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Posted at 5:51 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Kids First! film fest honored at educators' conference

Advertiser Staff

During the annual conference of the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators, held in November on Maui, the University of Hawaii-Manoa Outreach College was honored with Best Non-Credit Program award for the Kids First! Film Festival.

The Western Association of Summer Session Administrators' mission is to exchange information on summer session programs and administrative practices, with the annual meeting as the principal forum for the exchange of ideas and information.

The Kids First! Film Festival, a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, is the largest traveling children's film festival in the world, providing films that are free of racial, ethnic, gender or religious bias; inappropriate content; and condescension towards children. Local organizations and educational institutions plug into the national network to sponsor festivals and related programming tailored to their constituents and communities.

The University of Hawaii Kids First! Film Festival made its debut in June and July of 2007. A second festival is slated for summer 2008.

In honor of Women's History Month, the University of Hawaii Kids First! Film Festival also presents the GRLS R GR8! Mini-Film-Fest, celebrating the achievements, challenges and adventures of girls. Age-appropriate films will be screened free of charge on several Sundays in March and April iat UH-Manoa.

The GRLS R GR8! Mini-Film-Fest is produced by University of Hawai'i at Manoa Outreach College, with assistance from the UHM Women's Center, Bridge to Hope, Office of the Gender Equity Counselor, and Art Department. Partial funding for the program is provided by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.