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MISSFITS, THE - ELLIE WEN
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 9 TO 18
Description - An all-girls robotics team competes to smash stereotypes and prove themselves in a male-dominated field, while also trying to get through high school.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The Missfits is an intriguing short documentary that follows an all-girl high school robotics team through their FIRST Robotics competition. You'll really get to know these girls and become invested in their progress. Each girl brings her own unique talents to the team and they all support one another through the ups and downs of creation and competition.

I really like how this documentary allows you to get to know the girls so you really care about how they do in the competition. The message of this film is that teammates can support one another and persevere through competition. The filmmakers really capture the dynamics of the kids participating in the project and the energy they put into it. The background music is well chosen and helps drive the excitement. The camera work is spot on. The audio is excellent. I really compliment the production team for their excellent production.

Most importantly, this film definitely made our youth reviewers want to learn more about robotics and try to learn to build their own! Their favorite part is the FIRST Robotics competition where it shows how fast the robots can move and how easily they navigate obstacles.

We recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. It is a good choice for families to watch together and talk about teamwork and perseverance. It's also about girls in STEM and there's some discussion of race and gender.

We give The Missfits 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Will C. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The Missfits is an intriguing short documentary that follows an all-girl high school robotics team through their FIRST Robotics competition. You'll really get to know these girls and become invested in their progress. Each girl brings her own unique talents to the team and they all support one another through the ups and downs of creation and competition.

I really like how this documentary allows you to get to know the girls so you really care about how they do in the competition. The message of this film is that teammates can support one another and persevere through competition. The filmmakers really capture the dynamics of the kids participating in the project and the energy they put into it. The background music is well chosen and helps drive the excitement. The camera work is spot on. The audio is excellent. I really compliment the production team for their excellent production.

Most importantly, this film definitely made our youth reviewers want to learn more about robotics and try to learn to build their own! Their favorite part is the FIRST Robotics competition where it shows how fast the robots can move and how easily they navigate obstacles.

We recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. It is a good choice for families to watch together and talk about teamwork and perseverance. It's also about girls in STEM and there's some discussion of race and gender.

We give The Missfits 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 9 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Will C. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
Runtime: 21 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 9-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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PYGMIES TAME WILD AFRICAN BEES - KEN KOBRE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Honeybees don't like to be disturbed. When someone approaches a hive...European honeybees... send out around 20 guard bees. By comparison... African bees send out HUNDREDS of guard bees... and these bees are known to chase their victims for a quarter of a mile. This angry response explains why stings from African bees have killed more than a thousand people in recent years. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the past, Pygmies found a bee colony and burn it killing all the bees. They used this method to get the honey while protecting themselves against the ferocious bees. Recently a group of Pygmies along with members of the Bantu tribe have learned to capture a wild queen bee and raise her in a specially built box. Now the pygmies no longer have to burn out the hive to harvest the honey.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Pygmies Tame Wild African Bees tells about a small village that burns bees to harvest their honey. One day a company arrives at the village to teach the villagers how to harvest honey without hurting bees. They learn that you can just put them in a box, spray them with smoke to calm them down, and take out the honey without hurting the bees.

This short film is very appealing because the topic is unique. I have never seen one about harvesting or catching bees. It is very cool to watch the bees and learn how they make honey. I like that it stays on topic and doesn't wander. There are cool camera angles where we see the queen bee and worker bees making the honey. I like the village scenes because it seems very authentic. It has high speed, classical music at the beginning, which enhances the action. The narration is very professional; it reminds me of something I would watch on National Geographic or Discovery Channel. I also like that the spoken word of the villagers is repeated in English by the narrator.

The film emphasizes how important and essential bees are to the planet, and how it documents the villagers learning how to harvest the honey without burning the hives.

I give this short film 5 out of 5 star and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I think it makes an excellent KIDS FIRST! Film Festival title, especially for those that have a focus on the environment and conservation. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Pygmies Tame Wild African Bees tells about a small village that burns bees to harvest their honey. One day a company arrives at the village to teach the villagers how to harvest honey without hurting bees. They learn that you can just put them in a box, spray them with smoke to calm them down, and take out the honey without hurting the bees.

This short film is very appealing because the topic is unique. I have never seen one about harvesting or catching bees. It is very cool to watch the bees and learn how they make honey. I like that it stays on topic and doesn't wander. There are cool camera angles where we see the queen bee and worker bees making the honey. I like the village scenes because it seems very authentic. It has high speed, classical music at the beginning, which enhances the action. The narration is very professional; it reminds me of something I would watch on National Geographic or Discovery Channel. I also like that the spoken word of the villagers is repeated in English by the narrator.

The film emphasizes how important and essential bees are to the planet, and how it documents the villagers learning how to harvest the honey without burning the hives.

I give this short film 5 out of 5 star and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. I think it makes an excellent KIDS FIRST! Film Festival title, especially for those that have a focus on the environment and conservation. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TREASURES UNDER THE ROCKS - ANNA ANTONOVA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-16
Description - After finding a legend in a book about a Queen with untold treasures, two boys decide to go on a journey into a Magical World. On there way they are meeting new friends, overcoming a lot of obstacles to find out what are the most precious treasures in all of the Land.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This film is an original fairy tale with a unique storyline that includes magic, friendship, wisdom and kindness. It also offers young children an opportunity to learn some facts. This short film is about two boys, who are best friends, and each one finds objects leading them to see the Queen. One boy, Jake, finds a book or journal and the other, Cody finds a key. They decide to go in an adventure to meet with the Queen who hides treasures under the rocks. I loved the two young boys. They are very realistic and charming. Their acting isn't the most professional, but that is part of their charm. The scenes are beautiful; the camera shots are very good; and the sound is very clear. All the characters they meet along the way are dressed like characters from a fairy tale. The scenery is quite lovely and green. The houses are like cabins or country houses. The music is appealing and the special effects are very good. The yellow orbs are very magical and the locket turns into a FaceTime-like device. The adult actors are very good. This film has a few wisdom facts that are fun to learn such as - the apple is a symbol of wisdom and that is why teachers are symbolized with an apple. I didn't know that and learned it watching this film. My favorite part is when the one boy meets the Queen and she tells them that he already has the treasures. This film delivers the message that sometimes we already have inside us what we are looking for in others and we don't know it. It does show kids doing risky things such as when the boys leave the house without the adults knowing as they take off, by themselves, to find the Queen. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It would be very suitable for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This film is an original fairy tale with a unique storyline that includes magic, friendship, wisdom and kindness. It also offers young children an opportunity to learn some facts. This short film is about two boys, who are best friends, and each one finds objects leading them to see the Queen. One boy, Jake, finds a book or journal and the other, Cody finds a key. They decide to go in an adventure to meet with the Queen who hides treasures under the rocks. I loved the two young boys. They are very realistic and charming. Their acting isn't the most professional, but that is part of their charm. The scenes are beautiful; the camera shots are very good; and the sound is very clear. All the characters they meet along the way are dressed like characters from a fairy tale. The scenery is quite lovely and green. The houses are like cabins or country houses. The music is appealing and the special effects are very good. The yellow orbs are very magical and the locket turns into a FaceTime-like device. The adult actors are very good. This film has a few wisdom facts that are fun to learn such as - the apple is a symbol of wisdom and that is why teachers are symbolized with an apple. I didn't know that and learned it watching this film. My favorite part is when the one boy meets the Queen and she tells them that he already has the treasures. This film delivers the message that sometimes we already have inside us what we are looking for in others and we don't know it. It does show kids doing risky things such as when the boys leave the house without the adults knowing as they take off, by themselves, to find the Queen. I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It would be very suitable for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Ethan P. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer
Runtime: 20 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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COUGHING UP FLOWERS - TRINITY ROSE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 13-18
Description - Music video - a young teen falls in love with her friend who doesn't seem to return that love. She becomes ill with something called Hanahaki disease and her lungs fill up with flowers and she starts to 'cough them up'. In the end he might return the love but we might never know.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Coughing Up Flowers is a musical video about a singer, Trinity Rose, describing her crush for a young man. She feels as if she is being choked with roses that she keeps coughing out until she makes a bouquet out of it. The scenes are very vibrant, especially the colorful and beautiful landscapes. The beach has very nice and soft colors. I like the colorful and beautiful landscapes and the scenes with roses are spectacular. The roses that come out of her mouth effects stand out. My favorite set is the beach. The beach scene transmits tranquility and peace. The dresses are romantic and one in specific caught my attention because it looks like a wedding dress. The music is pleasant to listen. I have to say that I couldn't quite understand many of the lyrics. The singer, Trinity Rose, stands the most in this video because she is the main character. My biggest concern is that the video does not appear to be in HD and I'm afraid it would not project well on the big screen. The message of the video seems to be that the young woman is scared to tell her crush her feelings about him. I give Coughing Up Flowers 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Coughing Up Flowers is a musical video about a singer, Trinity Rose, describing her crush for a young man. She feels as if she is being choked with roses that she keeps coughing out until she makes a bouquet out of it. The scenes are very vibrant, especially the colorful and beautiful landscapes. The beach has very nice and soft colors. I like the colorful and beautiful landscapes and the scenes with roses are spectacular. The roses that come out of her mouth effects stand out. My favorite set is the beach. The beach scene transmits tranquility and peace. The dresses are romantic and one in specific caught my attention because it looks like a wedding dress. The music is pleasant to listen. I have to say that I couldn't quite understand many of the lyrics. The singer, Trinity Rose, stands the most in this video because she is the main character. My biggest concern is that the video does not appear to be in HD and I'm afraid it would not project well on the big screen. The message of the video seems to be that the young woman is scared to tell her crush her feelings about him. I give Coughing Up Flowers 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 13-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LINE DRAWING - STEPHAN LEEPER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Line Drawing follows the imagination of a young boy as a simple line, drawn on the floor of his bedroom, transports us into a world of creative exploration. The film itself consists of a single charcoal line drawing, recorded, erased, altered, and then recorded again. Viewed in sequence, the multiple recordings of this single drawing transport the viewer from one world into the next with surprising ease.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fun, short, recommended. Watch it. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5-18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fun, short, recommended. Watch it. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5-18, plus adults. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 1 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LITTLE-IMAGE BEARERS: AIMING FOR THE MARK
LITTLE-IMAGE BEARERS: AIMING FOR THE MARK - CALEB PHIPPS
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 4-12
Description - Little Image-Bearers is a children's show designed for children ages 2-10. Each episode introduces a unique item to explore, a simple puppet pretend story, and a fun "try it yourself" project, all pointing towards a biblical concept discussed at the end. In this episode we explore the truth of what sin means. We play a game shooting rubber bands at a target. We go visit an archer friend. In puppet pretend Bobo has a new ball he wants to throw around (but at what?).
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I enjoyed Little-Image Bearers: Aiming for the Mark. It has a good message which is clear throughout the story and reinforced many times. I also enjoyed the fun archery theme; it a clever way to illustrate how we need targets in our life. It's a combination of life action and puppetry, which is fun for the younger crowd. You might want to know that it does have a Christian message, which is emphasized at the end.

This episode teaches us about having targets or goals in life. The host plays a game shooting rubber bands at a target and then visits an archer friend who teaches Caleb how to shoot and more. This story is easy to follow and holds your interest.

The camera work is well done, as is the audio. I particularly enjoyed the puppets and the transitions between the puppet world and the real world are fun and enhance the story. The film begins in a room in the host's home. When we venture into the puppet world, the background is of a house exterior and trees. This background is rather dark and uninspired. Then, we move to the archery range which is outdoors. Caleb Phillips is not only the writer and director; he also stars in the film as its host. Caleb has a pleasant personality; he talks very slowly and deliberately. It's easy to understand him so, between his presentation and the script; this makes its point in a way that young children can understand. My favorite part of the film is when it goes into a world of puppets.

The message of this short film is that you want to have targets in life because they keep you on track and give you goals to look forward to. It reminded me that, especially now in these crazy times, we need to have things to look forward to and take time to better ourselves. It is important for you to know that there is a religious message at the end that is Christian. Caleb reads from the Bible and paraphrases the Biblical quote in words that emphasize the message of this film.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Allison B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I enjoyed Little-Image Bearers: Aiming for the Mark. It has a good message which is clear throughout the story and reinforced many times. I also enjoyed the fun archery theme; it a clever way to illustrate how we need targets in our life. It's a combination of life action and puppetry, which is fun for the younger crowd. You might want to know that it does have a Christian message, which is emphasized at the end.

This episode teaches us about having targets or goals in life. The host plays a game shooting rubber bands at a target and then visits an archer friend who teaches Caleb how to shoot and more. This story is easy to follow and holds your interest.

The camera work is well done, as is the audio. I particularly enjoyed the puppets and the transitions between the puppet world and the real world are fun and enhance the story. The film begins in a room in the host's home. When we venture into the puppet world, the background is of a house exterior and trees. This background is rather dark and uninspired. Then, we move to the archery range which is outdoors. Caleb Phillips is not only the writer and director; he also stars in the film as its host. Caleb has a pleasant personality; he talks very slowly and deliberately. It's easy to understand him so, between his presentation and the script; this makes its point in a way that young children can understand. My favorite part of the film is when it goes into a world of puppets.

The message of this short film is that you want to have targets in life because they keep you on track and give you goals to look forward to. It reminded me that, especially now in these crazy times, we need to have things to look forward to and take time to better ourselves. It is important for you to know that there is a religious message at the end that is Christian. Caleb reads from the Bible and paraphrases the Biblical quote in words that emphasize the message of this film.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 12. Reviewed by Allison B, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 18 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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WALK WALK WALK: THE STORY OF STAND PROUD
WALK WALK WALK: THE STORY OF STAND PROUD - KEN FEINBERG
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8 TO 18
Description - In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of young polio victims with malformed legs, unable to walk upright, are destined not only to crawl or be carried, but are often shunned by their own families. "Walk Walk Walk," a new short documentary by Ken Kobre ("Deadline Every Second") showcases the revolutionary work of Dr. Jay Nash and his non-profit organization Stand Proud, which provides free plaster casts, braces, crutches, physical therapy, and medical assistance to a generation of formerly crippled kids. In emotionally wrenching interviews and scenes, we witness the transformation of determined teens who can now not only stand tall and walk proud for the first time, but also gleefully dance and enthusiastically participate in athletic endeavors that once seemed impossibly beyond their dreams.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - The short documentary Walk, Walk, Walk, by Ken Kobre, takes us on a journey to The Democratic Republic of Congo, to show viewers the heart-wrenching obstacles which hundreds of young polio victims are faced with. Dr. Jay Nash and his "Stand Proud" non-profit organization are able to make significant changes in the lives of these children. The transformation of these young victims is sure to make your heart happy!

Sometimes we forgot how blessed our lives are until we are made aware of the struggles of others around the globe. This documentary is a true eye opener and a must see for all. It made me realize that my worst day isn't so bad when I see the struggles of children my own age who live in a country, and under conditions, much different from my own.

This documentary showcases the lives of children my own age and gives viewers an up close look at the real struggles some of them face. Many kids around the world are fortunate enough to live within developed countries where medical needs are easily afforded and a priority. I can't say that I like the content of this documentary, as it was quite emotional for me to watch. However I really like that this documentary made me so aware of the hardships faced by kids (and adults) living in third world countries.

Although heart wrenching, the film's cinematography is perfect in highlighting the pain and suffering of those living with disabling diseases. A variety of children affected by polio and other diseases are interviewed and we get a great sense of what they are feeling. We can see through their emotion and, by reading their words, learn how they experience such hardships as their inability to walk. What moved me the most was seeing their transformation, through the help of Dr. Nash and his Stand Proud Organization. I was excited to see the changes in emotion when kids are able to walk for the first time!

The children in the Congo and other under developed countries have a very different culture compared to ours and their clothing reflects that. The kids wear uniforms to school and community people dress in their best clothes for their time of worship, which I found to be typical of their culture. We get right into their homes, schools, community centers and other places in this documentary. I have been in third world countries as I have done mission work in Central America, and the sets and locations are familiar to what I witnessed while doing my mission work. What I found to be very interesting, and somewhat shocking, is how primitive the "factory" and tools are where braces, crutches and other devices are made. The materials are basic, yet they are so effective! When viewing this documentary, we obviously need to give credit to all key players in the filmmaking process. Those that stand out the most are the people who allowed the filmmakers into their lives to witness their struggles and their fight for existence. I don't see these kids as actors, but rather - I see them as heroes with such bravery.

The message I took away from this film is that we should be very appreciative of our own lives and what we have, because our worst day is someone else's very best day! Walk, Walk, Walk brings awareness to the struggles of others and shows how the needs of others can be addressed by a small group of caring and committed people. It doesn't always take high levels of technology to change the lives of others - it simply takes a will to care and some creativity. Because I have not been exposed to the harsh reality of polio, I had no idea how it affects people. We are fortunate enough in the United States to be vaccinated against these diseases. I was unaware that it even still exists elsewhere.

I actually cried while watching how much these kids suffer, both physically and emotionally, and when I saw their transformation due to the Stand Proud Organization, it made my heart so happy. My favorite scene is where one young boy wearing leg braces is picked helped by his classmate and put on a higher platform in his schoolyard. It appears as if they are walking from the schoolyard into the entrance of the school. Small acts of kindness go a long way.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 5 to 18, plus adults. This is an excellent family film that lends itself to some great family discussion following its viewing. Pain and suffering occur globally and, unless there is awareness, changes can't be made. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - The short documentary Walk, Walk, Walk, by Ken Kobre, takes us on a journey to The Democratic Republic of Congo, to show viewers the heart-wrenching obstacles which hundreds of young polio victims are faced with. Dr. Jay Nash and his "Stand Proud" non-profit organization are able to make significant changes in the lives of these children. The transformation of these young victims is sure to make your heart happy!

Sometimes we forgot how blessed our lives are until we are made aware of the struggles of others around the globe. This documentary is a true eye opener and a must see for all. It made me realize that my worst day isn't so bad when I see the struggles of children my own age who live in a country, and under conditions, much different from my own.

This documentary showcases the lives of children my own age and gives viewers an up close look at the real struggles some of them face. Many kids around the world are fortunate enough to live within developed countries where medical needs are easily afforded and a priority. I can't say that I like the content of this documentary, as it was quite emotional for me to watch. However I really like that this documentary made me so aware of the hardships faced by kids (and adults) living in third world countries.

Although heart wrenching, the film's cinematography is perfect in highlighting the pain and suffering of those living with disabling diseases. A variety of children affected by polio and other diseases are interviewed and we get a great sense of what they are feeling. We can see through their emotion and, by reading their words, learn how they experience such hardships as their inability to walk. What moved me the most was seeing their transformation, through the help of Dr. Nash and his Stand Proud Organization. I was excited to see the changes in emotion when kids are able to walk for the first time!

The children in the Congo and other under developed countries have a very different culture compared to ours and their clothing reflects that. The kids wear uniforms to school and community people dress in their best clothes for their time of worship, which I found to be typical of their culture. We get right into their homes, schools, community centers and other places in this documentary. I have been in third world countries as I have done mission work in Central America, and the sets and locations are familiar to what I witnessed while doing my mission work. What I found to be very interesting, and somewhat shocking, is how primitive the "factory" and tools are where braces, crutches and other devices are made. The materials are basic, yet they are so effective! When viewing this documentary, we obviously need to give credit to all key players in the filmmaking process. Those that stand out the most are the people who allowed the filmmakers into their lives to witness their struggles and their fight for existence. I don't see these kids as actors, but rather - I see them as heroes with such bravery.

The message I took away from this film is that we should be very appreciative of our own lives and what we have, because our worst day is someone else's very best day! Walk, Walk, Walk brings awareness to the struggles of others and shows how the needs of others can be addressed by a small group of caring and committed people. It doesn't always take high levels of technology to change the lives of others - it simply takes a will to care and some creativity. Because I have not been exposed to the harsh reality of polio, I had no idea how it affects people. We are fortunate enough in the United States to be vaccinated against these diseases. I was unaware that it even still exists elsewhere.

I actually cried while watching how much these kids suffer, both physically and emotionally, and when I saw their transformation due to the Stand Proud Organization, it made my heart so happy. My favorite scene is where one young boy wearing leg braces is picked helped by his classmate and put on a higher platform in his schoolyard. It appears as if they are walking from the schoolyard into the entrance of the school. Small acts of kindness go a long way.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 5 to 18, plus adults. This is an excellent family film that lends itself to some great family discussion following its viewing. Pain and suffering occur globally and, unless there is awareness, changes can't be made. Reviewed by Dominic D., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 17 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MIIKSHI THE MEEK SHEEP IN SEEDY BUSINESS
MIIKSHI THE MEEK SHEEP IN SEEDY BUSINESS - LINDSAY LEE
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 4-11
Description - Celebrity scientist Dr. Tiger Mercer is visiting Miikshi's home laboratory. But is Miikshi's hero all she seems?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like Miikshi the Meek Sheep in Seedy Business with its adorable characters (puppets) and perfect voice talent. The set is very creative and detailed. It is also has an entertaining storyline. The storyline follows Miikshi, a meek sheep, that is also a scientist. She is visited by her hero Dr. Tiger Mercer, but she isn't impressed (or so we think). When Miikshi leaves for just a minute, we find out Dr. Tiger Mercer isn't the hero that Miikshi thought her to be.

I liked that it was very precise, and holds your attention. It ends with a cliff-hanger, leaving you wanting more. The costumes are adorable! Miikshi has the cutest lab coat and Daniel has a darling little shirt on; even the other characters in the background have fun outfits. I like that they look like man-made. It's very fitting. My favorite character is Danial the Spaniel. He has the cutest voice. The sound effects make a big impact. Imagine a machine breaking down with no sound effects (pretty sad, right?). Luckily, there is some. The special lighting effects are very believable (in a puppet-like way). I really believed that the subway train station's power was out or that Miikshi's creations were shutting down. Lindsay Lee, who plays Miikshi, is also the writer and producer. I could see this being on the big screen. It is short, so it would make a good interstitial or be part of a collection of shorts at a festival.

The messages are don't be greedy and good always triumphs over evil. You should know that it does show people doing risky things that kids might imitate. It's not kids doing the risky things (stealing); it is the grow-up puppets. Other than that, there isn't anything else.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 11, as well as adults. It's a great family movie. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - like Miikshi the Meek Sheep in Seedy Business with its adorable characters (puppets) and perfect voice talent. The set is very creative and detailed. It is also has an entertaining storyline. The storyline follows Miikshi, a meek sheep, that is also a scientist. She is visited by her hero Dr. Tiger Mercer, but she isn't impressed (or so we think). When Miikshi leaves for just a minute, we find out Dr. Tiger Mercer isn't the hero that Miikshi thought her to be.

I liked that it was very precise, and holds your attention. It ends with a cliff-hanger, leaving you wanting more. The costumes are adorable! Miikshi has the cutest lab coat and Daniel has a darling little shirt on; even the other characters in the background have fun outfits. I like that they look like man-made. It's very fitting. My favorite character is Danial the Spaniel. He has the cutest voice. The sound effects make a big impact. Imagine a machine breaking down with no sound effects (pretty sad, right?). Luckily, there is some. The special lighting effects are very believable (in a puppet-like way). I really believed that the subway train station's power was out or that Miikshi's creations were shutting down. Lindsay Lee, who plays Miikshi, is also the writer and producer. I could see this being on the big screen. It is short, so it would make a good interstitial or be part of a collection of shorts at a festival.

The messages are don't be greedy and good always triumphs over evil. You should know that it does show people doing risky things that kids might imitate. It's not kids doing the risky things (stealing); it is the grow-up puppets. Other than that, there isn't anything else.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 11, as well as adults. It's a great family movie. Reviewed by Katherine S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-11 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MIIKSHI THE MEEK SHEEP IN SPORTSBALL - LINDSAY LEE
Series: FOREIGN ANIMATED SHORT, AGES 4-11
Description - Sportsball fever has hit Mibukiville! JJ Basset holds a city-wide contest to name the new sportsball team ... but who will win?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I found Miikshi the Meek Sheep in Sportsball very enjoyable! The cute puppet characters are charming as can be and teach good lessons, while keeping the audience in suspense about the naming contest. Kids will relate to characters and like them even more because they're animals! Who wouldn't love a chick journalist and a scientist sheep?

The story is about the new sportsball team, which is all the talk in Mibukiville! JJ Basset, the team's owner holds a citywide contest to name the new sportsball team...but who will win?

First of all, I love the puppets. They are very well constructed, each with its distinct look, personality and voice. I like the storyline with its lessons about independence and supporting your ideas, even when others don't. The storyline is certainly predictable, which isn't an issue with younger kids. The production values are quite good. The costumes are spot on, the locations quite believable and the sound effects are very realistic. A musical element that stands out is when Miikshi submits her idea to the naming contest. The music sounds crazy and a bit angry, which represents how Miikshi feels. The script is quite clever and something kids will easily relate to. Instead of giving Chickelyna all theses layers, she just states that her opinion is better, like most little kids do. Her feelings aren't overly complex, and kids from all over the world can relate to the struggle of another kid saying, "My idea is right and yours is wrong." The voice talent is quite good and easy to hear. There's some fun humor that may fall over the heads of the target audience such as when Chickelyna comes out of the recording studio early and when questioned about it says, "Oh we just put on the tape of generic news we have for whenever I want to leave early." My favorite part is when Miikshi decides to submit her own idea for the naming contest. She shows how, even if people discourage us, we can still be heard and give our ideas.

The message of this film is about standing up for yourself so your ideas can be heard. Sometimes not everyone will listen and your ideas might not always be chosen, but don't be afraid to make yourself heard.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 11. Reviewed by Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I found Miikshi the Meek Sheep in Sportsball very enjoyable! The cute puppet characters are charming as can be and teach good lessons, while keeping the audience in suspense about the naming contest. Kids will relate to characters and like them even more because they're animals! Who wouldn't love a chick journalist and a scientist sheep?

The story is about the new sportsball team, which is all the talk in Mibukiville! JJ Basset, the team's owner holds a citywide contest to name the new sportsball team...but who will win?

First of all, I love the puppets. They are very well constructed, each with its distinct look, personality and voice. I like the storyline with its lessons about independence and supporting your ideas, even when others don't. The storyline is certainly predictable, which isn't an issue with younger kids. The production values are quite good. The costumes are spot on, the locations quite believable and the sound effects are very realistic. A musical element that stands out is when Miikshi submits her idea to the naming contest. The music sounds crazy and a bit angry, which represents how Miikshi feels. The script is quite clever and something kids will easily relate to. Instead of giving Chickelyna all theses layers, she just states that her opinion is better, like most little kids do. Her feelings aren't overly complex, and kids from all over the world can relate to the struggle of another kid saying, "My idea is right and yours is wrong." The voice talent is quite good and easy to hear. There's some fun humor that may fall over the heads of the target audience such as when Chickelyna comes out of the recording studio early and when questioned about it says, "Oh we just put on the tape of generic news we have for whenever I want to leave early." My favorite part is when Miikshi decides to submit her own idea for the naming contest. She shows how, even if people discourage us, we can still be heard and give our ideas.

The message of this film is about standing up for yourself so your ideas can be heard. Sometimes not everyone will listen and your ideas might not always be chosen, but don't be afraid to make yourself heard.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 4 to 11. Reviewed by Allison B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-11 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ABOUT MADDY
ABOUT MADDY - SAGE DRAKE
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-16
Description - A soon to be divorced couple make the most difficult decision on their adopted daughter Maddy's future.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - About Maddy is about a couple that is having financial struggles and they discuss giving up their daughter. They argue and do not see eye to eye and in the end they choose what is best for Maddy.

I found this film appealing because the conflict is relatable. The acting is great. The improvisation of the actors makes their performance raw. I love the storyline, especially how Sid (Siddarth Sas) and Heather (Heather Young) relate to their daughter Maddy (Madison Perniz). The acting is excellent and emotional.

The scebes shows Sid and Heather together, each parent alone, and then together with their daughter. It is impactful when Heather talks about Maddy. One thing I noticed about the costuming is that in happy moments they wear bright clothes and in the more glum moments they wear a darker wardrobe. The sets and location include a mall, a park and their car. The car scene makes Sid and Heather's conversation seem more intimate and confining, as if their discussion could suffocate them. The key influencers are Siddarth Sas and Heather Young. They improvised their conversation and the situation comes across as very realistic. They created an unscripted dialogue while delivering with a very humane emotional performance.

The message of About Maddy is that if you truly love someone, you do what is best for them. My take away is that I learned how parents will do anything for their child and how family love is the strongest thing. It makes me see how loving any parent is, even when they have a difficult way of showing it. My favorite part of this film is the ending when we hear Maddy's voice and she says that she loves her parents. It makes the film even more heartbreaking.

I give About Maddy 5 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 10 to 16 plus adults. I recommend it for families since it deals with family struggles and is child friendly. It relates to something everyone can relate to - the parent-child bond. Reviewed by Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - About Maddy is about a couple that is having financial struggles and they discuss giving up their daughter. They argue and do not see eye to eye and in the end they choose what is best for Maddy.

I found this film appealing because the conflict is relatable. The acting is great. The improvisation of the actors makes their performance raw. I love the storyline, especially how Sid (Siddarth Sas) and Heather (Heather Young) relate to their daughter Maddy (Madison Perniz). The acting is excellent and emotional.

The scebes shows Sid and Heather together, each parent alone, and then together with their daughter. It is impactful when Heather talks about Maddy. One thing I noticed about the costuming is that in happy moments they wear bright clothes and in the more glum moments they wear a darker wardrobe. The sets and location include a mall, a park and their car. The car scene makes Sid and Heather's conversation seem more intimate and confining, as if their discussion could suffocate them. The key influencers are Siddarth Sas and Heather Young. They improvised their conversation and the situation comes across as very realistic. They created an unscripted dialogue while delivering with a very humane emotional performance.

The message of About Maddy is that if you truly love someone, you do what is best for them. My take away is that I learned how parents will do anything for their child and how family love is the strongest thing. It makes me see how loving any parent is, even when they have a difficult way of showing it. My favorite part of this film is the ending when we hear Maddy's voice and she says that she loves her parents. It makes the film even more heartbreaking.

I give About Maddy 5 out of 5 stars and recommend if for ages 10 to 16 plus adults. I recommend it for families since it deals with family struggles and is child friendly. It relates to something everyone can relate to - the parent-child bond. Reviewed by Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 9 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-16 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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EACH OTHER
EACH OTHER - POURIA MOUSAVI
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 12-18
Description - People are living with their personality layers, and they take them to "Layeromat" just like their clothes. A young man who works in one of these "Layeromat" accidentally loses one of his layers. Despite his long search, he couldn't find it. But through an inner revolution during his searching, he reaches a new understanding of his being.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Each Other is an amazing, silent, short film with extremely charming animation and an abstract beautiful message. The story takes place in a world where your personalities, or what is referred to as "layers," are visible and, when a young man loses one of his layers, he must go on a journey to find his layer and explore himself. Each Other is non-narrative, telling its story without words. I really enjoyed the story because it delivers an outstanding ending with an amazing message, all done without words.

The cinematography is amazing, the film makes you feel so many emotions through the use of a specific camera angle at times. One shot that impressed me is the shot from outside a window; the camera is slowly zooming out and violin music starts to play. Just like that, you feel everything the character is feeling and, when he turns off the lights, you know his day had come to an end.

The costumes were great, fitting the time period and story line. The thing that sticks out the most are the layers themselves. The layers are always different colors and you can see through them a bit; they are beautifully animated and represented.

This film is fully animated and manages to capture everything in our day to day lives. It takes place in a city and it is amazing to see how, even in animation, it looks completely like peop0le and the big cities we love.

The background music really helps bring the emotion to the surface. What sticks out in my mind is the violin music because, when that music plays, you feel every emotion the main character is feeling and more. I have to give props to the Director/Producer Sarah Tabibzadeh because of the odd, but charming story she created.

I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's interesting and thought provoking. What I got out of it is: You might not like a part of yourself, but at the end of the day, you will always need that part and can't live without it.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Each Other is an amazing, silent, short film with extremely charming animation and an abstract beautiful message. The story takes place in a world where your personalities, or what is referred to as "layers," are visible and, when a young man loses one of his layers, he must go on a journey to find his layer and explore himself. Each Other is non-narrative, telling its story without words. I really enjoyed the story because it delivers an outstanding ending with an amazing message, all done without words.

The cinematography is amazing, the film makes you feel so many emotions through the use of a specific camera angle at times. One shot that impressed me is the shot from outside a window; the camera is slowly zooming out and violin music starts to play. Just like that, you feel everything the character is feeling and, when he turns off the lights, you know his day had come to an end.

The costumes were great, fitting the time period and story line. The thing that sticks out the most are the layers themselves. The layers are always different colors and you can see through them a bit; they are beautifully animated and represented.

This film is fully animated and manages to capture everything in our day to day lives. It takes place in a city and it is amazing to see how, even in animation, it looks completely like peop0le and the big cities we love.

The background music really helps bring the emotion to the surface. What sticks out in my mind is the violin music because, when that music plays, you feel every emotion the main character is feeling and more. I have to give props to the Director/Producer Sarah Tabibzadeh because of the odd, but charming story she created.

I highly recommend this film for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It's interesting and thought provoking. What I got out of it is: You might not like a part of yourself, but at the end of the day, you will always need that part and can't live without it.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 16 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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GRANDPA, PAST AND PRESENT, THE
GRANDPA, PAST AND PRESENT, THE - FU CHING HSU
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - How Grandpa is different from what I knew? It turned out that Grandpa was so exacting before. Mon told me when she was little, Grandpa was very strict with them. But in my mind, Grandpa is just like a magician. Whatever I want Grandpa will make it magically appear. Mon says although Grandpa behaves differently, but his love for us would be the same. And I think, Maybe it 's because Grandpa started to learn magic after he got old, ha ha, lucky me.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Why does Grandpa treat his granddaughter differently than he did his daughter? Lovely short. Brightly colored animation, good voices and pretty good sub-titles although some are slightly off. Still we get the gist of the film. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film festival because it has a good message for kids, is well made and fun. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lovely short. Brightly colored animation, good voices and pretty good sub-titles although some are slightly off. Still we get the gist of the film. I recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film festival because it has a good message for kids, is well made and fun. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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BUTLER AND THE BALL, THE
BUTLER AND THE BALL, THE - ALBERT M. CHAN
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - An urban fairy tale about a lonely boy who enters a contest to become the new butler of a grieving, reclusive singer; the first film by eight-year-old writer/director Andrew Chan-Possemato.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is a completely charming short film produced by an 8-year-old boy. The Butler and the Ball follows a young, lonely boy that enters a contest to become the butler of a lonely artist. Ashton, the young boy, is a believable character. He is played by Andrew Chan-Possemato, an eight-year-old, who is also the writer and director. Ashton is self-reliant, lives in New York City and, it is fun to watch him navigate life on his own.

The story is a wonderful fantasy. Ashton's ability to navigate the city on his own is only surpassed when he travels to Africa on his own. Obviously, that's a fantasy, but it's a good one and well executed. I have to say that my heart goes out to this young boy whose mom leaves him a note saying she is out speed-dating and to grab dinner for himself. We never see the mom's presence at any time. Fortunately, this kids seems to have his wits about him. However, some viewers might be concerned about the lack of safety here in this whimsical tale. So, be forewarned.

This film is very well produced. The story flows very well from scene to scene. It is well shot, with excellent lighting in the various locations. The audio is very clear. I have seen a lot of adult productions that are not half as well produced. I enjoyed the camera work, especially the close-ups where you can see the emotion on people's faces. The sets and locations are excellent. The mansion where Bob Chan lives is beautiful on the outside although the interior shots are somewhat underwhelming. The film footage in Africa is a fun addition; especially the shots with the hippopotamus. I like the sound effects, especially the sounds of Snickers at the beginning and the hippo sounds. I liked seeing the ball travel from the city to Africa. Andrew Chan-Possemato's performance is really quite good and believable. For a first time filmmaker, I'm impressed.

The message of this film is about finding a way to overcome loneliness and make connections. I give this sweet short film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12.

Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is a completely charming short film produced by an 8-year-old boy. The Butler and the Ball follows a young, lonely boy that enters a contest to become the butler of a lonely artist. Ashton, the young boy, is a believable character. He is played by Andrew Chan-Possemato, an eight-year-old, who is also the writer and director. Ashton is self-reliant, lives in New York City and, it is fun to watch him navigate life on his own.

The story is a wonderful fantasy. Ashton's ability to navigate the city on his own is only surpassed when he travels to Africa on his own. Obviously, that's a fantasy, but it's a good one and well executed. I have to say that my heart goes out to this young boy whose mom leaves him a note saying she is out speed-dating and to grab dinner for himself. We never see the mom's presence at any time. Fortunately, this kids seems to have his wits about him. However, some viewers might be concerned about the lack of safety here in this whimsical tale. So, be forewarned.

This film is very well produced. The story flows very well from scene to scene. It is well shot, with excellent lighting in the various locations. The audio is very clear. I have seen a lot of adult productions that are not half as well produced. I enjoyed the camera work, especially the close-ups where you can see the emotion on people's faces. The sets and locations are excellent. The mansion where Bob Chan lives is beautiful on the outside although the interior shots are somewhat underwhelming. The film footage in Africa is a fun addition; especially the shots with the hippopotamus. I like the sound effects, especially the sounds of Snickers at the beginning and the hippo sounds. I liked seeing the ball travel from the city to Africa. Andrew Chan-Possemato's performance is really quite good and believable. For a first time filmmaker, I'm impressed.

The message of this film is about finding a way to overcome loneliness and make connections. I give this sweet short film 4.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12.

Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 11 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SHOULDER SHOWDOWN: SIBLING RIVALRY
SHOULDER SHOWDOWN: SIBLING RIVALRY - STERLING SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 5-12
Description - Terra is frustrated with her little brother and doesn't know what to do. That's when her Shoulder Devil and Angel appear.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Adorable! The film is about a girl who has a sibling that is constantly annoying her. She has a shoulder showdown with one shoulder having an angel on it and the other with a devil. She asks these versions of herself what she should do.

I like this film because it's about something almost everyone can relate to. People deal with the same problem as the little girl does in the film. Most people can relate to thinking about doing something bad and good in any situation. I know from having two siblings how I need to make decisions that are nice or mean.

The acting and camera work is suitable for an indie film and the special effects are super neat. Seeing the angel on the dad's shoulder is cute and funny. The costumes of the little girl as a devil and angel are well done. The shoulder devil and angel are believable. I like that the angel shows up when the girl is playing with her brother at the end. The father angel is also cool. All the acting is quite acceptable. The sister (Terra Smith) delivers her lines okay and the brother (Calvin Smith) is good at acting crazy. The dad (Sterling Smith) has nice emotion at the end.

The message of the film is to be nice to your siblings. Even when they bother you, you should still try to appreciate the good things they do. My favorite part of the film is at the end when there is an angel on the dad's shoulder. I think it is nice that he doesn't have a shoulder devil. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Adorable! The film is about a girl who has a sibling that is constantly annoying her. She has a shoulder showdown with one shoulder having an angel on it and the other with a devil. She asks these versions of herself what she should do.

I like this film because it's about something almost everyone can relate to. People deal with the same problem as the little girl does in the film. Most people can relate to thinking about doing something bad and good in any situation. I know from having two siblings how I need to make decisions that are nice or mean.

The acting and camera work is suitable for an indie film and the special effects are super neat. Seeing the angel on the dad's shoulder is cute and funny. The costumes of the little girl as a devil and angel are well done. The shoulder devil and angel are believable. I like that the angel shows up when the girl is playing with her brother at the end. The father angel is also cool. All the acting is quite acceptable. The sister (Terra Smith) delivers her lines okay and the brother (Calvin Smith) is good at acting crazy. The dad (Sterling Smith) has nice emotion at the end.

The message of the film is to be nice to your siblings. Even when they bother you, you should still try to appreciate the good things they do. My favorite part of the film is at the end when there is an angel on the dad's shoulder. I think it is nice that he doesn't have a shoulder devil. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 5 to 12. Reviewed by Cadence G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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TIME BOMB
TIME BOMB - MARK KIEFER
Series: ENVIRONMENTAL SHORT, AGES 7-12
Description - A comedic allegory of our response to climate change.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Time Bomb is about three men in the year 2050 living on a space station. When one of them activates a bomb and they only have minutes to deactivate it. This film is hilarious! The characters' comedic one-liners are super appeasing. The bouncing off of one another is extremely funny. The ending is like a classic sitcom. The situation gives anyone anxiety but their humor is wonderful. They're all hilarious.

There are only two weak points. The first is the background music which is very repetitive and isn't particularly relevant to the scene. The second is the green screen. It is clear that the actors are standing in front of a green screen and a bit too noticeable at times. The shots that impressed me most are the ones at the beginning where we could see all the men and the spaceship floating by. The costumes are impressive. The astronaut suits in the year 2050 could possibly look exactly like the ones they wear. It is very creative. The actors have a great onscreen chemistry. They work great together so it is easy to believe that these characters are friends.

The message is about the importance of teamwork. My favorite part of the film is the ending. It is super funny, a classic ending. Love it!

I highly recommend this for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This is exactly the type of film that we love. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 11, plus parents. It's very family friendly. Reviewed by Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Time Bomb is about three men in the year 2050 living on a space station. When one of them activates a bomb and they only have minutes to deactivate it. This film is hilarious! The characters' comedic one-liners are super appeasing. The bouncing off of one another is extremely funny. The ending is like a classic sitcom. The situation gives anyone anxiety but their humor is wonderful. They're all hilarious.

There are only two weak points. The first is the background music which is very repetitive and isn't particularly relevant to the scene. The second is the green screen. It is clear that the actors are standing in front of a green screen and a bit too noticeable at times. The shots that impressed me most are the ones at the beginning where we could see all the men and the spaceship floating by. The costumes are impressive. The astronaut suits in the year 2050 could possibly look exactly like the ones they wear. It is very creative. The actors have a great onscreen chemistry. They work great together so it is easy to believe that these characters are friends.

The message is about the importance of teamwork. My favorite part of the film is the ending. It is super funny, a classic ending. Love it!

I highly recommend this for a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. This is exactly the type of film that we love. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 7 to 11, plus parents. It's very family friendly. Reviewed by Heather S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult juror.
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 7-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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AGE OF BRYCE
AGE OF BRYCE - BRIAN ELLIOTT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 8-18
Description - Smothered by an adoring, over-protective mom, 12-year-old Bryce Yancy Paul (Bip) is pushed to the brink of pubescent revolution. It's time to ripen. Bloom. Break the shackles of parental paranoia. It's the Age of Bryce. Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - OMG, this film is hysterical! This is the best submission I've seen all week! I love the writing and storyline from Brian Elliott, which is extremely clever. The acting is spot on and has great entertainment value. The writing really is hysterical. The tone of the over protective mother on her phone night and day about life's potential dangers carries through all the way to the end.

Age of Bryce is about a young boy with an over protective mother who wants to experience life rather than observing it.

The camera work is great. It's up close and personal; you see all the facial expressions of Bryce throughout the film. It feels as if you're right there with him on screen. The costumes definitely add to the humor. For example, when Bryce is near the pool, he is lathered up with multiple flotation devices and on a tether to his mother. Bryce is played by Major Dodson and he has great facial expression; even when his lines are limited you can still feel his frustration with the rules surrounding him. Virginia Paul is portrayed by Deanna Toten Beard who is perfect in this role as the over protective mom. Her voice is spot on for the droning role of the mother.

The message of this film is to break free from unnecessary boundaries and discover life.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It is funny and entertaining but could also open discussion to parenting role. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - OMG, this film is hysterical! This is the best submission I've seen all week! I love the writing and storyline from Brian Elliott, which is extremely clever. The acting is spot on and has great entertainment value. The writing really is hysterical. The tone of the over protective mother on her phone night and day about life's potential dangers carries through all the way to the end.

Age of Bryce is about a young boy with an over protective mother who wants to experience life rather than observing it.

The camera work is great. It's up close and personal; you see all the facial expressions of Bryce throughout the film. It feels as if you're right there with him on screen. The costumes definitely add to the humor. For example, when Bryce is near the pool, he is lathered up with multiple flotation devices and on a tether to his mother. Bryce is played by Major Dodson and he has great facial expression; even when his lines are limited you can still feel his frustration with the rules surrounding him. Virginia Paul is portrayed by Deanna Toten Beard who is perfect in this role as the over protective mom. Her voice is spot on for the droning role of the mother.

The message of this film is to break free from unnecessary boundaries and discover life.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 8 to 18, plus adults. It is funny and entertaining but could also open discussion to parenting role. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 10 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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PEAK, THE
PEAK, THE - MAYUMI TACHIKAWA
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGE 8-18
Description - In the middle of the night... Sarah wakes up as she wants to go to the bathroom. As she leaves her room, she finds herself alone in the dark hallway, and it is really creepy. Even the toys she left out look totally different from how they looked during the day. Sarah finally pulls herself together and starts to move forward, with her animal doll friend named Steven, who's got a shiny nose to show her way, but - she trips! When she picks herself up off the ground, she finds herself in a creepy forest with a tall toilet tower in the distance...It must be an imaginary world born from her fear. Can she make it to the bathroom with help from Steven?? This is an adventure story familiar to all of us, to overcome your fear of the dark when nature calls!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Wonderful piece of animation. Imaginative and well executed. Sort of Alice in Wonderland meets Where the Wild Things Are with great imagery and superb background music and sound effects. I love it! However, I do not recommend it for kids under age 7, as it may be way too frightening. There are lots of images that are straight out of the box scary. For older kids, say 8 to 18, plus adults, this would be a fun romp and reminder of the times that they have been afraid of the dark. And, when you have to use the potty in the dark, it is definitely compounded. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Wonderful piece of animation. Imaginative and well executed. Sort of Alice in Wonderland meets Where the Wild Things Are with great imagery and superb background music and sound effects. I love it! However, I do not recommend it for kids under age 7, as it may be way too frightening. There are lots of images that are straight out of the box scary. For older kids, say 8 to 18, plus adults, this would be a fun romp and reminder of the times that they have been afraid of the dark. And, when you have to use the potty in the dark, it is definitely compounded. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 5 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 8-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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LUCKY (2020)
LUCKY (2020) - ALEXIS WONG
Series: STUDENT SHORT, AGES 4-18
Description - When MingMing feels insecure about moving into a new neighborhood, she finds a friend in a huge but playful Chinese Lion.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This short animated film is great for kids with its classic, easy to understand story about friendship. Kids will love the funny humor and creative magic that's part of it.

The story is about a little girl who feels insecure about moving into a new neighborhood so she creates a magic lion and has to hide her new roaring friend so her parents won't send it away. I really enjoyed the story; it is creative and silly, in a good way. The only thing I didn't care for is the writing and voice acting, I felt that the script lacks depth and the voice actors are not very enthusiastic.

The scene where the lion produces magic really caught my eye because it is really beautiful and it makes you want to have your own magic lion! The costumes are great. One that really stood out is the lion costume. The lion looks outstanding because of the high level of detail and color variety. The entire film pretty much takes place in a house, whish isn't bad because the animators really created a pleasant house background that feels and looks inviting. The music really makes this film interesting, because it helps immerse you in the culture. Throughout the film, there is an Asian theme and the music really helps deliver that theme. Really, this short film really delivers high-quality animation. One person who really stands out to me is the music composer Michelle Cheng, because the music plays a key roll in this film and she adds a cultural aspect that tops it all off. I have no doubt this will look good on the big screen.

The message of this film is - you can find friendship in unlikely places. My favorite character is the lion Lucky, because he is really well designed and his humor will make you laugh out loud. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This short animated film is great for kids with its classic, easy to understand story about friendship. Kids will love the funny humor and creative magic that's part of it.

The story is about a little girl who feels insecure about moving into a new neighborhood so she creates a magic lion and has to hide her new roaring friend so her parents won't send it away. I really enjoyed the story; it is creative and silly, in a good way. The only thing I didn't care for is the writing and voice acting, I felt that the script lacks depth and the voice actors are not very enthusiastic.

The scene where the lion produces magic really caught my eye because it is really beautiful and it makes you want to have your own magic lion! The costumes are great. One that really stood out is the lion costume. The lion looks outstanding because of the high level of detail and color variety. The entire film pretty much takes place in a house, whish isn't bad because the animators really created a pleasant house background that feels and looks inviting. The music really makes this film interesting, because it helps immerse you in the culture. Throughout the film, there is an Asian theme and the music really helps deliver that theme. Really, this short film really delivers high-quality animation. One person who really stands out to me is the music composer Michelle Cheng, because the music plays a key roll in this film and she adds a cultural aspect that tops it all off. I have no doubt this will look good on the big screen.

The message of this film is - you can find friendship in unlikely places. My favorite character is the lion Lucky, because he is really well designed and his humor will make you laugh out loud. I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 18, plus adults. Reviewed by Jude A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 7 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 4-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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MONKEY & CAT
MONKEY & CAT - ARTIE ROMERO
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5 -12
Description - Everybody wants milk! In the first Monkey & Cat animated adventure, M&C discover that there are no bananas and there's no milk in the house. On their way to the grocery store they befriend Benny the boxer, who's a blind seeing eye dog, his master Lucas and then encounter a variety of pint-sized antagonists. The conflicts reach a boiling point when everyone converges at the supermarket. The climax is chaotic--but super cute! Created, written and produced by Sheree' Morris
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Monkey and Cat are best friends. On their way to the grocery store they meet a guide dog that is blind and needs help getting to the grocery store. They help him get there and once they arrive, they need to fight for what they want.

I love this 2D animation. Monkey and Cat are cleverly animated and, they wear clothing more suited to humans. The vivid colors in this short film really captivated me. They also give it a happy aspect, which really drew my attention. This film has some really nice, very detailed animation as well. My one problem is all the fighting and negative behavior at the supermarket. Although, the perpetrators are scolded and told to leave the story.

I enjoyed the sets and locations, which look like a normal city. Each scene has multiple camera angles, which makes it more interesting. In some scenes you can see things happening in the background, which gives it greater context. For example, as the characters head to the supermarket, there are cars going by, which gives you an idea of the size of the city they are in. There is also a scene I found intriguing when they walk by a storefront where goat yoga is being practiced. This is a fun addition and makes you wonder if anyone actually does that. I'll have to check it out.

The message of this film defines friendship and how friends help each other out. There are some threats in this film about physically hurting others. However, nothing happens beyond words. Still, it's really unnecessary to the plot development.

I give this short film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, due to the threats of violence. It would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Ginebra Q., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Monkey and Cat are best friends. On their way to the grocery store they meet a guide dog that is blind and needs help getting to the grocery store. They help him get there and once they arrive, they need to fight for what they want.

I love this 2D animation. Monkey and Cat are cleverly animated and, they wear clothing more suited to humans. The vivid colors in this short film really captivated me. They also give it a happy aspect, which really drew my attention. This film has some really nice, very detailed animation as well. My one problem is all the fighting and negative behavior at the supermarket. Although, the perpetrators are scolded and told to leave the story.

I enjoyed the sets and locations, which look like a normal city. Each scene has multiple camera angles, which makes it more interesting. In some scenes you can see things happening in the background, which gives it greater context. For example, as the characters head to the supermarket, there are cars going by, which gives you an idea of the size of the city they are in. There is also a scene I found intriguing when they walk by a storefront where goat yoga is being practiced. This is a fun addition and makes you wonder if anyone actually does that. I'll have to check it out.

The message of this film defines friendship and how friends help each other out. There are some threats in this film about physically hurting others. However, nothing happens beyond words. Still, it's really unnecessary to the plot development.

I give this short film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 12, due to the threats of violence. It would make a good addition to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. Reviewed by Ginebra Q., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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LEMONADE
LEMONADE - BRANNON SMITHWICK
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5 -10
Description - A young girl grows frustrated when her rural lemonade stand lacks customers, prompting her search for other adventures.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Lemonade is reminiscent of rural childhood. We follow a girl that is trying to sell lemonade on the corner of her street. She has trouble because no one is outside. The girl finally gives up and then her friend comes over and she has fun.>p>This film appeals to me because the main character is experiencing something that many people can relate to. She is not getting any business at her lemonade stand and gives up. Then her friend George shows up and she finds another way to have fun. She makes the best of a bad situation even after she gives up.

The movie is really good. I like how the kids in the movie are silly, like real kids and they find things to do like coloring and making noises. The production is well done and the angles used to capture the characters are great, even when the background is blurred so you can focus on the main parts. The setting is very pastel and "girly" - which helps define the little girl, from the first time we see her, to watching her make lemonade and walk out of her house dressed in a modified tutu. The actors include Piper Joachim (Natalie), Harrison Hughes (George), and Jennifer Aycock (Natalie's Mom). Piper stands out since she is the main character. My favorite part is when George helps her have fun and they draw pictures and eat cookies.

I give Lemonade 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. I recommend this title for a youth & family film festival because kids can easily relate to it and learn a great lesson from it. Reviewed by Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Lemonade is reminiscent of rural childhood. We follow a girl that is trying to sell lemonade on the corner of her street. She has trouble because no one is outside. The girl finally gives up and then her friend comes over and she has fun.>p>This film appeals to me because the main character is experiencing something that many people can relate to. She is not getting any business at her lemonade stand and gives up. Then her friend George shows up and she finds another way to have fun. She makes the best of a bad situation even after she gives up.

The movie is really good. I like how the kids in the movie are silly, like real kids and they find things to do like coloring and making noises. The production is well done and the angles used to capture the characters are great, even when the background is blurred so you can focus on the main parts. The setting is very pastel and "girly" - which helps define the little girl, from the first time we see her, to watching her make lemonade and walk out of her house dressed in a modified tutu. The actors include Piper Joachim (Natalie), Harrison Hughes (George), and Jennifer Aycock (Natalie's Mom). Piper stands out since she is the main character. My favorite part is when George helps her have fun and they draw pictures and eat cookies.

I give Lemonade 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 10. I recommend this title for a youth & family film festival because kids can easily relate to it and learn a great lesson from it. Reviewed by Tiana S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-10 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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HAT FULL OF FUN, EPISODE 2
HAT FULL OF FUN, EPISODE 2 - BILL DOUGAL
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5 -18
Description - Variety of comedy, artwork, education and music. Songs include. "Moo Cow Blues", and "I Walked Away". Character values are shown through skits.
Runtime: 28 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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FAIRY TAIL
FAIRY TAIL - ABOVE THE LINE ENTERTAINMENT
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - A hopeless romantic discovers an unlikely intruder and finds love at first fight. Suspense... Romance... Puppets!
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Fairy Tale is about woman who meets an unlikely home intruder and dreams about a relationship with that character.

I LOVE this short film so much that I wish that I had made it! The scenes are absolutely hysterical and poke fun at romance. It is light and highly entertaining. I love all the romantic scenes that are so typecast. They are sweet and funny. The scenes where they are sleeping together and giving birth are really unsuitable for younger children.

The production is top notch. The camera angles are great, especially when following the mouse from the mouse's point of view. The costumes for Anna and the mouse are perfect. I love the wedding scene and the mouse costume best. There are so many romantic sets and locations. I love the picnic set best. The music by Andy Stermer definitely drives the storyline, especially the dramatic music at beginning and the sounds of glass breaking when the intruder enters the house. The music pushes the story throughout as there is very little dialogue. The puppetry is excellent. My favorite visual effects scene is when mouse is running away from Anna in the beginning when she first finds him in the kitchen. The ending scene with all the little mice creating havoc was likely to have been the most difficult to create and it is really fun. Leslie Vincent plays Anna and she is amazing. I love all of her facial expressions.

The message of this film is to enjoy life and laughter. This short film is made to entertain.

It has no nudity, but the bed and birth scenes definitely define the target age.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It's entertaining and hysterical. Makes everyone feel good and pokes some fun at romance. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Fairy Tale is about woman who meets an unlikely home intruder and dreams about a relationship with that character.

I LOVE this short film so much that I wish that I had made it! The scenes are absolutely hysterical and poke fun at romance. It is light and highly entertaining. I love all the romantic scenes that are so typecast. They are sweet and funny. The scenes where they are sleeping together and giving birth are really unsuitable for younger children.

The production is top notch. The camera angles are great, especially when following the mouse from the mouse's point of view. The costumes for Anna and the mouse are perfect. I love the wedding scene and the mouse costume best. There are so many romantic sets and locations. I love the picnic set best. The music by Andy Stermer definitely drives the storyline, especially the dramatic music at beginning and the sounds of glass breaking when the intruder enters the house. The music pushes the story throughout as there is very little dialogue. The puppetry is excellent. My favorite visual effects scene is when mouse is running away from Anna in the beginning when she first finds him in the kitchen. The ending scene with all the little mice creating havoc was likely to have been the most difficult to create and it is really fun. Leslie Vincent plays Anna and she is amazing. I love all of her facial expressions.

The message of this film is to enjoy life and laughter. This short film is made to entertain.

It has no nudity, but the bed and birth scenes definitely define the target age.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. It's entertaining and hysterical. Makes everyone feel good and pokes some fun at romance. Reviewed by Selene W. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror.
Runtime: 4 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 12-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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ART SNOBBERY
ART SNOBBERY - ROBERT SMITH
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 5-12
Description - A world famous artist has painted himself into a corner.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - I like this film! It was produced by a group of students during a filmmaking camp and has a very simple story line that many audiences can enjoy. The story addresses the often-debated opinion of art being subjective. The personalities of the actors match the purpose of the plot quite well. Also, the film's set is accurate to what many real-life galleries look like.

Art Snobbery shows a group of young students that visit a museum to see a display of a guest artist's work. Little do they know that they have set the bar too high and they may be disappointed by what they see.

The concept is what makes the movie great. The cinematography is well done, with interesting angles. I like the young actors who portrays the guest artist. He has an overly dramatic and sophisticated personality, which I found entertaining. The other kids in the cast are equally believable. Their delivery of their lines made me laugh out loud. Well that, plus the "artwork", which are mostly squiggles on paper. This really has a great tongue-in-cheek presentation, yet makes a good point at the same time. I think it could definitely be a wonderful discussion starter with a youth audience about the "subjectivity of art'

The message is that varying opinions make for a debate that can go many different ways.

I recommend Art Snobbery for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is most suitable for ages 5 to 12.

Reviewed by Ruby A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - I like this film! It was produced by a group of students during a filmmaking camp and has a very simple story line that many audiences can enjoy. The story addresses the often-debated opinion of art being subjective. The personalities of the actors match the purpose of the plot quite well. Also, the film's set is accurate to what many real-life galleries look like.

Art Snobbery shows a group of young students that visit a museum to see a display of a guest artist's work. Little do they know that they have set the bar too high and they may be disappointed by what they see.

The concept is what makes the movie great. The cinematography is well done, with interesting angles. I like the young actors who portrays the guest artist. He has an overly dramatic and sophisticated personality, which I found entertaining. The other kids in the cast are equally believable. Their delivery of their lines made me laugh out loud. Well that, plus the "artwork", which are mostly squiggles on paper. This really has a great tongue-in-cheek presentation, yet makes a good point at the same time. I think it could definitely be a wonderful discussion starter with a youth audience about the "subjectivity of art'

The message is that varying opinions make for a debate that can go many different ways.

I recommend Art Snobbery for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival and give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is most suitable for ages 5 to 12.

Reviewed by Ruby A., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 6 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-12 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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SCAT
SCAT - STEPHAN LEEPER
Series: INDIE SHORT, AGES 2-18
Description - This film was done in collaboration with my students in Intro to Animation as a fun way to introduce the grueling process of lip-sync animation. . . not to mention vintage scat blues by Sarah Vaughan.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - Scat is an animated lip-synch to the song Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. I love the constantly changing backgrounds of this short film. The music is upbeat and it's a fun interpretation with different animated mouths accompanying song. I like how the different types of mouths are represented and the changing backgrounds. The music is great. Who doesn't like Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. The music and animation together can simply make you happy. My favorite scene is the bird's beak scatting as it is quite unexpected after all human mouths. I give Scat 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals as it would make a nice interstitial break between other pieces. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - Scat is an animated lip-synch to the song Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. I love the constantly changing backgrounds of this short film. The music is upbeat and it's a fun interpretation with different animated mouths accompanying song. I like how the different types of mouths are represented and the changing backgrounds. The music is great. Who doesn't like Scat Blues by Sarah Vaughan. The music and animation together can simply make you happy. My favorite scene is the bird's beak scatting as it is quite unexpected after all human mouths. I give Scat 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 18, plus adults. I definitely recommend this for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals as it would make a nice interstitial break between other pieces. Reviewed by Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic
Runtime: 3 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 2-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO


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NO KIDDING: MY LITTLE WORLD
NO KIDDING: MY LITTLE WORLD - PUBLIC TELEVISION SERVICE, TAIWAN
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 10-18
Description - Twelve-year-old Wu Yu-Yan suffers from achondroplasia and is only 101 cm in height. But this doesn't discourage her. She has no time for self-pity, and loves to dance and show her body with confidence . She wants to prove that she's not different from anyone else other than her height, and to encourage other children with rare diseases to pursue their dreams. For a long time, Yu-Yan felt uncomfortable with those judging eyes and she was teased by other kids. But she knows sooner or later that she has to overcome her fear. As brave as she is, Yu-Yan will face the world of judging eyes with smiles. Can she do it?
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - What an inspirational story! This young girl is simply wonderful and her story is beautifully told in this short film from Taiwan Public Television. Wu Yu-Yan may look different on the outside, but she is still like everyone else. She is learning to handle everything in her own way, and has so much hope and courage.

The film is about a 12-year-old girl who is learning her way around the world while dealing with a rare disease she has called achondroplasia, which causes her growth to slow down and causes her to be shorter than most people. She is a dancer at heart and a very wise young girl.

I really liked that this film is from the young girl's point of view. It gives the audience insight into what her life is like. For example, she explains how often people give her special attention and she doesn't like it. Many people think that they should give her or people with a similar disease special attention and that they might like it, but this is not reality for everyone. Wu Yu-Yan is capable of many things and people often don't realize that her size doesn't change what she is inside.

The production is outstanding, starting out with excellent camerawork to background music to fun editing with lots of cool images included. The cinematography really is great. There is one part that caught my eye where Wu Yu-Yan is dancing and the camera moves along with her while she is dancing. There is also an effect where there are cool colorful, foggy-like spots in the air in the same scene. Another example is when the young girl is walking and the editing makes it look as if she moves from one spot to another without walking. This film is really a documentary with real people and scenes true to the story. It is exceptionally well told. I love the inclusion of animation to define certain issues and have to give credit to the translation into English sub-titles, which are very good.

The message of this film is to not judge a book by its cover. Wu Yu-Yan is different on the outside and some people might think less of her, but in reality she has the same capabilities as most of people. She is not different on the inside.

This film made me want to learn more about people with different diseases and how they go on about their everyday life. I find it very interesting and most of all it inspires me! My favorite part of the film is when Wu Yu-Yan is dancing with her family and having fun.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. This can be a very educational and spiritual film, and coveys a message all people should know. Reviewed by Ginebra Q. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - What an inspirational story! This young girl is simply wonderful and her story is beautifully told in this short film from Taiwan Public Television. Wu Yu-Yan may look different on the outside, but she is still like everyone else. She is learning to handle everything in her own way, and has so much hope and courage.

The film is about a 12-year-old girl who is learning her way around the world while dealing with a rare disease she has called achondroplasia, which causes her growth to slow down and causes her to be shorter than most people. She is a dancer at heart and a very wise young girl.

I really liked that this film is from the young girl's point of view. It gives the audience insight into what her life is like. For example, she explains how often people give her special attention and she doesn't like it. Many people think that they should give her or people with a similar disease special attention and that they might like it, but this is not reality for everyone. Wu Yu-Yan is capable of many things and people often don't realize that her size doesn't change what she is inside.

The production is outstanding, starting out with excellent camerawork to background music to fun editing with lots of cool images included. The cinematography really is great. There is one part that caught my eye where Wu Yu-Yan is dancing and the camera moves along with her while she is dancing. There is also an effect where there are cool colorful, foggy-like spots in the air in the same scene. Another example is when the young girl is walking and the editing makes it look as if she moves from one spot to another without walking. This film is really a documentary with real people and scenes true to the story. It is exceptionally well told. I love the inclusion of animation to define certain issues and have to give credit to the translation into English sub-titles, which are very good.

The message of this film is to not judge a book by its cover. Wu Yu-Yan is different on the outside and some people might think less of her, but in reality she has the same capabilities as most of people. She is not different on the inside.

This film made me want to learn more about people with different diseases and how they go on about their everyday life. I find it very interesting and most of all it inspires me! My favorite part of the film is when Wu Yu-Yan is dancing with her family and having fun.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. This can be a very educational and spiritual film, and coveys a message all people should know. Reviewed by Ginebra Q. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic and KIDS FIRST! Juror
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 10-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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JUNU KO JUTTA (THE SHOES OF A LITTLE GIRL)
JUNU KO JUTTA (THE SHOES OF A LITTLE GIRL) - KEDAR SHRESTHA
Series: FOREIGN SHORT, AGES 5-18
Description - Junu, a five-year-old girl who has trouble learning left from right is often asked by elders around her to wear her shoes correctly. After constantly trying she finally comes up with a new way to decode her confusion. In Nepali with English sub-titles.
KIDS FIRST!® Adult Jurors say - This is the most adorable film. I could just gobble it up. The sensitive way that the filmmaker handles the subject is outstanding. No one ever shames the girl; they allow her to find her own way, which I love. There is a lesson to be learned from this short film.

Hisse Lama, who plays Junu, is adorable and a joy to watch. The other characters are also well played but Hisse steals the show. You can't wait to see how she resolves the dilemma of which shoe goes onto which foot.

The camera work is well done, especially when showing the landscapes of Nepal. Another thing that sticks in my mind is the background music, which I presume to be indigenous music. It's subtle, yet takes you to another country and its people.

In some ways, this film reminds me of the beautiful series "Going to School in India" which follows children from various circumstances and shows how they get to school. We see that here and are shown what these children and parents go through to get their child to school, walking along stone walkways, over bridges, and so on. You can't tell exactly how far the school is from their home, but it definitely takes a commitment for them to get there. Then, we see them exercising in the courtyard, studying at their desks, and returning home.

Finally, Hisse figures out the right foot dilemma and the close-up of her face as she does that is perfect, as is the close up of her feet and shoes. Kedar Shrestha has created a remarkably beautiful piece that depicts the Nepalese culture in the most beautiful way. As the camera slowly zooms back at the end and we see Hisse sitting on the step, swinging her feet, smiling, the prayer flags on the outbuilding in the background and the mountains beyond, all is well in the world.

Highly recommended! I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It really is a charmer. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
KIDS FIRST!® Kid Jurors say - This is the most adorable film. I could just gobble it up. The sensitive way that the filmmaker handles the subject is outstanding. No one ever shames the girl; they allow her to find her own way, which I love. There is a lesson to be learned from this short film.

Hisse Lama, who plays Junu, is adorable and a joy to watch. The other characters are also well played but Hisse steals the show. You can't wait to see how she resolves the dilemma of which shoe goes onto which foot.

The camera work is well done, especially when showing the landscapes of Nepal. Another thing that sticks in my mind is the background music, which I presume to be indigenous music. It's subtle, yet takes you to another country and its people.

In some ways, this film reminds me of the beautiful series "Going to School in India" which follows children from various circumstances and shows how they get to school. We see that here and are shown what these children and parents go through to get their child to school, walking along stone walkways, over bridges, and so on. You can't tell exactly how far the school is from their home, but it definitely takes a commitment for them to get there. Then, we see them exercising in the courtyard, studying at their desks, and returning home.

Finally, Hisse figures out the right foot dilemma and the close-up of her face as she does that is perfect, as is the close up of her feet and shoes. Kedar Shrestha has created a remarkably beautiful piece that depicts the Nepalese culture in the most beautiful way. As the camera slowly zooms back at the end and we see Hisse sitting on the step, swinging her feet, smiling, the prayer flags on the outbuilding in the background and the mountains beyond, all is well in the world.

Highly recommended! I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 18, plus adults. It really is a charmer. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.
Runtime: 13 minutes Juror Recommended Age: 5-18 Suggested Retail Price: $ Media: VIDEO



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