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ADVENTURE BOYZ

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ADVENTURE BOYZ - HOWARD FORD
Series: FEATURE, AGES 5-12
Description - When speedway racing champ Mike Harris has his kids for the summer holidays, he is stunned they want to sit inside playing on their devices. Insisting they get out into the real world for adventure and exercise, little does he realize, he is about to set off a chain of events that will change their lives forever.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Adventure Boyz is an engaging film in which family ties are tested and strengthened. The beginning of the movie shows the toll that family separation takes and the father realizing where his children are headed if they continue on that road. It ends with the returning of a missing family member and becoming a family again.

Adventure Boyz encourages family activities as healthy ways to nourish family relationships between parents and children, denouncing the use of electronics as some kind of epidemic that turns people into zombies.

What I found appealing are the main characters, the views and scenery. Plus, there is adventure and fun involved. Although the film lacks in creativity, it flows well most of the time. There are some things that don't quite make sense such as like the father being allowed to compete again and winning. It offers a please feeling of familiarity with the characters and their environments. The movie exceeds in showing positive family and faith values.

Adventure Boyz offers a positive message about family and the importance of good parenting. It emphasizes trusting God and positive advice that a committed parent should give her children. It does have some unnecessary physical violent scenes, that you should be aware of.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 13 to 18. This film is available now on DVD and digital.

Reviewed by Carolina S., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like Adventure Boyz because it has a good, interesting story. This film is full of action and adventure. It is cool how the two boys, Sam and younger brother Jake (Rory Ford, Felix Ford) work together to solve a mystery. I like how the boys' dad is a speedway racer, because that is something I'm not ever around. I also like the mom, because she is very protective of her kids. You can tell she loves them very much.

The story starts off with a news reporter reporting that 50 diamonds has been stolen in the castle. This grabbed my attention right away. When the two brothers are biking, they find a hideout where the diamonds hidden. That is just the beginning of their big adventure. The boys get chased by two bad guys pretty much throughout the movie and have quite a few close calls. They have to fend for themselves because their mom is away and their dad winds up in jail. It's really up to them to set things straight.

I love one of the bad guys in the story--one of the antagonists. He has a great personality, because he is always getting distracted by things and it's funny when he gets off task. The other antagonist is the complete opposite; he is very focused and very serious about his job. My favorite part is when one of the bad guys is admiring flowers. It's ironic because, earlier on in the film, he tells his partner he never wanted to be a criminal, he wanted to be a gardener.

The message of the film is to trust yourself. Sam sometimes has moments when he doubts himself and then, he learns to be more confident and does the right thing. I know when I'm more confident, I tend to do better at something, like when I'm singing, dancing and acting. There is one scary part, the abduction scene, when someone is tied up and has duct tape over his mouth.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 14, but even older kids and some adults may like it. Adventure Boyz is available now on Blu-Ray/DVD and streaming services, so look for it.

Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10
Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ 12.99 Media:



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FRIENDLY FACES & SAFE SPACES
FRIENDLY FACES & SAFE SPACES - LEAH GALLOWAY
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-15
Description - Steven Botelho, a puppet maker hailing from Milton, Ontario, designs and creates puppets that represent a variety of different mental, physical, and learning disabilities to attempt to educate young children in the entertaining form of puppetry. Together with his fianc� Tony Babcock, Steven is attempting to change the world with his puppetry, and bring forth a new perspective of the reality of the different disabilities young children may come across as they grow up, and how they can work to look past them to see the person for who they are.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This documentary attempts to educate kids about different mental health issues in a way they can relate to. It offers a message of self-acceptance and does this by using puppets to display common, though often ignored, symptoms of ADHD, anxiety and other issues.

I found this film incredibly enlightening and personal. Shining a light on ADHD, for example, is extremely important. Using puppets to get children to learn is a unique method that I greatly admire. Also, the scenes showing the audience point of view are particularly enjoyable, so credits to the filmmaker for that. The production is very professionally made, although it has some audio issues at points.

I love that the documentary shares actual experiences by its creators. What stands out most is the script by Leah Galloway and Chris Bacon. I like that they address the ignorance around mental health and find ways to get students to participate during their presentation. The design for the puppets is very creative and colorful. Certainly, the puppets appeal to the target age of this documentary - elementary school kids. story The part about parents not relating to their child's mental health issues is very eye opening. My favorite part about this documentary are the puppets; they are similar to Sesame Street Muppets, which charmed me and I think most young children will enjoy them.

The message of this documentary is to accept yourself and don't try to alter the unique things about you.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Joshitha B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This documentary attempts to educate kids about different mental health issues in a way they can relate to. It offers a message of self-acceptance and does this by using puppets to display common, though often ignored, symptoms of ADHD, anxiety and other issues.

I found this film incredibly enlightening and personal. Shining a light on ADHD, for example, is extremely important. Using puppets to get children to learn is a unique method that I greatly admire. Also, the scenes showing the audience point of view are particularly enjoyable, so credits to the filmmaker for that. The production is very professionally made, although it has some audio issues at points.

I love that the documentary shares actual experiences by its creators. What stands out most is the script by Leah Galloway and Chris Bacon. I like that they address the ignorance around mental health and find ways to get students to participate during their presentation. The design for the puppets is very creative and colorful. Certainly, the puppets appeal to the target age of this documentary - elementary school kids. story The part about parents not relating to their child's mental health issues is very eye opening. My favorite part about this documentary are the puppets; they are similar to Sesame Street Muppets, which charmed me and I think most young children will enjoy them.

The message of this documentary is to accept yourself and don't try to alter the unique things about you.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Joshitha B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SPAGHETTI MONSTER, THE
SPAGHETTI MONSTER, THE - KARI THOMAS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Trespassing can be deadly.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - From a kids' point of view, this student production delivers a pretty solid storyline that holds together the story from start to finish. The camera work is pretty good, the audio is excellent, background music suitable and enhancing. My only concern is that it gets off to a bit of a slow start, but definitely picks up midway. It's a well told fantasy, with a bit of animation thrown in to enhance the background of the Spaghetti Monster. I recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially for those featuring student productions. I give it 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 - From a kids' point of view, this student production delivers a pretty solid storyline that holds together the story from start to finish. The camera work is pretty good, the audio is excellent, background music suitable and enhancing. My only concern is that it gets off to a bit of a slow start, but definitely picks up midway. It's a well told fantasy, with a bit of animation thrown in to enhance the background of the Spaghetti Monster. I recommend it to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, especially for those featuring student productions. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ONCE IN A LIFETIME PASS, A
ONCE IN A LIFETIME PASS, A - MATTHEW AGUSTIN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - This is the real-life story of a boy and his grandfather, and their closeness with one another. The boy becomes curious as to why his grandfather goes out on a daily basis. He learns of his grandfather's lifetime pass and why that allowed him to ride public transportation on a daily basis. He decides to join his grandfather to discover his habits; however, he unknowingly embarks on a trip to a store far away from their home. Little does the boy know what fate has determined for them. The boy hopes that his grandfather's story will encourage other elders to strive to be active. His grandfather's story will inspire other public transportation agencies to administer lifetime passes to the elderly population.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A Once in a Lifetime Pass is a charming documentary about a boy and his grandfather. It is lovingly made and very watchable. It made me smile and very teary at times. It deals with the loss of a grandparent, but is suitable for tweens and teens.

This is a real life story about public transit and the way that a senior uses it, plus his grandson. I found it very engaging and appealing. Although it has a sad ending, it is still a wonderful story.

I like that it shows a typical day in the grandfather's life, using his bus pass. The camera work is well done - simple and straightforward and the audio is clear most of the time, although opening and closing music are both way too loud, compared to the rest of the film. The filmmaker would do us all a favor if he evened out the audio. It is a bit difficult to understand the grandfather's dialogue at times, but was still easy to figure out what was going on. The background music is a bit annoying in that it is very repetitive and rather than enhance the film, I wanted it to just go away. It's not so annoying as to disqualify the film, though I wish the filmmaker had sought out something more appropriate to the story. Another drawback, in terms of production is at the ending, the young man talks about the lifetime pass, he is moving constantly and his audio is tainted by the wind. It seems there was no windscreen on the microphone.

I recommend this for a youth and family film festival. I also like that the family it follows is Korean. It is a good representation of that culture, and a loving relationship between the boy and his grandfather. It could be something that would motivate other public transit companies to adopt the free senior pass. The best part for me was seeing the bond between the grandfather and his grandson and how public transit made it possible for the grandfather to live his life more fully. It was engaging from beginning to end and it made an impression on me.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 through 18. I would rate it higher if the audio levels were fixed. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - A Once in a Lifetime Pass is a charming documentary about a boy and his grandfather. It is lovingly made and very watchable. It made me smile and very teary at times. It deals with the loss of a grandparent, but is suitable for tweens and teens.

This is a real life story about public transit and the way that a senior uses it, plus his grandson. I found it very engaging and appealing. Although it has a sad ending, it is still a wonderful story.

I like that it shows a typical day in the grandfather's life, using his bus pass. The camera work is well done - simple and straightforward and the audio is clear most of the time, although opening and closing music are both way too loud, compared to the rest of the film. The filmmaker would do us all a favor if he evened out the audio. It is a bit difficult to understand the grandfather's dialogue at times, but was still easy to figure out what was going on. The background music is a bit annoying in that it is very repetitive and rather than enhance the film, I wanted it to just go away. It's not so annoying as to disqualify the film, though I wish the filmmaker had sought out something more appropriate to the story. Another drawback, in terms of production is at the ending, the young man talks about the lifetime pass, he is moving constantly and his audio is tainted by the wind. It seems there was no windscreen on the microphone.

I recommend this for a youth and family film festival. I also like that the family it follows is Korean. It is a good representation of that culture, and a loving relationship between the boy and his grandfather. It could be something that would motivate other public transit companies to adopt the free senior pass. The best part for me was seeing the bond between the grandfather and his grandson and how public transit made it possible for the grandfather to live his life more fully. It was engaging from beginning to end and it made an impression on me.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 through 18. I would rate it higher if the audio levels were fixed. Reviewed by Denise B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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PERFECTLY IMPERFECT - LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - This is a film about learning to have positive thoughts about ourselves and how self perception is so important to our mental health. Positive self perception is important to our perception of others and to having peace.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Excellent! This student film, by middle school students hit the nail right on the head about how we think about ourselves influences everything in our life - from our relationships to others, to health, to success in school or work. This is a great message and one everyone benefits from hearing every now and then. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. In English. Live Action. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Excellent! This student film, by middle school students hit the nail right on the head about how we think about ourselves influences everything in our life - from our relationships to others, to health, to success in school or work. This is a great message and one everyone benefits from hearing every now and then. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. In English. Live Action. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WORLD THAT WAS, THE
WORLD THAT WAS, THE - LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - This video is a combination animation and live action about a little boy learning how we can have peace in the world. He learns how the world originally was and how evil in the world took away peace and how everyone can make a difference by trying to create peace in the world.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Great message, that everyone can make a difference and the only way to cut through evil is by bringing light into the world, one person at a time. Produced by middle school students, it makes me happy to see them producing a film with this message. It gives one hope. The combination of live action and animation is well executed, although I would have liked to have seen a greater variety in images. It's a bit static as a film. Still, I am going to recommend it for ages 5 to 8 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Great message, that everyone can make a difference and the only way to cut through evil is by bringing light into the world, one person at a time. Produced by middle school students, it makes me happy to see them producing a film with this message. It gives one hope. The combination of live action and animation is well executed, although I would have liked to have seen a greater variety in images. It's a bit static as a film. Still, I am going to recommend it for ages 5 to 8 and give it 3 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DELIVERING SUNSHINE
DELIVERING SUNSHINE - LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - This is a film about using our inner climate to help others and help bring about peace.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful short film by middle school students. Beginning with a quote from Maya Angelou, this film grabs your heart as we witness the selfless acts by a young boy collecting abandoned shoes and gifting a pair to an apparently homeless man. He doesn't make a big deal of it, collects, delivers and moves on. Love this. Inspiring film about helping others. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. In English. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautiful short film by middle school students. Beginning with a quote from Maya Angelou, this film grabs your heart as we witness the selfless acts by a young boy collecting abandoned shoes and gifting a pair to an apparently homeless man. He doesn't make a big deal of it, collects, delivers and moves on. Love this. Inspiring film about helping others. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. In English. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TRUTH OF BEAUTY, THE
TRUTH OF BEAUTY, THE - LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - This is a film about the diverse nature of beauty and learning to accept yourself.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well done, excellent message. From middle school students, in English, this short film is well produced, with excellent narration and images. This would make a wonderful addition to a student film festival or one focused on truthful messages. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Well done, excellent message. From middle school students, in English, this short film is well produced, with excellent narration and images. This would make a wonderful addition to a student film festival or one focused on truthful messages. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ONE AT A TIME
ONE AT A TIME - LORA BATCHELOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - This is a film about how simple acts of random kindness can help change the world. Simple acts like picking up trash can help make a difference.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful and thoughtful short live action film by middle school students. The message, that no matter how small you are, you can make a difference rings true, particularly in current time when too often people are overwhelmed and don't think they can make a difference. Beautifully shot, good acting. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 7 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautiful and thoughtful short live action film by middle school students. The message, that no matter how small you are, you can make a difference rings true, particularly in current time when too often people are overwhelmed and don't think they can make a difference. Beautifully shot, good acting. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 7 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GAME WITHOUT ZERO
GAME WITHOUT ZERO - DR. MAHZIAR SHIRAZI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 9-18
Description - A girl who is trying to get a wedding ring for her doll. From Iran with English Sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a sweet story about a little girl wanting to get a ring for her doll so she can host a pretend wedding. The girl's patience is remarkable. The film is well shot and edited and there is no dialogue, the story is told entirely through images. Beautifully made and reflect the culture of Iran where it is from. Recommend for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a sweet story about a little girl wanting to get a ring for her doll so she can host a pretend wedding. The girl's patience is remarkable. The film is well shot and edited and there is no dialogue, the story is told entirely through images. Beautifully made and reflect the culture of Iran where it is from. Recommend for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S, KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BREAD AND DIMENTIA
BREAD AND DIMENTIA - KAVEH AZIZI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Freshteh, a nine-year-old girl who plays with her friends free of sadness. Meanwhile, she forgets the responsibility of taking care of Agha (the old man) and he lost! If Freshteh cannot find Agha, she and her parents must leave Agha's house. From Iran with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very touching story about a little girl and her family, whose job is to caretake for an elderly gentleman who is the "master" of the house. Beautifully shot, wonderful acting, especially on the part of the young girl. From Iran, the dialogue is Persian, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 10 to 18, plus adults.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Very touching story about a little girl and her family, whose job is to caretake for an elderly gentleman who is the "master" of the house. Beautifully shot, wonderful acting, especially on the part of the young girl. From Iran, the dialogue is Persian, with English subtitles. Recommended for ages 10 to 18, plus adults.
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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CAZANDO GAMUSINOS
CAZANDO GAMUSINOS - SILVIA MANES
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 7-12
Description - Humans possess a totem that gives them control of their imagination. When a gamusino steals Ruben's totem, his son Hugo goes on a quest and will confront the creature to restore his father's vitality.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cazando Gamusinos is a fun short film that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages. It is very family-friendly and enjoyable. From the animation to the music, Cazando Gamusinos proves itself to be a lovely film and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

This is a animated film about a world where people possess magical pendants, which contain a source of strength for that human. Each person has their own pendant, treasuring it. One day, a man's pendent is stolen, so, with desperation, he sends his son out to retrieve the locket.

The animation is spectacular - very smooth, and effort is clearly shown by the animators. Not to mention, this film is very quick, so you're sure to not be bored. The magical aspect of this short film is very appealing to younger audiences, which is always a plus.

The storyline is charming and very simple. In the sense, it is an overdone idea, therefore it's rather predictable. However, it is a well-done animation. The background details are given a strong emphasize with movement of the camera. I like that it portrays a parallel universe, with the difference being that of the magic. I love the quest the son takes to the cave. It is such a contrast to the domestic little home we see in the beginning. His home is his place of comfort, and the discomfort in the dark, spooky cave is very apparent by the way the son visibly shakes out of fear.

The music is whimsical, very reminiscent of games such as Wizard 101, for example. The melody truly paints a picture of the fantasy aspect of the world of Cazando Gamusinos. The style of animation is quite cartoonish, so none of the effects are made to appear realistic. The style is very straight-forward, with dark outlines and solid coloring.

The voice actress, Joan Climent, makes noises of distress without sounding actual words. With that said, it certainly helps take the film onto a more emotional route such as when the father is shown sadly resting on his chair, and his son sounds as if he is about to cry. Those things are very important for a short film like this. This film should play well on the big screen. The music is what makes this film interesting. It really enhances the story and helps move it along.

The message is - even when things are looking low, don't lose hope!

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 13. Reviewed by Joshitha B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Cazando Gamusinos is a fun short film that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages. It is very family-friendly and enjoyable. From the animation to the music, Cazando Gamusinos proves itself to be a lovely film and I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

This is a animated film about a world where people possess magical pendants, which contain a source of strength for that human. Each person has their own pendant, treasuring it. One day, a man's pendent is stolen, so, with desperation, he sends his son out to retrieve the locket.

The animation is spectacular - very smooth, and effort is clearly shown by the animators. Not to mention, this film is very quick, so you're sure to not be bored. The magical aspect of this short film is very appealing to younger audiences, which is always a plus.

The storyline is charming and very simple. In the sense, it is an overdone idea, therefore it's rather predictable. However, it is a well-done animation. The background details are given a strong emphasize with movement of the camera. I like that it portrays a parallel universe, with the difference being that of the magic. I love the quest the son takes to the cave. It is such a contrast to the domestic little home we see in the beginning. His home is his place of comfort, and the discomfort in the dark, spooky cave is very apparent by the way the son visibly shakes out of fear.

The music is whimsical, very reminiscent of games such as Wizard 101, for example. The melody truly paints a picture of the fantasy aspect of the world of Cazando Gamusinos. The style of animation is quite cartoonish, so none of the effects are made to appear realistic. The style is very straight-forward, with dark outlines and solid coloring.

The voice actress, Joan Climent, makes noises of distress without sounding actual words. With that said, it certainly helps take the film onto a more emotional route such as when the father is shown sadly resting on his chair, and his son sounds as if he is about to cry. Those things are very important for a short film like this. This film should play well on the big screen. The music is what makes this film interesting. It really enhances the story and helps move it along.

The message is - even when things are looking low, don't lose hope!

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 13. Reviewed by Joshitha B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Reviewer.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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DUO
DUO - DUO SHORT FILM
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 7-18
Description - On his eleventh birthday, Graham receives the gift of his dreams: an Ally Duo virtual assistant set. However, when he tries to go against The Manual, he finds himself at odds with his parents and society as a whole.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Do you like films about the future? If so, Duo would be a great short film for you. Duo is a live action, student-produced, short film about a little boy named Graham and a little girl named Ana, who both get a Duo Orb set. They fear what might happen if they try to switch their orbs.

The Duo Orb set is Graham's birthday present and it come with two orbs, named Coral and Yellow. Coral keeps him entertained and Yellow keeps his life on track. When Graham tries to switch the Yellow orb for another Coral, he gets in BIG trouble. Graham's friend, Ana, already has a Duo Orb set, but she doesn't like Coral. So, Ana and Graham try to switch their orbs and they both fear what will happen next.

The background music is very pretty and sweet sounding. The film seems to be set about twenty years in the future. It is very beautifully shot, and the special effects are gorgeous! Graham is played by Mason Gillet, Ana, by Alyssa Marquez, and the orbs Andres Eduardo, Inez Gregory and Liz Rodgers.

The message of this film is that teamwork makes the dream work! I give this short film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 7 to 18, but adults would like it too. I recommend Duo for KIDS FIRST Film Festival, but warn you about one scene that might be scary for younger and more sensitive children.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Do you like films about the future? If so, Duo would be a great short film for you. Duo is a live action, student-produced, short film about a little boy named Graham and a little girl named Ana, who both get a Duo Orb set. They fear what might happen if they try to switch their orbs.

The Duo Orb set is Graham's birthday present and it come with two orbs, named Coral and Yellow. Coral keeps him entertained and Yellow keeps his life on track. When Graham tries to switch the Yellow orb for another Coral, he gets in BIG trouble. Graham's friend, Ana, already has a Duo Orb set, but she doesn't like Coral. So, Ana and Graham try to switch their orbs and they both fear what will happen next.

The background music is very pretty and sweet sounding. The film seems to be set about twenty years in the future. It is very beautifully shot, and the special effects are gorgeous! Graham is played by Mason Gillet, Ana, by Alyssa Marquez, and the orbs Andres Eduardo, Inez Gregory and Liz Rodgers.

The message of this film is that teamwork makes the dream work! I give this short film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 7 to 18, but adults would like it too. I recommend Duo for KIDS FIRST Film Festival, but warn you about one scene that might be scary for younger and more sensitive children.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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STATUE, THE
STATUE, THE - NATALIE NEWMAN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-14
Description - Hassan has just moved to the US from Egypt and to make things harder, this 2nd grader is a shy little guy. His supportive mother does the best she can to encourage him on his first day of school while Makai, the rowdiest kid in class, is keenly interested in the new kid. Ms. Burgess, his vibrant yet commanding dance teacher, finds his shyness curious and casts Hassan in the annual 2nd grade play, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". Hassan is assigned a suitable part: the Giant Rumblebuffin who is turned into a statue by the White Witch. He stands as a frozen statue most of the time and only has one line. Sounds easy enough but he just can't get the line right. Even though Hassan is surrounded by supportive people, will he get it right on closing night when his parents come see the show?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and perfect for KIDS FIRST! as it truly reflects values that we look for - love, patience, teamwork, and embracing differences. The child actors are delightful, especially the actors for Hassan and Makai. The adults are equally terrific, all truly believable in their roles. Excellent graphics and digital images, background music, camera work and editing. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it for ages 8 to 14, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a brilliant piece of filmmaking and perfect for KIDS FIRST! as it truly reflects values that we look for - love, patience, teamwork, and embracing differences. The child actors are delightful, especially the actors for Hassan and Makai. The adults are equally terrific, all truly believable in their roles. Excellent graphics and digital images, background music, camera work and editing. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 5 out of 5 stars, recommend it for ages 8 to 14, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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RAINBOW BRIDGE, THE
RAINBOW BRIDGE, THE - ANGELA DAUN
Series: INDEPENDENT SHORT, AGES 6-12
Description - A 6-year-old boy runs away in search of the infamous "Rainbow Bridge" after learning of the pet heaven when his beloved dog suddenly dies. Once he finds it, he doesn't want to leave. The mission given to him by the guardian of the bridge is the only reason he willingly returns back home to his panicked family.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is sure to tug at your heart strings! As a huge animal lover and an owner of many pets, I truly relate to this film, as I am sure almost any viewer will as well. It's so difficult to let go of your furred, feathered or scaled companions, but knowing that goodbye is not forever can surely be appreciated. Believing that our non-human companions have left this life and moved into a world of beauty, color, happiness and are full of life makes the pain of losing that friend so much better.

The Rainbow Bridge, based on the themes of several works of familiar poetry, takes us on the journey of "Noah the dog" as he crosses over into another world following his death. His closest family companion, a young boy named Christian, sets out on a journey of his own to find his beloved pet.

Any animal lover will appreciate the story line. Believing that someday you will be reunited with a pet you once loved so much, brings such peace to a broken heart. This is what I love so much about this film; it refreshed my memory about the same story my mom once told me about the gates to the Rainbow Bridge. After viewing this film, it restored my hope that I will see my pet companions again. The story line is sad and heart-warming at the same time.

The cinematography and camera work in The Rainbow Bridge deserves two thumbs up. The outdoors scenes are flawless and perfectly chosen for the script. I really enjoyed the mountainside view of the wild flowers where Christian is reunited with Noah. The costumes are appropriate. I especially like the clothing worn by the "Guardian of the Bridge." I imagine that my mom would consider it a bit over-the-top, but I liked it.

I really enjoyed the sets chosen for the film. The home in the first scene is a typical middle-class household with everything you would expect to find in the home, including the family pet. This makes the story line believable. Both outdoor scenes are perfectly chosen. I particularly enjoyed the mountainside view into the other world or Rainbow Bridge. The filmmaker made great choices for the music and sound effects. Everything suits the scenes well.

One slight flaw in terms of believability is the scene where the family turns their backs on Noah and the brownies and within minutes, Noah is dead. Most dog owners are aware that chocolate can be deadly for dogs, but death does not occur that soon after the animal eats the chocolate. It would have been more believable had there been a scene showing the family taking Noah to the vet where soon after, he dies. I overlooked this since the film is so good in other ways.

Hands down, Christian is the star of the film. He is very talented and really conveys how his heart is broken by the death of his pet friend Noah. His emotions are sincere and we can feel it. I thought that Christian's Mother is a bit over dramatic and cute little Noah steals our hearts!

I recommend The Rainbow Bridge for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It will be loved and appreciated by children and families. This is the perfect youth and family film. The story line is easy to connect to since so many family households has at least one pet companion which is loved so much. The message of The Rainbow Bridge is about friendship to the end and beyond. Those bonds that you have make with your non-human companions will always be with you and, most always, will encourage you to keep those bonds alive with other needy animals.

My very favorite part of The Rainbow Bridge comes at the end of the film when there is an explanation of how many homeless animals die each year due to the lack of homes. Angela Daun, director, writer and producer, puts a great touch on this film by encouraging people to adopt an animal from the shelter rather than support the puppy mill industry when purchasing your pet companions through breeders. Kudos to Angela Daun!!! I think Angela Daun has star power for her call to action in addressing the issue of pet overpopulation and how adopting a pet is so much better.

I give The Rainbow Bridge 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 18, plus adults. Bring your tissues, you will need them. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is sure to tug at your heart strings! As a huge animal lover and an owner of many pets, I truly relate to this film, as I am sure almost any viewer will as well. It's so difficult to let go of your furred, feathered or scaled companions, but knowing that goodbye is not forever can surely be appreciated. Believing that our non-human companions have left this life and moved into a world of beauty, color, happiness and are full of life makes the pain of losing that friend so much better.

The Rainbow Bridge, based on the themes of several works of familiar poetry, takes us on the journey of "Noah the dog" as he crosses over into another world following his death. His closest family companion, a young boy named Christian, sets out on a journey of his own to find his beloved pet.

Any animal lover will appreciate the story line. Believing that someday you will be reunited with a pet you once loved so much, brings such peace to a broken heart. This is what I love so much about this film; it refreshed my memory about the same story my mom once told me about the gates to the Rainbow Bridge. After viewing this film, it restored my hope that I will see my pet companions again. The story line is sad and heart-warming at the same time.

The cinematography and camera work in The Rainbow Bridge deserves two thumbs up. The outdoors scenes are flawless and perfectly chosen for the script. I really enjoyed the mountainside view of the wild flowers where Christian is reunited with Noah. The costumes are appropriate. I especially like the clothing worn by the "Guardian of the Bridge." I imagine that my mom would consider it a bit over-the-top, but I liked it.

I really enjoyed the sets chosen for the film. The home in the first scene is a typical middle-class household with everything you would expect to find in the home, including the family pet. This makes the story line believable. Both outdoor scenes are perfectly chosen. I particularly enjoyed the mountainside view into the other world or Rainbow Bridge. The filmmaker made great choices for the music and sound effects. Everything suits the scenes well.

One slight flaw in terms of believability is the scene where the family turns their backs on Noah and the brownies and within minutes, Noah is dead. Most dog owners are aware that chocolate can be deadly for dogs, but death does not occur that soon after the animal eats the chocolate. It would have been more believable had there been a scene showing the family taking Noah to the vet where soon after, he dies. I overlooked this since the film is so good in other ways.

Hands down, Christian is the star of the film. He is very talented and really conveys how his heart is broken by the death of his pet friend Noah. His emotions are sincere and we can feel it. I thought that Christian's Mother is a bit over dramatic and cute little Noah steals our hearts!

I recommend The Rainbow Bridge for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It will be loved and appreciated by children and families. This is the perfect youth and family film. The story line is easy to connect to since so many family households has at least one pet companion which is loved so much. The message of The Rainbow Bridge is about friendship to the end and beyond. Those bonds that you have make with your non-human companions will always be with you and, most always, will encourage you to keep those bonds alive with other needy animals.

My very favorite part of The Rainbow Bridge comes at the end of the film when there is an explanation of how many homeless animals die each year due to the lack of homes. Angela Daun, director, writer and producer, puts a great touch on this film by encouraging people to adopt an animal from the shelter rather than support the puppy mill industry when purchasing your pet companions through breeders. Kudos to Angela Daun!!! I think Angela Daun has star power for her call to action in addressing the issue of pet overpopulation and how adopting a pet is so much better.

I give The Rainbow Bridge 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 6 to 18, plus adults. Bring your tissues, you will need them. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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JAIL LULLABY
JAIL LULLABY - JORMA KAULANEN
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - One stormy night three convicts break out of their prison. As trouble ensues, their comradery is put to the ultimate test. A successful getaway will require finesse, lightning reflexes, and gums of steel.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Awe, this is definitely a labor of love by first time Finnish filmmaker Jorma Kaulanen, starring none other than his own baby (who plays his role quietly believably well). From reading the synopsis, I was completely unprepared for what actually transpires in the short film, and pleasantly so. What parent has never imagined the life their young one has after they walk out of the room? This plays out that concept quite well, with excellent subtitles directing us as to the inner thoughts of the small protagonist. There is some mild profanity, so be forewarned. Other than that, excellent production, fun concept, great acting, lovely background music and charming storyline. I recommend it for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, award it 4 out of 5 stars, and suggest an audience age of 12 to 18, plus adults. (Need to take into consideration the bit of profanity).

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Awe, this is definitely a labor of love by first time Finnish filmmaker Jorma Kaulanen, starring none other than his own baby (who plays his role quietly believably well). From reading the synopsis, I was completely unprepared for what actually transpires in the short film, and pleasantly so. What parent has never imagined the life their young one has after they walk out of the room? This plays out that concept quite well, with excellent subtitles directing us as to the inner thoughts of the small protagonist. There is some mild profanity, so be forewarned. Other than that, excellent production, fun concept, great acting, lovely background music and charming storyline. I recommend it for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, award it 4 out of 5 stars, and suggest an audience age of 12 to 18, plus adults. (Need to take into consideration the bit of profanity).

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SATURDAY CLUB
SATURDAY CLUB - AGNES LESTI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-6
Description - Saturday Club is a preschool animation that strengthens social and emotional skills and helps to build kids' capacity for empathy.

The story follows the adventures of four friends - Tian, Jo, Suzie and Jamie - who meet in a play den each Saturday to discuss their week. Each episode introduces a situation where preschoolers have to put themselves in others' shoes and think about how others feel.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Quite fun and imaginative. Love the colors of the animation, so suitable for preschoolers. The length and pace of the storyline is perfect, just long enough for a "teachable moment" without getting too stuffy or detailed. I'd love to see more episodes from the show as this one definitely perked my interest. The voices are of British kids, which pose a bit of a challenge for some US audiences. However, that seems to be disappearing at least in some parts of the country. I definitely feel this would be a hit at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Quite fun and imaginative. Love the colors of the animation, so suitable for preschoolers. The length and pace of the storyline is perfect, just long enough for a "teachable moment" without getting too stuffy or detailed. I'd love to see more episodes from the show as this one definitely perked my interest. The voices are of British kids, which pose a bit of a challenge for some US audiences. However, that seems to be disappearing at least in some parts of the country. I definitely feel this would be a hit at a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 6, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-6 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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INVISIBLE INK
INVISIBLE INK - LOGAN MARBER
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - When Emma has her friend over for a sleepover, they play with an invisible ink pen. Through a magical spell, the girl they draw with the pen comes to life and haunts Emma's family. Emma is annoyed with her sister for being so dramatic and thinks she is lying about what she saw. After trying to figure out why her sister thinks a strange girl is appearing in their home, Emma receives a message that will open her mind and heart to new friendships.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love this film because invisible ink is fun to play with! I think most kids would love to be able to draw something and have it come to life.

Invisible Ink is about two girls named Emma and Kylie, who draw a girl named Flame using the invisible ink and leave the room. All of sudden a girl that looks like the drawing appears and scares the family. The girls go back to look at the paper, but the page is now blank. The girls soon find out what happened to her.

The story line is really cool. Who doesn't like to play with invisible ink? Also the characters are excited throughout the film and that kept me excited. I love all the scenes where Flame mysteriously pops up, scares people and then disappears. I like how Emma made Flame look really colorful and, even though she is creepy, she still has neon colors. I also like how the girls have everyday clothes on. I like how creepy music is played whenever Flame appears. I also like how fun music is played when the friends are eating ice cream. The special effects are awesome. I liked that there are special effects such as flashing lights when Flame disappears and re-appears in other places. The director of the movie is Logan Marber, who is 8 years old and has made and played in three films including Invisible Ink as Emma. She has also directed and played in The Kid Quest. I admire her as a young filmmaker.

The message of the film is to not judge a book by its cover. Sometimes you have to give people a chance and get to know them and not worry about what they look like. They may end up being a good person after all. My favorite part is when the girl from the paper comes to life. My favorite character is Flame because of her neon colors and her outfit when she turns human. Flame also is really nice.

I recommend this for a KIDS FIRST! Film festival and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is most suitable to ages 5 through 12.

Reviewed by Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love this film because invisible ink is fun to play with! I think most kids would love to be able to draw something and have it come to life.

Invisible Ink is about two girls named Emma and Kylie, who draw a girl named Flame using the invisible ink and leave the room. All of sudden a girl that looks like the drawing appears and scares the family. The girls go back to look at the paper, but the page is now blank. The girls soon find out what happened to her.

The story line is really cool. Who doesn't like to play with invisible ink? Also the characters are excited throughout the film and that kept me excited. I love all the scenes where Flame mysteriously pops up, scares people and then disappears. I like how Emma made Flame look really colorful and, even though she is creepy, she still has neon colors. I also like how the girls have everyday clothes on. I like how creepy music is played whenever Flame appears. I also like how fun music is played when the friends are eating ice cream. The special effects are awesome. I liked that there are special effects such as flashing lights when Flame disappears and re-appears in other places. The director of the movie is Logan Marber, who is 8 years old and has made and played in three films including Invisible Ink as Emma. She has also directed and played in The Kid Quest. I admire her as a young filmmaker.

The message of the film is to not judge a book by its cover. Sometimes you have to give people a chance and get to know them and not worry about what they look like. They may end up being a good person after all. My favorite part is when the girl from the paper comes to life. My favorite character is Flame because of her neon colors and her outfit when she turns human. Flame also is really nice.

I recommend this for a KIDS FIRST! Film festival and give it 5 out of 5 stars. It is most suitable to ages 5 through 12.

Reviewed by Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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STRAWS
STRAWS - LINDA BOOKER
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 7-18
Description - Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates the history and story of straws and marine researchers, citizen activists and business owners discuss how it's possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found this film very informative and was engaged from start to finish. The brief history of straws made a great beginning and set the scene as to why we have arrived at the need for a film of this nature. I also liked the way the film interviews different people to provide various perspectives and thus retains balance whilst still providing a powerful message. The wildlife featured was nice to see, although there is a slightly upsetting, but entirely valid scene of an injured turtle. From my perspective this scene really explains the unseen impact to the viewer. The film is inclusive of children's engagement and was especially good to see. I would challenge anybody who views this film not to question their use of a plastic straw next time they are offered one. I certainly did and this is based on clear information, which is why I recommend this film for ages 10 to 18, plus adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Richard L., KIDS FIRST! Adult reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This educational documentary by Linda Booker opens with a short history about straws as a useful tool. However, it then takes us on a journey explaining how the non-recyclable material that straws are made from today is completely devastating to the environment. How could a tool, which is so useful, have such a negative impact on the environment? Straws opens our eyes to see how single use straws are harmful to the world around us. The take home message is huge! Straws gives us disturbing facts and examples which are easy to relate to and more importantly, it gives the younger generation a call to action to make change for a better tomorrow.

I like how Straws interviews several researchers and groups who all tell the same story -that single use plastics are destroying our environment. Each of these people gives alarming specifics, which are compelling. This documentary takes us right to the site and gives us a first hand account on how plastics are impacting our ecosystems. It made me want to hop on a plane and join their teams!

The camera work of the film is outstanding. The ocean and underwater scenes are amazing. The footage is clear, making the message truly stand out! The research teams and outreach groups are well represented and have excellent spokespersons. The sets and locations are perfectly chosen. I especially like the story and plight of the sea turtles in Costa Rica. I have been to Costa Rica and have participated in outreach programs there. For me, the Costa Rican scenery made me appreciate the film even more.

The information is so interesting that quite honestly; all I wanted and waited for was more facts to come. I found that each and every person who is interviewed and included truly stands out and there is no single person that is better then the rest. They are all excellent. The documentary doesn't need the "wow factor" of special effects, as the information in itself is enough to wow the audience. Its message deserves to be projected globally. I was aware of the dangers of these plastics, but I never knew the global scope of how much is being consumed and ending up in our oceans. The data presented in this film is alarming. I particularly love the scene showing the children working together to make bamboo straws. One of the boys says, "We need community action," which I believe to be so true.

The message of Straws is about the need for change; consumers need to change their behavior before our fragile ecosystems are impacted forever. I have been learning about single use plastics for years, because I am huge environmentalist.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 18, plus adults. It belongs in every KIDS FIRST! Film Festival to inform people that in order to save our environment we need individuals, families and communities from all around the world. We can't make change unless we are aware of the negative impact that man has on nature. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 32 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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CONCERNED CITIZEN, A: CIVICS IN ACTION
CONCERNED CITIZEN, A: CIVICS IN ACTION - BO BOUDART PRODUCTIONS
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 6-18
Description - Dr. Riki Ott, is a whistleblower who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened. A toxicologist, author, and activist, Riki organized the Gulf coast communities to recover from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster. She is also helping to spearhead the campaign with Ultimate Civics, one that will introduce a Constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and to reform campaign finance and contributions. The film also follows how other citizens have also taken her example-to change and strengthen efforts at curbing oil pollution of America's lands, rivers, and coastal waters.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - No more oil spills! I like that phrase because it tells people not to have oil spills. It also makes sense in this short film, because the whole point is to get rid of oil spills. I like the film, because I like seeing someone changing the world and teaching kids how to do the same.

This film is about Dr. Riki Ott who is helping to avoid the biggest oil spills in the world. She and other people have protested for no more oil spills. Riki goes to different schools teaching kids about the oils spills and how to prevent them and help.

I like how the film shows some scenes from the air of a big oil spill. You can see everything and that is really interesting. The scenes with all the oil spilled in the ocean shows how bad oil spills are to the world and animals. Dr. Ott stands out in this film and is inspiring, because she helps clean up from the spills and helps people in need due to the spills. The graphics are perfect. I learned about how we can prevent oil spills and how to help people in need when a oil spill happens.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults.

It would be excellent for a for youth or family film festival, because it teaches people about the dangers of oil spills and how Dr. Ott and others help.

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - No more oil spills! I like that phrase because it tells people not to have oil spills. It also makes sense in this short film, because the whole point is to get rid of oil spills. I like the film, because I like seeing someone changing the world and teaching kids how to do the same.

This film is about Dr. Riki Ott who is helping to avoid the biggest oil spills in the world. She and other people have protested for no more oil spills. Riki goes to different schools teaching kids about the oils spills and how to prevent them and help.

I like how the film shows some scenes from the air of a big oil spill. You can see everything and that is really interesting. The scenes with all the oil spilled in the ocean shows how bad oil spills are to the world and animals. Dr. Ott stands out in this film and is inspiring, because she helps clean up from the spills and helps people in need due to the spills. The graphics are perfect. I learned about how we can prevent oil spills and how to help people in need when a oil spill happens.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults.

It would be excellent for a for youth or family film festival, because it teaches people about the dangers of oil spills and how Dr. Ott and others help.

Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
Runtime: 41 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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PARADISE HOTEL
PARADISE HOTEL - DANIEL REHDER NORMAND
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 9-15
Description - A coming-of-age story about family, first love and restoring self-esteem. When Guillermo, a pre-adolescent introvert, arrives with his family at the wonderful HOTEL PARA�SO (Paradise Hotel) for summer vacations, he will not only have days full of activities and colourful entertainers, but he will also run into Andrea, a beautiful and curious girl from his school with whom he regularly fantasizes. Unfortunately for him, Nahel, the popular and heartthrob boy, who often bullies his classmates, is also staying in the hotel and seeks to make Andrea fall in love with him. With the help of unexpected allies and family members, Guillermo will have to confront his insecurities and participate in different hotel activities to win the weekend's real big prize: Andrea's heart.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful coming-of-age story by a Peruvian filmmaker who truly has a wonderful touch on storytelling and an excellent delivery on film. The key cast members are all outstanding, especially Kareem Pizarro, who plays Guillermo. But truly all the cast members are to be commended. We see that bullies can show up anywhere, even on your vacation and that nothing counts more than being who you are.

My favorite scene is when Guillermo plays his guitar and sings in the talent show. We see inside his soul and it's beautiful. The girl who he's had his eyes on from the get go sees it as well. I like that their love story is told in a pretty realistic way, and in a way that pre-teens and teens can easily relate to.

The location for this film is exceptional. For those of us who are not from Peru, it reminds us of family camp in the Adirondacks, or perhaps Maine or upper Michigan. It's typical down to the crazed social director and the unexpectedly charming lifeguard.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 9 to 15, plus adults. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles, which are pretty spot on most of the time. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautiful coming-of-age story by a Peruvian filmmaker who truly has a wonderful touch on storytelling and an excellent delivery on film. The key cast members are all outstanding, especially Kareem Pizarro, who plays Guillermo. But truly all the cast members are to be commended. We see that bullies can show up anywhere, even on your vacation and that nothing counts more than being who you are.

My favorite scene is when Guillermo plays his guitar and sings in the talent show. We see inside his soul and it's beautiful. The girl who he's had his eyes on from the get go sees it as well. I like that their love story is told in a pretty realistic way, and in a way that pre-teens and teens can easily relate to.

The location for this film is exceptional. For those of us who are not from Peru, it reminds us of family camp in the Adirondacks, or perhaps Maine or upper Michigan. It's typical down to the crazed social director and the unexpectedly charming lifeguard.

I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 9 to 15, plus adults. The dialogue is in Spanish with English sub-titles, which are pretty spot on most of the time. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 93 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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LITTLE THINGS, THE (LE PICCOLE COSE)
LITTLE THINGS, THE (LE PICCOLE COSE) - PREMIERE FILM
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - Lucca, late at night, Giorgia, a 12-year-old girl, is waiting for her friend from school, Fulvio, to carry out a secret mission, irreparably sabotaging a car so that she does not start the next day. Everything seems to be perfectly planned, but a series of unexpected events turn a foolproof plan into a complete disaster.

A summer night in Tuscany. Giorgia, a twelve year old girl, is waiting for her clumsy friend Fulvio: Giorgia has a mission to secretly sabotage and damage a car so it won't start the day after. Everything seems to be perfectly planned, but all of a sudden things turn in to a complete disaster.

In Italian, English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful! Such a simple, yet clever little story with a delightful ending. Wonderful camera work, lovely acting, especially by the young girl and boy. But all the neighbors are really fun as well. I just love everything about this. Highly recommended for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julia S.,
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautiful! Such a simple, yet clever little story with a delightful ending. Wonderful camera work, lovely acting, especially by the young girl and boy. But all the neighbors are really fun as well. I just love everything about this. Highly recommended for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julia S.,
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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I AM GEORGE
I AM GEORGE - BACACI SJENKI
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - George is a boy who is different from the others. While he enjoys expressing his individuality, he finds himself being forced to conform. His usual colorfulness is replaced with shades of black. Will he break free from the norm or will he remain an average citizen? What does it mean, anyway, to be different, and how is it expressed and experienced? Each individual has their own way of expression, and in this short film George will show you his. It's a film about diversity and an (un)willingness to conform, (in)tolerance and willingness to express one's identity and respect for others.

The film was created as part of the advanced workshop of the Frooom! film school in 2018. in Zagreb. The mentors Anja Pletikosa and Dalija Dozet initiated the students' creative thinking about diversity. It took five days from the idea to the realization of the film, which means that in this short time the team of children, in the presence of mentors, devised a story, scripted it, created a storyboard, and made all the components of pre-production, from the selection of locations, the division of roles and training of dialogue and acting. Filming and recording sound, with the supervision of mentors, was also made by the students themselves.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - You are not everybody else! This student-produced short film is from Croatia and it truly made me laugh. George is definitely cut from a different cloth. I also like that it has a good moral that teaches you to be yourself, to not try to fit in. My only complaint is that it's so short! I would have liked it longer. That and there is no dialogue, but you can understand it nevertheless. I like the message that it sends to the audience.

The film is about a kid name George who likes to be different than the others. He enjoys being original and dresses uniquely, but society doesn't approve of it.

The cinematography is well done, nothing spectacular but entirely watchable. The bathroom scene is a bit blurry and when it zooms out, is even more blurry. Definitely, George's costume suits him, as do the other cast members' costumes. The film takes place at school most of the time, but also outside, and at George's house. It is non-narrative so the music and sound effects are important in relaying they story.

The key influencer is George. He stands out because he delivers the message of the film, which it is to be original and to be yourself.

It would be fun to see this at a film festival. Kids need to see a film like this in order to feel better about themselves and remind them that they don't always have to follow what society thinks is the "norm."

The message is to be yourself, no matter how others see you. Let your inner light shine. My favorite part is when George gets his unique outfit back.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. I recommend this, because I agree that we need to learn at a young age to be ourselves and accept ourselves the way we are. We need to express who we are and not bottle it inside. Reviewed by Ethan X. P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Jurors.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a silly comedic film that I find very amusing! Lovro Hostic does a fantastic job at portraying the cheekiness of an odd little boy. The fact that this film is so short also adds a bonus, as the plot doesn't drag on. The music is able to follow the storyline well, with its happy, upbeat tunes.
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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RAINSHADOW
RAINSHADOW - KARI BARBER
Series: STUDENT DOCUMENTARY, AGES 10-18
Description - Rainshadow, a high school for at-risk students, is threatened with being taken over by the state for low test scores, but the school's art teacher and principal have one last shot to save the school that has saved so many kids.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Films like this really make you aware of the different conflicts and issues in the world. Rainshadow tells the story of a charter high school for at-risk students and its struggles to stay open. The students from the school talk about why they can't deal with public school, which is very sad. Some have attention issues, while others were bullied almost to the point of no return.

The story itself is wonderful. It will definitely pull at your heartstrings, due to the large numbers of people who cry in the film. It is also a true story.

Some of the scenes are not well lit, but they certainly come across as realistically representing the classroom and kids in them. The editing is well done. It is filmed in Nevada, so outside we see snowy scenes. The background music is well executed. I enjoyed the piano music in particular. It's a documentary so everyone onscreen plays themselves. It made me wish that I was rich, so I could donate a lot of money to Rainshadow and other similar schools and organizations. My favorite part is when it shows the students painting. It's so relaxing to watch someone paint.

The message of the film is that sometimes, you have to fight for what's right. You should be aware that there are a few mentions of suicide. The authenticity of this film is truly heart-warming and inspiring. You see how this school changes the lives of these students and you want to see the school continue operating and see the kids become successful in their own right.

I give this documentary 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. Younger children may have a hard time understanding it, but it's family friendly for the most part. This would fit well into any film festival that is playing documentaries and art films. Reviewed by Kayenta C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Films like this really make you aware of the different conflicts and issues in the world. Rainshadow tells the story of a charter high school for at-risk students and its struggles to stay open. The students from the school talk about why they can't deal with public school, which is very sad. Some have attention issues, while others were bullied almost to the point of no return.

The story itself is wonderful. It will definitely pull at your heartstrings, due to the large numbers of people who cry in the film. It is also a true story.

Some of the scenes are not well lit, but they certainly come across as realistically representing the classroom and kids in them. The editing is well done. It is filmed in Nevada, so outside we see snowy scenes. The background music is well executed. I enjoyed the piano music in particular. It's a documentary so everyone onscreen plays themselves. It made me wish that I was rich, so I could donate a lot of money to Rainshadow and other similar schools and organizations. My favorite part is when it shows the students painting. It's so relaxing to watch someone paint.

The message of the film is that sometimes, you have to fight for what's right. You should be aware that there are a few mentions of suicide. The authenticity of this film is truly heart-warming and inspiring. You see how this school changes the lives of these students and you want to see the school continue operating and see the kids become successful in their own right.

I give this documentary 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. Younger children may have a hard time understanding it, but it's family friendly for the most part. This would fit well into any film festival that is playing documentaries and art films. Reviewed by Kayenta C., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 37 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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CLEMENTINE
CLEMENTINE - KARI THOMAS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - She robbed a bank, but stole their hearts.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Clementine is a student film that takes place in the wild west and tells the story of a girl who robs a bank and steals your heart. Its tone gives you the sense of a group of kids playing together. I enjoyed the childish innocence of the film.

The storyline of this film is pretty simple and has a lot of heart. The camera work, costumes and sets are nothing special but are entirely appropriate for the storyline and the situation. The characters are well acted. The student cast are ages 5 to 18, so you see young people obviously made up and costumed to look like adults, but that's part of the fun. Occasionally the actors stumble a bit with their lines, but so what?! I want to remind film programmers that this is a student made film and, as such, is a great example of what can be done by a group of young children in a short period of time. Just don't expect a professional production please.

I like the general childish vibe and tone of the film. It's engaging and certainly holds its own against other student films. I love the idea of the film camp where this was created. Seems like a great experience for kids to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking, from script-writing to shooting, acting and editing.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. One distinct audience is other student filmmakers, who will appreciate the efforts by these young people. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Clementine is a student film that takes place in the wild west and tells the story of a girl who robs a bank and steals your heart. Its tone gives you the sense of a group of kids playing together. I enjoyed the childish innocence of the film.

The storyline of this film is pretty simple and has a lot of heart. The camera work, costumes and sets are nothing special but are entirely appropriate for the storyline and the situation. The characters are well acted. The student cast are ages 5 to 18, so you see young people obviously made up and costumed to look like adults, but that's part of the fun. Occasionally the actors stumble a bit with their lines, but so what?! I want to remind film programmers that this is a student made film and, as such, is a great example of what can be done by a group of young children in a short period of time. Just don't expect a professional production please.

I like the general childish vibe and tone of the film. It's engaging and certainly holds its own against other student films. I love the idea of the film camp where this was created. Seems like a great experience for kids to learn the fundamentals of filmmaking, from script-writing to shooting, acting and editing.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. One distinct audience is other student filmmakers, who will appreciate the efforts by these young people. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MCGUFFIN, THE
MCGUFFIN, THE - KARI THOMAS
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - The world's most powerful superheroes go in search for the ultimate prize.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this student created film because it reflects the creativity of kids, which I think is cool. I also like how the film is made by students during 5 weeks at summer camp. That's cool. Plus, it has funny dialogue, pretty good special effects, an interesting plot, and the music, costumes and makeup are all really well executed.

It begins in Professor Dog Ear's castle with him telling his crew, Strong Girl, Flightless Bird, Rolling Stone and The Accountant, that he needs to find the McGuffin. To get to the McGuffin, they face three obstacles - a dinosaur who only speaks in metaphors, a door that only the pure of heart can go through, and the guards of the McGuffin - Flip and Flop.

The story is really well written, with well drafted characters and a really funny ending ( which I wont say!) The work is quite good with cool camera angles throughout. One shot I particularly like is when they are behind the McGuffin box. That really impressed me. The costumes are a joy to look at. They are well made and cool to look at from the audience point of view. It is shot at a beautiful location. The outdoor sets are really pretty and the indoor sets are really well put together. I enjoyed the background music too. The special effects are okay, but you can totally tell they are digital. But they are still effective. The film was created by kids, with all child actors. My favorite character is Strong Girl because she is so brave and smart. My favorite scene is the one with the red door that only someone with a pure heart can walk through. The special effects are really cool in that scene as well.

The message of the film is teamwork makes the dream work and don't let anything stop you from reaching your goals.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It would be particularly suited for a festival showcasing student films.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this student created film because it reflects the creativity of kids, which I think is cool. I also like how the film is made by students during 5 weeks at summer camp. That's cool. Plus, it has funny dialogue, pretty good special effects, an interesting plot, and the music, costumes and makeup are all really well executed.

It begins in Professor Dog Ear's castle with him telling his crew, Strong Girl, Flightless Bird, Rolling Stone and The Accountant, that he needs to find the McGuffin. To get to the McGuffin, they face three obstacles - a dinosaur who only speaks in metaphors, a door that only the pure of heart can go through, and the guards of the McGuffin - Flip and Flop.

The story is really well written, with well drafted characters and a really funny ending ( which I wont say!) The work is quite good with cool camera angles throughout. One shot I particularly like is when they are behind the McGuffin box. That really impressed me. The costumes are a joy to look at. They are well made and cool to look at from the audience point of view. It is shot at a beautiful location. The outdoor sets are really pretty and the indoor sets are really well put together. I enjoyed the background music too. The special effects are okay, but you can totally tell they are digital. But they are still effective. The film was created by kids, with all child actors. My favorite character is Strong Girl because she is so brave and smart. My favorite scene is the one with the red door that only someone with a pure heart can walk through. The special effects are really cool in that scene as well.

The message of the film is teamwork makes the dream work and don't let anything stop you from reaching your goals.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It would be particularly suited for a festival showcasing student films.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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