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Dollars for Filmmakers – Check Out the Contests

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Netflix is expanding into Latin America. Make a video for a chance to win $40,500. Deadline August 9, 2011.

Heelys – fun, freedom and fearless. Win $18,500 for the winning video featuring Heelys.

State Corn Dogs? Really? Worth $9,000 for the best video.

If you are not quite ready for filmmaking, check out the New Kideo Facebook Page.

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Like us on Facebook and be entered to WIN!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Have you seen the new KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Facebook page? This week, from October 6 – October 17. Like our page and be entered to win Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightening Thief (Blu-Ray and DVD),LightningThief.jpg The Scrambled States of America or Juno Baby: Indie’s Great Teddy Bear Hunt. Find out about new releases, local events, ticket give aways and best of all, our Film Critics Search! Friend our page today to be eligible to win.

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Ready to become the next KIDS FIRST! Film Critic? If so, here are some video tips.

Monday, August 30th, 2010

090806_EmmaKenney_01_0196_2_1_.jpgYou have to enter a 3 minute film review in order to be eligible to win the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics’ Search, but what if you are new to production and video? Well, these 2 sites have some great tips for production, so check out both and The Flip site gives you great examples of how to use the new Flip camera for video clips, including how to make mini movies and what software (that’s even free) you can get for better editing. The Blip.Tv site is really in depth, so be prepared to spend time, but they are the upcoming internet TV site, having just raised another $10.1 million from Canaan and Bain.

Also, follow the discussion guides for the search films and use your vocabulary! Just click on individual films and download the guides. and 

You can upload your video clip at and upload early. The finalists are chosen by popular vote so give your friends and family time to make you a winner.


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KIDS FIRST! at the University of Hawaii.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

UH3.jpgAs always, Ann Brandman, Executive Director of the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Outreach College presented a fun-filled summer of films for kids this summer. Over 1,000 kids and adults attended the Sunday series of screenings, that included Barbie in a Mermaid Tale, Plastic Perils of the Pacfiic, Duck on a Bike, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes for the Green and Do Unto Otters. El Salon Mexico and Alex and the Ghosts made their Hawaiian debut, as did Alba and Grandfather’s Journey.

This was the fourth summer that Brandman has presented the free film series at the University. The program is supported by KIDS FIRST! and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.



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Summer Camp Film Fun

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

SpringScience.jpgThe Parent Services Center in Tyler, Texas is helping over 600 kids have a great summer and experience the fun of KIDS FIRST! films. Every week, the kids in the summer camp centers focus on one of the Weston Woods titles in the film festival, like In A Small Pond. On Monday, the kids discuss the film and its objectives. On Tuesday, the participate in the “before viewing activities” that are included in all the Weston Woods titles. Wednesday is movie day and Thursday is a “after viewing activity” day. In A Small Pond, the kids learn about frogs, tadpoles, geese and other creatures that live in the pond. The kids are having a wonderful summer and learning about environmental issues, art, film and fun. After the week of Scooby, Dooby Moo, the kids hosted a talent contest for the camp!

Thanks to Executive Director Shelly Judd and the Parent Service Center for designing such a creative program for the youth in the Tyler area. They will finish the summer with a special Film Festival day in August.

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How to Train Your Dragon and We Love Our Partners!

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

blog-httyd.jpgLast week was a blast for four of the KIDS FIRST! partners, the Avalon Theater in Washington DC, the Phoenix Film Society, the Lone Star Film Society at the Movie Tavern in Ft. Worth and the Denver Film Society. Each hosted an advance screening of the new Dreamworks film, How to Train Your Dragon.

Along with a capacity theater, the Phoenix Film Society hosted a book drive for a local school phoenix.jpgas part of “Read Across America” and took in 7 big bags full of books for kids. They also invited 60 kids and their parents from the school receiving the books to the screening.  

The Lone Star Film Society hosted the screening in 3D at the new Movie Tavern in Ft. Worth. The Lone Star Film Society programs with KIDS FIRST! at all the major art museums in Ft. Worth including the Modern Museum of Art and the Amon Carter.

Film societies that go the extra mile and reach out to kids give them an opportunity to see film in on the big screen. These societies are engaging kids in media and film in a very positive way, fulfilling one of the very important mission statements of KIDS FIRST!, which is to make quality  media more available to kids.

To be sure you are on the ticket list for advance screening, sign up for the KIDS FIRST! newsletter and be the first to know where the screenings are in your area!

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El Salon Mexico and Un Duelo – Shorts to Watch!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

elsalon2.jpgOne of the perks of this job is watching great films. Two animated, non-narrative films in the KIDS FIRST!  line up are El Salon Mexico, which is about the culture of fiestas in Mexico and Un Duelo, from Garage Post in Mexico City.

Running Time:13 minutes
KIDS FIRST!® Paul and TamarindJuror Recommended Age: 8-12
Two talented people, Paul Glickman and Tamarind King collaborated to create a short animated film based on Aaron Copeland’s musical composition, El Salon Mexico. Tamarind and Paul met in 2002 when a mutual friend suggested to the then thirteen year old Albuquerque resident with an interest in animation that she might find a mentor in Paul, a retired film maker up in Santa Fe.

El Salon Mexico is an animated fantasy, set in Mexico in the 1800’s and woven into the musical composition by Aaron Copland. It is the story of a very young campesiño who, along with his burro and rooster, sneaks out of the house one night to see a fiesta for the very first time. The animation is wonderful and enhances the lovely store. The characters are quite fanciful as is the action. If Diego Rivera had made animation, this is what it would look like. Absolutely fun and lovely.  A must for your film festival.

Running Time: 3 minutes
KIDS FIRST!® Juror Recommended Age: 5-12
You know those crazy humming birds that just do not share well with each other? Well, in this animated, non-narrative short, two hummingbirds engage in a senseless but sometimes funny battle. There is a moral to the story, but actually it is just fun!

Un Duelo comes from Garage Post in Mexico City and we hope to have more from them.

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Finn on the Fly is Back!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

finn.jpgOne of my all time indie favorites, Finn on the Fly is back in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival for 2010. This wacky story about a dog turned into a boy has all the funny, silly humor you might anticipate (think of where dogs drink when in the house) but also a great story about friendship and loyalty. And he plays a mean game of Frisbee! This is one not to miss. 
Finn on the Fly is a story about friendship, loyalty and learning to trust your instincts. Finn, a cool, life-loving’, Frisbee-playing dog, and his owner, shy 13-year-old Ben, suddenly find their lives changed when Finn is accidentally transformed into a human being when Dr. Madeline Madsen’s experiment goes wrong. Once on two legs, Finn teaches Ben to feel the wind in his fur, catch Frisbees like a dog and, ultimately, to find his own pack. Starring Ana Gasteyer (The Women, Saturday Night Live, What Women Want), Matthew Knight, Ryan Belleville, Brendon Firla and David Milchard. Directed by Mark Jean (Homecoming)

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Just one week left to win a trip to Orlando!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

omms_2l_visitorl.jpgIn a unique partnership, KIDS FIRST!, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Florida Film Festival are hosting a very special call for entries – a short film competition with just one theme and two winners.

The theme, “Orlando Makes Me Smile,” is about fostering family relationships and the joyful experiences that can be found in Orlando. 

The filmmaker should depict how the Orlando experience proves the axiom, “smile and the whole world smiles with you” or show how Orlando makes you smile.

Two winning short films will be selected in the categories of Best Indie Short and Best Student Short. The student competition is open to all students ages 13 to 18. The indie competition is open to filmmakers ages 19 and up. 

This is a short film competition, live action or animation, three minutes or less. Winners will be included as an official selection of both the Florida Film Festival and the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival.  
Both winners will receive a family vacation for four in Orlando, complete with airfare, lodging, theme park tickets and all access filmmaker passes for the Florida Film Festival, April 9 through 18, 2010. 
The competition opens October 15, 2009 and all entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2010. Winners will be selected February 2010 and the winning films will premiere at the Florida Film Festival.

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DVDs Every Month! Register Monthly to Win

Friday, November 6th, 2009

curious-george.jpgCongratulations to our winners of the KIDS FIRST! October sweepstakes.

A Very Brave Witch…And More Great Halloween Stories For Kids or Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy Goes Boo!

Sharon from MO, Gracie from TX, Jessica from ID Lisa from AZ, Linda from VA, Lourdes from CA, Sandra from WI, Vicki from CA, Jodi from IA and Linda from FL.

Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a free copy of one of the following fantastic KIDS FIRST! titles: Mr. Tickle Presents: Tickle Time Around Town, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubbzy’s Christmas Adventure, or Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas. 



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