Best Children's Film, Video, or DVD of the Year

Ranny Levy (ranny@kidsfirstinternet.org)
Sat, 3 Feb 2001 14:15:07 -0800 (PST)

KIDS FIRST!® Announces Nominees for Best Children's Film, Video, or
DVD of the Year

SANTA FE, NM, February 3, 2001. When the nominees for the Academy
Awards are announced next month, how much attention will be given to
children's films? Unfortunately, children's films are often the
step-child of the motion picture industry. But, for the Santa Fe-based
Coalition for Quality Children's Media, the hot topic is "Who will be
awarded the KIDS FIRST! ‘Best Children's Film, Video, or DVD of the
Year?'"

Ranny Levy, president of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media
announced the list of nominees today and stressed that "these titles
have been selected by the kids and adults on our jury as the best
videos, films and DVDs released in the year 2000. More than 300 titles
were screened by the KIDS FIRST! jurors to make this selection. We
have more than 3300 teachers, librarians, parents and children of from
every background imaginable who volunteer as jurors. A wide range of
criteria is examined when they do their evaluations but most important
is that they're safe, non-violent and kids enjoy watching them."

The nominees for "The KIDS FIRST! Best children's film, video, or DVD
of the Year are:
Category: 2 - 6-year-old titles
Blue's Big Musical Movie
Esther...the Girl Who Became Queen
George and Martha: Best Friends
Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales
Visiting the Doctor with Bear
Category: 6 - 12-year-old titles
Chicken Run
Dear America: A Picture of Freedom
The Loretta Claiborne Story
My Dog Skip
Winslow Homer: An American Original

Honorable mention was awarded to: The Shaman's Apprentice, Walking
with Dinosaurs, Anne Frank's Diary and the Real Macaw.
Titles that made the semi-finalists list include: The Baby Music
School: Classical, Bear in the Big Blue House: A Berry Bear Christmas,
Bear in the Big Blue House: Halloween and Thanksgiving, Dragon Tales:
Follow the Clues, Farm Country Ahead, Mozart Nature Symphonies,
Teletubbies: Bedtime Stories and Lullabies, Telletubbies: Christmas in
the Snow, Theodore Tugboat: Nighttime Adventures, Brett the Jet,
Joseph: King of Dreams, Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons, Return to the
Secret Garden (from Family Feature Films), Magic School Bus: Rain
Forest and Adventures of Flower the Arson Dog.

Who's going to make the final choice? Kids nationwide can vote for
their favorite film, video, or DVD when they attend the KIDS FIRST!
Film Festival produced in selected cities nationwide or they may vote
online at Yahooligans.com after February 15. The Film Festival
nominees will all be available at Hollywood Video's retail stores
across the country. For information on specific locations, times and
events, go to www.kidsfirstinternet.org.

The Coalition for Quality Children's Media is a ten-year-old national
not-for-profit organization acclaimed for its KIDS FIRST! Program
which evaluates and rates children's media, its hospital initiative
serving 300 children's hospitals, and its Junior Film Critics Forum.
CQCM reaches more than 25 million people every year through its
reports, endorsement, reviews, and its book, The New York Times/KIDS
FIRST Guide to The Best Children's Videos. The KIDS FIRST! Film
Festival is supported by Hollywood Video, Yahooligans.com, Columbia
TriStar Home Video, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Buena Vista
Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Video and local businesses. For
more information contact Coalition for Quality Children's Media at
505-989-8076 or visit www.kidsfirstinternet.org.

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