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KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2012 (mid-year)

13 Annual September 15, 2012 to September 15, 2013

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112 W. San Francisco St.
Suite 305A
Santa Fe NM 87501
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Phone: 505-989-8076
Fax: 505-986-8477
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 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. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group participate on this jury to determine its age appropriateness. 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. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group participate on this jury to determine its age appropriateness. 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 to 18. All genres are acceptable, animation, claymation, live action, documentary, etc. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group participate on this jury to determine its age appropriateness. 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 must be 11 minutes less in length and long-format student films (student features) are 12 minutes or greater in runtime. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
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 must be 11 minutes less in length and long-format student films (student features) are 12 minutes or greater in runtime. Students must submit some form of student ID. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
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 must be 11 minutes less in length and long-format student films (student features) are 12 minutes or greater in runtime. Students must provide some type of student ID with their entry. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
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 must be 11 minutes less in length and long-format student films (student feature) are 12 minutes or greater in runtime. Students must provide a valid student ID with their entry. 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. In addition to adult jurors, children of this age group participate on this jury to determine its age appropriateness. This is for US films only, please see separate category for foreign films.
Best Screenplay for Children ages 2-18
Submit your un-produced screenplay that meets the KIDS FIRST! criteria of no gratuitous violence or abuse, no bias in terms of race, gender or culture, no inappropriate sexual behavior, no replicable unsafe behavior, and no condescension towards children. They must be typed, double or triple spaced, 12 point font, written in English, copyrighted or registered. We will only accept copyrighted or registered material because we want your work protected as well as to protect the integrity of our competition. You may register your script online, 24/7, with the Writers Guild of America at www.wga.org. Your screenplay must not be any longer than 120 pages or a fee of $3/page will be assessed for every additional page.
Best Independent Foreign 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 NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Short for 5 to 8-year-olds
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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Short for 8 to 12-year-olds
Films and 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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Short for 12 to 18-year-olds
Films and 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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Feature 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 NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Feature for 5 to 8-year-olds
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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Feature for 8 to 12-year-olds
Films and 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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
Best Independent Foreign Feature for 12 to 18-year-olds
Films and 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. This is for NON US films only, please see separate category for US films.
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 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 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. Students must submit a current school ID. 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 13th year in 2012, 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.

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.

Upon acceptance, a Festival agreement will be sent you to sign and return. We will also request 5 additional copies of your DVD for our venue partners, cover art and/or stills and permission to upload your film to our online Film Festival site 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 it's entirety to our venues, you will need to provide us with a trailer. 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.

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.

If you are a winner or nominee in our Best of Fest Award, we may also request to show your film or trailer in our online KIDS FIRST! Film Festival Nominees page.

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. Three hi-resolution stills or box art according to instructions will be sent upon acceptance. 2. Inclusion of your film under 30 minutes long on our Festival site will garner you more screenings than a trailer. We are unable to upload films longer than 30 minutes, in which case a trailer should be provided in order to increase number of screenings. 3. 5 high quality DVDs for simultaneous festival play. 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