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SPROUT
SPROUT - CAROLINA BERMUDEZ
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Sprout is a light-hearted 3D animated short created for children. The story follows Sprout, a tiny robot, who quickly becomes overwhelmed by his list of garden tasks that he's unable to complete. After chaos ensues, misfit animals turned friends offer support and Sprout learns that it's ok to accept help from others. Together, Sprout and his new friends accomplish all of their tasks in the garden through teamwork.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an adorable little animated short. I want a Sprout in my life!

This college student made film follows a juvenile robot, named Sprout, who is left a note by his parent about the garden chores he is to accomplish while the parent is at work. Thing go from controlled to chaos fairly quickly and the critters in the garden become helpers as they work to put things back in order once again.

If you have ever gardened, you can relate to this story, where things go amuck without even trying - as critters chomp on the tomatoes and the whole basket of tomatoes falls on Sprout's head. The animation is well done, very smooth and colorful. The background music perfectly backs up the action in the film without being obtrusive. I would enjoy sharing this with young people whether or not they have an interest in gardening.

The film's message is about asking for help in order to get your tasks done.

I give Sprout 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an adorable little animated short. I want a Sprout in my life!

This college student made film follows a juvenile robot, named Sprout, who is left a note by his parent about the garden chores he is to accomplish while the parent is at work. Thing go from controlled to chaos fairly quickly and the critters in the garden become helpers as they work to put things back in order once again.

If you have ever gardened, you can relate to this story, where things go amuck without even trying - as critters chomp on the tomatoes and the whole basket of tomatoes falls on Sprout's head. The animation is well done, very smooth and colorful. The background music perfectly backs up the action in the film without being obtrusive. I would enjoy sharing this with young people whether or not they have an interest in gardening.

The film's message is about asking for help in order to get your tasks done.

I give Sprout 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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BOY A-NEE-GU FIGHT WITH MAGICAL BUGS!
BOY A-NEE-GU FIGHT WITH MAGICAL BUGS! - HSUAN WANG
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - A-Nee-Gu stumbled upon what seemed to be an ordinary puppy, Donnie, but little did he know, it was actually an extraterrestrial scientist. Together, they uncovered a conspiracy from the alien headquarters. A-Nee-Gu decided to form a defense alliance to protect the safety of Earth and his loved ones! As a war fueled by imagination approaches, can A-Nee-Gu and Donnie rely on their imagination to protect their beloved family?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film tells the story of A-Nee-Gu and his League of Super Guardians who defend the earth with imagination. A-Nee-Gu stumbles upon a seemingly ordinary puppy named Donnie, who, unbeknownst to him, is actually an alien scientist. Together, they uncover a conspiracy at alien headquarters. Aneegu decides to form a defense alliance to keep Earth and his loved ones safe.

This film is perfect for kids - it is powerful, creative, and depicts people's unrestrained imagination to create an interesting story. The film is animated and suitable for children. I like the development of the story line, which is composed episode by episode, with each story having a corresponding storyline, just like a short film. It has great characteristics and creativity. In this animation, the backgrounds arrangement are critical for the storyline; for example, when A-Nee-Gu uses imagination to create a dinosaur, the image of a dinosaur appears in the background. The background music is very much in tune with the actual theme, such as A-Nee-Gu's rabbit battle, which features techno electronic sounds, as well as the attack effects of fighting. A-Nee-gu is a very mischievous child in the beginning and he has a rich imagination, like all children. He meets a stray puppy, Donnie, and takes him home. A-Nee-Gu is thrilled when he finds out that Donnie came to Earth specifically to catch imagination worms, and asks Donnie to use them to grant his wish. Although A-Nee-Gu does not believe that the earth will be in danger if he fails to catch the imaginary worm in time, when he really learns that the earth will be destroyed, he enters his father's dream and asks him to trust him this time, expressing his love for him and his own feelings. My favorite part is the scene at the end when A-Nee-Gu learns that the Earth is going to be destroyed by Donnie's team and A-Nee-Guy enters his father's dream and asks him to help them fight together using his imagination. A-nee-gu sincerely expresses his thoughts to his father, even though his father thinks A-Nee-Gu is playing a joke on him, A-Nee-Guy reveals his love and insists on his father joining the fight. At last, his father appears and tells A-Nee-Gu that he will always be proud of him. The image of his dad always supporting him is so moving.

This film's message is about the wonder of imagination. It can be said that many things on Earth come from people's imagination, because only imagination can develop creativity.

I give Boy A-Nee-Gu Fight With Magical Bugs! 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Changyang L., KIDS FIRST!i
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film tells the story of A-Nee-Gu and his League of Super Guardians who defend the earth with imagination. A-Nee-Gu stumbles upon a seemingly ordinary puppy named Donnie, who, unbeknownst to him, is actually an alien scientist. Together, they uncover a conspiracy at alien headquarters. Aneegu decides to form a defense alliance to keep Earth and his loved ones safe.

This film is perfect for kids - it is powerful, creative, and depicts people's unrestrained imagination to create an interesting story. The film is animated and suitable for children. I like the development of the story line, which is composed episode by episode, with each story having a corresponding storyline, just like a short film. It has great characteristics and creativity. In this animation, the backgrounds arrangement are critical for the storyline; for example, when A-Nee-Gu uses imagination to create a dinosaur, the image of a dinosaur appears in the background. The background music is very much in tune with the actual theme, such as A-Nee-Gu's rabbit battle, which features techno electronic sounds, as well as the attack effects of fighting. A-Nee-gu is a very mischievous child in the beginning and he has a rich imagination, like all children. He meets a stray puppy, Donnie, and takes him home. A-Nee-Gu is thrilled when he finds out that Donnie came to Earth specifically to catch imagination worms, and asks Donnie to use them to grant his wish. Although A-Nee-Gu does not believe that the earth will be in danger if he fails to catch the imaginary worm in time, when he really learns that the earth will be destroyed, he enters his father's dream and asks him to trust him this time, expressing his love for him and his own feelings. My favorite part is the scene at the end when A-Nee-Gu learns that the Earth is going to be destroyed by Donnie's team and A-Nee-Guy enters his father's dream and asks him to help them fight together using his imagination. A-nee-gu sincerely expresses his thoughts to his father, even though his father thinks A-Nee-Gu is playing a joke on him, A-Nee-Guy reveals his love and insists on his father joining the fight. At last, his father appears and tells A-Nee-Gu that he will always be proud of him. The image of his dad always supporting him is so moving.

This film's message is about the wonder of imagination. It can be said that many things on Earth come from people's imagination, because only imagination can develop creativity.

I give Boy A-Nee-Gu Fight With Magical Bugs! 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18. By Changyang L., KIDS FIRST!i
Runtime: 27 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MUSHROOM MAGIC
MUSHROOM MAGIC - MARIA MAC DALLAND
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - A couple of little mushroom fairies put on a magic show for Tiny Toot and her friends. They use their magic wands to shoot mycelium at the fallen fruit, turning it into fertile dirt to help new life grow. Tiny Toot also gets to try the magic wand and learns some mushroom magic.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found Mushroom Magic completely enchanting with its cute character, especially Tiny Toot and Gato, and an interesting storyline.

Created by Danish filmmaker Maria Mac Dalland, Tiny Toot is an adorable 2D animated series featuring Tony Toot, her cat Gato, her family, Pixie and other friends. Pixie has an oranichopper and is able to shrink Tiny Toot and Gato so they can ride along with him and visit others and learn new things. In this episode they visit the Mushroom Fairies who put on a magic show for Tiny Toot and Gato where they shoot mycelium at a fallen fruit and turn it into fertile soil to help new plants grow. Tiny Toot gets to try out the magic wand herself.

The animation is top notch here with very detailed images and bright colors. The backgrounds are quite wonderful as Tony Toot explores the world around her, led by Pixie the Elf. There is very little dialogue, which is fine because the story is revealed visually for the most part. The background music is upbeat and fun. I was unfamiliar with the Tiny Toot series before so I did a little searching to find out more about it. Other episodes are available on various online sites, if you are curious.

The show's message is about exploring the world around us and learning new things about daily life on our planet.

I give Mushroom Magic 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, provided you have someone to read the subtitles for you since the dialogue is in Danish. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found Mushroom Magic completely enchanting with its cute character, especially Tiny Toot and Gato, and an interesting storyline.

Created by Danish filmmaker Maria Mac Dalland, Tiny Toot is an adorable 2D animated series featuring Tony Toot, her cat Gato, her family, Pixie and other friends. Pixie has an oranichopper and is able to shrink Tiny Toot and Gato so they can ride along with him and visit others and learn new things. In this episode they visit the Mushroom Fairies who put on a magic show for Tiny Toot and Gato where they shoot mycelium at a fallen fruit and turn it into fertile soil to help new plants grow. Tiny Toot gets to try out the magic wand herself.

The animation is top notch here with very detailed images and bright colors. The backgrounds are quite wonderful as Tony Toot explores the world around her, led by Pixie the Elf. There is very little dialogue, which is fine because the story is revealed visually for the most part. The background music is upbeat and fun. I was unfamiliar with the Tiny Toot series before so I did a little searching to find out more about it. Other episodes are available on various online sites, if you are curious.

The show's message is about exploring the world around us and learning new things about daily life on our planet.

I give Mushroom Magic 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 5, provided you have someone to read the subtitles for you since the dialogue is in Danish. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SMALL PARTS
SMALL PARTS - AIDAN O'MALLEY
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A disheveled toy collector and a bratty little kid battle over a limited edition LEGO set at a garage sale.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have to admit that this short film definitely made me chuckle. As a parent of kids who LOVED LEGOS I can totally relate to the obsession of these two young men.

The storyline follows two guys that run into each other at a garage sale, where they both want to own a limited edition LEGO set.

Well made by college students, Hank McNeil, Aidan O'Malley and JP Spoonmore. Good production - from the camera work to the audio to the editing - and well acted. There are definitely some scenes that depict unnecessary acts of violence, like when the older guy in the car runs over the guy on a bike, but we're going to overlook that as something that emphasizes the storyline. Great background music. And, the special effects, accompanied by opera music, when the set escapes their clutches and flies in the air, are priceless. The ending is a welcome relief, showing that even in the most extreme circumstances friendships can be made.

The film's message is about finding friends in the most unlikely places.

I give Small Parts 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I have to admit that this short film definitely made me chuckle. As a parent of kids who LOVED LEGOS I can totally relate to the obsession of these two young men.

The storyline follows two guys that run into each other at a garage sale, where they both want to own a limited edition LEGO set.

Well made by college students, Hank McNeil, Aidan O'Malley and JP Spoonmore. Good production - from the camera work to the audio to the editing - and well acted. There are definitely some scenes that depict unnecessary acts of violence, like when the older guy in the car runs over the guy on a bike, but we're going to overlook that as something that emphasizes the storyline. Great background music. And, the special effects, accompanied by opera music, when the set escapes their clutches and flies in the air, are priceless. The ending is a welcome relief, showing that even in the most extreme circumstances friendships can be made.

The film's message is about finding friends in the most unlikely places.

I give Small Parts 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 6-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GIRL CALLED ELVIS, A
GIRL CALLED ELVIS, A - LINDSAY CHRISTOPHERSON
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - A Girl Called Elvis is a short drama about two sisters growing closer through a family quest. Ten year old Ellie likes to dress as her idol Elvis Presley, much to the annoyance of her half-sister Carol. When Ellie hears that her estranged father is back in town, she enlists Carol and her boyfriend Dion's help to find him.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Charming. It starts out slow and grows on you... in the end, it brought me to tears.

The story follows two half-sisters, Ellie and Carol. The younger one, Elie, is infatuated by Elvis and loves to play act her hero, much to her older sister's annoyance. Ellie hears that her estranged dad is back in town and gets Carol and her boyfriend to help find him. The ending has a big surprise.

Well produced - good camera work, good audio, good acting and editing. Wonderful storyline, very relatable. This really is a marvelous tale, well told and suitable for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

The film's message is to never give up on your dreams, they may actually come true.

I give A Girl Called Elvis 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Charming. It starts out slow and grows on you... in the end, it brought me to tears.

The story follows two half-sisters, Ellie and Carol. The younger one, Elie, is infatuated by Elvis and loves to play act her hero, much to her older sister's annoyance. Ellie hears that her estranged dad is back in town and gets Carol and her boyfriend to help find him. The ending has a big surprise.

Well produced - good camera work, good audio, good acting and editing. Wonderful storyline, very relatable. This really is a marvelous tale, well told and suitable for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.

The film's message is to never give up on your dreams, they may actually come true.

I give A Girl Called Elvis 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GEESE FEAST
GEESE FEAST - TAIRA OCHOA
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A childhood memory about a 5 year old who tries to feed a group of geese.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short by a college student touched me in a lot of ways. I could relate to how the little girl was terrorized by the geese that she innocently tried to feed.

The storyline is based on a true tory of a young girl who tried to feed a group of geese, only to be frightened by their aggressive behavior.

This story revolves around the young girl's experience when trying to feed the geese some bread from her family's picnic. What isn't addressed here is how aggressive geese can be, especially around food. We don't see that in the short film, but I know from experience what they can be like. It's handled with humor here, but it could have been more of a nightmare than what actually happened - and thankfully it wasn't. At the time, the child was traumatized and the adults laughed. Today, 20 years later, the girl can laugh also. I kind of have mixed feelings about the whole geese feeding thing, but that short film, as it is, is quite sweet and nostalgic.

The film's message is about the humor in life, from one perspective to another, and how it changes as we grow up.

I give Geese Feast 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for age 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated short by a college student touched me in a lot of ways. I could relate to how the little girl was terrorized by the geese that she innocently tried to feed.

The storyline is based on a true tory of a young girl who tried to feed a group of geese, only to be frightened by their aggressive behavior.

This story revolves around the young girl's experience when trying to feed the geese some bread from her family's picnic. What isn't addressed here is how aggressive geese can be, especially around food. We don't see that in the short film, but I know from experience what they can be like. It's handled with humor here, but it could have been more of a nightmare than what actually happened - and thankfully it wasn't. At the time, the child was traumatized and the adults laughed. Today, 20 years later, the girl can laugh also. I kind of have mixed feelings about the whole geese feeding thing, but that short film, as it is, is quite sweet and nostalgic.

The film's message is about the humor in life, from one perspective to another, and how it changes as we grow up.

I give Geese Feast 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for age 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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BIRDS (2024)
BIRDS (2024) - JOAKIM HAUGE VOCKE
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5 -12
Description - The connection between six children and nature is explored through improvised dance and movement, showcasing the unique perspective of children as they interact with nature through play. Through the eyes of these young adventurers, we rediscover the world and how to cherish and comprehend our environment.

In a landscape where the authentic voices of children often play second fiddle to adult interpretations, "Birds" is a revelation. Here, children are not just passive actors but potent co-creators, channeling their unfiltered creativity and depth. Join us on this poetic journey to rediscover our lost connections, one where the chirps, rustles, and dances speak louder than words.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is truly unlike any other in its quiet exploration of the forest by a group of young children.

The connection between a group of children and nature is explored through dance, movement, and sound as the children interact with the forest around them. Join them as they join the chirps, rustles, and dances of the environment around them. This film followed a class of third graders who delved into a multidisciplinary art experiment to explore, understand, and articulate the essence of their local woodland. This non-narrative film invites you to explore a deeper relationship with the forest along with these children.

I found myself mesmerized watching this film in the quiet of my studio, studying the actions and reactions of these children as they respond to the bird sounds in the forest. The camera attempts to capture the essence of their experience and accomplishes that to some degree. My guess is that being there is an even more profound experience. I really enjoyed the pace of this film as it allows one to slowly absorb the children's interactions.

The film's message is about exploring the natural environment around us and to allow ourselves to let it penetrate our being.

I give Birds 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is truly unlike any other in its quiet exploration of the forest by a group of young children.

The connection between a group of children and nature is explored through dance, movement, and sound as the children interact with the forest around them. Join them as they join the chirps, rustles, and dances of the environment around them. This film followed a class of third graders who delved into a multidisciplinary art experiment to explore, understand, and articulate the essence of their local woodland. This non-narrative film invites you to explore a deeper relationship with the forest along with these children.

I found myself mesmerized watching this film in the quiet of my studio, studying the actions and reactions of these children as they respond to the bird sounds in the forest. The camera attempts to capture the essence of their experience and accomplishes that to some degree. My guess is that being there is an even more profound experience. I really enjoyed the pace of this film as it allows one to slowly absorb the children's interactions.

The film's message is about exploring the natural environment around us and to allow ourselves to let it penetrate our being.

I give Birds 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MUTE
MUTE - CONRAD PAUR
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A mysterious new student arrives at a typical elementary school and is unable to speak. Why? because in this universe words spoken aloud can be very powerful. Watch as Mute and her new friends start an amazing adventure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I love the concept of this film and the idea that ideas can be conveyed without words. Imagine a world that actually did that.

The storyline follows a group of elementary school students that have a new student appear on the scene that doesn't speak. But, she seems to have some amazing powers and her "voice" can be hears when she makes arm gestures, which sort of throws everyone off, but intrigues them at the same time. Where is she from? Is she an alien? Does she have special powers? You have to watch to find out.

From an awkward start, it seems that the other kids quickly become accustomed to the new girl who talks without words and they can all understand her. Love that idea. Well made, from concept to execution, this film has a fascinating idea behind the story, great camera work, good audio, good editing. It's definitely a green light for KIDS FIRST!

The film's message is that there are more ways than one to communicate with others.

I give Mute 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Samantha S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I love the concept of this film and the idea that ideas can be conveyed without words. Imagine a world that actually did that.

The storyline follows a group of elementary school students that have a new student appear on the scene that doesn't speak. But, she seems to have some amazing powers and her "voice" can be hears when she makes arm gestures, which sort of throws everyone off, but intrigues them at the same time. Where is she from? Is she an alien? Does she have special powers? You have to watch to find out.

From an awkward start, it seems that the other kids quickly become accustomed to the new girl who talks without words and they can all understand her. Love that idea. Well made, from concept to execution, this film has a fascinating idea behind the story, great camera work, good audio, good editing. It's definitely a green light for KIDS FIRST!

The film's message is that there are more ways than one to communicate with others.

I give Mute 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Samantha S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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LOCKER PROBLEMS
LOCKER PROBLEMS - CONRAD PAUR
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Lockers for kids can lead to a lot of stress. However, this Locker leads to an intense adventure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I have to admit, I love student made films and this one by elementary students is quite charming. We can all relate to locker problems form our time at school and this takes those problems to another level.

The storyline follows a kid having issues with his locker as others come to his rescue or not. And, at one point he discovers that his lock is a portal to another place.

Well made. Good camera work; good audio; good storyline. My favorite part is when the red-headed kid finally gets his locker open and it opens up a portal to another universe where he meets his double. Then, that double follows him back. It's cute, it's original. It's a great student film by elementary age students.

The film's message is about how our lockers might lead us to a life adventure we hadn't even imagined.

I give Locker Problems 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I have to admit, I love student made films and this one by elementary students is quite charming. We can all relate to locker problems form our time at school and this takes those problems to another level.

The storyline follows a kid having issues with his locker as others come to his rescue or not. And, at one point he discovers that his lock is a portal to another place.

Well made. Good camera work; good audio; good storyline. My favorite part is when the red-headed kid finally gets his locker open and it opens up a portal to another universe where he meets his double. Then, that double follows him back. It's cute, it's original. It's a great student film by elementary age students.

The film's message is about how our lockers might lead us to a life adventure we hadn't even imagined.

I give Locker Problems 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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THERE WAS - THERE IS NO -THERE IS
THERE WAS - THERE IS NO -THERE IS - LUKASZ KAMINSKI
Series: FOREIGN INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - The film deals with the topic of experiencing difficult emotions related to the loss of loved ones and coping with it. Together with the 12-year old heroine Krysia, we go on a journey through places and times that were, which are not, and which we want to remember. The film, based on a story by Katarzyna Jackowska-Enemuo, supports young viewers in meeting their own emotional "black holes" and brings relief. The film is intended for children aged 10-12, but its profound meaning and contexts allow people over 12 years old to experience a journey within themselves and history.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully animated short film offering insight into those that have left us. The storyline addresses dealing with the loss of loved ones - human or not - and how to cope with our loss. A young girl loses her dog and it leads her on a journey of discovery and a reminder of how we remember our beloveds. It takes us on a journey as she explores her family members from the past.

I love the animation of this film. It's brightly colored and a bit shaky, which gives us the impression that it is hand drawn. The storyline is easily relatable for kids anywhere. Even though this film is from Poland with dialogue in Polish, there are English subtitles, which make it easy to follow. The film's message is about how those that we love and have lost are still part of our lives.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautifully animated short film offering insight into those that have left us. The storyline addresses dealing with the loss of loved ones - human or not - and how to cope with our loss. A young girl loses her dog and it leads her on a journey of discovery and a reminder of how we remember our beloveds. It takes us on a journey as she explores her family members from the past.

I love the animation of this film. It's brightly colored and a bit shaky, which gives us the impression that it is hand drawn. The storyline is easily relatable for kids anywhere. Even though this film is from Poland with dialogue in Polish, there are English subtitles, which make it easy to follow. The film's message is about how those that we love and have lost are still part of our lives.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SNAIL TALE, A
SNAIL TALE, A - ASHLEY WONG
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - An ambitious snail makes an unlikely friendship with a 3-legged mastiff. A story of friendship, patience and moving at your own pace. Inspired by a real-life tripod Boerboel who moves at his own speed.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short film showing how unlikely friendship is formed between a snail and a dog is heartfelt and charming.

The stories follows a snail moving at a snail's pace that runs into a three-legged dog, a Boerboel, that attracts its attention and the two of them form a relationship of sorts.

This short animated film is just adorable. I love everything about it especially the dog and the dog's face in particular - well, maybe its wagging tail as well. Seeing the snail climb up the dog's face and its reaction by a tail wag is just adorable. He takes the snail over to eat a little greenery and watches.

The film's message is that friendship can be formed by the most unlikely critters, even a dog and a snail.

I give A Snail Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This short film showing how unlikely friendship is formed between a snail and a dog is heartfelt and charming.

The stories follows a snail moving at a snail's pace that runs into a three-legged dog, a Boerboel, that attracts its attention and the two of them form a relationship of sorts.

This short animated film is just adorable. I love everything about it especially the dog and the dog's face in particular - well, maybe its wagging tail as well. Seeing the snail climb up the dog's face and its reaction by a tail wag is just adorable. He takes the snail over to eat a little greenery and watches.

The film's message is that friendship can be formed by the most unlikely critters, even a dog and a snail.

I give A Snail Tale 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GLITTER BABY
GLITTER BABY - KATHLEEN RENEE KRENITSKY
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-5
Description - The lullaby for those needing to sleep, but wanting to dance. Glitter Baby evokes the magic of childhood and the wondrous nature of dreams. Join Glitter Baby as he drifts between waking and sleep, enchanting his audience with the melodic blend of song, dance, and inexhaustible glitter.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This animated short reminds me of a dream -- perhaps it's a baby's dream.

The film features an animated baby dancing joyfully to a sweet lullaby. It opens and closes with a shot of a real baby in its crib.

I love the lullaby here; sung by Nelly White, from Turkey, it's very sweet and compelling. I wanted to hear more of it! Nelly's voice is very soothing and clear. The animated baby's movements are so true to form, it's almost as if a real child is moving. The glitter might be a bit over the top, but hey, each to their own.

The film's message is simply about the fantasy of sleep and the innocence of childhood.

I give Glitter Baby 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This animated short reminds me of a dream -- perhaps it's a baby's dream.

The film features an animated baby dancing joyfully to a sweet lullaby. It opens and closes with a shot of a real baby in its crib.

I love the lullaby here; sung by Nelly White, from Turkey, it's very sweet and compelling. I wanted to hear more of it! Nelly's voice is very soothing and clear. The animated baby's movements are so true to form, it's almost as if a real child is moving. The glitter might be a bit over the top, but hey, each to their own.

The film's message is simply about the fantasy of sleep and the innocence of childhood.

I give Glitter Baby 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-5 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SWEET STRUGGLE
SWEET STRUGGLE - ADRIANA KOSTETSKA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Get ready to embark on an emotional journey with 'Sweet Struggle,' a powerful and inspiring short film directed by Adriana Kostetska. Follow the story of Matthew, an 9-year-old boy living with Type 1 diabetes, A mother struggles to cope with her son's diabetes. With the help of a psychologist and her husband, she learns to let go and focus on what's important. As he navigates life's challenges with unwavering courage and the support of his loved ones. This heartwarming tale will touch your heart and remind you of the incredible strength found in the sweetest moments of life. Join us on this unforgettable cinematic adventure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a very touching and informative short film about a disease that is all too common and many people know very little about -- type 1 diabetes.

Beautifully shot - great camera work, audio recording and editing. Excellent acting, particularly on behalf of the mother and young boy. I like how realistic this film is, almost like a documentary. KIDS FIRST! doesn't normally show films that are medical in nature, but this goes way beyond that - it really addresses the emotional impact of living with the disease - from both the mom and the boy's point of view. My favorite scene is the ending when mom and son are running together. It shows that you can lead a normal life when you are dealing with diabetes and that is such a positive message to share.

The film's message is about the impact of a disease such as type 1 diabetes and how, with love and support, a person can lead a normal life.

I give Sweet Struggle 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 through 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a very touching and informative short film about a disease that is all too common and many people know very little about -- type 1 diabetes.

Beautifully shot - great camera work, audio recording and editing. Excellent acting, particularly on behalf of the mother and young boy. I like how realistic this film is, almost like a documentary. KIDS FIRST! doesn't normally show films that are medical in nature, but this goes way beyond that - it really addresses the emotional impact of living with the disease - from both the mom and the boy's point of view. My favorite scene is the ending when mom and son are running together. It shows that you can lead a normal life when you are dealing with diabetes and that is such a positive message to share.

The film's message is about the impact of a disease such as type 1 diabetes and how, with love and support, a person can lead a normal life.

I give Sweet Struggle 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 through 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 18 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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HERO'S JOURNEY
HERO'S JOURNEY - WES SMITH
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Hero's Journey is a 2D and 3D animation about the main character of a video game who cannot control his actions. The title directly alludes to the ancient monomyth, Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Hero's Journey reframes the mythic and cyclic story structure through the modern perspective of a role-playing video game. It also serves as an homage to some of favorite childhood games such as Legend of Zelda, Dragon Quest, and Super Mario Bros. Featuring rising star Christopher Sean Cooper Jr. (Sweet Tooth) as the voice of the Gamer and Wes Smith as the voice of the titular character, Hero's Journey combines laughter and heartbreak into one action-packed adventure.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed Hero's Journey for its nostalgic take on videogames and heroes.

The storyline follows the key character of a video game that cannot control his actions and is in search of his true identify. It plays homage to some classic video games and combines humor with heartbreak in one action-packed adventure.

I'm not a gamer so I can't speak about the film's references to classic childhood games, although my older brother definitely could. I can say that the images definitely remind me of older gamers with their rough edges and the background sounds remind me of the 80s. I can relate to Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, which has influenced a wide variety of films and stories, include George Lucas' Star Wars films. The monomyth definitely fits here as the hero searches for its identity. The final battle scene is the perfect ending. Saving the princess in the cage is pretty anticlimactic.

The film's message is about seeking your identity.

I give Hero's Journey 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed Hero's Journey for its nostalgic take on videogames and heroes.

The storyline follows the key character of a video game that cannot control his actions and is in search of his true identify. It plays homage to some classic video games and combines humor with heartbreak in one action-packed adventure.

I'm not a gamer so I can't speak about the film's references to classic childhood games, although my older brother definitely could. I can say that the images definitely remind me of older gamers with their rough edges and the background sounds remind me of the 80s. I can relate to Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces, which has influenced a wide variety of films and stories, include George Lucas' Star Wars films. The monomyth definitely fits here as the hero searches for its identity. The final battle scene is the perfect ending. Saving the princess in the cage is pretty anticlimactic.

The film's message is about seeking your identity.

I give Hero's Journey 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. By Samantha M., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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LIGHTS, CAMERA, MAESTRO!
LIGHTS, CAMERA, MAESTRO! - CONRAD PAUR
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A small film crew begins to film a story, but filming unlocks a passage that sends them to a hungry being.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This student made thriller is intriguing in many ways.

The story follows a young film crew that is beginning to film a story, when they inadvertently unlock a passage that sends them to another dimension.

Well shot - good camera work, audio recording and editing. I'm slightly confused about exactly what happened but intrigued enough to feel that this definitely warrants discussion.

The film's message is about reality - from one dimension to another.

I give Lights Camera, Maestro 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Jackie M.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This student made thriller is intriguing in many ways.

The story follows a young film crew that is beginning to film a story, when they inadvertently unlock a passage that sends them to another dimension.

Well shot - good camera work, audio recording and editing. I'm slightly confused about exactly what happened but intrigued enough to feel that this definitely warrants discussion.

The film's message is about reality - from one dimension to another.

I give Lights Camera, Maestro 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Jackie M.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ESCORT, THE
ESCORT, THE - RICK WILLIAMSON
Series: INDIE ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - The Escort is a story of a young boy traversing through all the moments of his romantic life while guided by a mysterious figure. Shown all the events that will transpire in his life, a young boy must find peace in knowing all the bliss and grief that comes with life. The Escort reconnoiters the relationship between human spirituality and the emotional spectrum of our lived experiences.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What a lovely film and yes, perhaps a sad ending, but it does represent the circle of life - with all its ups and downs.

The storyline is about a boy who is guided by a shadowy figure who shows him his future - from boyhood to adulthood, parenthood, old age and death.

Beautifully and simply animated with quiet piano music in the background, the film takes its time to savor all the beautiful moments in the boy's life. It sort of reminds me of the book, The Giving Tree, in how it takes the audience through the cycle of life seen through the eyes of a single person.

The film's message is about the ups and downs we experience in our lives as humans and how our journey is seen from the outside point of view.

I give The Escort 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What a lovely film and yes, perhaps a sad ending, but it does represent the circle of life - with all its ups and downs.

The storyline is about a boy who is guided by a shadowy figure who shows him his future - from boyhood to adulthood, parenthood, old age and death.

Beautifully and simply animated with quiet piano music in the background, the film takes its time to savor all the beautiful moments in the boy's life. It sort of reminds me of the book, The Giving Tree, in how it takes the audience through the cycle of life seen through the eyes of a single person.

The film's message is about the ups and downs we experience in our lives as humans and how our journey is seen from the outside point of view.

I give The Escort 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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LYRICS
LYRICS - HSUAN WANG
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - Daddy Lo has a rock 'n' roll soul, having written lyrics for Wu Bai and The Party when he was young. Perhaps it's in the genes, as his youngest son, A-nee-gu, also possesses a passionate love for music. Upon returning to school, A-nee-gu decides to vigorously revamp the Chatting Club, embarking on the path of music! Despite encountering various challenges along the way, he never gives up on music, for it's something he cherishes deeply!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun and inspiring. We all need a hero to stimulate our ambitions and, in this case, A-nee-gu's hero is his dad.

A young boy discovers that his dad has a rock 'n' roll soul and wrote lyrics for Wu Bai and The Party when he was young. The boy now discovers his own passion for music and gathers together his colleagues to develop their own band. They are pretty terrible at first, but they persevere.

Fun story and very relatable. I love the animation - very upbeat and fun. Good storyline, well executed.

The film's message is about discovering yourself, and maybe being inspired by a parent.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fun and inspiring. We all need a hero to stimulate our ambitions and, in this case, A-nee-gu's hero is his dad.

A young boy discovers that his dad has a rock 'n' roll soul and wrote lyrics for Wu Bai and The Party when he was young. The boy now discovers his own passion for music and gathers together his colleagues to develop their own band. They are pretty terrible at first, but they persevere.

Fun story and very relatable. I love the animation - very upbeat and fun. Good storyline, well executed.

The film's message is about discovering yourself, and maybe being inspired by a parent.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12, plus adults. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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NORMAL GIRL
NORMAL GIRL - KIMMY NGUYEN THOI
Series: COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - When Vietnamese-born Khanh Nguyen begins her new life in Australia, she faces challenging tribulations derived from her attempt to become the 'perfect, Normal Girl."
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - coming soon
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Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LUCA THE TEDDY BEAR
LUCA THE TEDDY BEAR - EMILIE BERKOWITZ
Series: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Luca the Teddy Bear is a short film exploring the theme of grief through a Latinx girl named Olivia and her beloved teddy bear, Luca, who was given to her by her father. When Olivia and her mother finally talk about the father's death, things begin to escalate as they both express their emotions differently. Luca the Teddy Bear shines a light on the emotional pain families experience when losing a loved one. In this story, the Latina mother, overwhelmed by her new responsibilities as a single mother trying to support her family, finds it easier to bottle up her emotions. Many issues come out of this, leaving the daughter lonely and unable to share her feelings with the only other person who would understand. As things begin to go downhill, Luca sparks a conversation about the loss of their father and husband.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Beautifully produced short film by a high school student about grief that touched my heart.

This short film follows a young girl and her mom after her father passes and she and he mom find ways to express their grief to one another and redefine their relationship with each other.

Oh boy, anyone that has lost a family member can relate to this short film. I am so impressed by the production values by this young filmmaker -- great camera work, audio recording and editing. Good background music. And a very touching script. I find the title a bit misleading because the teddy bear doesn't have that big a role in the film, but that doesn't detract from it at all.

The film's message is about communication and how finding ways to talk with our loved ones is key to being able to move on with our lives.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Beautifully produced short film by a high school student about grief that touched my heart.

This short film follows a young girl and her mom after her father passes and she and he mom find ways to express their grief to one another and redefine their relationship with each other.

Oh boy, anyone that has lost a family member can relate to this short film. I am so impressed by the production values by this young filmmaker -- great camera work, audio recording and editing. Good background music. And a very touching script. I find the title a bit misleading because the teddy bear doesn't have that big a role in the film, but that doesn't detract from it at all.

The film's message is about communication and how finding ways to talk with our loved ones is key to being able to move on with our lives.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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CREEK DWELLER IN THE BAYOU, THE (2024)
CREEK DWELLER IN THE BAYOU, THE (2024) - MELISSA CAUDLE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-8
Description - Seven children discover a magical creature.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed The Creek Dweller In The Bayou because it is full of fantasies. This short animated film captures heartwarming childlike moments. The creek dweller is like a wizard who does magic to fulfill the children's desires.

The storyline follows seven siblings on a hot, humid summer day who go down to play in the creek to cool off and encounter a charming little animal known as The Creek Dweller. This magical creature has the remarkable ability to transform into anything it desires. With its whimsical antics, The Creek Dweller brings joy and excitement to the children.

This story is perfect for young children. The 2D animation is rich and colorful. The characters are simply drawn, without a lot of definition and their lips don't move in sync with their dialogue, but that doesn't detract from the story. The voiceovers of the seven siblings and The Creek Dweller are done by three people and, to their credit, it works quite well with the exception of the voice of The Creek Dweller, who sounds way too much like the children. The film uses first-person point-of-view shots to give the viewer the feeling of experiencing adventures alongside the characters and feeling every bit of the magic that fills their dreams. The background zydeco music reinforces the location of this story which takes place in a bayou in Louisiana. Throughout the film, attention to contextual detail enhances the storytelling experience. The Creek Dweller's transformations are carefully crafted, immersing the viewer into his world and his fantastical adventures. The Creek Dweller is the most interesting character as a magical creature who can turn into a unicorn or an insect, and his appearance brings the children a wonderful afternoon that they hadn't expected. I love The Creek Dweller's transformations; they brought back memories of childhood cartoons. Every time the wizard casts a spell, I feel excitement and anticipation, eagerly awaiting the outcome of the transformation.

The film's message is about enjoying a fantasy when it appears in your life. Note that there might be concern that the children go down to the creek without their grandmother's permission, but the older brother seems old enough to take charge.

I give The Creek Dweller In The Bayou 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. By Zuoqing R., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed The Creek Dweller In The Bayou because it is full of fantasies. This short animated film captures heartwarming childlike moments. The creek dweller is like a wizard who does magic to fulfill the children's desires.

The storyline follows seven siblings on a hot, humid summer day who go down to play in the creek to cool off and encounter a charming little animal known as The Creek Dweller. This magical creature has the remarkable ability to transform into anything it desires. With its whimsical antics, The Creek Dweller brings joy and excitement to the children.

This story is perfect for young children. The 2D animation is rich and colorful. The characters are simply drawn, without a lot of definition and their lips don't move in sync with their dialogue, but that doesn't detract from the story. The voiceovers of the seven siblings and The Creek Dweller are done by three people and, to their credit, it works quite well with the exception of the voice of The Creek Dweller, who sounds way too much like the children. The film uses first-person point-of-view shots to give the viewer the feeling of experiencing adventures alongside the characters and feeling every bit of the magic that fills their dreams. The background zydeco music reinforces the location of this story which takes place in a bayou in Louisiana. Throughout the film, attention to contextual detail enhances the storytelling experience. The Creek Dweller's transformations are carefully crafted, immersing the viewer into his world and his fantastical adventures. The Creek Dweller is the most interesting character as a magical creature who can turn into a unicorn or an insect, and his appearance brings the children a wonderful afternoon that they hadn't expected. I love The Creek Dweller's transformations; they brought back memories of childhood cartoons. Every time the wizard casts a spell, I feel excitement and anticipation, eagerly awaiting the outcome of the transformation.

The film's message is about enjoying a fantasy when it appears in your life. Note that there might be concern that the children go down to the creek without their grandmother's permission, but the older brother seems old enough to take charge.

I give The Creek Dweller In The Bayou 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. By Zuoqing R., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 15 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-8 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ELIZABETHAN THEATRE
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - CHRYSOULA NIKOLOPOULOU
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - This student creation entitled "Elizabethan Theatre" narrates the basic historical and social elements of the Elizabethan era, regarding the development of the theater of the same name in England. The time period it focuses on starts from 1562 until 1642, when the English Parliament banned all plays and sealed all theatrical stages for the following 18 years.

This Documentary Short Film was created with the Stop Motion Animation technique by the students of E1 of the 6th Intercultural Primary School of Eleftherio - Kordelio in Thessaloniki.

Students of the 6th grade also aided filming, while students of the 3rd, 5th and 6th grades contributed to the construction - collection of the sets used.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The student film, Elizabethan Theatre offers a unique blend of creativity and authenticity. I really enjoyed the stop-motion animation technique -- the animated images in the film are very vivid and realistic as they explain the historical and social elements of the Elizabethan era. I also like how the film is presented; it is very organized.

The documentary tells about the basic historical and social elements of the Elizabethan era and about the development of the English theater from the theatrical entertainment initiated by Queen Elizabeth to the emergence of the first permanent theatre roof in London. It covers the time period of 1562 to 1642, when Parliament banned all plays and sealed all theaters for the next 18 years due to the traditional conservative ideas of London officials, who believed that theater actors were vagabonds, and the theater attracted only criminals. One of the reasons was the spread of the bubonic plague, which led to the rule that large gatherings were forbidden.

My favorite part is the section that introduces the theater, detailing its construction and interior. The theater was circular and wooden as well as open, and the interior had no lights, so all the performances were scheduled during the day when there was natural lighting available. The stop motion animation gives a vivid explanation of each structure during the show, for example: "pit and gallery" each served different purposes. The interesting angle this film is that it is made using stop-motion animation, which is a very time-consuming way of filming which requires filming it frame by frame. The sets and locations are suitable for the story and the time it takes place in. They are pretty complicated, including the interior of the theater, the background which shows the structure of each part of the theater, such as the gallery and the entire gallery of the Grand Theatre - it explains that the Gallery is set on the second floor of the theatre, suitable for those who were wealthy and could often spend as little as two pence to see a play in the gallery on the second floor. The narration is provided by multiple speakers, all children, and their presentation is pretty consistent. The film is directed by Chrysoula Nikolopoulou. Twenty students who were in grade 5 (age 10) worked on the film.

One of my favorite parts of the film is the introduction to the inner workings of the theater. It shows how the theater was made up of several different parts; the "pit" was a large standing pit where people stood to watch the plays. The "gallery" was where the rich could see the plays on the second floor. On the top floor of the theater, there was a small attic where different colored flags were placed to represent the audience's desire to see a play. These plot setups helped me get a good idea of the inner workings of the theater.

The film's message is to inform the audience about the Elizabethan era and the development of English plays; to examine the structure of the theater's interior and the impact it had on the audiences. The film ends with the closure of the Elizabethan Theater for eighteen years due to the blight of the bubonic plague, which marked the end of the Elizabethan era.

I give Elizabethan Theater 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Changyang L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The student film, Elizabethan Theatre offers a unique blend of creativity and authenticity. I really enjoyed the stop-motion animation technique -- the animated images in the film are very vivid and realistic as they explain the historical and social elements of the Elizabethan era. I also like how the film is presented; it is very organized.

The documentary tells about the basic historical and social elements of the Elizabethan era and about the development of the English theater from the theatrical entertainment initiated by Queen Elizabeth to the emergence of the first permanent theatre roof in London. It covers the time period of 1562 to 1642, when Parliament banned all plays and sealed all theaters for the next 18 years due to the traditional conservative ideas of London officials, who believed that theater actors were vagabonds, and the theater attracted only criminals. One of the reasons was the spread of the bubonic plague, which led to the rule that large gatherings were forbidden.

My favorite part is the section that introduces the theater, detailing its construction and interior. The theater was circular and wooden as well as open, and the interior had no lights, so all the performances were scheduled during the day when there was natural lighting available. The stop motion animation gives a vivid explanation of each structure during the show, for example: "pit and gallery" each served different purposes. The interesting angle this film is that it is made using stop-motion animation, which is a very time-consuming way of filming which requires filming it frame by frame. The sets and locations are suitable for the story and the time it takes place in. They are pretty complicated, including the interior of the theater, the background which shows the structure of each part of the theater, such as the gallery and the entire gallery of the Grand Theatre - it explains that the Gallery is set on the second floor of the theatre, suitable for those who were wealthy and could often spend as little as two pence to see a play in the gallery on the second floor. The narration is provided by multiple speakers, all children, and their presentation is pretty consistent. The film is directed by Chrysoula Nikolopoulou. Twenty students who were in grade 5 (age 10) worked on the film.

One of my favorite parts of the film is the introduction to the inner workings of the theater. It shows how the theater was made up of several different parts; the "pit" was a large standing pit where people stood to watch the plays. The "gallery" was where the rich could see the plays on the second floor. On the top floor of the theater, there was a small attic where different colored flags were placed to represent the audience's desire to see a play. These plot setups helped me get a good idea of the inner workings of the theater.

The film's message is to inform the audience about the Elizabethan era and the development of English plays; to examine the structure of the theater's interior and the impact it had on the audiences. The film ends with the closure of the Elizabethan Theater for eighteen years due to the blight of the bubonic plague, which marked the end of the Elizabethan era.

I give Elizabethan Theater 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. By Changyang L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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BOX: THE EMPATHY PROJECT
BOX: THE EMPATHY PROJECT - TODD VERCOE
Series: FOREIGN STUDENT SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Begun as a collective creation intended for the stage, shut down by pandemic to become a film. A story of quirky kids and lively people trying to make sense of the world. Going into the project with nothing more than a single theme - "Empathy" - meant there was an opportunity to empower the cast and build our film the way we wanted to, together. Through a series of vignettes beginning with characters trapped in their virtual boxes, our cast explores individual meaning searching for understanding amongst themselves, and the audience.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like the general idea of the short film, Box: The Empathy Project. It is very thoughtful and could open up many people's eyes and minds.

This is a short film that was made during the time of Covid to broadcast different events for which people can or should have empathy. Friends come together to make scenarios and examples. The cast is a group of kids at the actOUT! KW Children's Drama Workshop.

The idea of making a film about the existence of empathy is very heartwarming. What I like about most about this film is how ironic it is. Shot during the pandemic, the young actors often appear in virtual boxes and discuss how to empathetic. Unfortunately, I find the film really confusing, especially at the beginning -- everything is all over the place and you have no idea what is actually going on. There is no description. We just see their heads or upper body parts as they float onto the screen talking.

Since everything was filmed on computers the images of the actors are all images that were shot again a green screen so there is no background; it's just black. The images are pretty pixelated; they are never crisp, but in some ways that adds to the comedic side to the film. In the second scene, the background is that of the interior a spaceship and they almost go into battle. This is probably my favorite background and it's well thought out. I also like the circus background. The costumes throughout are casual clothing typical of what kids this age would be wearing. When they are at the circus the person in charge had on a blazer replicating an outfit worn at this type of event. There is not a lot of background music; the piano music at the opening and the ending is impactful and the sound effects, which are few and far between, are well selected. Each of the actors adds their own spin which, considering the circumstances, seems to work out pretty well. What I like about this film is the idea behind it and the fact that these kids created it during the pandemic, which was a great use of their time and creative skills. My favorite part is the ending when all of the actors come together and explain the film.

The film's message is supposedly about how to show empathy towards others, and why it is important to do that. What I really took away is that this was an interesting way to spend the pandemic and these kids not only explored their own creativity, but formed relationships with each other, something that definitely was missing during the shutdown. Note that there is some profanity at the beginning.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By SaniyaRain F., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like the general idea of the short film, Box: The Empathy Project. It is very thoughtful and could open up many people's eyes and minds.

This is a short film that was made during the time of Covid to broadcast different events for which people can or should have empathy. Friends come together to make scenarios and examples. The cast is a group of kids at the actOUT! KW Children's Drama Workshop.

The idea of making a film about the existence of empathy is very heartwarming. What I like about most about this film is how ironic it is. Shot during the pandemic, the young actors often appear in virtual boxes and discuss how to empathetic. Unfortunately, I find the film really confusing, especially at the beginning -- everything is all over the place and you have no idea what is actually going on. There is no description. We just see their heads or upper body parts as they float onto the screen talking.

Since everything was filmed on computers the images of the actors are all images that were shot again a green screen so there is no background; it's just black. The images are pretty pixelated; they are never crisp, but in some ways that adds to the comedic side to the film. In the second scene, the background is that of the interior a spaceship and they almost go into battle. This is probably my favorite background and it's well thought out. I also like the circus background. The costumes throughout are casual clothing typical of what kids this age would be wearing. When they are at the circus the person in charge had on a blazer replicating an outfit worn at this type of event. There is not a lot of background music; the piano music at the opening and the ending is impactful and the sound effects, which are few and far between, are well selected. Each of the actors adds their own spin which, considering the circumstances, seems to work out pretty well. What I like about this film is the idea behind it and the fact that these kids created it during the pandemic, which was a great use of their time and creative skills. My favorite part is the ending when all of the actors come together and explain the film.

The film's message is supposedly about how to show empathy towards others, and why it is important to do that. What I really took away is that this was an interesting way to spend the pandemic and these kids not only explored their own creativity, but formed relationships with each other, something that definitely was missing during the shutdown. Note that there is some profanity at the beginning.

I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By SaniyaRain F., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 28 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ERASERVERSE, THE
ERASERVERSE, THE - CONRAD PAUR
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - Caleb, a 4th grade student accepts the ultimate student dare, to spend the night in the school. This choice leads to one amazing Sci-Fi adventure. This film was directed, lit and shot by 8-11 yr old kids.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun student production, from concept to execution. Well done.

The storyline follows a young student who accepts a dare to spent the night in the school, thinking it's no big deal. However, while there, things turn weird and leads to one amazing adventure.

Well done. Good camera work; good audio; good acting, especially from Madden and Oliver. Fun story line. My favorite part is the ending when Oliver's told that they've been gone for a month and he responds, well, that's nothing since Dallas has been gone for a hundred years.

The film's message is to never underestimate what happens at your school after hours.

I give The EraserVerse 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fun student production, from concept to execution. Well done.

The storyline follows a young student who accepts a dare to spent the night in the school, thinking it's no big deal. However, while there, things turn weird and leads to one amazing adventure.

Well done. Good camera work; good audio; good acting, especially from Madden and Oliver. Fun story line. My favorite part is the ending when Oliver's told that they've been gone for a month and he responds, well, that's nothing since Dallas has been gone for a hundred years.

The film's message is to never underestimate what happens at your school after hours.

I give The EraserVerse 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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CATAPULTS TO CAMERAS
CATAPULTS TO CAMERAS - ROUNDGLASS SUSTAIN
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 12-18
Description - Calcutta-born wildlife filmmaker Ashwika Kapur, sets out on a deeply personal quest to uncover the roots of an illegal wildlife hunting festival in the forests of her home in Bengal. Here, each year, thousands of protected animals are massacred in an illegal blood sport. As Ash sets out to find answers, she uncovers a heart-breaking truth: children as young as three are handed catapults as weapons in this assault against wildlife. In a defiant act of hope, Ash teams up with conservationist Suvra Chatterjee, to inspire change where it matters most - in the hearts of children within these hunting communities.

Catapults to Cameras is a one-of-a-kind format that has gone on to have an actual, tangible impact on the ground. In an inspiring journey beyond the screen, Catapults to Cameras has turned into an actual Conservation Project, impacting change for both the youth and the wildlife of Bengal. What originated as a deeply personal film and a small yet passionate experiment, is now officially an ongoing programme that is quantifiably expanding every month.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is quite a remarkable documentary about an innovative program that educates young people about the need to conserve wildlife in their country.

Wildlife filmmaker Ashwika Kapur, sets out on a deeply personal quest to uncover the roots of an illegal wildlife hunting festival in the forests of her home in Bengal where thousands of protected animals are massacred every year. She discovers that children as young as three are engaged in this assault against wildlife. Ash teams up with conservationist Suvra Chatterjee, to inspire change in the hearts of children within these hunting communities. Catapults to Cameras has turned into an actual Conservation Project, impacting change for both the youth and the wildlife of Bengal and is now officially an ongoing program.

Bravo for taking on such an important issue. This documentary is beautifully shot and beautifully narrated. We really are able to grasp the severity of the situation and join Ash in celebrating her small victories, changing the mindset of one child at a time.

The film's message is about the importance of conservation. Be aware that there are images of killing animals and dead animals. It is not glorified, but it is disturbing.

I give Catapults to Cameras 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is quite a remarkable documentary about an innovative program that educates young people about the need to conserve wildlife in their country.

Wildlife filmmaker Ashwika Kapur, sets out on a deeply personal quest to uncover the roots of an illegal wildlife hunting festival in the forests of her home in Bengal where thousands of protected animals are massacred every year. She discovers that children as young as three are engaged in this assault against wildlife. Ash teams up with conservationist Suvra Chatterjee, to inspire change in the hearts of children within these hunting communities. Catapults to Cameras has turned into an actual Conservation Project, impacting change for both the youth and the wildlife of Bengal and is now officially an ongoing program.

Bravo for taking on such an important issue. This documentary is beautifully shot and beautifully narrated. We really are able to grasp the severity of the situation and join Ash in celebrating her small victories, changing the mindset of one child at a time.

The film's message is about the importance of conservation. Be aware that there are images of killing animals and dead animals. It is not glorified, but it is disturbing.

I give Catapults to Cameras 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 39 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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FORGOTTEN GENERATION, THE
FORGOTTEN GENERATION, THE - DRAHOMIR STREIT
Series: ELEMENTARY STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - The documentary film "The Forgotten Generation" was created last school year and captures through the eyes of nine-year-old children three school years that were affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The main creators of the successful documentary were a group of nineteen children under the guidance of lecturer Drahom�r Streita. Editing, subtitles and music were provided by Luk�� Vaida, Ondrej Mik and Michal Matula. Samuel Duda and Krist�na �inov� operated the camera, Laura Gun�rov� Gorolov�, Lucie Kavanov�, Teodor Adamec, Timothy Paul Hermsen, Sofie Anna Moslerov�, Nikol Nol v�, Eli�ka Adamcov�, Pavel Kavan, Robert Gil�k, Eli�ka Babicov�, Zuzana Monczmmannov�, Julie Ratajov�, Stela Ratajov� and Radana Hor�kov�.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The documentary, The Forgotten Generation, is very emotional and full of memories.

This student produced film tells the story of the three school years that nine-year-olds suffered from the effects of the Covid-19, when the children spent most of their time at home in online classes, without friends or teachers to talk to, and how their studies were affected. It is clear that the pandemic deprived the children of their time. It is from Czech Republic with dialogue in Czech, and English subtitles.

This movie is about what Covid has done to their lives from a child's point of view. The story is told from the perspective of nine-year-olds, who were just getting acquainted with school life and preparing to start a whole new school life when Covid-19 swept across the globe, causing all children to have to attend online classes, losing contact with their peers as well as their teachers, and how Covid was followed by another large outbreak in a short period of time which left kids having to revert back to online classes again. The plot development is good - it brings back memories of that time during the pandemic, so I could empathize with these kids. For example, one of them talks about how all of their classmates were quarantined so he had no friends to be in contact with, which was very lonely. This movie doesn't have very attractive camera work; it's very plain, without any fancy shooting techniques, but it reflects what the children really think. When the story is about the children's school life, it is accompanied by a piano in the background which is very happy, matching the carefree life of the children in the school. However, when the children are affected by Covid-19 and are unable to enter the school, the background music features a low fiddle that matches the depressing atmosphere. My favorite scene is one where the children return to school after Covid lifts. It reminds me of when I was in school and under the control of the pandemic, and I often felt very lonely without the company of my peers. That's why it's so heartwarming to see the children's happy faces when they return to school.

The film's message is about how these young children lost their school life due to Covid-19, and how the long hours of isolation made the children feel lonely because not only do they have to worry about getting Covid, but they also had to wear thick masks and couldn't gather with their friends.

I give The Forgotten Generation 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. This movie may resonate with kids who lost their own school life because of Covid. By ChangYang L., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The documentary, The Forgotten Generation, is very emotional and full of memories.

This student produced film tells the story of the three school years that nine-year-olds suffered from the effects of the Covid-19, when the children spent most of their time at home in online classes, without friends or teachers to talk to, and how their studies were affected. It is clear that the pandemic deprived the children of their time. It is from Czech Republic with dialogue in Czech, and English subtitles.

This movie is about what Covid has done to their lives from a child's point of view. The story is told from the perspective of nine-year-olds, who were just getting acquainted with school life and preparing to start a whole new school life when Covid-19 swept across the globe, causing all children to have to attend online classes, losing contact with their peers as well as their teachers, and how Covid was followed by another large outbreak in a short period of time which left kids having to revert back to online classes again. The plot development is good - it brings back memories of that time during the pandemic, so I could empathize with these kids. For example, one of them talks about how all of their classmates were quarantined so he had no friends to be in contact with, which was very lonely. This movie doesn't have very attractive camera work; it's very plain, without any fancy shooting techniques, but it reflects what the children really think. When the story is about the children's school life, it is accompanied by a piano in the background which is very happy, matching the carefree life of the children in the school. However, when the children are affected by Covid-19 and are unable to enter the school, the background music features a low fiddle that matches the depressing atmosphere. My favorite scene is one where the children return to school after Covid lifts. It reminds me of when I was in school and under the control of the pandemic, and I often felt very lonely without the company of my peers. That's why it's so heartwarming to see the children's happy faces when they return to school.

The film's message is about how these young children lost their school life due to Covid-19, and how the long hours of isolation made the children feel lonely because not only do they have to worry about getting Covid, but they also had to wear thick masks and couldn't gather with their friends.

I give The Forgotten Generation 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12. This movie may resonate with kids who lost their own school life because of Covid. By ChangYang L., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 12 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GIRL IN THE WOODS, THE
GIRL IN THE WOODS, THE - MEADOW CLOUSE
Series: MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SHORT, AGES 8-12
Description - A little girl is playing in the woods and gets separated from her mom. Another girl finds her and keeps her company. The mom finds the little girl and they figure out the bigger girl was an angel keeping the little girl safe until she was found.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a magical short film that makes you smile.

A young girl gets separated from her mother while playing in the woods and another girl comes to her rescue and takes care of her. In the end, we wonder just who that other girl was and whether she was real or make believe or something else.

Well shot, well edited. This student made film by 14-year-old Meadow Rain Clouse exemplifies what young people are capable. The storyline is well thought out, well acted and well produced. The background music works well. It is perfect for KIDS FIRST!

The film's message is about believing in the better side of life. It's not all dark and depressing. There are angels out there looking out for us.

I give The Girl in the Woods 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a magical short film that makes you smile.

A young girl gets separated from her mother while playing in the woods and another girl comes to her rescue and takes care of her. In the end, we wonder just who that other girl was and whether she was real or make believe or something else.

Well shot, well edited. This student made film by 14-year-old Meadow Rain Clouse exemplifies what young people are capable. The storyline is well thought out, well acted and well produced. The background music works well. It is perfect for KIDS FIRST!

The film's message is about believing in the better side of life. It's not all dark and depressing. There are angels out there looking out for us.

I give The Girl in the Woods 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 12. By Julie S., KIDS FIRST!
Runtime: 2 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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