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TIFFANY
TIFFANY - DARLENE HADRIKA
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 11-18
Description - While packing away her deceased grandmother's affairs, Pauline discovers that one of their stained glass sculptures has come to life. As the lights in the house go out and their memories together begin to dim, Pauline realizes there is joy in celebrating the legacy of those who have been lost.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a beautifully animated short. This non-narrative piece tells a charming story that will delight young audiences. The animated is well executed, the background music adds to the storyline in a subtle way. I recommend this for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 18, as well as adults and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! reviewer.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 11-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TURTLE
TURTLE - MATT KENCHINGTON
Series: SHORT, AGES 10 - 18
Description - It was a blistering hot day, and, as a chubby kid on summer break, Bruno's only goals were to avoid his chores and stay cool while awaiting the sweet jingle of the ice cream truck. After emerging victorious in his quest for frozen delights, things didn't go as planned, and the sugar high only lasted so long. Whether it was the heat, the sugar crash or serendipity, he won't ever know, but what happened next turned that day into one he could never forget.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this short film. It so reminds me of my own childhood, which was completely different but has elements of similarity. First, the writing is exceptional. I love that narrator, without whom this piece would not make the impact it does. The narrator helps us know what's going on in young Bruno's mind. The characters are excellent and well defined, as well as well acted, particularly the young actor that plays Bruno, Terrence Little Gardenhigh. Very good camera work and editing. Good sound effects. It's really a perfect short film for a tween and teen audience, ages 10 to 18, plus adults. Adults will get the nostalgic aspect of it. I give this 5 out of 5 stars as it really is that well done. This will play well at festivals geared for youth and families. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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THE SECRET OF THE TWO HEADED DRAGON
THE SECRET OF THE TWO HEADED DRAGON - PETARDA PRODUCTION LTD.
Series: FEATURE 6 - 12
Description - Barbara and Thomas are spending the summer holidays with their grandparents in the blacksmith's shop 'Under the Dragon Rock', where the unusual helper, the two-headed little dragon, Smokey, works flat out. One day, the children discover an old map in the dragon's cave. Smokey, whose one head speaks Czech and the other Slovak, begins to tell a story about the Dragon Kingdom, the love of Princess Adele and Prince John, the long-lasting curse, the malicious dragon, the goblin Spitup, the mystery of the Forget-me-not Meadow, the lost dragon egg and a couple of kangaroos. Would you like to know how dragons dance hip hop, how Christmas is celebrated in a dragon's cave, what the magic power of a dragon's tooth which has not been cleaned for 100 years is and why the dragon has got a headache?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Secret of The Two-Headed Dragon. This film is very appealing due to excellent storyline and acting. It is somewhat of a Romeo and Juliet plot, about a girl and a boy who fall in love but their love is forbidden. I love the fantasy aspect of it, especially flying with the dragon. The locations are excellent as are the special effects. It's not quite as believable as I would like, but it is still very enjoyable. Adele, the young girl stands out. She is very beautiful and sings quite well. I learned that through the world, great movies are made. My favorite part is the ending, but you'll have to see it to find out what happens. I highly recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 12. It's a wonderfully fun fairy tale. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 99 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SELFIES FEVER
SELFIES FEVER - SAGE DRAKE
Series: SHORT, AGES 12 - 18
Description - An experimental silent film about quirky characters who try to find themselves through cell phone selfies. Official selection at Independent Shorts Awards, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Olympus Film Festival, Finalist at Oniros Film Awards, Best Experimental short at Global Film Festival Awards.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Ok, this made me laugh the entire time. It is so indicative of the "selfie" culture that we are experiencing when, sometimes it seems that people are more interested in the picture than the experience itself. A big over the top, but it's a film so hey...! I particularly like the clip of the young ballet dancers that whip out their phones in the midst of their performance. Hysterical. There is one scene where it appears that one woman offs the rest in her group by sword, but there is no bloody graphic violence, only the scene of the dead bodies. This would play well at a festival for tweens and teens. I recommend it for ages 12 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 8 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BROKEN SOULS
BROKEN SOULS - SANELLE SIBANDA
Series: SHORT, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Priscilla Smith's sanity is tested when she is separated from her beloved husband Adolph who is called for military service in Afghanistan. Left to raise their only child Sophia alone, Priscilla struggles with self-esteem issues and hopelessly uses prescription drugs to help her cope with the emptiness she feels in a community that has lost its men to war and prisons.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short provides insight into the circumstances of broken families. There's tragedy, economic struggles and the effects on war. It follows the life of Priscilla, who suffers from addiction as a way to cope with loss. It also shows how cycles can repeat themselves over generations. I find this film appealing because it starts with a love story. It has a realistic feel when it comes to supporting a growing family. Although the fairytale fades away, it kept me feeling engaged and empathetic for the characters. The storyline is intriguing. I wanted to find out how and why Priscilla has such pain. I like that there are multiple families that share the experiences of loss. Many children and adults could learn from or connect with these stories. I found the content quite good. There are some tight shots where the actors appear a bit out of frame. Some scene changes also have hard cuts, such as the kitchen scene. Some outside audio is choppy as it merges with the background music. I like the music selection and found myself dancing with the "Let's Boogie" dance crew at the intro. There is a great visual effect i the escalator scene. The costumes are suitable for the story lie. My most favorite is the dance group, officer/inmate, and Priscilla's attire. I enjoyed the visuals in the outdoor scenes of the park, mall and the West Oakland sign. The crew was creative with the pharmacy and Afghanistan scenes. The music enhances the emotion of each scene. There are some choppy lower audio transitions. I really like the special effects with the flashbacks and the black & white filter during the romance scenes. My favorite actors are Priscilla, Nick and Sophia. I found the range of emotions shown to be believable and realistic. Nick really displays advanced emotions at such a young age. My favorite scene is when the pharmacist joins Priscilla and connects with her. The message warns us how war and the prison system can damage not only its prisoners, but all those involved. It sheds a light on how various communities need more resources - ways to help vets find employment, affordable therapy and programs that help them cope with depression. This short made me think about how little resources can cause big circumstances. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Note of caution there is a brief bare butt scene. I do recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. This film touches on some very real-life circumstances that shouldn't be ignored. It's a great conversation starter when it comes to loss, abuse, war and depression. This film has special interest for interracial and military families. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 45 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NEEM JAMUN
NEEM JAMUN - KAMAL MOOLWANI
Series: SHORT, AGES 5 - 18
Description - Neem Jamun is a short film which explains relationships we have with our grandparents. Upon realising that his father is not letting his Grandmother go to his Uncle's place, Sonu, a 12 year old boy takes up a journey with his Grandmother to make sure she reaches where she wants.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a lovely short film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. The story is about a boy named Sonu taking his grandma to go visit his uncle. I enjoyed the focus on the relationships between kids and grandparents. I have a strong relationship with my grandparents and I like seeing a story all about this relationship. I don't think I've seen many other films that cover this bond. The story feels rather basic and isn't all that engaging. It takes place in India and the dialogue is Hindi, with English sub-titles. It gives us an inside look at the lives of an Indian family, and some of the family relationship struggles they have that are not unlike those we experience in our own culture. When the father tells his mother she cannot go visit her other son, her grandson takes her and they sneak out in the middle of the night. They clearly have a close bond with each other and the boy is quite adept at finding their way. The scenery when grandma and Sonu are travelling is quite beautiful and gives us an overview of the topography and architecture of India. The attire looks very typical of what people wear in India, which is also interesting. We don't really know where the grandma and Sonu are travelling to, but I'm not sure that matters. One thing I really enjoyed is the song that plays while they are traveling. It sounds nice. Ssince it is in Hindi, I couldn't really understand the lyrics, but that didn't get in the way. It still gives a joyful feeling to the traveling scenes. It does show the boy doing a risky thing (sneaking out in the middle of the night to take his grandma to see her son). It made me appreciate my grandparents more. I enjoyed the focus being about the relationship between the boy and his grandma. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. Reviewed by Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ADELA
ADELA - UNNUR J�NSD�TTIR
Series: SHORT, AGES 8 - 18
Description - Adela is a 7 year old girl who struggles with social isolation. She's bullied at school and desperately needs a friend for support. Her mother is feeling quite helpless regarding her daughters isolation but when she sees how strong Adela's need for social interaction is, she realizes the perfect solution.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This beautifully constructed film from Iceland addresses an issue often overlooked - social isolation. The relationship between the little girl and her mother is so lovingly depicted and the mom's concern about her daughter is very tangible. Also, her solution for her daughter's isolation is perfect. I really love this film and highly recommend it for any youth or family film festival. It's perfect for kids ages 8 to 18, as well as adults and I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE VIOLET BLOSSOMS, THE
LITTLE VIOLET BLOSSOMS, THE - PRIYANKA TANWAR
Series: FAITH-BASED FEATURE, AGES 13 - 18
Description - St. Claudine Thevenet is a name that epitomizes love, sacrifice and compassion. The founder of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (1818), Claudine was born in a modest French family as the second of seven children. The execution of her two brothers during the French Revolution was the turning point in Claudine's life. It was from this point on that she decided to devote her life to the service of others. The Little Violet Blossoms is a humble attempt to uphold and honour the values and teachings of St. Claudine Thevenet that are relevant even today. The story of our film juxtaposes St. Claudine's life during the French Revolution with the life of our protagonist, 14-year-old Glady Sequeira in today's times. As Glady is confronted with the violent murder of her parents, she not only has to cope with this tragic loss, but she must also identify the culprit responsible for her parents' murder. Through Glady's journey of dealing with this conflict, she is reminded of various teachings of St. Claudine Thevenet. Eventually, Glady is able to let go of the hurt and anguish as she embraces the most valuable lesson St. Claudine imparted through her own life, that of unconditional love and forgiveness.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Little Violet Blossoms is a film I'd recommend to viewers ages 13 to 18 years of age. It's messages, encouragement for empowerment, moments in history, and overall production quality meets all the standards for festival. We learn about the most recognizable life events of St. Claudine Thevenet. There are tragic events from her life that compare to Glady Singh, a young lady whose life is turned upside down after returning home from boarding school. As a viewer, I rooted for Glady and I learned a lot about the history of The Little Violet Blossoms' origin and global reach. I felt empowered especially as a woman. Glady is played by Alina Ahmed, an intense actress talented enough to fill multiple emotions and characters, no matter the timeframe. I appreciate the director's attempt at making me even feel empathy for even the worst character, played by Adnan Baig. The cinematography is brilliant. I like that drones are used, especially when Glady has to say her final goodbye. As to the costumes and hair, it's apparent that the film involves flashbacks and goes back to the 1800s. The wardrobe and hair department portrays that quite well. The set design is another favorite for me with all the gorgeous flowers, trees, and lighting that bring a sense of warmth and loving vibe. I also notice the song selections coincide well with the theme. Along with the incredible music, artistic expression and visually appealing set, the locations touch my spirit in a very positive way. There is a continuous flow throughout the film, including the visit to the 1800s. I really appreciate when a film ties up every situation in a film, because I do not feel like things go unanswered. The message is about the motivation of The Little Violet Blossoms to excel ever higher and ever upward, even at the lowest points of one's life. The topic of being transformed and moving on is a topic that anyone can relate to. Yes I absolutely would recommend this film. Due to the graphic scenes with blood and other visuals, sounds and violence, I recommend it for ages 13 through 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Elle S., KIDS FIRST! Juror. This film would appeal to a faith based audience or festival. I find it inspiring that St. Agnes High School chose to celebrate the 200th anniversary of their congregation by producing a feature film based on the story of the school's foundress St. Claudine Trevenet, the epitome of grace during the French Revolution.
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Runtime: 80 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BLUE BALLOON - ESTUDIO GIZ
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 11-15
Description - A film about a lonely boy, his relationship with the sky and with a gas balloon, vehicle to which he transfer the pain caused by his mother's absence.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a beautiful and sensitive short film about a boy dealing with the loss of his mother and coming to grips with how to live without her. It's well made with beautiful camera work and editing. The actor that portrays the young boy is quite believable as his dad. From Brazil, the dialogue is in Portuguese, with English subtitles that are well executed and easy to follow. I recommend this for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 15, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 11-15 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MIME, THE
MIME, THE - SANG MOCK LEE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - Gyeong-sik, the son of a local fish restaurant owner in Jeju, is also a mime with true passion for his craft. Gyeong-sik's mother hopes he will take over her restaurant, since he is also a talented cook favored by customers. So his mother wishes that he would take over her restaurant. However, Gyeong-sik prefers entertaining people as a mime. One day, he falls in love with Lola, a sophisticated girl from Jeju City. But eventually, Lola leaves him with only the scars of love lost. The romance leaves Gyeong-sik skeptical about his mime career and questioning his own self-worth. His mother cooks his favorite fish soup. As she offers her heartfelt encouragement, he recalls why he started performing as a mime and musters the courage to try once again.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wow! First of all I have to say that this is absolutely one of the best short films I have seen in some time. It is extraordinarily well produced from the storyline to the acting, the locations/sets, the background music and the editing. Everything is so well executed. You just don't want it to end. I commend the writer/director Sang Mock Lee for coming up with such an interesting storyline and creating a beautiful film out of it. The protagonist played by Kyung Sik Lee is truly adorable and charming from the opening scene to the end. The other two lead actors that play Lola and the mom are equally good, although their roles are more of a support role. The use of black & white cinematography at times and color at other times is well played out, showing Kyung Sik's exuberance when he falls in love and again at the end when he reconciles his situation. It gives insight into another culture and we discover at the end why there is no spoken dialogue. There are a couple of scenes where drinking what appears to be an alcoholic substance take place so, with that in mind, I shall recommend this for teens, ages 13 to 18, plus adults. From Korea, there is no spoken dialogue so the narrative is in sub-titles, in both Korean and English. Absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend it for KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 19 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BOSA
BOSA - AITANA SERRALLET
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 13 - 18
Description - When Lucas finds out that Driss, his best friend, has been sent back to Morocco with his uncle, decides to start a crazy adventure and go to look for him in a forbidden trip to the other side of the strait in the opposite direction that the illegal trip it is done. In Morocco he'll meet Ibrahim, a subsaharan that is waiting for an opportunity to cross the fence in the Spanish/Moroccan border, and a another close friendship will be born between them.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I find Bosa appealing because of its overall theme; many teenagers might find this film engaging for this reason as well. The protagonist, Lucas, sets out on an daring adventure from Spain to Morroco to meet up with his best friend, but instead meets a young man by the name of Ibrahim who is trying to jump the Morrocan border to Spain in order to attain a better way of life for himself. The storyline id about fighting for the rights to attain one's freedom. Many of the scenes are quite abrupt and thus a bit confusing about what's going on. The viewer might have to watch this twice to really get a grasp of the overall situations. The contemporary clothing works with this present-day film. The locations of Spain and Morocco are integral to the plot line of Lucas trying to meet up with his friend. The Spanish background music enhances the short to make it more enticing for the viewer. The male characters are Lucas and Ibrahim. Lucas stands out the most because of his strong will to get to Morocco even if by dangerous methods such as holding onto the pipes below a truck. The message is about supporting those looking to better their situations in life and finding their true home. I learned a little about the struggle of Ibrahim and those that have similar struggles from his country and why he needs to cross the border when Lucas meets up Ibrahim and learns more of his issues. I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Note that the scene where Lucas latches onto the underside of the truck is a concern, due to possible emulation. Hence, the reason for the age recommendation. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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SAMMY
SAMMY - DANA-LEE MIEROWSKY BENNETT
Series: SHORT, AGES 13 - 18
Description - In a war torn Australia where survivors seek refuge underneath the ground, 10-year-old Sammy struggles to build a hot air balloon so she and her little brother Max can find their parents.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is about a world at war and people have to live underground to stay safe. The inhabitants exist on a barter system. The main characters are two children who try to build a hot air balloon so they can find their parents. The story is explained well in the voice over at the beginning, which made me immediately want to know more. I found the story engaging, but predictable. The ending is clever, because it leaves you wanting to know more. The story line is well thought out. The children working together to build a balloon to escape the war is new and interesting. The use of voice over with graphics at the outset of the film is clever and helps explain the story. The cinematography is very clear and the scenes for bartering look believable. The area where the children live is clear in both context and camera work. The characters' costumes are appropriate, with some unkempt nature due to their circumstances. The protagonist that runs the group is believable in demeanor, costume and dialogue. The whole film is based underground and certainly believable, from the sets. The main scene for bartering goods is set well including the background of goods the leader has. The children's home is well set and portrays the chaos you might expect from children living alone. The effects towards the end, of the approaching war, is believable and provides context without the need to overpower the scene. The music at the beginning helps create excitement and the music at the end definitely projects the sadness of the children's plight. There are some smoke effects close to the end, which are suitable for the story and not overpowering whilst still explaining the oncoming danger. The key characters are a boy and girl who are left alone due to the war and both actors play their roles well. The leader of the group is a very able actor and portrays both despair and humility clearly. I found the acting of what I consider the lieutenant to be very good and engaging for the role he portrays. This short film addresses the how the plight of children is often overlooked in war. You should know it has some nudity, inappropriate behavior, and shows kids doing risky things that other kids might imitate. There is one instance of lighting a cigarette and another of drinking alcohol. While integral to the story, the children leave with a stranger and engage in theft. It brings home the impact of war on children. I'm certain this will encourage conversation among families after viewing. Questions such as "what would you do in that situation" would be raised. Also the director's notes on how we view the plight of children in war torn areas made me revisit how I watch such news. The act of compassion in the barter scene when a girl needs medicine and, despite not really having enough goods to obtain the medicine, the leader relents and provides it. The director is an award winning director. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, as well as adults. As a whole, it is well done and tells an interesting story that would very much engage families. I recommend this for a youth and family film festival, with a teen audience. It is unsuitable for younger children. Reviewed by Richard L., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
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Runtime: 14 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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HERBIE & THE SMUSHIES: BULLIED AT THE DOG PARK
HERBIE & THE SMUSHIES: BULLIED AT THE DOG PARK - HANGIN' OUT WITH HEATHER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-8
Description - Based on my children's book; Herbie an adorable Boston Terrier gets bullied at the dog park and goes on a journey meeting new doggy friends as they all discuss how they were bullied and become friends through this bond.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short addresses the issue of bullying, showing it from a dog's point of view. It has a happy ending, which I like and the dogs are all super cute. If you like dogs, you'll love this. In the beginning, Herbie (a dog) is in the park with his human mom. Another dog takes Herbie's toy and refuses to give it back. After they go home, he makes friends with some other smushie-faced dogs. It is well made with 2D animation. The animation is pretty simple, not great, but it's the story line that drives this film. The message about bullying is appropriate for humans, as well as dogs and the characters are all super cute. I really enjoyed the little theme song. The message is: be happy that you are different and don't bully others. I like the anti-bullying message of the film. I never thought about dogs getting bullied before watching this film. My favorite character is Tony because he is very lovable. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it or ages 4 to 8. If it helps to stop bullying, that's definitely a plus. Kudos to the director for taking on this difficult topic and giving it a fresh look, from a dog's point of view. Reviewed by Katherine S. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated short addresses the issue of bullying, showing it from a dog's point of view. It has a happy ending, which I like and the dogs are all super cute. If you like dogs, you'll love this.

In the beginning, Herbie (a dog) is in the park with his human mom. Another dog takes Herbie's toy and refuses to give it back. After they go home, he makes friends with some other smushie-faced dogs.

It is well made with 2D animation. The animation is pretty simple, not great, but it's the story line that drives this film. The message about bullying is appropriate for humans, as well as dogs and the characters are all super cute. I really enjoyed the little theme song.

The message is: be happy that you are different and don't bully others. I like the anti-bullying message of the film. I never thought about dogs getting bullied before watching this film. My favorite character is Tony because he is very lovable.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it or ages 4 to 8. If it helps to stop bullying, that's definitely a plus. Kudos to the director for taking on this difficult topic and giving it a fresh look, from a dog's point of view.
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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WONDERS OF MUSEUMS, THE
WONDERS OF MUSEUMS, THE - PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: EPISODISC, AGES 8 - 18
Description - Expand your horizons with The Wonders of Museums. The Wonders of Museums is an eight part series profiling museums in seven international cities: Taipei, Taichung, Singapore, Okinawa, Kyoto, Berlin, and Belfast. Audiences both young and old will enjoy an unforgettable journey through these family friendly exhibits. This season includes: The Berlin Museum of Natural History, The Titanic Museum in Northern Ireland, The Kyoto Railway Museum, The Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, The Singapore Zoo, The National Taiwan Museum, and The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung.While The Wonders of Museums features world-class destinations, each travel documentary is also infused with the educational merits of each institution. These include painstaking efforts to uncover human history and to document the course of human evolution (Natural History Museum); the human ingenuity that utilized the railway, a marvel of the Industrial Revolution, to expand our perceptions and experiences (Railway Museum); a reminder that technological advancement will never overcome the interventions of Mother Nature (Titanic Museum); an exploration of how renewable energy inspired the construction of a virtual garden and a cityscape more beautiful than even nature intended (Gardens at the Bay); and how humans can truly live in harmony with the natural world (Singapore Zoo and Churaumi Aquarium). Why choose these eight locations from the many museums worldwide? What is it about these collections and their behind the scenes construction that mystifies visitors? What is the secret behind their innovative approach to harness the joy of learning? Would you believe that these museums are also important hubs for researchers? Do you know how to distinguish true dinosaur fossils from a replica? Why does a natural history museum need taxidermy? Why is the Titanic such a memorable disaster? What is the imaginative design behind an open concept zoo? How do you display flourishing Japanese railway culture in a museum? How does a man-made garden harness renewable energy to become more environmentally friendly? What's the use of a pollen sample database? What does the appearance of both the many visible and invisible insects living in our homes mean for us? The Wonders of Museums will reintroduce audiences to museums on a journey through the mystifying splendor of the unknown. This program is sure to provide a fresh perspective as we explore a familiar institution through new vantage points.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a show about the joys of visiting a museum. You follow the presenters as they check various exhibits & get to see the work behind the scenes where they meet people who work there. The presenters are extremely enthusiastic about the subject which makes you want to watch right from the start. The combination of interesting facts to go along with the exhibits shown is very engaging. It shows how much there is to learn from museums. I like way the presenters treat the viewing in similar way to perhaps a child would view items. The whole story, whether viewing or looking at the behind the scenes work of the museum, moves along in a clear and understandable way. The camera work follows closely the presenters, giving the viewer the feeling they are walking with them. The angles help to show the size of larger exhibits viewed and close-ups allow easy viewing of smaller objects. On a couple of occasions, the view is slightly darker than would be ideal, but again that does help the viewer feel what the inside of the museum is like. Also the subtitles are at bottom of the screen and are not intrusive or impacting to the viewer. The presenters dress in casual wear, similar to most kids would wear and thus helps keep the format of a exciting day out. The sets are effectively the main areas of the museum that the public sees, these are chosen well, helping give an understanding of the inside of a the building and how exhibits are displayed. The behind the scenes visit helps show the technical side of the work. Additionally the scenes in the catalogue rooms help bring to life the vastness of the collections. The music at the beginning helps build excitement to viewing the episode. It clearly portrays this is going to be entertaining. The two main presenters really work well and are incredibly enthusiastic, which helps engage the viewer. Both come across as genuinely interested in the things they learn along the way. They show amazement and also respect the exhibits and the museum, making the trip fun but educational at same time. I think the title explains the message ideally. The messages are: Museums are fun to visit, do an important job and there is plenty of stuff to learn - so plan a visit. I actually learned a really interesting fact about dinosaur teeth that I was truly amazed by. The way the experts explain details of their research gives plenty of food for thought. I can imagine if I was watching with my kids much discussion would be created by these insights. I certainly felt I should plan a museum trip this summer with them.

My favorite, but also most poignant scene, is when the taxidermist shows the catalogue of extinct birds. Both producer and director have won awards for their work previously in various countries. I heartily give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18 plus adults.

It is just so interesting. Viewing makes you want to learn more and see more episodes. The facts are well presented and I imagine kids will be engaged from the start. This would be suitable for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for an educational component. Don't get me wrong, it is also quite entertaining. Reviewed by Richard L., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a fascinating educational program about two people (Xianghan and Pierre) who go to a museum to learn new stuff. In this show, they visit the Berlin Historical Museum where they learn about dinosaurs, birds and more. It is very well done, although it is in a different language with sub-titles, which move very fast. It is very educational if you can read the sub-titles quickly enough. The camera shots are well done with interesting camera angles. I found the Berlin Historical Museum very interesting. The music is very suitable. The two people play themselves. Xianghan stands out the most because she is dressed so cutely. Its theme is: Learning is fun and cool. You should know that it does contain some profanity. I learned too much to even put on here. I especially like when they go to the archives. Pierre is a well-known YouTuber. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MY BETTY - KASHA FAUSCETT
Series: SHORTS, AGES 4 - 8
Description - It's an ordinary birthday party for Adam, with his ordinary friends having an ordinary good time. When he loses a tooth like most ordinary kids, his Grandpa August tells a not-so-ordinary tale of the Tooth Fairy over slices of pizza, leaving Adam and his friends to wonder whether the legend really was real, or just a myth. After Grandpa August gives a beautiful but mysterious doll as a gift to Adam's sister, something extraordinary happens while Adam and his friends sleep, waking them up to a whole new world of discovery.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute rendition about the mysterious tooth fairy. Although the storyline is quite predictable, it is well made with good camera work, audio, and special effects. I recommend this for ages 4 to 8 and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror.
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Runtime: 16 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LOSER
LOSER - ADDISON FULTON
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 11 - 18
Description - A high school student explores the labels we put on ourselves and others and realizes that the most important thing to be is yourself.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Yes, love this student short. Great topic - self esteem. And great ending. This non-narrative animated piece tells its story quite cleverly and teaches a wonderful lesson about being yourself. Recommend it for tweens and teens, ages 11 to 18, as well as adults. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 11-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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DRIVER'S ED
DRIVER'S ED - SHAELYN KOOPS
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 13 TO 18
Description - An overconfident teen seeks to pass her driving test despite unexpected obstacles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Cute student film. Entirely relatable. Well shot, edited and acted. I particularly enjoyed the girl and her dad, who play it in a somewhat understated and believable way. Anyone who has ever taken drivers training and learned to drive will relate to this. It's not as easy as it looks... Recommended for tweens and teens, ages 13 to 18, as well as adults, especially parents. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! juror
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Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MY LITTLE PRINCE
MY LITTLE PRINCE - AZANFILM STUDIO
Series: SHORTS, AGES 10 - 18
Description - This film is about a lonely boy who went on the journey to find a friend. Main character, the Little Prince, exploring society of adult people through a perspective of a kid. His journey is an internal perpetual question - "should we grow up?" Asked to himself after each acquaintanceship with members of adult society . He finds a friend not among people, but among animals who behave more humanistic than some people do. A famous French author - Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, wrote this story but also it was visualized and inspired by an Azerbaijani artist struggling from Down syndrome - Maryam Alikberli. Her oil paintings are present in film, moreover, her child-like nature and world perception has something mysteriously common with the Little prince himself.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my, what an interesting and compelling short film. Based on the classic story The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry, this incorporates a young girl with Downs Syndrome in retelling it and with images of her beautiful paintings based on the story. I have always loved this story and, as I get older its messages changes and expands all the time. Kudos to director Arif Maharramov's rendition of this story. He is truly masterful in creating something that is joyful and insightful and filled with imagination. From Azerbaijan, the dialogue is in Azerbaijan with English sub-titles. The animation is truly first rate, filled with minute details that make you forget you are watching an animated piece at times. The interspersing of live action with the girl is done deliberately and carefully. The background music is quite suitable for the film. There is one scene on one of the planets the Prince visits with drinking of alcohol, but it is not offensive, simply something to be aware of. I heartily give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, as well as adults. This would play well at a children's or family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 30 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BAD SCIENTIST
BAD SCIENTIST - FALON DANITA
Series: SHORT, AGES 12 - 18
Description - Mary von Grubenstein thinks she's finally done it! She's created an evil monster that will make her the best evil scientist around and make her late father proud, but... things go a little awry when the monster wakes up.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Well made black and white, film noir short by a college student with a good storyline that flows well, has a positive message at the end that kids will relate to. The protagonist's acting is a bit over the top, but fits well with the style of the film. Good sets, interesting camera angles. I recommend this for tweens and teens, ages 12 to 18, as well as adults and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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MAGIC COMB, THE
MAGIC COMB, THE - RONI BROWN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5 -18
Description - With mommy out of town, a father nearly loses his relationship with his little girl and his sanity when he uses a mysterious magical comb in order to do her hair.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very sweet story about a dad and his little girl trying to survive together while momma's away. It all comes down to the girl's hair! And Dad has one heck of a time dealing with it until he discovered what he thinks is the solution. Well shot. Terrific actors. Very believable storyline. I recommend this for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. The actors are African American but this story is relatable to any culture. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. Will play in any children's or family film festival. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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ZOG: THE FIRST FEMINIST
ZOG: THE FIRST FEMINIST - BENJAMIN FOLSTEIN
Series: SHORTS, AGES 8 - 18
Description - This four minute animated ballad chronicles the adventures of a prehistoric feminist. Almost 250,000 years ago, Zog, the first feminist, is born. She spends her life railing against societal expectations. After revolutionizing systems of hunting and agriculture and receiving no credit from the patriarchal establishment, she convenes a village meeting for women only. To the women of the village, she says: "Don't let those men tell you can't, because you can!" The village chief is not pleased, and orders her execution.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Oh my word - best film I've seen all day! This pro-feminist short that has a clever combination of animation and live action truly delivers a positive message about women. Delightful humor. Excellent production values. This will play in a youth or family festival for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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GIRL AT THE END OF THE GARDEN, THE
GIRL AT THE END OF THE GARDEN, THE - DYEHOUSE FILMS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A slapstick comedy about an unhappy young girl whose life is turned upside-down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lucy, a young unhappy girl lives with her single mother who cannot afford to purchase a tablet device she desperately desires. However, a chance encounter in her back garden, with a young refugee camp runaway possessing psychic powers, changes her life. Children do not want to have to figure out how to generate income. They prefer a world where things are simple, where they are happy and all their needs are met. This film captures the essence of a child's wide imagination. I like that the story explores serious social issues, such as poverty and the ills of war through themes such as man against society, from a child's point of view and the universal concept of friendship.

This film has great cinematography! The camera angles effectively move the story along, without being on the nose. The dreary Irish weather and the night scenes are very believable. I like the gray skies, which are characteristic of Ireland's weather. The scene of Lucy in the garden at night and of Zed when the door opens work effectively to build tension. The costumes suit the story and work well.

The background music and sound effects certainly drive the plot forward. At one point when Lucy sees Zed in her garden at night, the music rises, builds tension and comes to a climax when Lucy finds Zed hiding in the shed. In another scene when Lucy's mum comes home early and Zed falls as he attempts to escape, the music builds tension as Lucy has successfully switched places with Zed when the blanket is pulled back.

There are no grand special effects that stand out, except for the magic tricks, which fooled me initially. The most believable characters are Lucy, Zed and Lucy's mother. They very much own their roles. Lucy reminds me of a young Dakota Fanning, endearing yet feisty. The interplay between the two children is very convincing. My favorite scene is the ending one when the two families are united because of the chance meeting between the two children.

The message is about how our differences really do connect us. You should know that it does show kids doing risk y things, that other kids might imitate. I have to say that it heightened my interest in conspiracy theories.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. It validates children and youth in their views about life. It's educational in that Lucy, who could have been prejudiced against a black kid who appears even needier than her, isn't. She simply sees another human being, just like her. I think this would make a great addition to a youth or family film festival.

Reviewed by Frances B., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
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Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MIIKSHI THE MEEK SHEEP IN THE COSMIC POTATO
MIIKSHI THE MEEK SHEEP IN THE COSMIC POTATO - LINDSAY LEE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 6 - 16
Description - Shy sheep scientist Miikshi has just launched a potato into orbit, and her journalist best friend Chickelyna begs for the first radio interview. Miikshi's fear of public speaking soon takes back seat when her science experiment is on a collision course with Mibukiville!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very professional production. Love the quirky puppet characters and the storyline. Love the close-ups and the miniature backgrounds. The sheep scientist is quite wonderful and the idea of launching a potato into space absolutely hysterical. This is a great take off on the space program. I recommend it for ages 6 to 16, as well as adults and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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FIRE FLOWER
FIRE FLOWER - HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY/JSL STUDIO
Series: STUDENT FILM, AGES 8-18
Description - A nun, four orphans and a glitchy robot on a quest for beauty. . . what could possibly go wrong? Princess, Fabio, Pigtails and Curly, from St. Mary's Home for unfortunate Children, are on a field-trip to the botanical garden to celebrate Princess' birthday. On the way they meet a curious grounds keeper and the fireworks begin. . . quite literally.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an interesting and quirky film. Well executed animation and well developed characters. The non narrative storyline definitely has its quirkiness to us, but it's fun and comes to a cheerful conclusion. I recommend this for tweens and teens, ages 12 to 18, as well as adults, and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
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LONDON'S HOME
LONDON'S HOME - JENNIFER TREUTING
Series: DOCUMENTARY, AGES 8 - 14
Description - When a fire destroys the apartment that nine-year-old London and her family have called home for years, everything's suddenly different. Everyone's ok, but where will they stay? The apartment building is no longer safe. Learn what happens to London and her family when disaster strikes, and how the idea of "home" changes when you don't have one.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a well constructed documentary about a subject that most kids are not thinking about until tragedy strikes. I love the cheerfulness of London who guides us through her family's experience of losing their home, living in a shelter temporarily and finding a new home. She is the epitome of positive energy, as are the other members of her family that we meet. I recommend this for a tween and teen festival, ages 12 to 18, plus adults, and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for something that reflects how families respond to tragic circumstances in their lives in a positive way, you will love this film. reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror. To submitter: Congratulations! We are delighted to include your film in our national KIDS FIRST! Film Festival where it will be available to 50 venues that partner with us. Please see required deliverables in the official letter of acceptance from film freeway. Send your digital file through dropbox, google docs or similar. Allowing a download from film freeway is also acceptable. And, we need your poster art in 72 dpi (max height 3") or a production still for online publicity purposes. One more thing, KIDS FIRST! is starting a new Digital Channel in association with xerb.tv. We will send you more information about how you can participate in that, if you so choose.
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Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-14 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NORTH KOREA: A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP
NORTH KOREA: A TOTALITARIAN DICTATORSHIP - MATTHEW AGUSTIN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - A documentary exposing the regime of Kim Jong-un in North Korea. This documentary exposes the truth behind the North Korean regime, as well as how to prevent a future disaster that could potentially lead to war.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Very impressive documentary about the history of North Korea, up to current time and issues. Excellent use of archival photography and excellent narration. Kudos to Matthew Agustin for his good work in creating this. I'm not sure how many KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners will select to play this, but I feel it is an important part of history and gives insight into the country and culture of North Korea which is valuable to youth and families in the USA and elsewhere. I recommend this for teens, ages 13 to 18, as well as adults and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
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Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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