October 20, 2010 06:00 ET

KIDS FIRST!® Announces Celebrity Jurors for First-Ever Kids Film Critics Search

Panel of Judges to Include Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award Winning Actress Jane Seymour, Emmy Award® Winning Reporter George Pennacchio, and E! Film Critic & "Good Morning America" Contributor Ben Lyons

SANTA FE, NM--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - KIDS FIRST!® announced today the jurors for the first-ever kids Film Critics Search. The celebrity panel will include Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams; actress Brittany Curran (Go Figure, "Men of A Certain Age"); E! Film Critic and "Good Morning America" contributor Ben Lyons; actress Kay Panabaker (Fame, "No Ordinary Family"); Emmy Award® winning entertainment reporter George Pennacchio (ABC7 Los Angeles); and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actress Jane Seymour (The Velveteen Rabbit, "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.")

"KIDS FIRST! is thrilled to have such an esteemed group of jurors for this first-ever Critics Search," said Ranny Levy, President and Founder of KIDS FIRST! "With various backgrounds and careers, this talented group as seen on brings their diverse critical and cinematic perspectives to the table."

Running through October 20th and open to children between the ages of six and 15, the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Search is a nationwide search for five kids to become official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics. The five lucky winners will be sent to Red Carpet events and advance film screenings where they will review new family films, interview celebrities, and blog about upcoming films. Those who enter will also have the chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship courtesy of Stepping Stones Entertainment, which will be awarded to the film critic who writes the best review of The Velveteen Rabbit.

To enter, applicants must submit both a written and videotaped review of one or more of the seven official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Search titles: Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Secret of Moonacre, Jumping for Joy, and The Velveteen Rabbit, which are available for purchase at Toys"R"Us stores,,, and most places where DVDs are sold. The Velveteen Rabbit can also be viewed on the Starz Kids & Family Channel.

The top 20 finalists will be determined by public voting of the contestants' videotaped reviews at the KIDS FIRST! partner site,, ending at midnight on October 31st. The panel of celebrity judges will select the five winners. 

The Search will culminate the weekend of November 12th - 14th, during the first-ever KIDS FIRST! Film Critics' Weekend®, when the winners will be announced. Families all over America are invited to actively participate by helping to set a world's record of one million kids "viewing and reviewing" the same film on the same weekend together with a caring adult.

The recipient of Stepping Stones Entertainment's $10,000 college scholarship will be announced separately on December 22nd. Applicants will have until December 10th to submit their review of The Velveteen Rabbit for this portion of the Search campaign.

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Founded in 1991, KIDS FIRST! is a program of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to teach children critical viewing skills and to increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media. A voluntary collaboration comprised of more than 100,000 media professionals, lobbyists, policymakers, child advocates, educators, parents and families nationwide, the Coalition aims to teach children to become critical media users, help adults recognize the importance of teaching critical viewing skills to children, help children identify and be aware of outstanding media programming, and develop programs for children with special needs such as low-income, hospitalized or at-risk children.

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