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Coalition for Quality Children's Media Announces Award Nominees

27 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

The Santa Fe-based Coalition for Quality Children's Media has announced nominees for this year's Kids First! Best Children's Film, Video, or DVD of the Year Awards.

The awards are intended to honor media that are nonviolent and nonbiased but also engage a child's imagination; stimulate curiosity and creativity; respect cultural diversity; and challenge kids to think, reason and ask questions.

In its second year, the Kids First Best Children's Film, Video of DVD of the Year Award has created POP materials for video stores. The materials are available in a downloadable pdf format at http://www.kidsfirstinternet.org or retailers may request a CD with the files by contacting the coalition at (505) 989-8076 or admin@kidsfirstinternet.org.

Twenty films, videos, and DVDs are for finalists 2002. They include:

Category: 0 to 2 years
Baby Genius: Four Seasons (Genius Productions/Warner)
So Smart: Colors (Baby School Co.)
Teletubbies: Go Exercise (Ragdoll Productions/Warner)

Category: 2 to 6 years
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford Tries His Best (Scholastic/ Artisan)
Dragon Tales: Let's Be Friends (Sesame Workshop/Columbia TriSTar)
Bear in the Big Blue House: Early to Bed (Jim Henson Productions/Columbia TriStar)
Sesame Street: Kids Favorite Songs 2 (Sesame Workshop)
Dora the Explorer: To the Rescue (Nickelodeon/Paramount)
Little Bill: What I Did at School (Nickelodeon/Paramount)
Very Hungry Caterpillar (Scholastic/Buena Vista)

Category: 6 to 12 years
Scholastic's Magic School Bus Creepy, Crawly Fun! (Scholastic/Warner)
Badger's Parting Gifts (Reading Rainbow/PBS Home Video)
Monet: Shadow & Light (Devine Entertainment)
Trouble on Planet Wait Your Turn (Big Idea Productions)
Kirikou (Artmatten Productions)
Shrek (DreamWorks)

Category: 12 to 15 years
The Princess Diaries (Buena Vista)
The Miracle Worker (Buena Vista)
MVP: Most Valuable Primate (Warner)
The Color of Friendship (Buena Vista)

The finalists represent films, direct-to-video releases and DVDs from major and independent producers.
The nominating process began with a 3,300-member jury comprising 3,000 children and 300 adults of diverse geographic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Jurors identified 47 semi-finalists, which a 15-member Senior Jury of media specialists, teachers, librarians and parents viewed to determine the finalists for the four age categories.
Winners of the Kids First Best Children's Film, Video or DVD of the Year Award will be selected by Kids First! Film Festival attendees during March and April festivals as well as kids across the nation via online voting and will be announced April 27 at the Kids First! Film, Video and DVD Festival in Los Angeles.

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