Great start with really cool characters.
This team really knew what they were doing. From the ambient music, build up of anticipation, to the subtle colour adjustment when the movie tone changes, the audience is guided emotionally to exactly where the team wants them to be through the entire film. Likeable, well-acted characters carry the story well, and the double twist of 'the fake alien is real' works really well.
Kudos to the prop team, with the toaster receiving an enthusiastic round of applause at the city finals.