SOURCE: Coaliton for Quality Children's Media

Coaliton for Quality Children's Media

May 05, 2011 15:42 ET

KIDS FIRST! Best Award Winners Announced

Celebrating the Best in Children's Programming From Studios, Independent and Emerging Filmmakers

SANTA FE, NM--(Marketwire - May 5, 2011) - Tinkerbell, The Pups of Liberty and Paws and Whiskers might not seem to have much in common, certainly not budget or marketing dollars, but all are celebrated as creative and innovative works and winners of the KIDS FIRST! Best Award. Other category winners include studio titles, How toTrain Your Dragon, Shrek: Forever After, Barbie and Wubbzy, but independent and emerging filmmakers certainly have their day!

Ninety-one short and feature films met KIDS FIRST!'s standards for combining excellence in filmmaking with pro-social benefits to be selected winners of the annual KIDS FIRST! Best Awards. Categories are arranged by age appropriateness, and student and independent films are judged in their own categories to provide them the best opportunity to be judged among their peers.

Sustainlane Media gives a rocking rock 'n' roll animation, Gorilla in the Greenhouse: Great Pacific Garbage Patch, making a strong case for environmental awareness using lingo that connects with its target audience even if it may leave some parents struggling to keep up. Excuses for being late for school have never been so innovative as in Kidnap, by UCLA filmmaker and animator Sijia Lou.

Broken Hill, which KIDS FIRST! jurors said had "exceptional production value, good dialogue, sequence, pace and highly recommended," is being released to DVD by Entertainment One this month after a spectacular run in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival circuit at notable festivals such as Sedona International Film Festival, Tiburon Film Festival and Denver Film Society.

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards, a project of the 20-year-old Coalition for Quality Children's Media, are given annually to films and screenplays that have screened at the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals. The nominees are drawn from more than 800 titles that are submitted to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Then, from the 300 that are accepted, five nominees in each of 30-plus categories are selected. The winners are determined by a senior jury, comprised of child development specialists, media professionals and film programmers.

KIDS FIRST! is supported by more than 17 million teachers, librarians, media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide. Campaign support for the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics program comes from national nonprofit organizations including National Education Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Council of Women's Organizations.

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