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COSMIC DANCER
COSMIC DANCER - EMILY O'BRIEN
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-15
Description - Based around a primary school talent show - ALISTAIR, an introverted 10 year old is thrown into the world of magic when he comes across a leather bound magician's book by MAGIC ETOLIES' - one of the most famous magicians to have practiced. Alistair meets MARGARET, an outspoken witty 10 year old with the confidence of an 85 year old man - who helps him on his endeavor.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a simply wonderful short film that suits KIDS FIRST! Film Festival audience to a tee. It starts out a bit confusing and slightly eerie. But, as it develops you are quickly drawn in, especially when the boy finds his hero magician behind the curtain! I found the two key actors particularly engaging. The boy carries the story, but the girl fulfills the need to both nudge him along and to become his partner in performing his coup de grace magic act. The pace is quite good as is the background music, which lends a suspenseful tone at times, celebratory at the end, and much in between. The narrator helps lead you through the story without being intrusive and there is little dialogue. In the end, it is about friendship and dispelling the myth of those you hold in high esteem, but perhaps are unworthy. The sets and costumes are excellent and suiting. Really, this is a lovely piece. It does have a bit of mild profanity, but nothing a middle school student has not heard (shit). And bullies, there are some bullies, but they are really ineffective. Oh, love the animation with the credits at the end. Absolutely, production is beautiful. It's really about friends supporting each other. I recommend this for ages 7 to 15 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Highly recommend for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You'll be glad you selected it. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a simply wonderful short film that suits KIDS FIRST! Film Festival audience to a tee. It starts out a bit confusing and slightly eerie. But, as it develops you are quickly drawn in, especially when the boy finds his hero magician behind the curtain! I found the two key actors particularly engaging. The boy carries the story, but the girl fulfills the need to both nudge him along and to become his partner in performing his coup de grace magic act. The pace is quite good as is the background music, which lends a suspenseful tone at times, celebratory at the end, and much in between. The narrator helps lead you through the story without being intrusive and there is little dialogue. In the end, it is about friendship and dispelling the myth of those you hold in high esteem, but perhaps are unworthy. The sets and costumes are excellent and suiting. Really, this is a lovely piece. It does have a bit of mild profanity, but nothing a middle school student has not heard (shit). And bullies, there are some bullies, but they are really ineffective. Oh, love the animation with the credits at the end. Absolutely, production is beautiful. It's really about friends supporting each other. I recommend this for ages 7 to 15 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Highly recommend for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. You'll be glad you selected it. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ODD DOG
ODD DOG - KEIKA LEE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 3-8
Description - A young boy pleads with his mother to get him a dog but his mother prefers a cat. Years later, the boy runs into what looks like a cat on the street but oddly enough the cat acts like a dog! See if the cat can win the boy over with his crazy dog-like antics and become the boy's "odd dog".
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is adorable. The line drawn animation in black and white, without any dialogue, just a charming little background music, wins you over. From the time the boy is young, he wants a dog. His mother wants a cat. Time passes as he yearns for the dog. Then one day, what shall he run into but a cat that acts just like a dog! Ala! It's a match made in heaven. But first the cat / dog has to prove its worth and we watch him play fetch, sit, roll over and play dead, enchanting the boy. Yet, the boy walks away! Oh no. You'll have to watch the film to find out what happens. The only hint I can give you is that the world turns from black and white to color when the boy makes the right choice. Love this film. Can't wait for more from this talented filmmaker. Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Recommend for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is adorable. The line drawn animation in black and white, without any dialogue, just a charming little background music, wins you over. From the time the boy is young, he wants a dog. His mother wants a cat. Time passes as he yearns for the dog. Then one day, what shall he run into but a cat that acts just like a dog! Ala! It's a match made in heaven. But first the cat / dog has to prove its worth and we watch him play fetch, sit, roll over and play dead, enchanting the boy. Yet, the boy walks away! Oh no. You'll have to watch the film to find out what happens. The only hint I can give you is that the world turns from black and white to color when the boy makes the right choice. Love this film. Can't wait for more from this talented filmmaker. Highly recommended for KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Recommend for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. I give this 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 3-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HOME FOR CURIOSITIES, A
HOME FOR CURIOSITIES, A - BEN TOBIN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-12
Description - A young boy discovers a house full of forgotten imaginary friends. Along with his friend Alice, Wallace helps bring these curiosities back to the real world to meet new human companions.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is an unusual film and something that definitely falls outside the mold. If you are looking for something different, you have found it here. The storyline is about a kid who goes bird watching, gets lost and starts to daydream. In his dream, he discovers a house with an eccentric beautiful woman living there who invites him in. She explains that she is an imaginary friend. That part initially confused me, until I realized that she was part of his dram. Once I got into it, I liked the idea of imaginary friends and learning how they operate. The film is very well shot. Excellent camera work and editing, although the scenes are a bit fast in moving back and forth between the forest and the house. I like how the forest looks so alive and real and the house is quite wonderful and full of character. The background music is quite suitable and the protagonist, the kid, befits his character. The message is about allowing your daydreams to guide you at times and you'll discover other worlds you didn't even know existed. I'm not sure how many of our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners will pick this up, but I do recommend it to them, as something that is fun and interesting. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is an unusual film and something that definitely falls outside the mold. If you are looking for something different, you have found it here. The storyline is about a kid who goes bird watching, gets lost and starts to daydream. In his dream, he discovers a house with an eccentric beautiful woman living there who invites him in. She explains that she is an imaginary friend. That part initially confused me, until I realized that she was part of his dram. Once I got into it, I liked the idea of imaginary friends and learning how they operate. The film is very well shot. Excellent camera work and editing, although the scenes are a bit fast in moving back and forth between the forest and the house. I like how the forest looks so alive and real and the house is quite wonderful and full of character. The background music is quite suitable and the protagonist, the kid, befits his character. The message is about allowing your daydreams to guide you at times and you'll discover other worlds you didn't even know existed. I'm not sure how many of our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners will pick this up, but I do recommend it to them, as something that is fun and interesting. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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THERAPIST'S SECRET, A
THERAPIST'S SECRET, A - 12 PING�INOS S.L
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 11-18
Description - Dr. Gweneth Glane, a child therapist, loves the magic of writing. Only problem? She's good at therapy, bad at writing. That is, until she realizes each of her patients has their own rich life story. She signs up to a writing website mentioned by one of her patients, Rainey Tomdale, and begins writing. She finally feels in control of her writing - until her patients discover their lives online...
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well produced. Great cast and camera work. Interesting storyline. I had a real issue with the story when the therapist violates her client's trust by writing their stories, but surprise twist at the end turned it all around for me. Some people will get a serious laugh out of this. Just be sure to watch it through to the very end. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Marsha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Well produced. Great cast and camera work. Interesting storyline. I had a real issue with the story when the therapist violates her client's trust by writing their stories, but surprise twist at the end turned it all around for me. Some people will get a serious laugh out of this. Just be sure to watch it through to the very end. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 11 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Marsha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PETS 4D! (2D VERSION)
PETS 4D! (2D VERSION) - XAVIER PIJUAN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-15
Description - In "PETS 4D!", three cute and cuddly puppies, ready for adoption, are stolen from the pet shelter. It's up to two cats, two dogs, a pig, a parrot and a rat to save the day. The Rescue Heroes use their unique animal skills to track down and confront the bad guys. Along the way they meet a hungry porcupine, a spitting llama and a barn full of captured critters. It's a fun, fast, funny adventure for the entire family. (Shot entirely with Rescue Animals!) Movie Short in 3D!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a delightful short film about shelter animals. Pets 4D! is a short film about a group of shelter animals that come together to rescue stolen puppies. I absolutely love all the animals and giving them voices. What's amazing is how they build the entire storyline around these actual animals. When thieves come into the shelter and take off with some puppies, all the other animals team up to go find them and bring them back. The storyline really showcases all the different animals and their various quirks. I love the beginning, when the animals dream of what they would love to have happen. The storyline has lots of narrative and physical humor. This is a well-done production from the camera work, to the background music, to the special effects, everything is top rate. Of course the animals are cute and cuddly. The shelter looks very warm and loving. The only thing that doesn't quite make sense is how close the barn is to where shelter is. The music is fun with good tempo. All the animal sounds are great. I don't think this is meant to be a believable story. It's just cute and funny. I love that every animal in this movie was a rescue animal! The only think I don't care for is the narrator at the beginning. His voice reminds me of a bad science film narrator and it's a turn off. The message of this film is "stick together with your friends and consider adopting a shelter animal. There is some slight profanity, where "butt" could have been used instead. Most importantly, watching this made me want to adopt a shelter animal. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 12, plus adults. It is funny, cute and easy to watch. I think our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival venues would love to include this. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a delightful short film about shelter animals. Pets 4D! is a short film about a group of shelter animals that come together to rescue stolen puppies. I absolutely love all the animals and giving them voices. What's amazing is how they build the entire storyline around these actual animals. When thieves come into the shelter and take off with some puppies, all the other animals team up to go find them and bring them back. The storyline really showcases all the different animals and their various quirks. I love the beginning, when the animals dream of what they would love to have happen. The storyline has lots of narrative and physical humor. This is a well-done production from the camera work, to the background music, to the special effects, everything is top rate. Of course the animals are cute and cuddly. The shelter looks very warm and loving. The only thing that doesn't quite make sense is how close the barn is to where shelter is. The music is fun with good tempo. All the animal sounds are great. I don't think this is meant to be a believable story. It's just cute and funny. I love that every animal in this movie was a rescue animal! The only think I don't care for is the narrator at the beginning. His voice reminds me of a bad science film narrator and it's a turn off. The message of this film is "stick together with your friends and consider adopting a shelter animal. There is some slight profanity, where "butt" could have been used instead. Most importantly, watching this made me want to adopt a shelter animal. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 12, plus adults. It is funny, cute and easy to watch. I think our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival venues would love to include this. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
Runtime: 25 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FLYING WAGON
FLYING WAGON - KUNAL NARULA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Cheel Gaadi is a local term used for airplane (Flying Wagon) which literally translates as Cheel: Eagle & Gaadi: Vehicle. It's a story of a 10 year old boy who works in a tea stall near an airport and has a dream to sit in an airplane one day. To buy the tickets he collects money by betting with the customers on the next flight's colour. He spends his days working in the tea stall and his nights in an abandoned sewer pipe, on a broken bridge outside the airport wall, which he has converted into his version of home. And finally when he collects the amount needed, his journey starts in the so called mature world of adults to acquire the ticket "Cheel Gaadi" is set up in the heritage city of Jaipur, Rajasthan and has been supported with a very unique folk musical perspective on storytelling; its depth and magic lies in the innocence of the kid. The film has a playback song, which is a fine rendition of a Rajasthani folk song, sung by the actor himself, adding to the rooted flavour of the film.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful film with a wonderful storyline and terrific music. This whole film gives us a glimpse into the culture of India, especially for impoverished children. The music alone makes this compelling to watch. But the star of the show is the young actor, Sabir Khan, who plays the 10 year old boy. Excellent camera work, great acting by every cast member and well paced. We feel for the impoverished boy and admire his spunk and drive. When all his money is stolen from him, we share his heartbreak. The ending is very satisfying and the whole film will grab your attention from start to finish. Beautiful. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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17 SECONDS
17 SECONDS - ASAF YECHESKEL
Series: FOREIGN FEATURE, AGES 12-18
Description - An intimate coming of age drama documents four teenagers, outstanding athletes living in a prestigious sports academy, where the intense daily routine forces them to sacrifice youth in favor of success.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - 17 Seconds is a phenomenal debut documentary feature from Alon Marom. They film follows the lives of four young athletes fully committed to succeeding in their sport. Their pursuit towards absolute victory and a promising future influences every aspect of their lives. It is extremely well-made, filmed in Israel with dialogue in Hebrew and English sub-titles. Each of the athlete's stories flows quiet well and together they weave a revealing story that feels very authentic. Sometimes the camera work leaves something to be desired, but taking into consideration that it is the director's first feature, one can deal with that. Masterfully directed, we get up close and personal with everyone of the subjects. Sometimes we are just watching this activity from the sidelines, at other times we are put inside the headspace of the athletes. You should know that there is a bit of language (including multiple "F" word), but it is an excellent film which I believe teens will really enjoy and relate to the key characters. I recommend 17 Seconds for ages 12 to 18, due to the strong language, and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - 17 Seconds is a phenomenal debut documentary feature from Alon Marom. They film follows the lives of four young athletes fully committed to succeeding in their sport. Their pursuit towards absolute victory and a promising future influences every aspect of their lives. It is extremely well-made, filmed in Israel with dialogue in Hebrew and English sub-titles. Each of the athlete's stories flows quiet well and together they weave a revealing story that feels very authentic. Sometimes the camera work leaves something to be desired, but taking into consideration that it is the director's first feature, one can deal with that. Masterfully directed, we get up close and personal with everyone of the subjects. Sometimes we are just watching this activity from the sidelines, at other times we are put inside the headspace of the athletes. You should know that there is a bit of language (including multiple "F" word), but it is an excellent film which I believe teens will really enjoy and relate to the key characters. I recommend 17 Seconds for ages 12 to 18, due to the strong language, and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Benjamin P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 84 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TOUGH LOVE SHOW
TOUGH LOVE SHOW - TOMMY TUCKER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - This is the Story of how I went Viral trying to reach my son! Watch as we travel through a once in a lifetime series of events, that catch us completely off guard. We give an inside look at what it's like to be a father & son while the whole world is watching. You'll see our inner most feelings on display, as we adjust and persevere through life's hurdles. Stay tuned there's SOOO much more to come.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Inspiring story. Hats off to this dad who took an unconventional approach to reaching his son. This documentary chronicles the ups and downs of their journey and all the people they reached along the way. This film is filled with heart and love and accomplishment. Highly recommended for youth and parents. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Inspiring story. Hats off to this dad who took an unconventional approach to reaching his son. This documentary chronicles the ups and downs of their journey and all the people they reached along the way. This film is filled with heart and love and accomplishment. Highly recommended for youth and parents. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 40 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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5 MINUTES PEACE
5 MINUTES PEACE - SAHRA BHIMJI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - A mother dreams of having just five minutes of peace to try out her new meditation app. However, her two kids have other ideas on how best to spend the day. This short family film is a playful look into the struggles of being a parent - and the magic power of being a kid!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short, live-action film made me laugh. It shows a mother struggling to deal with her sons while trying to find time to relax. It shows the struggles of parenthood while never condemning either the mom or the kids. It does feel that the story feels a little rushed. However, there are some interesting usage of center frames and the children's imagination is well represented. Some of the costumes are a bit cheesy but, in a way they emphasize a childlike wonder. I particularly enjoyed the imagination sequences. Overall, this film pretty well represents life as a mom, struggling to find some quiet space for herself. The characters are pretty normal, middle class kids and mom; there's nothing unique about them, but they're quite likable. The message of this film is that, despite their stress and struggles, parents are there for us. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 6 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This short, live-action film made me laugh. It shows a mother struggling to deal with her sons while trying to find time to relax. It shows the struggles of parenthood while never condemning either the mom or the kids. It does feel that the story feels a little rushed. However, there are some interesting usage of center frames and the children's imagination is well represented. Some of the costumes are a bit cheesy but, in a way they emphasize a childlike wonder. I particularly enjoyed the imagination sequences. Overall, this film pretty well represents life as a mom, struggling to find some quiet space for herself. The characters are pretty normal, middle class kids and mom; there's nothing unique about them, but they're quite likable. The message of this film is that, despite their stress and struggles, parents are there for us. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for kids ages 6 to 18, as well as adults. Reviewed by Calista B. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! jurors.
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DOMBRA
DOMBRA - RAUSHAN SAPARBAYEVA
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-15
Description - Asset, who had learned how to play the tune, would have preferred to play in the field, accompanied by his vicious friends. But when he learned that Aigerim was coming to the concert, he decided to turn all his effort into it. However, it was not easy to Asset, having vicious friends and broken dombyra. From Kazakhstan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully told story not just about a boy and his dombra, but about his entire community. With excellent camera work and editing, the film shows us life in a small rural village in Kazakhstan, reminiscent of when life was simpler. There are no electronic gadgets in this village and child's play is riding inside a wheel that rolls down the hill, landing in a pond. The gang of boys that are Aset's friends are little troublemakers, nothing too serious mind you, just stealing the neighbor's apples or breaking their friend's dombra perhaps. The young actor, Yerasyl Boroo (I think), that plays Aset is charming. He seems to get along with everyone, yet has his own struggles balancing his relationship with his family, his friends and the girl who sparks something in him. We really get a wonderful view of life in this community in this film, as well as the life of this coming-of-age young boy. Highly recommended, I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18.Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TOO MUCH RAIN
TOO MUCH RAIN - OUT OF OUR MINDS ANIMATION STUDIOS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Into every life a little rain must fall. Those with innocent and appreciative eyes can enjoy every drop. But what happens when life gets out of control? Using the art of New Orleans' artist Mark Bercier, Out of Our Minds Studios created 'Too Much Rain' to take a look at overwhelming circumstances through the eyes of a little girl. When her "Magic" and her world are swept away by a flood, she navigates waters of sorrow and nature and still maintains hope.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Have you ever had a day when it rains way too much? Well this short animated film will have you checking out the nearest ark for sure, but will also remind you to enjoy the little things. The storyline is about a little girl, her dog Magic and the rain. It starts to rain and rain and rain until it turns into a flood. The flood carries Magic away and carries the girl's house away too. The little girl tells the story in great detail, which amuses you and keeps you watching. The animation was very creative and original. It looks like cardboard cutouts. The background music is classical music and that, with the little girl's sweet voice are quite soothing. The message of the film is to have hope. The girl never despairs and, in the end, Magic comes back. (that's a spoiler so don't tell anyone) I learned that we should pay more attention to what's around us and to be more positive about life, enjoy the little things, even if it is the sound of the raindrops dropping into a bucket. I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for ages 4 to 12, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan X. P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BRAVE ME: I'M STRONGER THAN ASTHMA!
BRAVE ME: I'M STRONGER THAN ASTHMA! - ANDREA BROWN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Description - All Brave Me videos help kids who are facing medical situations. In this story, Riley is feeling anxious about his asthma and when he arrives at Brave Me Headquarters for a bravery boost, he takes a journey to Medical Mountain, Emotion Ocean and Courage Canyon. He finds out he really is stronger than asthma.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - We don't often accept short films with medical messages, but this one is so absolutely well done, with wonderful puppets, animation and live action characters, that it deserves a slot. Asthma has become such a common medical condition for kids and it is a scary disease. This is fun, informative, creative and educational all at once. Kudos to the Nashville production team for such a well executed production. Even if you don't have asthma, it's entertaining and informative. Definitely deserves consideration for inclusion in your festival. I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 12. I am completely impressed. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 44 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BRACEBALL
BRACEBALL - REYHANEH MORTEZAEE NIA
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 6-18
Description - A disabled boy who loves soccer and tries to make his dreams come true in his imagination and brings himself closer to the sports champion.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful and touching film about including a boy with a physical disability in a neighborhood soccer game. The story is well told, starting from the boy's dream in the beginning to him being included in the street soccer game at the end. Touching without being cloying. Well shot, good background music. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Bill N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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TALENT SCOUT
TALENT SCOUT - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-14
Description - Dominique had been the most prestigious talent scout in Paris. Now, he is only the shadow of his past until he discovers Sof�a, an Spanish flamenco dancer who emigrates to France because of the Spanish civil war and who hides the secret of the greatest talent in history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautiful and surprising at the end. Well executed with excellent animation, very stylized, great music, great storyline. A film that has a message about acceptance and inclusion. Love this! I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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IAN, A MOVING STORY
IAN, A MOVING STORY - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-14
Description - Ian was born with cerebral palsy. Like all kids, he wants to have friends, but discrimination and bullying keep him from his beloved playground. Ian won't give up easily, accomplishing something that will surprise everyone.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautifully told story although one reviewer had difficulties with the textured skin of the animated along with them dissolving and reassembling through the wire fence. But, the message of the story, about a boy with CP wanting to be included on the playground with the other kids is a strong one and the ending is heartfelt and encouraging. Non-narrative, the story is told through images and imagination. I recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Bill N. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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RAINBOW FRIENDS
RAINBOW FRIENDS - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-14
Description - Wollywell, the black sheep wants to make new friends, but the white sheep are not very open to meet him and this saddens sweet Wollywell. Diddl devise a plan to cheer him up, jumping into a fun and colorful adventure where everyone will learn a valuable lesson of joyful tolerance."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Once upon a time a lone black sheep wanders into a field of white sheep only to be rejected by them. She is cheerful and buoyant, but they flee from her for no apparent reason at all. Then, she is befriended by Diddl and his friend who take him under their wing and into the their home. The sheep rides down a long, twisting slide from the upper story of the house to the ground and lands smack dab into a pile of paint cans. All the characters end up colored a multitude of colors which somehow makes the black sheep appealing to the rest of the fold. This non-narrative film has a take on the black sheep story has a unique twist, that drives home a sweet story about acceptance. Oh that the world would be so simple! And yet, it can be, at least in the movies. Charming and colorful. We recommend this for ages 2 to 5 and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BLUES TIME
BLUES TIME - PROMOFEST
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 14-18
Description - Some people say that life is like a song. Melodies may rise, melodies may fall... and suddenly, we find ourselves lost in the rhythm. Blues Time is a short film that has been put together in such a way that people with sensory disabilities are able to experience it without difficulties.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an interesting film. This touching storyline brings to light the relationship we have with time and aging and, more specifically our grandparents. I loved watching the interaction between the musician and the young girl. At first, I was concerned about the scene in the bar, but was comforted when the bartender/musician/mentor calls the girl out over wanting a drink and hands her a juice. The dialogue is brilliant. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to older tweens, 14 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GABRIELLE
GABRIELLE - NICOLA ROSE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher -- and friendship in an unexpected place. A story about friendship, overcoming bullies, body image, and knowing your worth.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully told story that tackles a domain not many have taken on in the bullying discussion - the dance world. Having grown up in this world myself, I can relate to the truth behind this story. The ending is a bit far-fetched, but charming. This film is well executed from the camera work, to the acting, to the background music, editing - all is commendable. This would make a lovely addition to any youth or family film festival. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror. Kudos to the filmmaker for creating such a lovely short film.
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SMALL SPARK
SMALL SPARK - PROTOTYPES ASSOCIES
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A small mouse lives in the middle of books and their epic adventures. When the candle goes out and when the matchbox is empty, it's her turn to live a dangerous adventure throughout the house, in search of a small spark.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - A cut short animation about a mouse that lives among the books of a home library and whose life is challenged by the existence of a cat in the same house. The "book mouse" is undeterred when his candle goes out and he heads out in search of a match so he can continue reading. The characters are all 2D and charming in their own ways. They are not as textured or complex as today's standard animation, but the clever storyline holds your attention and is worthy of consideration. I love seeing the mouse reading by candlelight. Somehow it gives me hope for the world. Recommended for ages 8 to 18. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by William N., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WHAT NOW !?
WHAT NOW !? - PROTOTYPES ASSOCIES
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - The day ends, as the children are now sleeping, Jean-Marc can read his newspaper quietly. But his little boy Tom just wakes up because of a nightmare. He was walking on the roof of a huge building when he felt. His father has a scientific explanation to that.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a charming animated film, cleverly making use of animated stick figures as the characters. It's super short, sweet and to the point. I particularly love the alien invasion at the end and think that kids, ages 8 to 18 will enjoy it. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MOON GIRL
MOON GIRL - PROTOTYPES ASSOCIES
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - In a Parisian basement, a little roach overflows with unconditional love to the moon. He puts on a bow tie and his most beautiful shoes. Tonight, he'll try again to reach her.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Who falls in love with the moon? Maybe we all do at some point in our life. This clever storyline featuring a little roach as the protagonist will charm even the most hardened insect hater. Love the animation and the jazzy background music. Cute cute cute. And fun. Love the escape the cat makes, flying on a paper airplane to the moon. Wonderfully magical. 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MINOULE
MINOULE - PROTOTYPES ASSOCIES
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Minoule is a roguish cat spending the whole day on the edge of his windowsill, Under roofs. Far off, the song od a small canary in his cage works him up an appetite. But the way to catch the prey is full of pitfalls.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated cat and bird story will steal your heart, even as the cat tries to steal its way to capture the bird. His actions as he sneaks around the outside of buildings are amusing and clever. He scrapes by the laundry drying outside, uses a brassiere to parachute between buildings, jumps from rail to rail, narrowly escapes an unfriendly dog until... finally... he gets to the bird! As he reaches toward the bird, the canary strikes back. You have to watch it to find out what happens. 4 out of 5 stars, recommended for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Julie S.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 78-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MARS 3752
MARS 3752 - PROTOTYPES ASSOCIES
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-13
Description - A little boy looks at stars dreamer. Such a falling star, cosmonaut's helmet which falls of the sky. The future of the boy seems all mapped out.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute and clever and timely. I really enjoyed the animation of this short film and the idea of a young boy becoming so attracted to the concept of space that he ends up building his own space ship to travel into space on his own. What happens there is something else and the ending interestingly reflective. Recommended
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Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-13 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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PRESSURE
PRESSURE - ANTHONY LAMBERT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Created by multiple award winning music artist Luke James Shaffer, "Pressure" follows a kid named PRESSURE as he faces a slew of obstacles throughout the school day. He's dealing with what feels like the weight of the world on his shoulders, all while still attempting to do the right thing. Will our hero come out victorious? Or will he melt under the pressure?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Brilliant and poignant short. Love the music and the concept from the get go throughout the entire film. Clever how the characters are named by the types of people they are. Wish that real people walked around with named like this on them! (just kidding). Wonderfully animated, great storyline, excellent message. Really suitable for tweens and teens. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DICTIONARY, THE
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A DICTIONARY, THE - VIJAY SUBRAMANIAN
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 7-15
Description - Krishna a tech-savvy kid is being given a Dictionary as a gift for his birthday. This is not what he wanted. How the Dictionary finds the meaning of it's existence forms the rest of the story.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a brilliantly written story. I absolutely love this and think that you will too. The dictionary is an unlikely hero, but in this story, that is exactly what it/he/she is! Wonderful camera work, acting (especially the young boy), voice over and storyline. This is exactly the type of film we love to play at KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Kudos to the creator for making a wonderful film, based on a great storyline, rather than special or visual effects. It is totally refreshing. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 15, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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WANDERBOY
WANDERBOY - THOMAS BERNOS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 14-18
Description - At death's door and ready for his final voyage, old Ben is visited by Paco, the imaginary friend he grew out of long ago. Ben cannot see nor hear him anymore, but the boy won't give up and will follow his old buddy till the end of the road - to mysterious islands or fantastic worlds? - where it leads matters not.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow! This is a very impactful film. Shot in black and white, it delivers a punch. Excellent camera work and editing. It is abstract in its storytelling, but you get the gist of the old man reliving his past and seeing his death in the future. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for older teens, ages 14 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Marsha S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 16 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 14-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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