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What Takes Place at,

KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Boot Camps at HITN?

During the camp, the kids watch a selection of films and are coached by a team of seasoned media professionals who help them develop their analytical, writing and on-camera skills. By the end of the camp, they are able to create both written and video film reviews and comfortably interview talent on the red carpet or over Skype. They meet industry professionals – actors, directors, animators and established film critics.

Tuition Fee: $499

Includes Monday-Friday camp for kids plus Saturday Digital Media Literacy Day

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The Beginners’ Camp includes:

  • Create criteria for evaluating media.
  • Watch, discuss, and debate films.
  • Examine behind-the-scenes contributors (directors to editors).
  • Create written and videotaped reviews.
  • Learn interviewing techniques.
  • Meet working actors, writers, producers, film critics, etc.
  • Tour a broadcast control room.
  • Present mock Red Carpet to parents on last day.

Includes breakfast, lunch and snack,  Monday-Friday (9:00am-4:00pm), plus a Saturday Digital Media Literacy Day

Cancellation policy?

100% refundable 90 days prior to your camp; 50% refundable 60 days prior. No refunds 59 days or less prior to camp start date.

Everything I’ve learned at KIDS FIRST! has brought me to what I’m doing right now. I couldn’t be running an entire show production in front and behind the camera, if I wasn’t in KIDS FIRST!.

Keefer B. (Los Angeles)

Everything I’ve learned at KIDS FIRST! has brought me to what I’m doing right now. I couldn’t be running an entire show production in front and behind the camera, if I wasn’t in KIDS FIRST!.

Keefer B. (Los Angeles)

Advanced Camp Program

(Pre-requisite: Basic Film Critics Camp or Enrolled in Performing Arts Program)

A select group of young reporters will have a separate opportunity to participate in a weeklong advanced Film Critics Boot Camp, August 14-18. Successfully completing the program will present an opportunity to become a member of the nationwide KIDS FIRST! Film Critics team who review new film releases, interview talent and share their views on entertainment. Their reviews and interviews reach more than 7 million people every month.

Digital Media Literacy Day

These Family Media Workshop half-day sessions will take place on July 22, July 29, and August 12.
(Saturdays from 10a.m. to 2p.m.)

Bring your own device and learn how to use it! Learn strategies to encourage and support your child as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Team Member. Explore various devices, (e.g. camera, hand-held microphone, tripod/monopod, etc.) needed to record, edit, and upload reviews and interviews.

Kevin Costner with Gerry O. at McFarland premiere
Morgan Freeman with Gerry and Keefer B. at the Lego Movie premiere
Steven Spielberg with Gabriella C. at 100 Foot Journey premiere
Nick Cannon with Cheyenne N. at Kids Choice Awards
Jack Black with Nathaniel B. at Goosebumps press event
George Clooney with Gerry O. at Tomorrowland premiere

My son Will took the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp at Reel Kids in Superior, Colorado. We feel unbelievably fortunate to have had this opportunity for Will. Will learned a lot about the vocabulary and language of being a film critic, critical writing and analyzing a film, presentation and on camera skills. He gained self confidence and got a lot more clarity on where he might fit in the film world. We are extremely thankful to Ranny and KIDS FIRST! for this learning opportunity.

Keefer B. (Los Angeles)

My son Will took the KIDS FIRST! Film Critics Boot Camp at Reel Kids in Superior, Colorado. We feel unbelievably fortunate to have had this opportunity for Will. Will learned a lot about the vocabulary and language of being a film critic, critical writing and analyzing a film, presentation and on camera skills. He gained self confidence and got a lot more clarity on where he might fit in the film world. We are extremely thankful to Ranny and KIDS FIRST! for this learning opportunity.

Keefer B. (Los Angeles)