Five children will serve as official KIDS FIRST! Film Critics for 2010-2011, chosen in the organization’s first-ever search. It received eleven million votes via KIDS FIRST! parner site WonderWorldTV.com/kidsfirst. A panel of celebrity judges (Us Weekly film critic Thelma Adams; actress Brittany Curran, E! critic Ben Lyons; actress Kay Panabaker, reporter George Pennacchio, and actress Jane Seymour) considered 20 finalists and selected the following five: Ny’Asia Bel (7) from Decatur, GA, Anthony Aranda (8) from San Diego, CA, Lauren Boxer (12) from Los Angeles, CA, Sam Connan (12) from Santa Fe, NM, and Gabriella Chu (14) from Flushing, NY.
Their new jobs will include covering their local red carpet events, reviewing family films, interviewing celebrities and blogging about films. KIDS FIRST! board member Jay Reinbold said: “What I love about this contest is how it ties directly into KIDS FIRST!’s core mission which is to educate children to become critical media users and to engage them in a meaningful way with entertainment properties by reviewing it for their peers.” The process began when each of the applicants had to write and videotape reviews of at least one of the following films: Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Secret of Moonacre, Jumping for Joy, and The Velveteen Rabbit.