in color and the scenes from the past are in black and white. I love how specific the costumes are to the time periods. I especially love the little girl's dress. The sets and locations are very simple, but reflect the time periods well.

I love the vintage Russian space program footage. It lends an historical authenticity to the film. It is great that the Russian girl speaks Russian. One of the things I really like about the film is that it was written by someone so young. The goal of this film is to inspire and it certainly does so. The message is: if you are a dreamer, always stay true to yourself, and you will somehow find your Tei.

This film made me want to learn where the word Tei comes from. It also made me curious about Russian space travel and time travel. I especially love when the boy is travelling through time. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to18, plus adults. Reviewed by Elle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ARAPAHOE TRUTHS
ARAPAHOE TRUTHS - GEORGE GIGLIO
Series: INDIE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 7-18
Description - The Northern Arapaho People of the Wind River Indian Reservation of Wyoming are story tellers. In an effort to pass their culture to the next generation the Elders tell the children four traditional stories, using clay animation, shadow puppets, paintings, drawings and performance, the children make the stories come to life.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very interesting and of a genre all of its own in many ways. It is both a documentary about Native American storytelling which includes examples of illustrated storytelling. Both of which combined make it information and entertaining at the same time. I highly recommend this, especially for any venue looking for films about Native American culture. It is beautifully shot and edited with excellent on camera talent who share their insight into their culture and history. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 29 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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IMPROV AT DAYBREAK - BRIAN G. SMITH
Series: FOREIGN INDIE DOCUMENTARY, AGES 12-18
Description - 'Improv at Daybreak' provides a glimpse into the Monday morning Drama program at L'Arche Daybreak, an inclusive community for adults with intellectual disabilities in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short documentary is fantastic. It shows that you shouldn't let anything stop you from doing what you love. Improv at Daybreak is about an acting program for developmentally challenged people. They talk about their experiences and the things they've done in their Monday morning acting class. We also hear from the instructors of the program who talk about their experiences in the class. It is pretty well filmed, although some of it appears to have been filmed with a phone or a low quality video camera. I noticed a young girl wearing a "Wicked" shirt, being a huge fan myself. It takes place at the place that hosts the acting program, which looks like a decorated, fun version of a public school. During their acting class, they wear fun accessories such as feather boas, colorful hats and shawls. The music is light, happy and fun. It really sets the mood of the film. The message of the film is that it doesn't matter who you are, what you look like, what you wear, or anything, you can always do what you love. I really liked when it shows the people acting in the class. They're enjoying themselves and they don't seem to have a care in the world. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, definitely adults as well. I feel like it's a topic we should all know about, even if only a little. This would definitely fit into KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals, especially those with a focus on people with special needs. Reviewed by Kayenta C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ADVENTURE HARBOR - JENNIFER PHILLIPS
Series: INDIE FEATURE, AGES 10-18
Description - When two tween boys Nate and Tyler are pushed together by their parents developing relationship, they struggle to find anything in common as they are forced into a blended family. Nate's father Ben, loses his job and they all move in together. The newly formed family must figure things out fast. Nate and Tyler are exploring the beach area and meet Travis and Sarah. One night Travis and Sarah take them to their favorite secret spot in the harbor. The harbor has been closed off to the public, but that doesn't keep them from enjoying the beauty of the blue waters. As they explore the harbor one night, they see something stirring in the waters, something with beautiful colors that dance off the light of their flashlights. The kids soon realize it's some sort of mystical sea creature and quickly learn that she is injured and vulnerable. They must develop a plan to get her back to the open water and reunite her with her family. During this exciting adventure they meet both friends and foes but ultimately it pulls this family together and creates memories and a bond between these cast of characters that can never be broken.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well done! Excellent camera work, great storyline, good acting, well edited, good background music. This reminds me of "Goonies" and "Spy Kids" in terms of the youth exploring things on their own, bringing in the adults when things get too out of control. A few things to give warning about: there is alcohol drinking and a fair amount of rather risky behavior exhibited by the kids. However, I still love it and think kids will also. I recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. This feature would make a great addition to a kid & family film festival, especially for tweens and teens. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 85 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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IDEAL EXHIBITION WITH HERVE TULLET, THE
IDEAL EXHIBITION WITH HERVE TULLET, THE - FLORENCE ROCHE
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - The Ideal Exhibition with Herv� Tullet invites young and old to unleash their creativity! Herv� Tullet, an artist of playful and uninhibited creations, orchestrates this project with his favorite tools: colors, paper, brushes, scissors... and by sharing his passion, he invites the public to create their own Ideal Exhibition! Part of a web series of art workshops
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is one episode of a web series that illustrates how to utilize scotch tape to make a creative and abstract piece. I like the concept that anyone can create. This is a very hands-on production (how-to) about how anyone, from a 7-year-old to an adult, can bring out their inner artist using sketch work lines, squiggles, multi-colored markers and re-positioning scotch tape. It exemplifies simple artistry than literally anyone can do. This 3:45 minute short makes a good mini movie with a message. The camera angles are excellent with various shots from above that give the viewer a very clear look at the design as it develops. The vibrant colors and clearness of the picture are also necessities for viewer drawings in real-time. The set appears to be an artistic work area where Herve Tullet creates fun stuff. The white background is effective in enhancing the focus on the drawings. The background music keeps the viewer engaged and stimulated during the episode. Herve Tullet makes a charming on-camera talent. You should know that the dialogue is in French with English sub-titles. The message is about creating art with as simple a thing as scotch tape. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Kimberly M. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18] Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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STEWY BABY A DOGUMENTARY
STEWY BABY A DOGUMENTARY - KRISTIN HERBY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Stewy Baby has one purpose in life, to share reading, joy and compassion to everyone she comes in contact with. Join Stewy Baby and her human companion, Kristin as they touch the lives of children everywhere.
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KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this short film because I think it is so neat to see how this dog goes to schools, hospitals, and libraries and helps children. It shows that if you are different from others, you are still a person who can make a change, and Stewy helps kids understand that.

Stewy Baby is a "dogumemtary" about a sweet therapy dog who helps children. The owner of Stewy's doggy mother was going to keep Stewy at first. But she sold her to a woman who works with children and writes children's books. She became a therapy dog and her owner wrote a book about Stewy called ''Stewy Baby.'' All kids love Stewy and Stewy loves all kids, but she likes the kids who are different the most. Now Stewy is the star of a program called ''Stories with Stewy,'' where she helps kids learn to love reading. How cool is that?

This is a true story so it is sentimental. Stewy almost goes to a different owner and then, none of this would have happened! I'm glad she didn't stay with her original owner!

Sometimes the camerawork is shaky, but the angles are great! There is one shot that is a close-up of Stewy's face where the camera is slightly tilted, making Stewy's eyes seem larger which is pretty cool.

The film was made in Idaho and it is so pretty there. There are lots of scenes in schools with Stewy and children. The background music is a simple, happy tune. It helps you understand how much this dog does. Stewy is the star. She is so cute. Stewy's owner, Kristin Herby really has a way with words, especially when she talks about Stewy. The message is that it's okay to be different and, even if you struggle with reading, you can learn to love it.

From watching this film, I learned that some kids have trouble with their differences and they can accept who they are. My favorite character is Stewy. She was so adorable and she won my heart. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. This would make a great addition to a kid and family film festival. Who doesn't love kids and dogs! Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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WHY...
WHY... - DEVENDRA KUMAR
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-18
Description - A young boy who is mostly busy in his mobile gets a challenge from his mother. The challenge is simple but tricky.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film is about young boy who is too involved with his electronics. His mother wants to show him that there is more to life than cell phones and computers, so she gives him a task which he needs to solve without using any modern technologies. What makes this film appealing is the way mother challenges her son to solve a problem without using any electronics and instead doing it the "old-fashioned way" - talking to the people, in person, leaving the house. As a mother, I'm also concerned with the amount of time people (not only kids) spent staring at different kinds of screen (PC, cell phone, tablets, TV and others) and avoiding personal contact and outdoors. What I like about this movie is that it shows us how much we rely on modern technologies. Many of us can't even imagine life without them anymore and that's alarming. We need more of the human interaction. I particularly like the scene in the library with bookshelves packed with books. It looks like a small maze and the boy seems a bit lost. Also, the scene where boy sits with the librarian and both read regular paper books is charming. The costumes are accurate and fit well with the story line. There are four major locations - car, home, library, park. They are all well planned and help develop the story plot - from sitting in the car with the cell phone in hand all the way to the great outdoors.

The background music and sound is well executed. It begins with typical video game sounds. Slowly, as the movie progresses (scenes in the library) the music becomes calming, soothing, something that you want to hear while doing some research in the library. The music at the end of the movie represents joy and some kind of triumph. Devendra Kumar, writer, director and producer of the film, originally studied engineering, so the task in the film fits well with his background. To me, who stands out the most, is the mother who is trying to teach her son (the time machine boy) a valuable lesson - don't waste your time indoors with the gadgets, go out, play and talk with friends.

The message of this film is there is more to life than just modern technologies. Let's enjoy some pleasure reading and learn something new. My favorite part of the movie is the scene when the mother sits with her son on the bench in the park and they just TALK and LAUGH. It's simple yet comforting. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. This film shows us how important human interaction and natural curiosity are for our life. It's multi-cultural, educational and teaches us about the importance of pleasure reading.

Reviewed by Monika B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-19 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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HELIOCENTRIC
HELIOCENTRIC - MIKE MCCRAW
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Boxer, Verve, Campbell and Herman teach Naomi Money that the Sun revolves around the Earth, foiling her quasi-evil plan, and schooling her about Ptolemy, Galileo and Copernicus in the process.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my! This is definitely my favorite film I've seen all week! Brilliantly animated, great characters. I particularly love the rap song with awesome animation about Galileo. The evil character Naomi Money is just evil enough to make you shrug your shoulder as her caretakers step in to make sure she can do no harm. My only complaint is that the ending doesn't really do the film justice. It just sort of fizzles out at the end of the song and we don't see any true conclusion to Ms. Money's plan or the intervention by her team. I would love to see more work by Mike McCraw because I think he is simply brilliant. Definitely give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Younger kids wouldn't get the irony of the evil Ms. Money. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NOOREH
NOOREH - ASHISH PANDEY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Nestled in Kashmir valley lies a small village on the India-Pakistan border always caught in the crossfire between the two warring nations. One night an eight year old girl 'Nooreh' discovers that the gun battle rages when she sleeps and the bloody duel stops when she keeps her eyes open. Director Biography - Ashish Pandey
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Nooreh is a young girl who lives in the village located very close to the war-zone. One night she discovers that when she closes the eyes, she can hear gun shots but when she opens them, they stop. What makes this movie appealing is the resilience of these people. This movie shows us a region torn apart by war. What is disturbing and, at the same time fascinating, is how people, including small kids, can adapt to any situation - hearing gun shots, seeing gun shots marks - and still manage to live, go to school, even enjoy their lives. What I like the most about this story is the desire of all human beings to live in the peace.

My favorite scene is when the girls are counting bullet marks on the wall. The scene is both sad and touching. Also, the scene where Nooreh talks to the soldier holding a big automatic weapon. It shows how these kids adapted to life in a conflict zone, surrounded by soldiers and guns. The costumes are very accurate. Headscarves, darker colors, clothes the fully cover the body are very typical for any Islamic country. The landscape surrounding the village is breathtaking! The hills, farm animals, trees, the turquoise bridge. What caught my attention are how some of the houses in the village have pretty blue window frames and wooden carvings.

The first sounds you hear in this movie are gun shots in the distance. It's night and as morning approaches, you hear typical Islamic music calling for the morning prayer. The music becomes more upbeat and happy as the girls walk to school. You can feel the girls' joy at being able to attend school. Again, during the night, all you can hear is gun fire.

Ashish Pandey, writer, producer and director of the film, studied sound as his specialization. His talent for this shows throughout the film. Who stands out the most in this movie is definitely the main character - Nooreh. By her example - keeping awake during the night and stopping gun fire - she influences others.

My only negative criticism of the film are the night scenes, which are so dark. I'm afraid that would negatively affect how the movie appears on the big screen. I understand that the filmmaker wants to convey the overall feeling of the night and the fear of war. However, the dark scenes are poorly visible. Fortunately, they don't last too long.

The message of this film is about the desire we have to live in the peace. You should know that there are gun shots marks and a scene with the soldier with automatic weapon. This may be disturbing for children who have come from war-torn countries. After watching this, audiences might be interested in learning more about the conflict in this particular region, plus more about Islamic customs, traditions and way of life. There are nations which have been living in war conflicts for years. We take peace for granted and shouldn't. We should appreciate it more. The last scene, where there are more lights on during the night, is my favorite. It shows how people would do (almost) anything to live in the peace, even sacrifice their sleep if that should help and stop war.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 as well as adults. As for special interest, it represents a different religion, Islam and is multi-cultural. Reviewed by Monika B. and Sara S., KIDS FIRST! reviewers.
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Runtime: 22 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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BI ME
BI ME - SAGE DRAKE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - A mother forces her fourteen-year-old daughter to choose over the laws of attraction.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The film is visually appealing as it's in black and white. The flow is understandable and the ocean scenes are a favorite for me. The audio is an issue at times because the waves drown out some of the dialog. Bi Me is a short film about the relationship between mother and her fourteen-year-old daughter. This film addresses dramatic and realistic events between both actors. It's interesting to see the unique portrayal of each scene expressed by the characters throughout the film. I would have liked to know more about the background about why the mother had a problem with the influences of media on her daughter. Some of the conversation is cut short, so it was unclear what the verbal disagreement is all about and why it escalated. There are some great beach scenes. There are moments when the daughter expresses her frustration by throwing rocks into the ocean that are captured well. Using black and white film really compliments the water and rocks. It also gives a somber feel to the whole scene. Aside from the beautiful beach location. The apartment works well. I found myself admiring the art work and amenities in the home. The wide open spaces are a perfect location for the stunts during the climax of the film.

the film's oceanic sounds are pleasant, but at times distracting. The dialog is not as crisp due to the continuous sounds of the ocean. That was probably meant to be symbolic of their relationship, but as a viewer I found it distracting. The mother stands out most to me. Her actions are very believable. Considering that the actors improvise the dialogue, the mother's kept me most engaged. The message is about standing for what you believe in and hope that family will eventually be there to accept you even when differences of opinion occur. There is a tussle between the mother and daughter and the daughter runs away from home. My favorite part is toward the end, because I was concerned that the daughter wouldn't have anyone else to call on after leaving. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 12-18. It's relatable and is a great discussion piece. The special interest is about family, communication and media influences. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TAKEN
TAKEN - YI GE
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - From the United Kingdom, this short animated student film is about a quirky character who likes his nugget and soda. He's rather a slob and the nuggets in the box take on a life of their own. As he eats one, its sibling comes to its rescue and, well you'll have to see for yourself what happens. Quirky? You bet!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ok, this is definitely weird, but in a very kid-friendly kind of a way. These "chicken nuggets" or whatever they are supposed to be, take on a life of their own that is truly hysterical. Maybe you have to be a kid to appreciate this because my mom did not! I love this. It's very well executed so I give props to the filmmaker, who is from the UK mind you. Definitely include this in your family-focused programming. The kids will love it. I recommend for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Judith M., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MASTORAH
MASTORAH - AHMAD AL ZU'BI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - An old man in his sixties forms an unlikely bond with his young barber. Tensions begin to rise between them as they defend their respective generations.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is very well done and representative of the culture, I presume, in Jordan, where this was made. The young barber and the old man are stylized in such a way as you get a glimpse of where they are both coming from. The camera work suits the story without being too imaginative. The audio is clear, although the radio playing in the background is a bit distracting it does represent the barbershop environment. I think it is good for youth and families to experience what life is like in other countries and get a glimpse of their culture, in as simple a thing as going to the barber shop. The unlikely friendship between the old man and the younger barber is charming and realistic. Recommended for teens, age 13 to 18, plus adults and I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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JACOB'S GAUNTLET
JACOB'S GAUNTLET - FRANK GRESHAM
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Two little piggies (Daddy Pig and his son) react in horror to the spectacle of a man eating a "pig in a blanket" at a hot dog stand. Daddy Pig consoles his son by explaining to him "Jacob's Gauntlet": when humans die, as they make their way to heaven, every animal those humans ate in their lifetimes gets to take a bite out of the humans. Humans only reach heaven if there is anything left of them beyond this gauntlet.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I find this pretty hysterical and absolutely beautifully executed. There may be some people who take offense of the concept behind it, but it you take in context of the world of carnivores and omnivores, it's only fair. Very much told tongue-in-cheek. I recommend this for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. The animation is excellent, the audio is very good, the background music quite suitable. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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URANUS WHISPERS
URANUS WHISPERS - FRANK GRESHAM
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8 TO 12
Description - Wiss and Krill, two self-absorbed extra-terrestrial buddies, complain vociferously about their Neptunian surroundings. They procure a rocket and attempt an escape to neighboring planet Uranus. Unbeknownst to our encapsulated idiots, their rocket launch is thwarted, and they end up going nowhere. Emerging from their space capsule full of hope, Wiss and Krill convince themselves they have arrived on Uranus and life is better.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like the comedy in this student-produced animated short! These robots are not happy where they live, so they decide to move to Uranus. They try to fly to Uranus, but their trip isn't successful. They come out of the space ship and believe they are in Uranus and start liking the planet. Little do they know, they are still home.

I like how funny and clueless these robots are. One thinks his coffee is cold and the other robot doesn't like the humidity and heat of their planet. They see Uranus. They want to move there.

The 2D animation is quite well done. Uranus almost looked like 3D. The coffee machine really caught my attention. The background sounds are fitting for this storyline. My favorite part was the ending, because it drives home the film's message.

I compliment the creator of this piece. The animation is well done, even the titles. The two robots catch and hold your attention.

The moral of the story is "it's all in your head. You don't need to change the scenario to feel good. You need to change your attitude to make things better."

It reminds us to have a better attitude towards the situations in our lives.

I give this student film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It would make a fun addition to any KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the comedy in this student-produced animated short! These robots are not happy where they live, so they decide to move to Uranus. They try to fly to Uranus, but their trip isn't successful. They come out of the space ship and believe they are in Uranus and start liking the planet. Little do they know, they are still home.

I like how funny and clueless these robots are. One thinks his coffee is cold and the other robot doesn't like the humidity and heat of their planet. They see Uranus. They want to move there.

The 2D animation is quite well done. Uranus almost looked like 3D. The coffee machine really caught my attention. The background sounds are fitting for this storyline. My favorite part was the ending, because it drives home the film's message.

I compliment the creator of this piece. The animation is well done, even the titles. The two robots catch and hold your attention.

The moral of the story is "it's all in your head. You don't need to change the scenario to feel good. You need to change your attitude to make things better."

It reminds us to have a better attitude towards the situations in our lives.

I give this student film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It would make a fun addition to any KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ADDICTION
ADDICTION - SAGE DRAKE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 13 TO 16
Description - How much is too much for a young woman and her coffee passion?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film made me crave coffee. It has nice effects, music, and charm. There is one moment when the special effect portray the lead actress as a hoarder. I found that scene very funny.

This is a comedic short about a woman with an addiction to coffee. It is light hearted and would be fun to share with coffee lovers. This film has a very cute and carefree vibe. The actress is funny and the commentary is original. There isn't anything I disliked about the film.

It has great cinematography, audio and lighting. The location primarily takes place inside a car with coffee house scenes added. Those scenes match the actual clips in film. I was pleased as a viewer with the overall camera work, angles and tight scenes.

Within the two minutes of this film I liked the car location. All other locations inserted are also enjoyable. As a fan of coffee house music this film does not disappoint. The music is very upbeat. Going back to the hoarding scene - the actress's reactions are perfect. It is funny, but it's not quite believable that the all those cups fell from her car.

The one character is a young actress who portrays her coffee addiction quite believably. I didn't recognize the star of the film but would be interested in seeing more of her work, as well as that of the directors. I applaud the editor's work all the merging scenes and various clips. The cinematographer's work is also well executed

I recommend this for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. It makes a great short film that is lighthearted, yet poignant. The message might be enjoy what you love in moderation. If you need aspirin as a coffee topping, then you should probably seek help. Note: consuming coffee to this magnitude should be for adults only.

This film offers the comic relief I was looking for rather than learning a lesson. The ending, where she's ordering more coffee and listing the ingredients made me laugh.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. It's funny and family friendly. Comedy is the special interest. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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INFINITE REFLECTION, THE
INFINITE REFLECTION, THE - GERRY ORZ
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 13 - 18
Description - On an ordinary day, an average office worker goes to the break room ...but she can never leave it! What happens when the time stops obeying.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The concept of this short film is quite interesting and leaves you with a question in your mind about what actually happened, or didn't happen. We see a woman enter a room and when she tries to leave, she finds herself in a loop, an endless loop.

The set and costumes are very generic and modern - vanilla. You could be anywhere. I didn't realize it was a break room until I read the plot synopsis. It really could be anywhere. An airport ante room. A room at a mortuary. It's devoid of personality and so is the woman. I felt as if it took place in the "Twilight Zone."

The camera work is well done. The background music is very present and helps establish a sense of dread. The visual effects are well executed and kind of intentionally funny. The protagonist is a woman who sort of blends in with her environment - all becoming one. I enjoyed the overly dramatic way one version of the woman fades away at times. The most compelling shots are those with two versions of the same woman. It makes you wonder whether she is real or not. And then, the loop continues.

The message is that time is our true master. I recommend this for teens and young adults, who will find it evokes an interesting dialogue. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 12 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SOMETHING ELSE, THE
SOMETHING ELSE, THE - THOMAS BABBITT
Series: SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Lively, action-packed, sequel to 2016's "The Something," which was written by mother Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting). The new story, written, drawn, edited, animated, scored and voiced by Tom Babbitt, revises the original mother and son characters - as the son (Mylo) tries to wrestle with yet another of life's challenging little questions... This time, it's, "Who am I?"
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh, I was so looking forward to watching this as I have seen Tom Babbitt's other film, The Something. I love his sense of style and wit. This animation of this is quite lovely; the characters are charming and have such human qualities. Poor little Milo has quite the identity crisis, which we see played out in this sweet short film. And, the resolution at the end is quite satisfying. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. It is a sure hit for family friendly programming. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TEI TEI - MARK LESCHINSKY
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 6-15
Description - A heartwarming story about an unusual friendship of two children living in different countries in different time periods. An 11-year-old boy named Johnny, a talented young chess player has found his best friend Dashenka, a 10-year-old Russian girl living with her pet rabbit in 1963. Both children are dreaming about flying to space. Johnny wants to go back in time to meet Dashenka.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I am such a fan of student films, especially those that show true insight and thoughtfulness, like this one does. 13-year-old Mark Leschinsky is to be commended for creating an interesting story line and executing it in a remarkably good production. Yes, there are some continuity issues such as there was no priority mail in 1963 and the types of devices plugged into the electric outlet at the girl's home didn't exist at that time. But, that's something for studios to worry about. What I love is the storyline, the acting which is pretty believable, the use of black and white for the 1963 scenes and I love Mark's personal statement at the end. Kudos to you my friend. Definitely give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S. KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an interesting plot! I love the idea of a soul mate who is trapped in a different place and time. It adds both the conflict and the fascinating sci-fi theme. This film is about a boy seeking his Tei or soul mate. The only problem is that his Tei lives in another place in time. Despite the distance, they share a love of space and science. What I like about the storyline is that it features two completely different locations and eras, as well as some thought provoking scientific ideas and history. The bunny shots are a unique and interesting way to transition between scenes. Also, the director use photography to differentiate the time eras. The current time scenes are in color and the scenes from the past are in black and white. I love how specific the costumes are to the time periods. I especially love the little girl's dress. The sets and locations are very simple, but reflect the time periods well. I love the vintage Russian space program footage. It lends an historical authenticity to the film. It is great that the Russian girl speaks Russian. One of the things I really like about the film is that it was written by someone so young. The goal of this film is to inspire and it certainly does so. The message is: if you are a dreamer, always stay true to yourself, and you will somehow find your Tei. This film made me want to learn where the word Tei comes from. It also made me curious about Russian space travel and time travel. I especially love when the boy is travelling through time. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to18, plus adults. Reviewed by Elle C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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OUT OF THIS WORLD
OUT OF THIS WORLD - ANTONIO SOUTO FRAGUAS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-10
Description - A little alien travels to earth in a rescue mission. This film has been made as part of the Spanish Film Program, an initiative for the kids to learn a second language through the process of making a movie. Language in Spanish and English.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I believe young people and families should watch this film because is very educational regarding the environment and multi-cultural issues. This short student-produced film is about an alien and her pet that come to Earth to look for an element to save her planet. She makes friends in the process and gives them powers before she returns to her planet.

I like the comedy in this film! The kids are really funny; the story is very interesting and sweet at the same time. I like that there are different cultures and races depicted and I like how the main characters accept and bond with the alien. In their eyes, nobody is different. I also like that the dialogue is in both Spanish and English.

One of the scenes that impressed me is when the alien is watching TV and there is a tentacle commercial. That is too funny. I love the alien's favorite show, which shows a bunch of children of various races, including a "little person" kid. I like that this film has such a variety of kids in the cast. The costumes are very original and suit the story line. The alien's makeup is definitely unique. You need to keep in mind that this film was produced as part of the Spanish Film Club at Tyler Elementary School in Washington DC. It is not a professional production and yet, in many ways, I love it more than some professional productions. I love that the majority of the scenes are shot in the school. It makes the film look like a popular TV show. The student actors are quite delightful and completely believable. The casting is quite wonderful. The kids' dialogue is very funny and some of them are very dramatic.

The background music is appealing, especially the ending song. The lyrics are touching and appropriate. The sound effects are pretty cool too. The visual effects work well. I like how the alien's eyes turn purple and I like the alien's tentacles. The pet, Fluffy, is rather ugly cute.

I believe this short film could be a kids TV show or a feature movie. The story line is interesting and educational. The message is about accepting people of all kinds, helping and being kind to each other. It reminded me to accept people who are different than me and to be kind and helpful. My favorite part of this film is the ending, but I can't tell you what that is or I would spoil it for you.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5-10, as well as adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I believe young people and families should watch this film because is very educational regarding the environment and multi-cultural issues. This short student-produced film is about an alien and her pet that come to Earth to look for an element to save her planet. She makes friends in the process and gives them powers before she returns to her planet.

I like the comedy in this film! The kids are really funny; the story is very interesting and sweet at the same time. I like that there are different cultures and races depicted and I like how the main characters accept and bond with the alien. In their eyes, nobody is different. I also like that the dialogue is in both Spanish and English.

One of the scenes that impressed me is when the alien is watching TV and there is a tentacle commercial. That is too funny. I love the alien's favorite show, which shows a bunch of children of various races, including a "little person" kid. I like that this film has such a variety of kids in the cast. The costumes are very original and suit the story line. The alien's makeup is definitely unique. You need to keep in mind that this film was produced as part of the Spanish Film Club at Tyler Elementary School in Washington DC. It is not a professional production and yet, in many ways, I love it more than some professional productions. I love that the majority of the scenes are shot in the school. It makes the film look like a popular TV show. The student actors are quite delightful and completely believable. The casting is quite wonderful. The kids' dialogue is very funny and some of them are very dramatic.

The background music is appealing, especially the ending song. The lyrics are touching and appropriate. The sound effects are pretty cool too. The visual effects work well. I like how the alien's eyes turn purple and I like the alien's tentacles. The pet, Fluffy, is rather ugly cute.

I believe this short film could be a kids TV show or a feature movie. The story line is interesting and educational. The message is about accepting people of all kinds, helping and being kind to each other. It reminded me to accept people who are different than me and to be kind and helpful. My favorite part of this film is the ending, but I can't tell you what that is or I would spoil it for you.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5-10, as well as adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S.
Runtime: 38 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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CERULIA - MEXICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Cerulia comes back home to bid her final farewell, but her childhood memories and grandparents presence would not let her go. In Spanish with English Sub-titles. From Mexico. Directed by Sofia Carrillo.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is definitely something that I would only recommend to older teens as younger children would not begin to understand it. It is very well executed with stunning animation and unusual characters. The storyline is rather spooky and the old house hides many secrets. The writer/director Sofia Carrillo is extraordinarily talented. I would love to see more of her work. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults. Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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KAZUMI RACECAR PIG - DAVID MCBRIDE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Little Kazumi is afraid of anything different than what he is used to in his Pig culture. One day, Kazumi finds himself in a world of different when he gets stranded on an alien planet. He will need to face these new things if he wants to get back home. Kazumi may even find out that different can be great and make a friend or two along the way.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my, this completely exemplifies what KIDS FIRST! looks for in programming for young children. The theme about embracing differences is right on target and so needed today. The animation is well done, the background music charming. The narration is in rhyming prose which is fun and catchy. I love this in everyday. It truly entertains and inspires as it educates children to not be afraid of things that are different from what they know and are accustomed to. Beautiful in every way. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, although older kids and adults would enjoy it as well. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DAM WALL
DAM WALL - VENTURA COUNTY NEWS
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 6-18
Description - Dharan is a story of friendship between a six-year-old urban girl and an eight-year-old rural boy. Inquisitive Charcha travels to a village near Satara in western Maharashtra with her father on his official tour. Her father is a water resources officer who has arrived to inspect a water dam site. They settle in a circuit house. In the hour of load shading at night Charcha walks out of her room in the search of her father - wearing a white nightdress, holding a candle in her hand. She bumps into Panya, a shy rural boy who is a nephew of the caretakers at circuit house. He confuses her for an evil spirit and runs away in fear leaving Charcha mind boggled. Although Panya realizes, she is no ghost by their second encounter, the running away continues. It adds to Charcha's loneliness who's already unable to function without her mother. She breaks down. Panya realizes his mistake. In the guilt of his ignorant behavior, Panya apologizes to her and after some gifts, with lots of persistence - They become friends. Their friendship is flowering in the backdrop of protest existent in the village against the proposed dam. When Panya takes Charcha to his home to show around, his mother learns whose daughter she is. The dam being sanctioned by Charcha's father will put Panya's house and property into the water catchment. This leads to an interpersonal conflict as well as social conflict within them. In their own simple world - How do they solve the problem of this magnitude with their compassion and empathy?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautiful film in every way. The quality of the cinematography is to be commended as every scene is a picture of its own. The young girl who plays Charcha charms us to no end. I feel as is I could watch her reading the phone book. Her expressions are so charming and yet believable at the same time. Her friend Panya is also delightfully plays as is her father. All the casting is spot on. I commend the filmmaker for her excellent work in making this film. The storyline is so appropriate for today's viewers, with the question of greedy adults trying to take advantage of the simple villagers. But, the film really displays the friendship between the children. I love that the camera angle is even with their eye level, which gives it an authenticity that is rarely seen. Highly recommended for ages 8 to 18. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. You should be aware that the dialogue is in Marathi, with English sub-titles. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 94 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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