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KIDS FIRST! Film Festival (early-year submissions)

14 Annual February 15, 2013 to August 15, 2013

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112 W. San Francisco St.
Suite 305A
Santa Fe NM 87501
USA
Phone: (505) 989-8076
jury@kidsfirst.org
http://www.kidsfirst.org/

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Best Independent Short for 2 to 5-year-olds
Films and DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 2-5. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Short for 5 to 8-year-olds
Films or DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 5 - 8. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group will screen these titles to determine their age appropriateness. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Short for 8 to 12-year-olds
Films or DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 8 - 12. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group will screen these titles to determine their age appropriateness. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Short for 12 to 18-year olds
Films or DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 12 - 18. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group will screen these titles to determine their age appropriateness. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Feature for ages 2-5
Films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 2 to 5. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Feature for 5 to 8-year-olds
Films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 5 to 8. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Feature for 8 to 12-year-olds
Films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 8 to 12. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Independent Feature for 12 to 18-year-olds
Films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 12 to18. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Student Film by An Elementary Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for US films only, there is a separate category for foreign titles.
Best Student Film by A Middle School Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for US films only, there is a separate category for foreign titles.
Best Student Film by A High School Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for US films only, there is a separate category for foreign titles.
Best Student Film by A College / Graduate Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for US films only, there is a separate category for foreign titles.
Best Foreign Independent Short for 2 to 5-year-olds
Non-US films and DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 2 - 5. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Short for 5 to 8-year-olds
Non-US films and DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 5 - 8. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Short for 8 to 12-year-olds
Non-US films and DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 5 - 8. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Short for 12 to 18-year-olds
Non-US films and DVDs less than 60 minutes in length, for which the audience is children, ages 5 - 8. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Feature for 2 to 5-year-olds
Non-US films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 2 to 5. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Feature for 5 to 8-year-olds
Non-US films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 5 to 8 All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Feature for 8 to 12-year-olds
Non-US films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 8 to 12. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Independent Feature for 12 to 18-year-olds
Non-US films or DVDs 60 minutes or longer for which the audience is children, ages 12 to 18. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc.
Best Foreign Student Film by an Elementary School Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for foreign, non-US films, only.
Best Foreign Student Film by an Middle School Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for foreign, non-US films, only.
Best Foreign Student Film by a High School Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for foreign, non-US films, only.
Best Foreign Student Film by a College/Graduate Student
All categories and genres are accepted but it must meet the KIDS FIRST! endorsement criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, culture or gender, no replicable unsafe behavior and no condescension towards children. Student shorts refer to films 11 minutes long or less; feature or long-format student films are 12 minutes or longer in runtime. This category is for foreign, non-US films, only.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival offers a showcase for outstanding films for and by children ages 2 through 18. Films from independent producers and youth are shown alongside major studio releases in year-round events hosted by more than 150 venues nationwide. KIDS FIRST! Best Awards are announced twice per year.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, celebrating its 14th year in 2013, is hosted locally by established film festivals such as the Newport Beach Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival; art and children's museums such as the Children's Museum of Houston; nonprofit film centers such as the Avalon Theater in Washington DC, the Denver Film Society. Libraries, schools, Military Bases and other local organizations participate with film screenings. Each local venue reaches thousands of children and parents at their screenings. To view a list of current screenings, visit www.kidsfirst.org/fest and click on "current screenings."

The Festival seeks out independent films and youth productions. There is no restriction on the completion date, although preference is given to new releases. All genres are solicited - animation, claymation, live action, documentary, shorts, features, etc, as long as they are appropriate for an 18 and under audience.

Screenings are requested by our venue partners, and we will ask for screening rights for a full 24 months, though we can suspend screenings with 60 days notice.

Every film accepted into the festival is considered for the KIDS FIRST! Best Awards which are biannual. There are approximately 33 award categories, Including 16 for independent films, 4 student films and 4 for screenplays.

TO SUBMIT SCREENPLAYS, PLEASE SEE THE KIDS FIRST! SCREENPLAY ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM ACCOUNT. THEY ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED THROUGH THE FILM FESTIVAL. SUBMISSIONS FOR SCREENPLAYS ARE ACCEPTED YEAR-ROUND.

Any film accepted for the Festival must meet the KIDS FIRST! criteria of: no gratuitous violence or abuse; no bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion; no inappropriate sexual behavior; no replicable unsafe behavior; no condescension towards children.

Independent and student producers need to clear any copyrighted music or film clips for film festivals or not submit films without clearances for such material.

ORGANIZERS
Lauren Longworth (Jury Manager) ; Ranny Levy (President)

GENERAL RULES
Once a title has been submitted to the Festival and all elements have been received, you may not withdraw it. You will receive instructions via email regarding the upload of your film for consideration.

Upon acceptance, a Festival agreement will be sent you to sign and return. We will also request that you upload your film for our venue partners and provide us with cover art and/or stills for easy download by our venue partners. If your film is over 30 minutes long, or if you prefer not to have your film visible in its entirety to our venues, you will need to provide us with a trailer and 5 non-returnable screeners. This needs to be completed before your title is officially added to the Festival line-up.

All accepted films will be offered to all KIDS FIRST! partner venues for the 24 months to follow. If you need to suspend screenings at any time during this period, we require 60 days notice to make sure there are no screenings scheduled.
Our online film festival will be available for preview to our venue partners and other KIDS FIRST! affiliates. Only venue partners with scheduled screenings will be able to download your film.

Because of the large number of concurrent screenings, producers will be notified of all bookings via email, once a week. Additionally, you may go to http://www.kidsfirst.org/fest to track your film's bookings at any time. This information is updated frequently. You will be notified of any special requests for your appearance or your participation in any special events.

Judging copies and screeners are not returnable.



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following materials must be received by the Festival ONCE YOUR TITLE IS ACCEPTED: 1. One low-resolution still or box art. 2. Upload your film under 30 minutes long to our Festival site (uploaded films will garner you more ten times more screenings than a trailer) or an uploaded trailer of your film (all films longer than 30 minutes and shorts opting out of the online screening.) 3. 5 high quality DVDs for titles that have only provided us with a trailer. Instructions will be sent for providing this information AFTER ACCEPTANCE. All materials should be sent to: KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, 112 W. San Francisco St., Suite 305A, Santa Fe, NM 87501, ph: 505-989-8076; fax:505-986-8477. All inquiries should be addressed to Lauren Longworth, Jury Manager at Jury@kidsfirst.org