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KIDS FIRST! Best Awards 2012

Congratulations to our 2012 Best Award Nominees and Winners!

Featuring some of the best children's independent films, student films, studio films, shorts and features, playing in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals and special screenings throughout 2011.

For a full list of nominees and winners, visit our website at

Cheez...z (Indie Short, 3 min., ages 5-18)

Yamasaki, an old man, wants to take a nice picture of Warbie, a little bird. The problem is that Yamasaki is too slow for this tricky bird. FIRST PLACE, STUDENT PRODUCTION COLLEGE (9 MINUTES AND UNDER)

Juror Comments: Fun, animated short by a college student. I love these characters; they are so endearing. The old man is absolutely charming. But, he moves too slow to capture a photo of the bird. Non-narrative, the message doesn't needs words as the pictures tell it clearly. Watching the bird foil the old man will be humorous to kids. It teaches patience. The elderly man has to wait to get what he wants and at the same time, the viewer has to wait to see how he gets his "shot." Sometimes patience wins over speed and youth. Well done. Great animation; great concept. Recommended for ages 4 through 12, I give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. Kudos to the student filmmaker. Reviewed by Julie S., KIDS FIRST! reviewer.