Kids First Film Festival Comes to Hawaii

ReiMalyssa Slaughter
ReiMalyssa Slaughter

By Mary Simms

MANOA (KHNL) - Lights, camera, action! The "Kids First" Film Festival, is underway here in Honolulu. It's a combined effort by the film industry, educators and child advocacy organizations.

Traveling to more than 100 locations each year, Kids First is the largest film festival of its kind in the world. This year's festival features movies from all over the world.

"I think the kids have been fascinated to see what life is like for other children and recognize the similarities and also vast differences between children's lives around the world," said curator Ann Brandman.

All the movies are evaluated by juries made up of adults and kids. There can't be a lot of violence, and there can't be bad behavior that kids might try to mimic.

"These movies are not mean, not bad influences, just happy," said 9-year-old Mia Cremer.

"Because all the drugs and violence and whatever can make kids think it's alright to go out and smoke pot, or it's alright to go beat up some kids in my class," added 13 year-old ReiMalyssa Slaughter.

These two kid-critics have a favorite film in common, "Knuffle Bunny."

Knufflebunny is about a little girl who has yet to say her first word. She looses her knuffle bunny at the laundromat and needs to let her dad know. Her first spoken word becomes knufflebunny.

You can check out all these movies every Sunday at 4pm at the University of Hawaii, until July 22nd. The Kids First Film Festival is part of the University of Hawaii's year long Centennial Celebration.